Born: April 22, 1994 in Port Arthur, Texas
Elandon Roberts (born April 22, 1994) is a linebacker for the New England Patriots. He attended Memorial High School in Port Arthur, where he was a member of both the football team and the track and field team. He attended college at Morgan State as a freshman and then transferred to University of Houston. The 107 tackle total he amassed at Morgan State 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.
As a senior in 2015, Roberts was a team captain at University of Houston 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.
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 predicted that he was headed for the Super Bowl and the Hall of Fame.
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 predicted that he was headed for the Super Bowl and the Hall of Fame. So far, his instincts look pretty good - as he now has two Super Bowls and induction into the Museum of the Gulf Coast's Hall of Fame (which he visited as a third-grader) under his belt. Memorial High School also retired his football jersey.
Roberts was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round, 214th overall. 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. His second year in the NFL, Elandon made 14 starts for the Patriots. The Patriots returned to the Super bowl but fell short to Philadelphia. He had 6 tackles in this game.
His second year in the NFL, Elandon made 14 starts for the Patriots. Roberts was part of the 2017 Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI and recorded two tackles as the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. 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.
The Patriots returned to the Super Bowl in 2018 but fell short to Philadelphia. Roberts had 6 tackles in this game.
In his third season, Roberts played in all 16 regular season games and started 11 of them. He deflected a career-high 4 passes and recorded one sack. Roberts also made 31 solo tackles, including 6 tackles for losses, and assisted on another 34 tackles. Again, the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl, defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 on February 3, 2019. Roberts played in all 3 postseason games, recording 6 solo tackles, including one tackle for a loss.
Elandon Roberts has played in the Super Bowl each of his first 3 seasons in the NFL, winning two out of those three!