Bryan Bulaga

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Bryan Bulaga
Bulaga blocking.jpg
Bulaga blocking Kyle Williams in a 2010 home game against the Buffalo Bills.
No. 75     Green Bay Packers
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-03-21) March 21, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Barrington, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) Weight: 314 lb (142 kg)
Career information
High school: Woodstock (IL) Marian Central
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Debuted in 2010 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Games Played 37
Games Started 33
Stats at NFL.com

Bryan Joseph Bulaga (/bˈlɑːɡə/ boo-LAH-gə; born March 21, 1989) is an American football offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Packers in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Iowa.

Early years[edit]

His parents are of Polish descent. Bulage had one small Polish word tattooed on each arm (siła "strength", and pycha "pride"). He was raised Catholic.[2] Bulaga grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He attended Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Illinois, where he played offensive tackle and tight end but also at defensive end occasionally, and even at linebacker for the Marian Central Catholic Canes high school football team. He recorded 261 career tackles with 46 tackles for losses, 31 sacks, and one interception, while as a tight end, he had 35 pass receptions for a total of 665 yards, and scored 10 touchdowns. Bulaga and his teammates at the Marian Central High School, coached by Ed Brucker, were undefeated during their regular season in nine games, and they took second place in the state playoffs, losing in the championship to the Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin High School.

Bulaga was considered a four-star college recruit by the service Rivals.com, and he ranked sixth among the college prospects for offensive tackle.[3] He had numerous offers for to play football on athletic scholarships, including ones from the University of Nebraska, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Wisconsin, with a number of other schools recruiting him as either a defensive lineman or a tight end. Bulaga chose to attend the University of Iowa, whose football coaches promised him that he could play in the offensive line.

College career[edit]

Bulaga played left guard in his true freshman year in 2007, and was a starter by mid-season. He was named to Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten team. In 2008, he made the move to left tackle, and he started every game at that position for the Hawkeyes. He earned a second team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and a second team Sophomore All-American selection by College Football News.

In 2009, Bulaga was listed at number three on Rivals.com′s preseason offensive tackle power ranking.[4] He was also named to the 2009 Outland Trophy watch list.[5]

After missing three games with a thyroid disease, Bulaga started all of the remaining games for the Hawkeyes, including their 24–14 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2010 Orange Bowl. He was named the Big Ten's offensive lineman of the year for 2009.

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

On January 6, 2010, Bulaga released a statement about his intentions to forgo his final season of college and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.[6] With the 23rd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Bulaga.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 12 in 314 lb 33 14 in 9 14 in 5.26 s 1.81 s 3.03 s 4.62 s 7.40 s 27 12 in 8 ft 2 in 26 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Bulaga began the 2010 season as a back-up offensive lineman before getting his first start in the fifth week against the Washington Redskins. He went to start every game for the rest of the season,[8] eventually being named to the NFL All-Rookie team.[9] At 21 years, 322 days, Bulaga became the youngest player to start in a Super Bowl.[10] During the 2012 NFL season, Bulaga injured his hip and in November was placed on season-ending injured reserve.[11] The Packers decided to shift him over to the left tackle slot for the 2013 NFL season.[12]

Bulaga suffered a torn ACL during training camp workouts on August 4, 2013. He missed the entire 2013 season.[13]

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