Rob Petitti

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Rob Petitti
No. 79, 71
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-05-21) May 21, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Clark, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 327 lb (148 kg)
Career information
High school: Rumson-Fair Haven Regional
College: Pittsburgh
NFL draft: 2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 209
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 27
Games started: 17
Fumble recoveries: 1
Stats at
Stats at

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 also played for the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Florida Tuskers and Carolina Panthers.

Early years[edit]

Petitti played high school football at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, where he was twice named to All-New Jersey Group I team.[1] 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.

College career[edit]

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.[2]

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 an unanimous first-team All-Big East selection by the coaches. Petittie was also a three-time All-Big East pick, becoming the first Pitt offensive lineman to achieve this recognition since Ruben Brown was a three-time selection from 1992 - 1994.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Petitti was selected in the sixth round (209 overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, after he dropped because of an injury-plagued senior season.

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.[4] 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.[5]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On September 4, 2006, Petitti — along with Cowboys teammate Terrance Copper — was claimed off waivers by the New Orleans Saints.[6] 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[edit]

On October 24, 2007 he was signed by the St. Louis Rams, to a two-year, $1.1 million contract,[7] to fill the roster spot vacated the release of Claude Terrell, after he was released for allegedly assaulted his wife.[8] In 2007, Petitti played in five games for the Rams, with one start and also recovered one fumble.

On July 23, 2008, he was waived/injured by the Rams after tearing his Achilles tendon in the offseason. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve two days later.

Florida Tuskers[edit]

Petitti was drafted by the Florida Tuskers in the UFL Premiere Season Draft. He signed with the team on August 25, 2009.[9]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

He was signed by the Carolina Panthers on December 15, 2009 to replace an injured Jeff Otah.[10] He was re-signed on March 15, 2010, released on September 4 and once more re-signed on December 1.[11]


External links[edit]

Carolina Panthers bio