James Anthony Molinaro (born April 27, 1981) is a retired American football offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 2004 NFL Draft in the sixth round with the 180th overall pick. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame.
Jim Molinaro at Redskins training camp
|Born:||April 27, 1981|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||310 lb (141 kg)|
|High school:||Bethlehem (PA) Catholic|
|NFL Draft:||2004 / Round: 6 / Pick: 180|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
Molinaro was also a member of the Dallas Cowboys.
High school careerEdit
Molinaro was named a "First Team Associated Press Big School All-State" selection in 1997 and again in 1998, his junior and senior years. In 1997, he was one of five finalists for the "Pennsylvania Lineman of the Year Award", posting 46 tackles, 17 of them solo, 2.5 sacks, four tackles for losses, 15 forced passes and one batted pass.
During his senior year at Bethlehem Catholic, in 1998, Molinaro recorded 18 solo tackles, 29 assists, 1.5 sacks, 8 forced passes, and 4 batted passes, helping lead Bethlehem Catholic to a 7-4 record. Molinaro was a three-year starter for Bethlehem Catholic, earning four letters in football as an offensive and defensive tackle.
Molinaro was recruited out of Bethlehem Catholic by the University of Notre Dame. After redshirting his first season, Molinaro played as a reserve defensive tackle in 2000, during which he posted one solo tackle.
In 2001, Molinaro appeared in six games, seeing most of his action on special teams, but starting at right tackle in Notre Dame's game against the United States Naval Academy. In 2002, Molinaro appeared in every game for the Fighting Irish and had two starts, mostly playing offensive lineman and appearing on special teams. In 2003, Molinaro started every game for the Fighting Irish and graded out at 83.1 percent for blocking consistency, posting 104 knockdown blocks. He was named both an "All-Independent" and "Super Sleeper" selection by The NFL Draft Report following his senior year at Notre Dame.
Molinaro entered the 2004 NFL Draft and was selected in the sixth round, with the 180th overall selection, by the Washington Redskins. With the Redskins, he appeared in 24 games in his first two NFL seasons (2004 and 2005). In 2005, he helped lead the Redskins to their first NFL playoff appearance since 1999.
On March 21, 2008, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys.