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PRO: In a matter of seven seasons, Jay Ratliff’s pro career has catapulted from backup contributor to Pro Bowl nose tackle with three selections as a starter in his four consecutive trips to the NFL’s all-star game following superior performances from 2008-11. Now in his eighth season, the former seventh round draft choice continues his ascension as one of the best nose tackles in the league. Ratliff is a versatile athlete who began his collegiate career as a tight end before playing two seasons as a defensive end and his final season as a defensive tackle. He is a tough, aggressive lineman who can collapse the pocket and knife into the backfield to flush out the quarterback. Ratliff made the most of his opportunity during the 2007 season after the team lost Jason Ferguson to injury in Week 1, allowing him to step in and start 14 games at nose tackle where his production led to a five-year extension on December 14, 2007. As the unquestioned starter at nose tackle in 2008, Ratliff’s dominance at the position earned him his first selection to the Pro Bowl as a starter on the defensive line of the NFC squad, a feat he followed up with another dominating performance at the position in 2009 to earn his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl. He continued to impress in 2010 and 2011 as he earned his third and fourth consecutive Pro Bowl invites and third as a starter. He was again rewarded for his progress and dominance with his second five-year contract extension signed shortly before the 2011 season opener, keeping Ratliff in Dallas through the 2017 season.
9/9/11: Signed a five-year contract extension with Dallas through 2017.
12/14/07: Signed a five-year contract extension with Dallas through 2012.
11/1/05: Placed on Reserve/Injured with a high right ankle sprain.
4/24/05: Drafted in the seventh-round (224th overall) by Dallas.
• Named to his fourth straight Pro Bowl and third overall as a starter for the NFC squad after finishing 2011 with 42 tackles, two sacks, six tackles for losses, 18 pressures and five pass breakups.
• Opened the season at the N.Y. Jets (9/11) with two tackles and tied for the team lead with three pressures.
• In the overtime win at San Francisco (9/18), had two tackles and his 26th career sack to tie Chuck Howley for 14th all-time in team history.
• Had three tackles and a tackle for a loss in the home-opening win over Washington (9/26).
• Notched a season-high six tackles at New England (10/16).
• Had a pair of tackles and tied his career-best with five pressures at Philadelphia (10/30).
• Notched a stop against Seattle (11/6) before adding two tackles and a fumble recovery against Buffalo (11/13)
• Had five tackles with two for losses in the overtime win at Washington (11/20).
• In the overtime loss at Arizona (12/4), made five tackles, one tackle for a loss and a sack.
• Saw limited action in the win at Tampa Bay (12/17) as the team jumped out to a 28-0 lead at halftime.
• Had three tackles, a team-high four pressures and a breakup against Philadelphia (12/24).
• Closed out the season at the N.Y. Giants (1/1/12) with three tackles and a pass breakup.
• Named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl and second overall as a starter.
• Finished third on the team in sacks (3.5), fourth in pressures (10) and 12th in tackles (34). Also added his second career blocked field goal.
• Recorded two tackles at Washington (9/12) as the defense held the Redskins without an offensive touchdown for the third consecutive game.
• Finished with two tackles against Chicago (9/19) while helping hold the Bears offense to one-of-11 on third down (9.1%) - the lowest since the defense held the N.Y. Giants to one-of-11 (10/16/05 - OT).
• Had three tackles, two pass breakups and one sack, his first of the season, at Minnesota (10/17). His sack gave him 22.5 for his career tying him with Bill Gregory for 15th all-time in club history.
• Posted three tackles, one pressure and blocked his second career kick on a 54-yard field goal attempt at Green Bay (11/7).
• Recorded three tackles, one pressure and a sack he split with DeMarcus Ware against Detroit (11/21).
• Posted two tackles, one pressure and a sack against New Orleans (11/25).
• Had three tackles, one pressure and a sack of Michael Vick against Philadelphia (12/12).
• Notched two tackles, two pressures and a fumble recovery against Washington (12/19).
• Finished with two tackles, one pass breakup and one forced fumble at Philadelphia (1/2/11).
• Named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl after leading the team with four fumble recoveries and tied his single-season career-best with 83 tackles, good for fifth on the team.
• Finished second on the team in sacks (7.0) and tackles for losses (8.0) and fourth with 33 pressures.
