Jonathan Joel Babineaux (born October 12, 1981) is a former American football defensive tackle that played all 11 seasons of his career with the Atlanta Falcons. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round with the 59th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

High school career

Babineaux attended Lincoln High School in Port Arthur, Texas. In football, as a senior, he was the team captain of the Titans football team, and a first team All-Conference linebacker. He also was an excellent punter, averaging 40 yards per punt. In basketball, he helped his team to be ranked the best in the state of Texas. He also participated in baseball, golf, and track and field.

College career

Babineaux attended the University of Iowa. He finished his collegiate career with 131 tackles (39 for losses), 19 sacks, 24 quarterback hurries, one interception, two pass deflections, four fumble recoveries, and five forced fumbles.

Professional career

Babineaux was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round with the 59th overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft. On November 25, 2008, he signed a five-year contract extension with the Falcons. In 2009, he had nine tackles and 2.5 sacks against the Washington Redskins. He had a career-high six sacks in 2009, which led all NFL defensive tackles. In 2010, he posted 31 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery, which was returned for a touchdown.

Babineaux started all 16 games in the 2012 and 2013 seasons and signed a three-year, $9 million contract extension with the Falcons on March 11, 2014. [3]

In the 2016 season, Babineaux and the Falcons reached Super Bowl LI, where they faced the New England Patriots on February 5, 2017. In the Super Bowl, he recorded one assisted tackle as the Falcons fell in a 34–28 overtime defeat. [4]

Personal life

Jonathan is the older brother of former Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans safety Jordan Babineaux.