Born: Oct. 12, 1981 in Port Arthur, Texas
Jonathan Babineaux attended Lincoln High School where he was First-Team All-Conference linebacker and team captain his senior year. He is the older brother of Jordan Babineaux.
After high school, he attended University of Iowa where he started 31 out of 42 games and earned All-American and first-team All-Big 10 honors. Babineaux was also named the Hawkeye’s Most Valuable Player on defense as a senior and was the recipient of the Big 10 Conference Sportsmanship Award.
Babineaux was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round with the 59th overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft. On November 25, 2008, he signed a five-year contract extension with the Falcons. In 2009, he had nine tackles and 2.5 sacks against the Washington Redskins. He had a career-high six sacks in 2009, which led all NFL defensive tackles. In 2010, he posted 31 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery, which was returned for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks. In the 2011 season, he recorded 21 total tackles and one sack.
Babineaux started all 16 games in the 2012 season and recorded 3.5 sacks, 31 total tackles, and one interception. In the 2013 season, he recorded 42 total tackles and one sack. He signed a three-year, $9 million contract extension with the Falcons on March 11, 2014. In the 2014 season, he recorded 31 total tackles and two sacks. In the 2015 season, he recorded 30 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one interception. In the 2016 season, he recorded 22 total tackles.
At the end of the 2016 season, Babineaux and the Falcons reached Super Bowl LI, where they faced the New England Patriots on February 5, 2017. In the Super Bowl, he recorded one assisted tackle as the Falcons fell in a 34–28 overtime defeat.