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Jason Babin
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Babin with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009
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Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-05-24) May 24, 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Career information
College: Western Michigan
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Houston Texans ( 2004 2006)
Career highlights and awards
 ;NFL
College
Total tackles     372
Sacks     64.5
Forced fumbles     14
Fumble recoveries     3
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Jason Thomas Babin (born May 24, 1980) is a former American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Western Michigan, where he was twice recognized as the conference defensive player of the year.

Babin also played for the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, and Baltimore Ravens.

Early yearsEdit

Babin attended Paw Paw High School and lettered in football, wrestling, and track. In football, he was a two-time team Defensive MVP, and was an All-Kalamazoo Valley Association first team choice as a senior. In wrestling, he was the state champion as a senior. Babin came back from a broken leg during his senior year, playing in the last three games and earning a scholarship from Western Michigan University. In track & field, Babin was a state-qualifier in the throwing events, with top-throws of 16.15 meters (52 ft 9 in) in the shot put and 47.85 meters (156 ft 4 in) in the discus throw.[1]

College careerEdit

Babin attended Western Michigan University, where he played for the Western Michigan Broncos football team from 2000 to 2003. He finished his college football career with 38 sacks, 299 tackles, eight forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Babin started 25 of 47 games at Western Michigan, setting Broncos career marks in sacks (38) and tackles for loss (75). Babin also had two passes defended, blocked three punts and had three receptions for 55 yards.

Babin started all 12 games at the left defensive end position as a senior, earning first-team All-America honors from The NFL Draft Report and College Sports Report and added second-team honors from Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, and College Football News. He was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection and league's Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, in addition to being team captain and team MVP. As a senior, he made 115 tackles and matched his career-high with 15 sacks and made 33 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. As a junior, he started all 12 games and made 94 tackles (26 for loss), 15 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and two passes defensed. Babin also blocked two punts and caught three passes for 35 yards. He made 56 tackles (13 for loss) as a sophomore, plus a team-leading seven sacks and two forced fumbles. As a freshman, Babin played in all 12 games, collected 34 tackles and was the only true freshman on the team to earn a letter.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2¾ in 260 lb 4.62 s 1.62 s 2.68 s 4.14 s 7.03 s 34 in 10 ft 1 in 28 rep

Houston TexansEdit

Babin was drafted by Houston Texans in the first round (27th pick overall) of 2004 NFL Draft. The Texans traded second, third, fourth, and fifth round picks to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a first (27th overall) and fifth round pick. He was signed to a five-year contract worth $6 million by the Texans on June 26, 2004.[3] He played 16 games in his rookie season for Houston, making 51 solo tackles,12 assisted tackles, and four sacks. In 2005, he played in 12 games and made 35 tackles. He matched his 2004 sack mark with four and also forced two fumbles. In 2006, he played 15 games and recorded 26 tackles and five sacks.

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On September 1, 2007, Babin was acquired by the Seattle Seahawks from the Houston Texans in exchange for safety Michael Boulware. He was released by the Seahawks on September 17, 2008 after the team acquired wide receiver Keary Colbert from the Denver Broncos.

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Babin was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on November 12, 2008, after defensive end Brian Johnston was placed on injured reserve. After the 2008 season, Babin became a free agent.

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Babin was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on August 4, 2009.

Tennessee TitansEdit

On March 19, 2010, Babin signed with the Tennessee Titans. Babin's lone season with Titans proved to be one of his best, recording 58 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles, which led to him being named to the 2011 Pro Bowl, the first appearance of his career.

Second stint with the EaglesEdit

Following his Pro Bowl season, Babin signed a five-year deal with the Eagles worth approximately $28 million. This deal included guarantees in the $5–6 million range and reunited him with former Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn. In Week 1 of the 2011 regular season against the St. Louis Rams, Babin had two sacks, which matched his previous total during his last stint with the Eagles. He then would record eight sacks in three games, and climbed to the top of the NFL with 18 sacks with two games remaining in the season. He finished the season with 40 tackles and 18 sacks, the highest of his career.

On November 27, 2012, Babin was released.[4] He had 5.5 sacks through 11 games.

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On November 28, 2012, Babin was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars.[5] In five games with the Jaguars, Babin made 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. Overall in the 2012 season, combined with both teams, Babin played 16 total games with 37 total combined tackles, 7 sacks, 1 pass defended, 4 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery.

