Alan Branch

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Alan Branch
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Branch in the 2012 preseason.
No. 97     New England Patriots
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-12-29) December 29, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school: Albuquerque (NM) Cibola
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
Debuted in 2007 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 170
Sacks 8.0
Forced fumbles 2
Stats at

Alan Keith Branch (born December 29, 1984) is an American football defensive tackle for the New England Patriots in the National Football League. He was drafted in the second round by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2007 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Seattle Seahawks. He attended the University of Michigan. In October of 2014, Branch signed a one year deal with the New England Patriots after being released by the Buffalo Bills.

Early years[edit]

Branch attended Cibola High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to playing on the defensive line, Branch also played tight end as well as running back and punt returner in high school. He scored 3 rushing touchdowns and 2 receiving touchdowns in his senior season and 5 punt return touchdowns for his career.

Branch was a fairly highly regarded recruit coming out of high school, ranked as high as #6 nationally among defensive tackles.

Branch was also a three-year starter on the varsity basketball team, earning all-district honors as a sophomore and was second team all-state as a junior.


College career[edit]

Branch, along with fellow defensive all-star LaMarr Woodley, anchored one of the best defenses in college football in 2006. He had 57 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and nine sacks in 35 career games at Michigan. He had his first interception and a fumble recovery against Ohio State on November 18, 2006. Branch played both defensive tackle and defensive end at Michigan.

  • 2006 All-American Team
  • 2006 All-Big Ten Conference First Team (coaches and media)

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Branch was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the 33rd overall pick in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. The Cardinals acquired the pick from the Oakland Raiders.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

The Seattle Seahawks signed Branch to a two-year contract on July 28, 2011.[1]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Branch signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills on April 2, 2013.[2][3]

On December 23, 2013, Branch signed a multi-year contract extension with the Bills.[4]

On August 24, 2014, one day after being arrested for a DUI, Branch was cut from the team.

New England Patriots[edit]

On October 21, 2014, it was reported that Branch had signed a 1-year deal with the New England Patriots. The team officially announced the signing on October 29.


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