Originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick (66th overall) of the Houston Texans in the 2006 NFL Draft. Released on 3/12/12 and signed with Chiefs on 3/19/12. Released by Kansas City on 3/7/13. Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on 7/25/13.
2012: Started all 16 games at right tackle in his only year with the Chiefs … helped Kansas City lead the AFC in rushing with 149.7 yards per game … also was a key contributor in RB Jamaal Charles setting career highs with 285 carries for 1,509 yards and five TDs … the 1,509 yards ranked as the fifth-highest total in team history … helped the Chiefs top 100 net rushing yards in 13 of 16 games on the season, including seven games with more than 150 yards on the ground … blocked as Charles ran for 233 yards and a 91-yard TD run on 33 carries @ NO (9/23); marked the second-most rushing yards in a game in team history; helped Chiefs rally from a 24-6 deficit in the third quarter to win 27-24 in overtime … helped blocked for Charles to run for 88 yards and a TD vs. SD (9/30) … paved the way as the Chiefs topped 200 net yards on the ground for the second time in three weeks when they totaled 214 rushing yards vs. Bal (10/7) … served as key blocker for Charles as he topped 100 rushing yards in three straight games: vs. Den (11/25), vs. Car (12/2), and @ Cle (12/9) … part of line that allowed Chiefs to run for a season-high 352 yards vs. Ind (12/23); helped both Charles and RB Peyton Hillis top 100 yards on the ground, with Charles running for 226 yards and a TD on 22 carries; the 226 yards marked the third-highest single-game total in Chiefs history.
2011: Started all 16 games and both playoff games at RT in final season in Houston … named to SI.com All-Pro Team … helped Texans reach the playoffs for the first time and set franchise records with 2,448 rushing yards and 546 rushing attempts … Texans finished second in the NFL with 153.0 rushing yards per game … helped Houston have two players top 900 rushing yards (Arian Foster, 1,224; Ben Tate, 942) for the first time in team history … blocked as Tate ran for 116 yards and a TD in his NFL debut vs. Ind (9/11) … helped Tate record his second straight 100-yard game with 103 yards @ Mia (9/18) … contributed to Foster’s 155 rushing yards and a TD vs. Pit (10/2) … paved the way as Texans totaled 222 rushing yards @ Ten (10/23); both Foster (115) and Tate (104) topped 100 yards individually in the game … helped Foster run for over 100 yards in three straight games: @ Ten (10/23), vs. Jax (10/30), and vs. Cle (11/6) … blocked as Foster (124) and Tate (115) broke the 100-yard barrier and the Texans ran for a season-best 261 yards vs. Cle (11/6) … helped Texans run for 150+ yards in each of the final five games of the season … led the way as Foster ran for a season-high 158 yards and a TD @ Ind (12/22) … started as Texans made their postseason debut in Wild Card game victory vs. Cin (1/7/12) … helped block as Foster set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a player’s first two career postseason games, as he totaled 285 yards and three TDs in the team’s two playoff games.
2010: Started all 16 games at RT for the fourth straight season … helped Arian Foster earn his first career Pro Bowl nod as he led the NFL with a franchise-record 1,616 rushing yards and 16 rushing TDs … blocked as Foster opened the season with a career-high 231 yards and three rushing TDs vs. Ind (9/12); marked the most rushing yards in a game in Texans history and tied the franchise record for rushing TDs in a game … led the way for Foster to run for 133 yards and a TD @ Oak (10/3); Texans totaled 249 yards on the ground in the game … paved the way for Foster to total 127 yards and two TDs vs. SD (11/7) … helped Foster run for 143 yards vs. Ten (11/28) … finished the season by helping Houston total 244 rushing yards, including Foster’s 180 yards and two TDs vs. Jax (1/2/11).
2009: Started all 16 games at RT for the third consecutive year … helped RB Steve Slaton rush for a season-best 76 yards on just 12 carries vs. Jax (9/27) … served as a key blocker as Texans posted a season-high 182 rushing yards @ Buf (11/1); helped RB Ryan Moats notch a career-high 126 yards and a franchise-record three rushing TDs in the game … helped as rookie Arian Foster ran for 97 yards and a TD on 19 carries @ Mia (12/27) … paved the way as Foster totaled 119 yards and two TDs on 20 attempts in season finale vs. NE (1/3/10); marked Foster’s first career 100-yard rushing game.
2008: Part of an offensive line that saw all five members start every game together for the first time in Texans history … helped Texans average 382.1 yards per game, which ranked third in the NFL … blocked as Steve Slaton ran for a franchise rookie record 1,282 yards on the season … led the way as Slaton registered his first career 100-yard rushing performance in just his second NFL game with 116 yards and a TD @ Ten (9/21) … helped Slaton rush for 93 yards and two TDs vs. Ind (10/5) … contributed to Texans running for season-best 177 yards @ Ind (11/16); Slaton posted season-high 156 yards on 14 carries … blocked for Slaton as he recorded three straight 100-yard rushing games in December: vs. Jax (12/1), @ GB (12/7), and vs. Ten (12/14).
2007: Started all 16 games at RT for the first time in his career … was one of three Texans linemen to start every game … part of a line that allowed only 21 sacks after giving up 43 the year before; the 22-sack decrease was the third-best improvement in the NFL … helped Ron Dayne run for a career-high 773 yards and post the second-highest total of his career with six rushing TDs … blocked as Dayne ran for 122 yards and a TD on 21 carries @ Oak (11/4); marked Dayne’s second-highest single-game rushing total of his career; Texans totaled a season-high 178 yards on the ground … helped the Texans top 150 yards rushing in two of the final three games of the season: 158 yards vs. Den (12/13) and 170 yards in the season finale vs. Jax (12/30).
2006: Played in 12 games and started the final seven contests of the season at RT … made his NFL debut as a reserve @ Dal (10/15) … moved into the starting lineup vs. Buf (11/19); Texans rushed for 188 yards in the game … helped the Texans top 100 yards rushing in four of the season’s final five games … paved the way as Houston posted a season-high 191 rushing yards and Ron Dayne ran for a career-best 153 yards and two TDs vs. Ind (12/24).
Played in 42 games (29 starts) at Miami, earning All-American honors as a senior … began his college career as a tight end before switching to the offensive line after his freshman season … started all 12 games at LT as a senior … started the first four games as a junior before suffering a season-ending knee injury … in his first season after moving to the offensive line and started all 13 games as a sophomore in ’03 … played in all 13 games as a true freshman at tight end, recording two receptions for 13 yards.
Standout tight end at Midland (TX) High School where he helped his team win three straight Class 5A state titles … caught 20 passes for 210 yards and three TDs as a senior … had 13 receptions for 325 yards and one TD as a junior … named a first-team All-American by ESPN.com and was a first-team All-USA Today selection … also a member of the SuperPrep Elite 50 Team … graduated with a degree in International Finance & Marketing and pursued a second degree in Political Science.