Rubin in the 2012 NFL season.
No. 71 Cleveland Browns
|Date of birth:July 25, 1986|
|Place of birth: Fort Belvoir, Virginia|
|High school: Pensacola (FL) Escambia|
|College: Iowa State|
|NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 190|
|Debuted in 2008 for the Cleveland Browns|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Ahtyba Rubin (/ / ah-TAH-bə ROO-been; born July 25, 1986) is an American football nose tackle for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Browns in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Iowa State.
Born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Rubin graduated from Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida in 2004, the same high school as former Cleveland Browns teammate Trent Richardson, and NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. He then went on to attend Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. In his freshman year he played defensive line, but was converted into an offense lineman for his sophomore year. Rubin made the adjustment with significant success and earned all-conference and honorable mention All-America honors in 2006.
Regarded as a three-star recruit out of junior college, Rubin was recruited by a number of schools, and eventually picked Iowa State over TCU. He was switched back to defensive line in his junior year, and started the last nine games of the 2006 season. He finished the year with 34 tackles, four tackles for loss and a sack.
During his senior campaign, Rubin played in all of the Cyclones' games, registering 42 tackles (with four for loss) and recording 1.5 sacks.
2008 NFL Draft
Following his impressive senior season at Iowa State, Rubin was regarded as a "productive NFL starter" at nose tackle, and projected a mid-third round pick by Sports Illustrated. Rubin set the bar for defensive Tackles at the 2008 NFL Combine, bench pressing the standard 225 lb's 35 times. Only defensive end Vernon Gholston and consensus number 1 pick Jake Long recorded more reps (37).
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 2¾ in||315 lb||5.20 s||1.74 s||2.96 s||5.00 s||8.05 s||28 in||8 ft 10 in||35 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Rubin was selected in the sixth round (190th overall) by the Cleveland Browns, and was signed on July 22, 2008.
He filled out a backup role for Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers in 2008 and 2009, until Rogers went down with a lower leg injury in week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Rubin has since become the Browns starting nose tackle. In the 2010 offseason the Browns traded defensive end Corey Williams to the Detroit Lions, moved former starting nose Tackle Shaun Rogers to defensive end and promoted Rubin to starter due to his performance in 2009. 2010 was the best season of Rubin's young career, highlighted by his 87 tackles and an interception against Kansas City's Matt Cassel. In his 5 years with the Browns, Rubin has played in 72 games, starting 50 of them. His career totals are 9.0 sacks, 227 total tackles, 4 passes defended, 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery.
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