The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by New Orleans Saints in second round (40th overall) of 2008 NFL Draft, April 26, 2008...Signed first contract, July 26, 2008...Placed on injured reserve (wrist), Oct. 7, 2008...Signed by Denver Broncos as unrestricted free agent, March 23, 2012...Signed by Oakland Raiders as unrestricted free agent, April 3, 2013.
At a glance
CAREER: Entered the league as the Saints’ second-round selection in the 2008 draft, taken 40th overall, 15 picks after new teammate Mike Jenkins…In 65 regular season games (59 starts), has 51 passes defensed and 10 interceptions…Spent his first four years with New Orleans, helping the team to three straight playoff berths, a 37-11 regular-season record and a world championship during his three years (2009-11) as a Saints starting CB…Signed with Denver as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2012 campaign, missing most of the season with an illness…Has a penchant for late-game heroics, having sealed three career contests, including Super Bowl XLIV against Peyton Manning and the Colts, with a pick-six; all of those touchdowns have occurred in the final 3:30 of games, with his team leading by one score or less…Also returned picks for late TDs in a 2009 Saints win at Miami, and a season-opening 2012 win vs. Pittsburgh, with Denver…In fact, no other NFL player has more fourth-quarter interceptions returned for touchdowns from 2009-12…What’s more, nine of his 10 combined regular-season and playoff interceptions have come in the fourth quarter…Résumé includes a fourth-quarter INT of Minnesota’s Brett Favre in the 2009 NFC Championship; the takeaway sent the game to overtime and preserved New Orleans’ road to a Super Bowl title…Enters 2013 as one of just 10 NFL players with at least one interception in each of the last five seasons (2008-12), joining Sheldon Brown (Phi.-Cle.), Tarell Brown (SF), Ryan Clark (Pit.), Tim Jennings (Ind.-Chi.), Richard Marshall (Car.-Ari.-Mia.), Terence Newman (Dal.-Cin.), Troy Polamalu (Pit.), Tramon Williams (GB) and Will Witherspoon (StL-Phi-Ten).
2013: Playmaking CB started all 16 games in first season with Raiders...Played in 16 games for the first time in his career...Moved inside in nickel situations, seeing action on nearly every defensive snap...Tied for the team lead with two interceptions, returning one interception for a touchdown...Became the first player in NFL history to record interceptions for touchdowns against both Peyton and Eli Manning...Established career highs with 1 1/2 sacks and 88 tackles (63 solo)...Led team with 15 passes defensed...(9/8) at Ind.: Started at RCB in first game with Oakland...Posted five tackles (four solo)...Sacked QB Andrew Luck in the third quarter, coming off the edge and getting to the passer for an 8-yard loss to help force a punt...Sack marked the second of his career and first since his rookie season (2008)...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Credited with a half-sack of QB Chad Henne along with S Usama Young...Posted three passes defensed...(9/23) at Den.: Recorded six solo tackles before leaving the game due to a concussion...(9/29) vs. Was.: Posted seven tackles (six)...(10/6) vs. SD: Racked up a season-high 10 tackles (four) and recorded two passes defensed...Blocked a third-quarter field-goal attempt, coming off the edge to thwart K Nick Novak’s 37-yard try...(10/13) at KC: Recorded a team-high 10 tackles (seven) and credited with two passes defensed...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Notched first interception of the season, barely scooping the ball up before it hit the turf following a bobble by WR Antonio Brown in the fourth quarter...Added two tackles (one) and two passes defensed...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Credited with four solo tackles and one pass defensed...(11/10) at NYG: Intercepted a second-quarter pass by QB Eli Manning, jumping a route and returning it 43 yards for a touchdown...Score marked the fourth “pick-six” of his career...Became the first player to record interceptions for touchdowns against both Peyton and Eli Manning...Added five tackles (three) and one pass defensed...(11/17) at Hou.: Recorded five tackles (four) and one pass defensed...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Posted seven tackles (six)...(11/28) at Dal.: Recorded a season-high 11 tackles (six)...Credited with one pass defensed...Stopped RB Lance Dunbar for a 5-yard loss in the fourth quarter...(12/8) at NYJ: Notched four tackles (two)...(12/15) vs. KC: Posted two solo tackles and one pass defensed...(12/22) at SD: Credited with a pass defensed, knocking away a first-quarter pass intended for WR Vincent Brown...(12/29) vs. Den.: Posted three solo tackles.
2012: Played in six games with four starts, registering 21 tackles (16 solo) and six passes defensed, including an interception he returned 43 yards for a touchdown…Started four of the first five games, all at right corner, before an illness sidelined him for nine straight contests…Returned to play in a Week 16 game, but sustained a concussion and missed the final three contests, including the team’s playoff loss vs. Baltimore…(9/9) vs. Pit.: In his Denver debut, garnered AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after icing Denver’s Game 1 triumph, picking off Ben Roethlisberger and scoring on a 43-yard return; also tied for second on the team’s single-game franchise list by matching a career high with five passes defensed…Initially suffered a seizure during the preseason, and began feeling symptoms apparently related to the incident prior to Denver’s Week 6 game at San Diego.
