| Port Arthur, Texas|
Houston Cougars football
| (1994-04-22) April 22, 1994 (age 22)|
Port Arthur (TX) Memorial
2016 / Round: 6 / Pick: 214
New England Patriots (#52 / Linebacker)
Eli Roberts, Stephanie Roberts
Vincent Valentine, Ted Karras, Joe Thuney, Jonathan Jones, Shea McClellin
Elandon Roberts (born April 22, 1994) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at University of Houston. He was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Elandon Roberts Wikipedia
Along with football, Roberts was also a member of the track and field team at Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas.
Roberts played college football for Morgan State as a freshman linebacker in 2012. Roberts finished the season with 107 tackles to lead team and finish second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) while at Morgan State University which competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The 107 tackle total marked the second-best single-season effort in program history, and Roberts also had nine tackles for a loss, two sacks, one interception, and two pass breakups as well. Roberts was named to the All-MEAC second team in 2012 and finished 11th in the Jerry Rice Award, given to the nation's top freshman on the FCS level. Roberts was also named the MEAC Rookie of the Week three times.
After his freshman season, Roberts transferred to play football at University of Houston from 2013 - 2015. In 2013, he saw action in eight games as a backup linebacker. As a junior in 2014, Roberts appeared in 12 games as a linebacker and on special teams. As a senior in 2015, Roberts was a team captain and had 142 total tackles which was good enough to lead the American Conference and place him fourth in the nation. However, his 88 solo tackles led all of the FBS.
Roberts was not invited to the NFL Combine but played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in California, starting at middle linebacker.
After performing at Houston's pro day on March 24, 2016, Roberts said, "the team that pulls the trigger on me is getting the best linebacker in the draft," and that "the team that takes me is definitely getting a steal. When they get that, I'm going to the Super Bowl and be a Hall of Famer. I feel like I'm the best inside linebacker in college football. I feel like I raised some eyebrows."
Roberts was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round, 214th overall, in the 2016 NFL Draft. He made his first NFL start on October 16, 2016 against the Bengals and tied for second highest tackles on the team with seven in the win. In Week 16 against the Jets, Roberts led the team with 11 tackles including a forced fumble recovered by Malcolm Butler. The Patriots won Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons 34-28. The Patriots trailed 28-3 in the third quarter, but rallied all the way back to win the game which featured the first overtime game in Super Bowl history and the largest comeback in the Super Bowl. Roberts recorded 2 tackles in the game.
His brother Jeremiah (also goes by Jermire) played football at Iowa and brother Calvin played football at Oklahoma State.