Courtney E. Roby (born January 10, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver, drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft, following a historical college football career at Indiana. Roby has also played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, and Atlanta Falcons.

Courtney Roby
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Roby with the New Orleans Saints
No. 82, 10, 15
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1983-01-10) January 10, 1983 (age 37)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:North Central
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl Champion (XLIV)
  • 2009 New Orleans Saints Special Teams MVP
  • 2010 NFC Special Teams Player of the Month
  • 2011 & 2012 New Orleans Saints Captain
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:343
Total return yards:3,007
Total touchdowns:3
Total tackles:52
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Roby attended North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana where he starred in both football and track for the Panthers. As a senior at North Central High School, Roby was an All-State selection in football, after rushing for 539 yards and six touchdowns, catching 12 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 32 yards per kickoff return and returning three for touchdowns. He was also an All-State selection in track and field while being selected to the Indiana All-Star teams in both sports.

College careerEdit

Courtney attended Indiana University as a two sport athlete in football and track. In football, Roby was an elected Captain and team MVP for his Senior season while finishing his career as the most productive receiver in Hoosier football history, breaking the all-time records for career receptions and yardage with 170 catches and 2,524 yards. During the 2002 season, he was just the third receiver in Hoosier history to gain over 1,000 yards in a single season, while his 59 receptions ranked second in school history. After completing his senior campaign, Roby was selected to participate in the Senior Bowl All-Star game, an honor given to the top NFL prospects in the country.

As a member of the Indiana University track and field team, Roby competed in the 100m dash and 4x100m relay. As a Junior he placed fourth in the BigTen Conference Championships 100m.

Professional careerEdit

Tennessee TitansEdit

Roby was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He was released by the Titans on September 1, 2007.

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Roby was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals on October 16, 2007.[1] On October 26, 2007, he was released by the Bengals.

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On January 14, 2008, Roby was signed by the Indianapolis Colts. He was released on September 11, 2008.

New Orleans SaintsEdit

The New Orleans Saints, signed Roby on October 16, 2008.[2] He played in five games for the Saints before suffering an injury and being placed on the injured reserve list. A free agent after the 2008 season, Roby re-signed with the Saints on March 16, 2009. On November 15, 2009, Roby returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, while his 61 yard return in the victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game set a post season club record. Courtney finished the season ranked third in the NFL for kick return yardage and was the primary kick returner and top special teams contributor during their run to a victory in Super Bowl XLIV, leading to being voted as the Saints’ Special Teams MVP.

Roby returned as the Saints’ primary kick returner and gunner for the 2010 season. In the December 12, 2010 game against St. Louis, Roby suffered an apparently serious concussion and neck injury on a kickoff return; he was removed from the field on a cart and taken to the hospital by ambulance. Roby was placed on the injured reserve list on December 29, 2010.[3][4] He became an unrestricted free agent following the 2011 season, but was re-signed on April 16, 2012. Roby was released on August 31, 2013.

Atlanta FalconsEdit

On June 27, 2014, Roby was signed by the Atlanta Falcons.[5] He was released on October 7, 2014.[6]


Courtney was born to John Roby, Jr., and Donita Turner-Douglas. He is the oldest of four with two brothers, Brandon Walker-Roby, who is also a former WR at Indiana University (2005–2008) and John "Tre" Roby III, a former WR at Lindenwood University. Courtney has one sister, Karrington.

Roby comes from a family of athletes: father John Roby, Jr. excelled in basketball for the University of Indianapolis (formerly known as Indiana Central), cousin Landon Turner starred for the 1981 NCAA Championship Indiana University basketball team, uncle Rob Turner was an excellent WR at Indiana University (1987–90), Roby is also the cousin of NFL RB Darren Sproles and the late NFL punter Reggie Roby.[7]

Courtney married his wife Krystal on July 13, 2013, with whom he has two daughters.[8]


  1. ^ Bengals Sign WR Roby
  2. ^ Saints Replace Copper With WR Courtney Roby
  3. ^ James Varney, "New Orleans Saints return man Courtney Roby is released from the hospital", Times-Picayune, December 14, 2010.
  4. ^ "New Orleans Saints place Courtney Roby on injured reserve", Times-Picayune, December 30, 2010.
  5. ^ D. Orlando Ledbetter, "Falcons sign former Saints WR Courtney Roby", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 27, 2014.
  6. ^ Thomas, Jeanna (October 7, 2014). "Falcons cut Courtney Roby, Promote Freddie Martino to 53-Man Roster". SBNation - The Falcoholic. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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