On November 17, 2013, Babin inadvertently ripped out a handful of Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington's dreadlocks while defending a running play versus the Arizona Cardinals in Jacksonville.[6] Babin finished the 2013 season with 7.5 sacks on 40 combined tackles, two passes defended, and three forced fumbles.

On March 10, 2014, Babin voided the final two years of his contract to become a free agent. Three days later, on March 13, he re-signed with the team.[7]

Babin was released from the Jaguars on June 19, 2014.

New York JetsEdit

Babin signed a two-year contract with the New York Jets on July 23, 2014.[8] He was released by the Jets on September 5, 2015.

Baltimore RavensEdit

The Baltimore Ravens signed Babin on September 15, 2015 after starter Terrell Suggs was placed on injured reserve.[9] Babin was released on October 13, 2015.

Arizona Cardinals Edit

On January 12, 2016, Babin signed with the Arizona Cardinals to add depth as an outside linebacker for the postseason after Alex Okafor was lost to an injury.[10]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2004 HOU 16 63 51 12 4.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2005 HOU 12 35 24 11 4.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2006 HOU 15 26 19 7 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2007 SEA 2 0
2008 SEA 2 1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 KC 7 31 25 6 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 PHI 12 16 11 5 2.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 TEN 16 58 44 14 12.5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 PHI 16 40 35 5 18.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 PHI 11 26 21 5 5.5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 JAX 5 11 7 4 1.5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 JAX 16 40 31 9 7.5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 NYJ 16 25 14 11 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 BAL 2 0
Career 148 372 283 89 64.5 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 9
[11]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Personal lifeEdit

Babin has a wife and three sons. He is a supporter of the Republican Party, is an avid poker player, and is well known for his devout love of the theater, which has included multiple trips to plays both on and off Broadway.[citation needed]His father moved from Quebec in Canada to live in Michigan

In 2014, Babin was inducted into the Western Michigan University Athletics Hall of Fame.[12]

Babin cofounded RedZone Realty Group with former Jacksonville Jaguars teammate, Kyle Bosworth.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Jason Babin - Western Michigan - Texans DE". Archived from the original on November 9, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141109194547/https://www.trackingfootball.com/players/jason-babin-11148/.
  2. "Jason Babin". NFL Draft Scout.com. March 25, 2009. http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=58213&draftyear=2004&genpos=DE. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  3. "USATODAY.com - Texans, Babin agree to multiyear deal". https://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/texans/2004-06-26-babin-signs_x.htm.
  4. Sessler, Marc (November 27, 2012). "Jason Babin released by Philadelphia Eagles". National Football League. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000101764/article/jason-babin-released-by-philadelphia-eagles. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  5. "Jason Babin claimed by Jacksonville Jaguars". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000102176/article/jason-babin-claimed-off-waivers-by-jacksonville-jaguars. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  6. Sherman, Rodger. "Jason Babin rips Andre Ellington's hair out". https://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2013/11/17/5115050/jason-babin-rips-andre-ellingtons-hair-out.
  7. "Jason Babin re-signs with Jacksonville Jaguars". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000333836/article/jason-babin-resigns-with-jacksonville-jaguars.
  8. Lange, Randy (July 23, 2014). "Jets Agree to Terms with LB Jason Babin". New York Jets. Archived from the original on July 24, 2014. https://www.webcitation.org/6RIPW4HWy?url=http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/article-randylangeblogfb/Jets-Agree-to-Terms-with-LB-Jason-Babin/f85f9513-d165-4bbc-90fb-7e2b6c7635ea. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  9. Wesseling, Chris (September 15, 2015). "Ravens sign Jason Babin to replace Terrell Suggs". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000531615/article/ravens-sign-jason-babin-to-replace-terrell-suggs. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  10. "Cardinals sign veteran pass rusher Jason Babin". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000621533/article/cardinals-sign-veteran-pass-rusher-jason-babin.
  11. "Jason Babin Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/5552/jason-babin. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  12. "WMU Athletics Hall of Fame Spotlight: Jason Babin". http://www.mlive.com/broncos/index.ssf/2014/11/wmu_athletics_hall_of_fame_spo.html#incart_river.
  13. TEGNA. "Two former Jaguars defenders are making relocation easier for current players in Jacksonville" (in en-US). WTLV. http://www.firstcoastnews.com/sports/nfl/jacksonville-jaguars/two-former-jaguars-defenders-are-making-relocation-easier-for-current-players-in-jacksonville/455761350.

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