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Babin with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009
|No. 58 Arizona Cardinals|
|Date of birth:||May 24, 1980|
|Place of birth:||Kalamazoo, Michigan|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||267 lb (121 kg)|
|High school:||Paw Paw (MI)|
|NFL draft:||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2015|
Jason Thomas Babin (born May 24, 1980) is an American football outside linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Western Michigan, where he was twice recognized as the conference defensive player of the year.
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Personal
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Babin attended Paw Paw High School and lettered in football, wrestling and track. In football, he was a two-time team Defensive MVP, and was an All-Kalamazoo Valley Association first team choice as a senior. In wrestling, he was the state champion as a senior. Babin came back from a broken leg his senior year, playing in the last three games and earning a scholarship from Western Michigan University. In track & field, Babin was a state-qualifier in the throwing events, with top-throws of 16.15 meters (52 ft 9 in) in the shot put and 47.85 meters (156 ft 4 in) in the discus throw.
Babin attended Western Michigan University, where he played for the Western Michigan Broncos football team from 2000 to 2003. He finished his college football career with 38 sacks, 299 tackles, eight forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Babin started 25 of 47 games at WMU, setting Broncos career marks in sacks (38) and tackles for loss (75). Babin also had two passes defended, blocked three punts and had three receptions for 55 yards.
Babin started all 12 games at left defensive end as a senior, earning first-team All-America honors from The NFL Draft Report and College Sports Report and added second-team honors from Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and College Football News. He was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection and league's Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, in addition to being team captain and team MVP. As a senior he made 115 tackles and matched his career-high with 15 sacks and made 33 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. As a junior he started all 12 games and made 94 tackles (26 for loss), 15 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed. Babin also blocked two punts and caught three passes for 35 yards. He made 56 tackles (13 for loss) as a sophomore, plus a team-leading seven sacks and two forced fumbles. As a freshman, Babin played in all 12 games, collected 34 tackles and was the only true freshman to earn a letter.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 2¾ in||260 lb||4.62 s||1.62 s||2.68 s||4.14 s||7.03 s||34 in||10 ft 1 in||28 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine, except Broad which is from Western Michigan Pro Day|
Babin was drafted by Houston Texans in first round (27th pick overall) of 2004 NFL Draft. The Texans traded second, third, fourth, and fifth round pick to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a first (27th overall) and fifth round pick. He was signed to a five-year $6 million contract by Texans on June 26, 2004. He played 16 games in his rookie season for Houston, making 51 solo tackles,12 assisted tackles and four sacks. In 2005, he played in 12 games, and made 35 tackles. He matched his 2004 sack mark with four and also forced two fumbles. In 2006, he played 15 games, getting 26 tackles and five sacks.
On September 1, 2007, Babin was acquired by the Seattle Seahawks from the Houston Texans in exchange for safety Michael Boulware. He was released by the Seahawks on September 17, 2008 after the team acquired wide receiver Keary Colbert from the Denver Broncos.
Kansas City Chiefs
First stint with Eagles
Babin was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on August 4, 2009.
On March 19, 2010, Babin signed with the Tennessee Titans. Babin's lone season with Titans proved to be his best, recording 58 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles, which led to him being named to the 2011 Pro Bowl.
Second stint with Eagles
Following his Pro Bowl season, Babin signed a five-year deal with the Eagles worth approximately $28 million. This deal included guarantees in the $5–6 million range and reunited him with former Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn. In week one of the 2011 regular season against the St. Louis Rams, Babin had two sacks, which matched his previous total during his last stint with the Eagles. He then went on a rampage, acquiring 8 sacks in three games, and climbed to the top of the NFL with 18 sacks with 2 games remaining in the season. He finished the season with 40 tackles and 18 sacks, the highest of his career.
On November 28, 2012, Babin was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 5 games with the Jaguars, Babin made 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. Overall in 2012, combined with both teams, Babin played 16 total games with 37 total combined tackles, 7 sacks, 1 pass defended, 4 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery.
On November 17, 2013, Babin inadvertently ripped out a handful of Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington's dreadlocks while defending a running play versus the Arizona Cardinals in Jacksonville. Babin finished the 2013 season with 7.5 sacks on 40 combined tackles, 2 passes defended, and 3 forced fumbles.
On March 10, 2014, Babin voided the final two years of his contract to become a free agent. Three days later, on March 13, he re-signed with the team.
Babin was released from the Jaguars on June 19, 2014.
New York Jets
|Year||Team||GP||COMB||TOTAL||AST||SACK||FF||FR||FR YDS||INT||IR YDS||AVG IR||LNG||TD||PD|
- GP: games played
- COMB: combined tackles
- TOTAL: total tackles
- AST: assisted tackles
- SACK: sacks
- FF: forced fumbles
- FR: fumble recoveries
- FR YDS: fumble return yards
- INT: interceptions
- IR YDS: interception return yards
- AVG IR: average interception return
- LNG: longest interception return
- TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
- PD: passes defensed
He has a wife and three sons. He is a supporter of the Republican Party, is an avid poker player, and is well known for his devout love of the theater, which has included multiple trips to plays both on and off Broadway.His father moved from Quebec in Canada to live in Michigan
In 2014, Babin was inducted into the Western Michigan University Athletics Hall of Fame.
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- USA Today
- Sessler, Marc (2012-11-27). "Jason Babin released by Philadelphia Eagles". National Football League. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
- "Jason Babin claimed by Jacksonville Jaguars". NFL.com. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
- Jason Babin re-signs with Jacksonville Jaguars
- Lange, Randy (July 23, 2014). "Jets Agree to Terms with LB Jason Babin". New York Jets. Archived from the original on July 23, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- Wesseling, Chris (September 15, 2015). "Ravens sign Jason Babin to replace Terrell Suggs". NFL.com. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
- "Cardinals sign veteran pass rusher Jason Babin". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
- "Jason Babin Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- Jason Babin on Twitter
- Philadelphia Eagles bio
- Tennessee Titans bio
- Jacksonville Jaguars bio
- New York Jets bio