Roby arrived in New Orleans with little fanfare after being signed at midseason in 2008, but has made a significant impact on special teams, recording 61 tackles and averaging 25.6 yards on 94 kickoff returns as a Saint to rank fourth on the club all-time in return average. His 10 stops in 2012 again ranked among leaders on the special teams units, as he also served as a team captain for the second consecutive season. Originally a third-round draft choice of the Tennessee Titans in 2005, Roby also had stints with Cincinnati and Indianapolis before joining the Saints.
NFL CAREER – Roby arrived in New Orleans with little fanfare after being signed at midseason in 2008, but has made a significant impact on special teams, recording 61 tackles and averaging 25.6 yards on 94 kickoff returns as a Saint to rank fourth on the club all-time in return average. His 10 stops in 2012 again ranked among leaders on the special teams units, as he also served as a team captain for the second consecutive season. Originally a third-round draft choice of the Tennessee Titans in 2005, Roby also had stints with Cincinnati and Indianapolis before joining the Saints.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms on a one-year contract, 3/18/13; Re-signed to a one-year contract, 4/16/12; Agreed to terms on a one-year contract, 7/31/11; Placed on Injured Reserve, 12/29/10; Re-signed to a one-year contract (RFA), 4/20/10; Re-signed to a one-year contract, 9/15/09; Waived, 9/5/09; Re-signed to a one-year contract (RFA), 3/16/09; Placed on Injured Reserve, 12/8/08; Signed by Saints to a one-year contract, 10/16/08; Waived by Indianapolis Colts, 9/12/08; Signed by Indianapolis, 1/2/08; Waived by Cincinnati Bengals, 10/26/07; Signed by Cincinnati, 10/16/07; Waived by Tennessee Titans, 9/1/07; Signed by Tennessee, 7/28/05; Drafted by Tennessee in third round (68th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2010: NFC Special Teams Player of the Month (September)
2012 – Voted by teammates as the club’s special teams captain for the second consecutive season…Appeared in 13 games, while inactive for three with injuries, recording a nine-yard reception, 10 special teams tackles, one special teams forced fumble and a blocked punt recovery for a touchdown…In opener vs. Washington, Sept. 9, recovered a punt blocked by teammate Martez Wilson for a touchdown late in the first half and added one special teams tackle…At Carolina, Sept. 16, recorded a nine-yard reception…Posted two special teams stops at San Diego, Oct. 7…Inactive for week nine and 10 contests with a shoulder injury suffered at Denver, Oct. 28…Returned to action at Oakland, Nov. 18 and recorded a season-high three special teams tackles…Forced a fumble on a punt return vs. San Francisco, Nov. 25…Inactive at Atlanta, Nov. 29 (shoulder and ankle). 2011 – Voted by teammates as special teams captain…Appeared in all 16 games on special teams and led the unit with 13 tackles…Posted three special teams stops in two postseason contests…Made a key block on Darren Sproles’ 72-yard punt return for a touchdown in NFL season opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8…Made one special teams stop vs. Jacksonville, Oct. 2…Recorded two special teams tackles at Carolina, Oct. 9…Registered a special teams tackle for third consecutive game at Tampa Bay, Oct. 16…Made one special teams tackle vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 6…Led special teams unit with five tackles at Tennessee, Dec. 11, tying a career-high…Registered a special teams stop in his fourth consecutive game vs. Carolina, 1/1/12. 