Larsen in the 2012 NFL season.
|No. 62 Arizona Cardinals|
|Date of birth:||June 13, 1987|
|Place of birth:||Miami, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||305 lb (138 kg)|
|High school:||Palm Harbor (FL) University|
|College:||North Carolina State|
|NFL draft:||2010 – 6th round – 205th pick|
|Debut:||2010 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2014|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Theodore "Ted" Larsen (born June 13, 1987) is an American football Guard for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina State.
Theodore Larsen was born the middle child of five children to Robert and Karen Larsen. In 1972-1976 Robert Larsen played defensive end at Wichita State in Wichita, KS. As a young kid, Ted played baseball, basketball and soccer. It wasn’t until high school that Larsen played football. Larsen attended Palm Harbor University High School in Palm Harbor, Florida, where he played football as a defensive lineman. He started playing football his freshman year and was immediately put on the varsity team. His junior year of high school he had 85 tackles, 15 sacks and was named All-County second-team. That year he not only participated and excelled in football but also did shot put and discus on the PHUHS track and field team. As a senior, he recorded 65 tackles and eight sacks, as well as a blocked kick, earning first-team all-county and District Player of the Year honors. That same year he was named the district Player of the Year by The Florida Athletic Coaches Association. Not only was he a powerhouse on the field but also graduated Palm Harbor University High School with 3.8 GPA and a member of the National Honor Society.
In 2005, following high school, Larsen attended North Carolina State University. He redshirted his freshman season in 2005, working on the scout team as a defensive tackle. In 2006, Larsen played in 11 games at defensive tackle, starting two games and recording nine tackles and three sacks. In 2007, he played in 14 games as a reserve defensive tackle, recording 12 tackles and two sacks. In 2008, prior to his junior season, Larsen moved to center and was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list. After playing in 730 snaps, he was given the team's Outstanding Offensive Lineman award. In his 2009 senior season, Larsen was again named to the Rimington Trophy watch list. He started 12 games at center and allowed only one sack on the season. As center he had 23 tackles, 4 sacks, 5.5 yd TFL, one forced fumble, one pass defense, and 185 knockdowns/key blocks with 19 touchdowns which resulted in eight downfield blocks, in his two years playing that position. In total he started 30 out of 43 games in his time at NC State, 5 as a defensive tackle and 25 as a center. In May 2009, he graduated North Carolina State University with a degree in history.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 2½ in||304 lb||32 in||9¾ in||5.19 s||1.80 s||2.98 s||4.66 s||7.81 s||24 in||8 ft 0 in||26 reps|
|All values from NFL Scouting Combine.|
New England Patriots
Larsen was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (205th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. On May 18, he signed a four-year contract with the Patriots. He was described in his pick analysis as follows:
- “Larsen was a three-year defensive lineman who moved to center for his final two years at State. He is a good athlete for the position with initial quickness and above-average lateral range in pass pro. He needs work on leveraging his blocks in spite of having natural leverage angles due to his size and still needs to improve his instincts when it comes to picking up stunts and twists up front. A lot of his issues can be improved with time at the position, and he should provide a team with a good backup for a year or two as he develops his instincts and techniques.”
 Upon being drafted he became the first student in Palm Harbor University High School’s history to be drafted. In the preseason with the Patriots he played guard. But in September 2010, he was waived by the Patriots and was claimed by his hometown team of Tampa Bay, FL the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On September 5, 2010, Larsen was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He started at left guard beginning Game Six, replacing the soon-to-be released Keydrick Vincent. During the 2011 season, Larsen appeared in all 16 games for the Bucs (Starting 3) while rotating between Guard & Center. In 2012, he appeared in all 16 games again and started 13 at Center while being part of an Offensive Line that helped rookie RB Doug Martin rush for 1,454 yards and QB Josh Freeman throw for 4,065 yards. Both career high and franchise records. Since joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he plays number 62 and has started 30 games. And his career highlights include his NFL debut in 2010 versus the St. Louis Rams, game 16 of that year versus Seattle where he helped the offense run 439 yards, the season-high for 2010, and earned the offensive line Madden Most Valuable Protectors honors for Week 16. He then started as a center in 2012 against Oakland where he helped the offense gain 515 yards from scrimmage, leading to the second-most total yards in the history of the Bucs. Larsen became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Ted Larsen his described, as having a calm and monotone demeanor yet can be aggressive, and sometimes considered mean on the field. He describes his early life as being the middle of five children, with an older brother and sister and a younger brother and sister when a 15-year age difference between his closest siblings. Off the field, he enjoys fishing and has said that after football he would like to be a competitive fisherman. It was fishing that led him, on April 27, 2011, to rescue three young kayakers off Honeymoon Island. Larsen was with his girlfriend on his 24-foot boat; fishing in the choppy gulf waters right off the island. It was around 3pm when he heard the Coast Guard signal that the three kayakers were in need of some help. Upon hearing this, he realized he was close to the area and plucked the two kayaks and three kayakers onto his boat and took them to shore. They young men did not know who had saved them but were grateful. Larsen said later "It was good to help them. It just felt it was a good thing to do."  With his teammates Larsen likes to do help out those in need. Since joining the team he has helped with the Metropolitan Ministries preparing food and spending time with children, volunteered his time with the Buccaneers’ annual Halloween Celebrations, distributed food for Thanksgiving, sang for hospital patients during the holidays, and surprised single mothers with gifts during the Christmas holiday.
- "Ted Larsen Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-04-28..
- Reiss, Mike (2010-05-18). [http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/ post/_/id/4678615/four-year-deal-for-ted-larsen "Four-year deal for Ted Larsen"]. ESPNBoston.com. Retrieved 2010-05-18.