|No. -- San Francisco 49ers|
|Date of birth:||June 1, 1986|
|Place of birth:||Edison, New Jersey|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||300 lb (136 kg)|
|High school:||Edison (NJ) Stevens|
|NFL Draft:||2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
Jeremy Kwasi Zuttah (born June 1, 1986) is an American football center for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rutgers and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Baltimore Ravens.
Zuttah started for three years at J. P. Stevens High School, becoming a highly touted prospect and turning down several college football powers for Rutgers. Zuttah's career followed in the footsteps of his older brother Jeff, who committed to the University of Michigan in 2003, but never played a down after team doctors became concerned about his sickle-cell anemia. Jeff later transferred to Stanford University.
As a true freshman in 2004, Zuttah was a reserve player, appearing in nine games, with five starts at both tackle spots and left guard. In 2005, Zuttah started at left guard next to Pedro Sosa, forming a top combination that helped paved the way for Ray Rice during his freshman season. In 2006, Rutgers switched to a zone blocking scheme, and Zuttah subsequently moved to right tackle, in order to better utilize his athleticism in the scheme. Emerging as a vocal team leader, Zuttah earned all-Big East honors as the Rutgers offensive line only surrendered 8 sacks all season, the fewest in all of Division I-A, also ranking fifteenth in the nation in rushing.
In 2007, Zuttah was named to the preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award. He has been named a pre-season All-America by Athlon Sports. Zuttah was named to the 2007 Big East All-Academic and All-Conference teams. An excellent student, Zuttah graduated Rutgers with an economics degree in 3.5 years.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Zuttah was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed a multi-year contract with the team on July 22. After 4 seasons with the Buccaneers, Zuttah had played in 58 games, starting 44 of them. Of those 44 games, Zuttah started 30 games at left guard, 9 games at center, and 5 games at right guard. Due to his versatility, on March 5, 2012, Zuttah signed a 4-year contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On March 23, 2014, Zuttah was traded from the Buccaneers to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2015 draft. On November 18, 2015 he was placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral, ending his season.
San Francisco 49ers
- "Sports Briefs", The Record (Bergen County), January 24, 2004. Accessed October 9, 2007. "Jeremy Zuttah of Edison's J.P. Stevens, rated the No. 34 best offensive guard in the country by Rivals.com, will attend Rutgers, according to his high school coach, Frank Zarro."
- Four RU Football Standouts Named to Preseason Watch Lists, www.scarletknights.com
- Zuttah Named to Rotary Lombardi Award Preliminary Watch List, www.scarletknights.com
- NorthJersey.com: providing local news, sports and classifieds for Northern New Jersey!
- Wilson, Aaron. "Ravens acquire center Jeremy Zuttah from Tampa Bay Buccaneers". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
- Mink, Ryan (November 18, 2015). "Ravens Center Jeremy Zuttah Put On Injured Reserve". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
- "Center Jeremy Zuttah Added To Pro Bowl Roster". Retrieved 2017-01-24.
- Meyer, Max. "Niners acquire Jeremy Zuttah in trade with Ravens". NFL.com. Retrieved March 15, 2017.