2010 – Appeared in 13 games, inactive for two and placed on injured reserve prior to regular season finale (concussion symptoms)…Brought back 33 kickoffs for 785 yards (23.8 avg.) and had 13 special teams tackles to tie for second on the club, and a team-high two special teams fumble recoveries…Averaged 23.3 yards on three kickoff returns and added two special teams tackles in NFL opener vs. Minnesota, Sept. 9…Averaged 27 yards on three kickoff returns and recovered a fumble on punt coverage to go with two special teams stops at San Francisco, Sept. 20…Vs. Atlanta, Sept. 26, made a special teams tackle and averaged 27 yards on three kickoff returns, including a 39-yard runback. Named September NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for his performance where he made five stops and one fumble recovery to go with a 25.8 kickoff return average…Made another big play on special teams when he recovered a fumble in punt coverage that set up a field goal and averaged 25.5 yards on two kickoff returns vs. Carolina, Oct. 3…Averaged 27.8 yards on four kickoff returns and added a tackle at Arizona, Oct. 10…Averaged 27.7 yards on three returns, including a 39-yard runback and added a season-high three tackles vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 31…After leaving with concussion vs. St. Louis, Dec. 12, inactive for next two games before being placed on injured reserve. 2009 – In 15 games, caught a six-yard pass, returned 42 kickoffs for 1,154 yards (27.5 avg.) with one touchdown and finished second on club with 20 special teams tackles (13 solo)…Ranked fourth in NFL in kickoff return average…In the postseason, returned 11 kickoffs for 282 yards (25.6 avg.) and tied for team lead with four special teams stops…Recorded career-high five special teams tackles vs. N.Y. Giants, Oct. 18…Ran back kickoff 85 yards to set up field goal as part of career-high 185 yards on six returns at Miami, Oct. 25…Put Saints in lead on second half opening kickoff with a 97-yard runback for a TD, the first of his career and first by a Saint since 2004, at St. Louis, Nov. 15…Ran a kick back 67 yards vs. Dallas, Dec. 19….Tallied three special teams tackles in NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Arizona…Had postseason club record 61-yard runback to open the third quarter, setting up field position in Minnesota territory for a touchdown drive in NFC Championship…In Super Bowl XLIV, had four kickoff returns for a 25.5 average, made one special teams tackle and downed a punt at the Colts four-yard line. 2008 – After beginning season with Colts, signed by Saints at midseason and appeared in five games…Returned 19 kickoffs for 472 yards (24.8 avg.) and recorded three special teams tackles before being placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Dec. 8…Including one game with Indianapolis in their season opener, had 24 returns for 473 yards and five special teams stops…In his Saints debut, Nov. 9 vs. Atlanta, had five kickoff returns for 127 yards, including a 41-yard burst…Added a 54-yard return at Kansas City, Nov. 16 and 62-yarder vs. Green Bay, Nov. 24, along with two special teams stops. Suffered an ankle injury vs. Atlanta, Dec. 7 and was placed on injured reserve the following day. 2007 – Active for one game with the Cincinnati Bengals, vs. N.Y. Jets, Oct. 21, but did not play. 2006 – Appeared in 12 games as a reserve wideout for the Tennessee Titans and had two catches for 28 yards. 2005 – Started six-of-13 games as a rookie for Titans and had 21 receptions for 289 yards with one touchdown…Also returned 22 kickoffs for 495 yards (22.5 avg.)…Started first career game vs. Oakland, Oct. 30 and had seven receptions for 83 yards and a TD.
COLLEGE – Closed career as Indiana’s all-time receiving leader with 170 catches for 2,524 yards…As a senior in 2004, started all 11 contests and led the Hoosiers with 55 receptions for 810 yards and seven touchdowns and also added 135 yards rushing and two touchdowns…Most productive season came as sophomore, with 59 grabs for 1,039 yards (18.5 avg.) and four touchdowns, the second-most grabs and yards by a Hoosier in a single-season…Majored in business administration.
PERSONAL – Born Jan. 10, 1983 in Indianapolis, Ind.…Attended North Central (Indianapolis, In.) HS, where he earned All-State honors…Was also an All-State choice in track…Cousin of the late Reggie Roby who played a total of 16 years (1983-98) as a punter in the NFL…Also a cousin of Saints running back Darren Sproles.
WR Courtney Roby holds a press conference after the New Orleans Saints regular season opener against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, September 9, 2012.
Saints WR Courtney Roby returns a blocked punt for a touchdown against the Redskins.
Saints WR Courtney Roby recovers a fumble off of a Carolina punt return.