Originally signed by New Orleans as a free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft out of Grand Valley State, this lineman proved the jump was not too big from Division II to the NFL as he earned a roster spot out of training camp and appeared in all 16 games with two starts at right guard. In 2014, he opened two contests at center. Possessing the versatility to play either guard or center, Lelito will continue to build strength and improve technique to challenge for more extensive playing time at the interior positions.
NFL CAREER – Originally signed by New Orleans as a free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft out of Grand Valley State, this lineman proved the jump was not too big from Division II to the NFL as he earned a roster spot out of training camp and appeared in all 16 games with two starts at right guard. In 2014, he opened two contests at center. Possessing the versatility to play either guard or center, Lelito will continue to build strength and improve technique to challenge for more extensive playing time at the interior positions.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms with Saints as an undrafted free agent, 4/28/13.
2014 – Appeared in all 16 games for the second consecutive season with two starts at center. Opened first career contest at center in place of an injured Jonathan Goodwin, vs. Green Bay, Oct. 26 and blocked for an offense that recorded 193 rushing yards and 311 passing yards (495 total net yards)…Four days later opened the Thursday night contest at Carolina, Oct. 30, where Mark Ingram had his second consecutive game with 100 yards rushing. 2013 – Appeared in all 16 regular season games with two starts at right guard and saw action on special teams in both postseason contests…Received first career start at right guard in place of an injured Jahri Evans vs. Arizona, Sept. 22, blocking for an offense that gained 423 total net yards, including 104 on the ground…Saw action at right guard after Evans left with an injury vs. San Francisco, Nov. 17, as part of a fourth quarter come-from-behind 23-20 win over 49ers…Received second career start at Atlanta, Nov. 21, following participation in only one short practice that week in place of Evans for a unit that gained 103 yards on the ground and surrendered only one sack. Received a team game ball for his inspirational performance, five days after the death of his grandmother, Ardis Lelito, who with his grandfather adopted him at four years old and raised him and younger brother, Jeffrey.
COLLEGE – Started 45 consecutive games for Grand Valley State and was a two-time first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection…As a senior, helped the Lakers rank second in conference in total offense (474.4) and scoring offense (41.9) while he was named GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year…As a junior, part of an offensive line that led the GLIAC and ranked sixth nationally in fewest sacks allowed (10)…Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
PERSONAL – Prepped at St. Clair (Mich.) HS, where he was Detroit Free Press All-State and AP All-State honorable mention as a junior and senior...Two-time Macomb Area Conference and All-Metro East selection...Earned four letters and all-state honors in track and field and one letter in basketball…Participated in a Saints/Progressive Waste Solutions Junior Training Camp at Airline Park Academy in the 2014 offseason and during the season visited with students at Morris Jeff Community School as part of the club’s Rotolo’s Literacy Program…In the 2015 offseason, discussed the importance of time management, leadership development and character building to students at Warren Easton High School in an event sponsored by the Saints and the Louisiana National Guard…Prior to the start of 2014 training camp, hosted his first ever “Lelito’s Legacy” camp for youth in his hometown of St. Clair…Born Tim Scott Lelito on July 21, 1989 in Rochester, Mich.
New Orleans Saints center Tim Lelito met with the media following practice Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (Video by Alex Restrepo)
New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Tim Lelito spoke with reporters Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 about replacing Jonathan Goodwin at center during Sunday's game against Minnesota.
Tim Lelito recaps practice on Sunday, August 10, 2014. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)
Tim Lelito talks on Day 4 of 2014 New Orleans Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon at The Greenbrier on Monday July 28, 2014. Video by Justin Stout. (New Orleans Saints video)