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Rob Ninkovich
No. 50     New England Patriots
Linebacker / Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: February 1, 1984 (1984-02-01) (age 25)
Place of birth: Blue Island, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 5 / Pick: 135
Debuted in 2006 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Tackles     29
Sacks     1.0
Interceptions     0
Forced fumbles     0
Pass deflections     3
Stats at

Robert Michael Ninkovich (born February 1, 1984 in Blue Island, Illinois) is an American football linebacker and defensive end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Purdue.

Ninkovich has also played for the Miami Dolphins.


Early years

Ninkovich attended Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, Illinois where he played defensive end and tight end.[1] He also lettered in baseball.[1]

College career


Joliet Junior College

Following high school, Ninkovich spent two years at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois.[1] As a freshman, he recorded 36 tackles and seven sacks as his team won the NJCAA national championship.[2]

During the summer prior to his sophomore year, Ninkovich worked with his father, an ironworker, hanging beams on a Chicago construction site 19 stories high.[1] According to his father, the purpose was to give Rob extra incentive to complete his college education.[1]

As a sophomore at Joliet in 2003, Ninkovich earned third-team NJCAA All-American honors after recording 95 tackles (68 solo), five forced fumbles, four fumble recovering and a school-record 16 sacks.[2]


Ninkovich transferred to Purdue in 2004 and played in all 12 games that season.[2] Despite being a reserve, Ninkovich was tied for the team lead and ranked second in the Big Ten with eight sacks.[2] In an October 2 contest against Notre Dame, Ninkovich recorded two sacks on defense and also caught a goal-line touchdown pass from Kyle Orton.[2] Against Indiana on November 20, he tied a school record with four sacks.[2]

As a senior in 2005, Ninkovich earned second-team All-Big Ten honors after recording 48 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.[2] He recorded four sacks against Indiana for the second straight season, giving him two of the three individual four-sack performances in school history.[2] In a 37-3 victor over Illinois, he caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Curtis Painter.[2] Following the season, he was invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game.[3]

Professional career


At his Pro Day on March 10, 2006, Ninkovich posted 40-yard dash times of 4.79 and 4.81 seconds.[3]

First stint with Saints

Ninkovich was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.[1] He signed a three-year contract with the team on July 18.[3]

In a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on August 21, Ninkovich recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles but was also flagged for a costly unnecessary roughness penalty which led to a Cowboys touchdown.[3] He finished the preseason with three sacks.[1]

During the regular season, Ninkovich appeared in three games for the Saints as a reserve defensive end before suffering a knee injury against the Atlanta Falcons on September 25.[1] He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on September 29,[3] finishing the year with four tackles.[1]

During an afternoon practice on July 30, 2007, Ninkovich was carted off the field with a knee injury that caused him to miss the preseason.[3] He was waived by the team prior to the regular season opener.[3]

Miami Dolphins

Ninkovich was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins on September 7, 2007. He appeared in four games for the team that season as a reserve defensive end while being inactive for the other 12 games.[1] Ninkovich finished the season with two tackles, recording one each against the New York Jets (Sept. 23) and New York Giants (Oct. 28).[4]

Ninkovich, who converted to outside linebacker when the Dolphins switched to a 3-4 defense in 2008, tied Dolphins defensive end Randy Starks with a team-high two sacks during the 2008 preseason.[5] He was released by the team on August 31[6] and re-signed to the practice squad on September 3.[7]

On November 15, 2008, Ninkovich was promoted to the active roster when guard Matt McChesney was placed on injured reserve.[8] He played against the Oakland Raiders in a reserve role on November 16 but did not record any tackles. On November 20, he was released to make room for linebacker Erik Walden. Ninkovich was re-signed to the practice squad the following day.

Second stint with Saints

Ninkovich signed off the Dolphins' practice squad by the New Orleans Saints on December 3, 2008. He was released on July 30, 2009 after the Saints signed Jason Kyle.

New England Patriots

The New England Patriots signed Ninkovich on August 2, 2009. He made the Patriots' 53-man roster and recorded his first NFL sack in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos. He received a contract extension through the 2011 season on November 6, 2009.[9] Overall, he played in 15 games for the Patriots in 2009, finishing with 23 tackles and one sack.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "TEAM: Roster Rob Ninkovich Profile". Retrieved 5 July 2008.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Player Bio: Rob Ninkovich". Retrieved 5 July 2008.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "KFFL - Rob Ninkovich, DL". Retrieved 5 July 2008.  
  4. ^ "Rob Ninkovich: Game Logs". Retrieved 5 July 2008.  
  5. ^ "Miami Dolphins 2008 Preseason Statistics". Retrieved 14 November 2008.  
  6. ^ "Dolphins Awarded Three Off Waivers; Add Five To Practice Squad; Williams Extended". Retrieved 14 November 2008.  
  7. ^ "Miami Dolphins September 2008 transactions". Retrieved 14 November 2008.  
  8. ^ "Fins place G McChesney on IR". Retrieved 15 November 2008.  
  9. ^ Reiss, Mike (2009-12-12). "Ninkovich latest to sign extension". Retrieved 2009-12-12.  

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