Rod Rutledge
No. 83
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1975-08-12) August 12, 1975 (age 48)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Birmingham (AL) E.B. Erwin
NFL draft:1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:204
Total touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Rodrick Almar Rutledge (born August 12, 1975) is a former professional American football player who played tight end for five seasons for the New England Patriots and Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in the second round of the 1998 NFL draft.[1]

Rutledge was the first player to ever catch a pass from Tom Brady, a 6-yard reception on Thanksgiving Day 2000 against the Detroit Lions. Known more for his blocking than his pass catching, Rutledge was a key member of the 2001 Super Bowl champion Patriots.[2]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Bench press
6 ft 4+78 in
(1.95 m)
272 lb
(123 kg)
35+78 in
(0.91 m)
10+78 in
(0.28 m)
4.99 s 1.76 s 2.91 s 20 reps
All values from the NFL Combine[3]


  1. ^ "1998 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  2. ^ "Rod Rutledge Stats". Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Rodrick Rutledge, Combine Results, TE - Alabama". Retrieved April 21, 2023.