• Recorded four tackles and tied for the team lead with three quarterback pressures in the season opener at Tampa Bay (9/13).
• In the first game at Cowboys Stadium, finished with six tackles, two tackles for loss and one pressure against the N.Y. Giants (9/20).
• Against Carolina (9/28) had four tackles, one tackle for loss, one pressure and one sack - a 10-yard takedown of Jake Delhomme - the team’s first sack of the season.
• Posted three tackles and a team-high and season-best four quarterback pressures at Denver (10/4).
• Recorded a season-high eight tackles along with one sack at Kansas City (10/11). Also recorded his first career blocked field goal on a 53-yard Ryan Succop attempt.
• Finished with one of his best games against Atlanta (10/25), recording six tackles, one sack for eight yards, one tackle for loss, two pressures and a forced fumble.
• Recorded 2.0 sacks to mark his second career multiple-sack game along with a season-best eight tackles and two pressures at Philadelphia (11/8).
• Notched a season-high five pressures, tied his season-best with eight tackles, added one tackle for loss, one pass breakup and recovered a fumble against Oakland (11/26).
• In the win over previously undefeated New Orleans (12/19), posted three tackles and three pressures as the defense held the Saints to just one-of-seven on third down.
• In the playoff-clinching win at Washington (12/27), finished with 2.0 sacks - his third career multi-sack game - six tackles and one pressure as the defense forced a shutout for the first time since a 27-0 win at Washington (12/14/03). His two sacks upped his career total to 22.5 passing La’Roi Glover and tying Bill Gregory for 15th all-time in team history.
• Against Philadelphia (1/3/10) had two tackles and recovered a fumble - his fourth of the season - the most by a Cowboy since Eugene Lockhart had four in 1985. His four fumble recoveries tied for the NFL lead among defensive players.
• Finished with one tackle and two pressures as the defense did not allow a rushing first down for the first time in team postseason history against Philadelphia (1/9/10).
• In the divisional loss at Minnesota (1/17/10), had six tackles, two pressures and his first postseason sack.
• Earned his first Pro Bowl trip as a starter for the NFC squad after leading the team with 31 pressures while finishing fourth on the team - third among league interior linemen - with a career-best 7.5 sacks.
• Finished fifth on the team with a career-high 83 tackles along with four pass breakups and a fumble recovery while starting all 16 games.
• At Cleveland (9/7) had a then career-high six stops along with two quarterback pressures as the defense held Jamal Lewis to just 62 rushing yards and the Browns to 205 total yards.
• Recorded five tackles, one sack, one tackle for a loss, one quarterback pressure and recovered a key fumble that gave the Cowboys the ball in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia (9/15).
• At Green Bay (9/21) led the team with a then season and career-high five quarterback pressures along with seven tackles and one sack. Also part of a defense that held its opponent to less than 100 total rushing yards for three straight weeks.
• Topped his performance from the week before, finishing with a career-high eight tackles against Washington (9/28). Added one tackle for a loss and one pressure.
• Had five tackles, one pressure and a sack - his third of the season - against Cincinnati (10/5).
• At Arizona (10/12) finished with two tackles, one pass breakup and a team-high tying three pressures.
• Posted four tackles, one sack and one pass breakup against Tampa Bay (10/26) as the defense did not allow a touchdown.
• At Washington (11/16) finished with eight tackles, three quarterback pressures and 2.0 sacks - his first career multiple-sack game to establish a single-season career-high with 6.0 sacks.
• Had six tackles and four pressures against San Francisco (11/23) to help hold the 49ers to just 26 rushing yards - the fewest allowed this season.
• Finished with six tackles, one tackle for a loss, two pressures and one pass breakup against Seattle (11/27) as the defense held the Seahawks without a touchdown.
• At Pittsburgh (12/7) had five tackles, one sack, one pressure and one pass breakup. His sack marked the seventh of the season - upping a single-season career-high.
• Tied his season-high with eight tackles against Baltimore (12/20) in the Texas Stadium finale and added two pressures and shared a sack with Greg Ellis.
• At Philadelphia (12/28) had three tackles, one pressure and a season-high two tackles for losses.
• Played in 15 games with 14 starts and finished with 28 tackles, three sacks (tied for fourth on the team), four tackles for a loss (tied for third) and 15 quarterback pressures (second).
