|Date of birth:May 21, 1982|
|Place of birth: Clark, New Jersey|
|NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 209|
|Debuted in 2005 for the Dallas Cowboys|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Rob Christopher Petitti (born May 21, 1982) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Pittsburgh.
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. He now coaches the offensive line at his old high school while he is recovering from his injury.
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.
Petitti was forced to start at right tackle as a rookie. He made his first NFL start in the season opening win at the San Diego Chargers. By doing so, he became the first rookie since Dave Widell in 1988 to start an opener at the right tackle position for Dallas. He was also only the second rookie to start a season opener at the position in franchise history. In 2005, Petitti and Larry Allen were the only two offensive players for the Cowboys to play every offensive snap that season.
Because of his significant playing time as a rookie, Pettiti earned $271,287 in performance pay, doubling his signing bonus and minimum base salary. Petitti was released by the Cowboys on September 2, 2006.
New Orleans Saints
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 Terrell was released after he allegedly assaulted his wife in Houston. In 2007, Petitti played in five games for the Rams, with one start. He also recovered one fumble.
- Rob Petitti player profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed July 23, 2007
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- Petitti banks $271,287 in performance pay by Len Pasquarelli ESPN.com
- Dallas Cowboys Transactions - 2006
- 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.