Donald Penn

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Donald Penn
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Penn during 2012 NFL season.
No. 72     Oakland Raiders
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-04-27) April 27, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 340 lb (154 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Angeles (CA) St. Bernard
College: Utah State
Undrafted in 2006
Debuted in 2007 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Games played 112
Games started 108
Stats at

Donald Ward Penn (born April 27, 1983) is an American football offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Utah State University, and was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for eight seasons.

Early years[edit]

Penn attended Saint Bernard Catholic High School in Playa del Rey, California and was a student and a letterman in football and basketball. In football, as a senior, he was named the Team's Lineman of the Year, was a first team All-League selection, and was a first team All-California Interscholastic Federation selection. As a junior, he was a second team All-League selection. In basketball, he was an All-State selection. Donald Penn graduated from Saint Bernard Catholic High School in 2001. He attended Utah State in college, and he notably never allowed a sack on DeMarcus Ware throughout his college career. Penn also beat out top offensive tackle, Barry McLaughlin, at Utah state. McLaughlin reflects frequently on the fights both had in practice at Utah State. Penn and McLaughlin still to this day has a tough relationship with each other. [1]

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Penn was signed by Tampa Bay after he was released from the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. He caught his first professional pass against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 12, 2009, off a Josh Johnson throw that was deflected, and took it for 15 yards. Later in the season in a game against the Miami Dolphins, Penn blocked an extra point attempt.

Penn caught his first ever touchdown in the NFL on November 21, 2010 against the San Francisco 49ers. It came on a one yard pass from Josh Freeman to put the Buccaneers up 21-0 in the 4th quarter.

Penn was named to the 2011 Pro Bowl as an alternate. He replaced Green Bay Packers tackle Chad Clifton, whose team advanced to Super Bowl XLV.[2]

On November 11, 2013, Penn scored his second career touchdown against the Miami Dolphins which was the same game he started his 100th consecutive game.[3]

Penn was released on March 13, 2014.[4]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Penn was signed by the Oakland Raiders on March 18, 2014.[5] As an eligible offensive lineman, Penn scored a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.


  1. ^ Top 100 players of 2013 - DeMarcus Ware
  2. ^ "Penn Will Play In His First Pro Bowl-Pewter Report: Your source for inside and breaking news on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  3. ^ Jumbotron highlight nearly led Bucs to scrap pass to Donald Penn
  4. ^ Brinson, Will. "Buccaneers release OT Donald Penn". Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  5. ^ David Smith, Michael. "Raiders sign Donald Penn". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 

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