Chad Lavalais
No. 94
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1979-04-15) April 15, 1979 (age 44)
Marksville, Louisiana, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:293 lb (133 kg)
Career information
High school:Marksville (LA)
NFL Draft:2004 / Round: 5 / Pick: 142
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:53
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at PFR

Chad Douglas Lavalais (born April 15, 1979) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for two seasons. He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU), earned consensus All-American honors, and was a member of a BCS National Championship team. Thereafter, he played professionally for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.

Early years

Lavalais was born in Marksville, Louisiana. He lettered in football and track at Marksville High School. He was a Class 3A all-state selection as a tight end in 1997, in addition to being selected as an all-district choice on offense and defense.

College career

Lavalais accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Louisiana State University, where he played for coach Nick Saban & the LSU Tigers football team from 2000 to 2003. After originally signing with LSU in 1998, he spent two seasons working as a prison guard at a correctional facility near his hometown of Marksville while working to improve his ACT score to become eligible to play. He first played for the Tigers in 2000, and appeared in nine games as a freshman, recording 22 tackles and one quarterback sack. While at LSU, he majored in general studies.

Lavalais started in 41 of 47 games in which he appeared for LSU and registered 202 tackles, 12 sacks, 10 passes defensed, one fumble recovery, one interception and one blocked kick. He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and a consensus first-team All-American after starting every game as a senior. He was also named National Defensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News. During his senior season, the Tigers won the SEC Championship and defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 21–14 in the Sugar Bowl to win the BCS National Championship.

Professional career

Atlanta Falcons

Lavalais was selected as a fifth round (142nd pick overall) choice by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2004 NFL Draft.[1] He played in every game with five starts at defensive tackle and finished the season with 42 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one pass defensed. He also recorded the following game statistics:

Lavalais started in all fourteen games of the 2005 season. He was credited with 33 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two passes defensed. [1] He speared Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb in the first game of the season, causing an injury to McNabb that caused physical problems for the remainder of the season and his life, eventually leading to a diagnosis of a sports hernia. Lavalais was fined $7500 by the NFL for the hit. [2] The Falcons waived Lavalais on September 2, 2006, right before the 2006 NFL season. Lavalais reportedly worked out with the Cincinnati Bengals as well as the Minnesota Vikings but was not signed. As such he did not play a snap in 2006.[2]

Carolina Panthers

On March 27, 2007, Lavalais signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers.[2] Lavalais was released by the Panthers on August 26, 2007, before the start of the 2007 NFL season. [3] Lavailais did not return to the NFL.


  1. ^ "2004 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-05-06.
  2. ^ a b "Chad Lavalais latest news and rumors". Archived from the original on 4 December 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2022.