• Stepped in at nose tackle after Ferguson left the game in the first quarter with a torn right biceps against the N.Y. Giants (9/9) and recorded three tackles and a sack.
• Recorded two tackles, a pass breakup and recovered a fumble that led to a Dallas score at Miami (9/16).
• Posted a season-high four tackles at Buffalo (10/8), shared a sack with Ware and recovered a fumble as the Bills offense was held without a touchdown.
• At Philadelphia (11/4) recorded a tackle for a loss, two pass breakups and a season-high three pressures.
• Had two tackles, one pressure, one tackle for a loss and one sack against Philadelphia (12/16).
• Split a sack with Ware, had two tackles and one pressure at Carolina (12/22).
• Inactive with a knee injury at Washington (12/30).
• Against the N.Y. Giants (1/13/08) in his first postseason start, recorded two tackles.
• Played 16 games as part of the defensive line rotation, recording 17 tackles, 4.0 sacks (tied for third on the team), seven quarterback pressures (tied for the team lead), one pass breakup and a forced fumble.
• Led the team with three fumble recoveries (tied for second in the NFL), and became the first Cowboy to recover three fumbles in a season since Deion Sanders and Broderick Thomas in 1996.
• At Jacksonville (9/10) recorded the club’s first sack of the season with a takedown of Byron Leftwich.
• Had his second sack with a takedown of Mark Brunell on fourth down against Washington (9/17).
• Posted his first career tackle at Tennessee (10/1) before making three tackles and his third sack of the season at Philadelphia (10/8).
• Recovered a fumble at Carolina (10/29) that led to the Cowboys final touchdown of the game.
• Had one tackle and recovered a fumble at Arizona (11/12).
• Recovered a fumble by Marvin Harrison on the Colts first possession and sacked Peyton Manning to force a fumble, which Manning recovered on their next possession, finishing with two tackles and a quarterback pressure against Indianapolis (11/19).
• Posted a season-high four tackles against New Orleans (12/10).
• Against Philadelphia (12/25) had one quarterback pressure before injuring his shoulder in the second quarter but returned later in the game.
• Missed the regular season finale against Detroit (12/31) because of the shoulder injury.
• Returned in the wild card loss at Seattle (1/6/07) and had one tackle.
• Played in four games with one start before being placed on Reserve/Injured.
• Made his NFL debut at Oakland (10/2) as part of the rotation for the defensive line and shared a sack with linebacker Scott Shanle.
• Earned his first career start the next week against Philadelphia (10/9) when the Cowboys opened in their nickel package, and led all linemen with three tackles and shared a sack with defensive end Greg Ellis.
• Suffered a high right ankle sprain and did not return against Arizona (10/30).
• Was placed on Reserve/Injured Nov. 1.
• Moved from defensive end to defensive tackle in his senior season and started all 13 games, tying his career-high with 37 tackles while also adding four tackles for a loss and a sack.
• Tied his career-high with seven tackles at Alabama to earn SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors.
• Helped the Tigers finish 13-0 by defeating Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl, in which he made three tackles. Auburn finished 2004 second behind USC in the final Associated Press poll.
• Played in nine games as a junior reserve defensive end, making seven tackles, including one for a loss.
• Before his sophomore year, moved from tight end to defensive end during spring drills and started eight-of-12 games and tied a career-high with 37 tackles, including a career-high 10 tackles for a loss. He also had two forced fumbles and a sack.
• As a freshman tight end, played in all 12 games, with one start, and had three catches for 38 yards.
• Earned all-state and honorable mention All-USA Today honors after catching 46 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior at Lowndes County High School in Valdosta, Ga.
• Finished his prep career as one of the top-rated tight ends in the southeast. Also lettered in track and basketball for Lowndes, averaging 18.0 points and 18.0 rebounds per-game as a junior.
• Majored in health administration at Auburn.
• He and his wife have one daughter.
• 2005 Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club.
• 2007-08, 2010 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
• 2009 Public Service Announcement for Recycling.
• 2009 Keynote Speaker for Ford Built Tough High School Player of the Week Banquet.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp Head Coach.
• Annual team Holiday Hospital Visits.
• Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
• Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon and Cowboys Family Cookbook benefitting Happy Hill Farm.
• 2009 National 9-1-1 Heroes Award Ceremony.• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.