Rodger Saffold Finds Home in the NFL

Posted: January 25, 2013 by tklawitt in IU Football
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Rodger Saffold (IU '10) joins Rams teammate Robert Quinn in a picture with Elvis on the road.

Rodger Saffold (IU ’10) joins Rams teammate Robert Quinn in a picture with Elvis on the road.

Rodger Saffold has come a long way since being a 2-star high school recruit out of Bedford High School in Bedford, OH. The 24-year old, third-year left tackle is now a focal point on the offensive line of the St. Louis Rams, trusted with protecting franchise quarterback Sam Bradford’s blind side.

In 2010, his rookie year, Saffold was named to multiple All Rookie teams, including recognitions by the Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly. He was the only rookie left tackle to start all 16 games, helping running back Steven Jackson surpass the 1,000 yard mark for the sixth straight season.

Saffold was taken in the second round with the 33rd overall pick in 2010 by the Rams. In his first three seasons with the Rams, Saffold has missed 13 total starts due to various injuries, after starting in 41 straight games since midway through his freshman season at Indiana. Saffold earned second-team All-Big Ten recognition twice at IU, springing the Rams to take the 6’5’’ 314-pound tackle in the second round in 2010.

When asked about how far along he’s come since his high school days, Saffold said that he likes the way the process panned out:

Yeah, I have always been under the radar. Now that I’m getting some looks it feels good but when all is said and done I feel like this is where I belong

Saffold has also been involved in the community, participating with the Rams partnership with the Nation Guard against bullying. This past March, Saffold made an appearance along with Sgt. James Behlmann of the National Guard. Saffold spent time speaking to kids about his time in high school, and preached the message of looking out for one another.

On the field, the Rams are clearly looking to build around Saffold up front, which bodes well for the Indiana alum. The key is for him to stay healthy, and if he can do that, he’ll be headed to Honolulu for a pro-bowl appearance in no time. Here’s a look at Saffold mic’d up:

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