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|Date of birth:May 21, 1982|
|Place of birth: Clark, New Jersey|
|High school: Rumson-Fair Haven Regional|
|NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 209|
|Debuted in 2005 for the Dallas Cowboys|
|Last played in 2010 for the Carolina Panthers|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Rob Christopher Petitti (born May 21, 1982) is a former American football offensive tackle. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Pittsburgh. He has also played for the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Florida Tuskers and Carolina Panthers.
Petitti played high school football at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, where he was twice named to All-New Jersey Group I team. He was also a two-time All-Division, All-Shore, All-County selection. He was a three-year starter as an offensive and defensive lineman. He recorded 90 tackles during his final two prep seasons.
Petitti attended Pitt. In 2003, Petitti, earned First-team All-Big East Conference, First-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference honors. He was named the coaching staff's Co-Lineman of the Game for the Ball State contest and Co-Blocker of the Game against Syracuse. He started all year at left offensive tackle. For the season he recorded 87 knockdowns with eight touchdown-resulting blocks. He also, allowed 7.5 of the team's 43 quarterback sacks.
In 2004, Petitti earned Second-team All-American selection by The Sporting News and College Football News, Third-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and Associated Press. He was a unanimous First-team All-Big East selection by the coaches. Petittie was also a three-time All-Big East pick, the first Pitt offensive lineman to since Ruben Brown was a three-time selection from 1992 - 1994.
He won the starting right tackle job as a rookie over Jacob Rogers and Torrin Tucker. He made his first NFL start in the season opening win at the San Diego Chargers. By doing so, he became only the second rookie after Dave Widell in 1988, to start an opener at offensive tackle in franchise history. That year, him and Larry Allen were the only two offensive players for the Cowboys to play every offensive snap.
Because of his significant playing time as a rookie, Pettiti earned $271,287 in performance pay, doubling his signing bonus and minimum base salary. The next year, the signing of Jason Fabini, combined with the play of Marc Colombo and rookie Pat McQuistan, made him expendable and led to his release on September 2, 2006.
New Orleans Saints
On September 4, 2006, Petitti — along with Cowboys teammate Terrance Copper — was claimed off waivers by the New Orleans Saints. In 2006, he played in one game for the Saints, as a backup to Jon Stinchcomb. He was waived on August 31, 2007.
St. Louis Rams
On October 24, 2007 he was signed by the St. Louis Rams, to a two-year, $1.1 million contract, to fill the roster spot vacated the release of Claude Terrell, after he was released for allegedly assaulted his wife. In 2007, Petitti played in five games for the Rams, with one start and also recovered one fumble.
- Rob Petitti player profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed July 23, 2007
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- Petittibanks $271,287 in performance pay by Len Pasquarelli ESPN.com
- 16-game rookie starter Petitti, Boiman cut by Cowboys
- New Orleans Saints Transactions - 2006
- Rob Petitti | Tackle
- Jackson says he'll be back for Rams vs. Cleveland
- "UFL's Florida Tuskers Sign 12 Players Including QB Craig Nall". OurSports Central. United Football League. August 25, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2011.