2011: Started 11 of 14 games in his final campaign with the Saints, helping the team to its second 13-3 division-winning season in three years, and a third straight playoff berth…Totaled 63 tackles (54 solo), one interception, eight passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…Also started both postseason games...(11/13) at Atl.: Forced a Michael Turner fumble, which flew out of bounds, in the third quarter…(11/28) at NYG: Racked up a career-high 14 tackles (11 solo), one on which he forced a third-quarter fumble recovered by New Orleans to set up a Saints touchdown two plays later…(12/4) vs. Det.: Essentially sealed a 31-17 win by intercepting Matthew Stafford with just under three minutes remaining.
2010: Had 63 tackles (48 solo) in 12 games, all starts, as well as one interception, nine passes defensed and one fumble recovery, helping New Orleans to the postseason…Also started the NFC Wild Card game…Additionally, returned punts (two attempts, 6 yards) for the first time since college…Underwent knee surgery and missed Games 5-8 before returning to the lineup…(9/20) at SF: Preserved a fourth-quarter Saints lead in eventual 25-22 win on Monday Night Football by intercepting Alex Smith at the New Orleans 10-yard line…(1/8/11) at Sea.: In a Wild Card playoff loss, recorded two tackles behind the line of scrimmage, one in the third quarter with New Orleans fighting back from a deficit.
2009: Helped Saints to a Super Bowl XLIV triumph, starting 11 of 12 games played during the regular season and all three in the postseason…Recorded 69 tackles (50 solo), four interceptions and two forced fumbles to assist team to NFC South title, then added 19 stops (15 solo), another forced fumble and two more INTs in the postseson…Overcame a knee injury that forced him out of four games from Nov. 22-Dec. 13…(9/20) at Phi.: Intercepted Kevin Kolb deep in Saints territory on the final play of the game…(10/18) vs. NYG: Broke up three passes…(10/25) at Mia.: Established an early career best by breaking up five Chad Henne passes, one that forced a second-quarter punt and another in the third quarter tipped into the arms of teammate Darren Sharper en route to a 42-yard touchdown return…Returned an interception of his own for a TD, the first of his career, with 1:53 remaining in a 40-34 game to put the game out of reach…(11/2) vs. Atl.: Picked off a pass in a second straight game, intercepting Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter to set up a TD, the Saints’ final points in a 35-27 Monday night triumph…(12/27) vs. TB: Intercepted Josh Freeman in the Saints’ end zone to extinguish a third-quarter threat…(1/24/10) vs. Min.: Played a key role in two fourth-quarter takeaways, helping send the NFC Championship to overtime and sustain New Orleans’ path to a Super Bowl triumph…First, with Vikings driving for game-tying touchdown, forced a Bernard Berrian fumble, recovered by Jonathan Vilma, at the Saints’ 10-yard line; then, with Minnesota in range for a game-winning FG, intercepted Brett Favre with 19 seconds left at the Saints’ 22-yard line (New Orleans won the toss and never gave Vikings another possession)…(2/7/10) vs. Ind.: Sealed the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV win by returning a Peyton Manning interception 74 yards for a touchdown with 3:12 remaining, the Saints’ final score in a 31-17 victory.
2008: Started the Saints’ first five games before a wrist injury landed him on injured reserve, truncating his rookie season…Finished with 32 tackles (26 solo), including his first career sack; also posted one interception among six passes defensed…(9/7) vs. TB: Made his NFL debut, starting the season-opener, and broke up a pair of passes…(9/28) vs. SF: Helped Saints to 31-17 win, posting his first NFL sack and interception in the same contest, with two passes defensed…Sacked J.T. O’Sullivan late in the first half, then picked him off in the Saints’ end zone with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game…(10/6) vs. Min.: Dislocated his wrist and did not return…Placed on injured reserve Oct. 7.
COLLEGE: Started 43 career games and graduated with 16 interceptions, second in IU history behind Tim Wilbur (19, 1978-82), and racked up a school-record 413 interception-return yards…Also finished with 212 tackles (175 solo),two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries...Additionally, returned 35 punts for 477 yards (13.6 avg.), with one TD, becoming the first player in program history to score on a punt, fumble recovery and interception return…A first-team All-Big Ten performer as a senior in 2007, started every game and posted 83 tackles (63 total), with six INTs…Majored in recreational sports management.
PERSONAL: Married to Devyn, has two children, Samari and Synai...Played only two years of prep football at Port Allen (La.) High School, lining up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and cornerback...Earned first-team all-district and all-state recognition as a senior DB, with 11 interceptions, two returned for TDs...Also lettered in basketball and track...Following Super Bowl XLIV, hometown temporarily renamed itself Porter Allen, La., then named a street in his honor.
Raiders players sound off on this week's match-up with the Eagles and Jeanette Thompson chats with CB Tracy Porter who recorded an INT vs. Pittsburgh.
Oakland Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter picks this Ben Roethlisberger pass off just before it hits the ground to give the Raiders the ball back in the fourth quarter.