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Jacob David Bender (born April 25, 1985) is a former American football guard and offensive tackle. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nicholls State University.

Jacob Bender
No. 72, 78
Position:Guard / Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1985-04-25) April 25, 1985 (age 34)
Mayo, Maryland
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic
College:Nicholls State
NFL Draft:2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 177
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played:2
Games started:0
Player stats at

Bender was also a member of the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Hartford Colonials, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and York Capitals.

Bender is being brought up on multiple drugs and weapons charges after the police searched his home and found marijuana, oxycodone and numerous weapons, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Early yearsEdit

Bender played high school football under Bill McGregor at the prestigious DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville.

College careerEdit

In 2004 Bender took over as the starting left tackle at Nicholls State, started every game during his career and became an All-Southland Conference selection. In the 2005 season Bender started every game and became an All-Southland Conference first-team and All-Louisiana second-team selection after allowing only 1.5 sacks, 76 pancake blocks, and 8 touchdown resulting blocks. In his final season of 2006, Bender was once again named to the All-Southland Conference and All-Louisiana teams after recording 87 pancake blocks, 8 touchdown resulting blocks and 0 sacks allowed.

Professional careerEdit

New York JetsEdit

Bender was drafted by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was active for two games for the Jets in the 2007 season, and was waived by the team on August 30, 2008.

New England PatriotsEdit

Bender was signed to the practice squad of the New England Patriots on September 1, 2008. He remained there until he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers on November 18.

San Francisco 49ersEdit

Bender was signed by the San Francisco 49ers off the New England Patriots' practice squad on November 18, 2008 when offensive tackle Jonas Jennings was placed on injured reserve.

New York GiantsEdit

After being cut by the 49ers on September 5, 2009, Bender was signed to the New York Giants practice squad on September 16. On January 5, 2010 Bender was signed to a reserved/future contract. On September 4, 2010, Bender was waived by the Giants.

New Orleans SaintsEdit

Bender was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad on September 13, 2010.

Washington RedskinsEdit

Bender was signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad on November 23, 2010.

Carolina PanthersEdit

On December 29, 2010, Bender was signed by the Panthers to their practice squad. His contract was extended on January 14, 2011. He was cut on September 3, 2011.

York CapitalsEdit

Bender started playing for the York Capitals of American Indoor Football in 2014.[1]


  1. ^ "Edgewater native hopes to turn life around on football field, return to NFL". April 14, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2014.

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