Branden Albert is entering his first season with the Miami Dolphins after spending the previous six years with the Kansas City Chiefs. Albert, a sturdy and reliable left tackle, is coming off a stellar 2013 campaign where he was named to his first Pro Bowl after paving the way for Jamaal Charles’ 1,980 all-purpose yards. On March 11, 2014, Albert inked a five-year, $47 million contract with the Dolphins.
Early Years & College
Albert was born in Rochester, N.Y., on Nov. 4, 1984. He attended Glen Burnie High where he didn’t begin playing organized football until his junior year in 2002. Albert, also a standout basketball player, struggled with academics throughout his formative years, eventually enrolling at Hargrave Military Academy in 2004, and playing offensive tackle under head coach Robert Prunty. After Hargrave, Albert went to the University of Virginia where he started all 37 games at offensive guard in a three-year collegiate career and garnered first-team All-ACC honors in 2006 after allowing just one sack.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs selected Albert in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft (15th overall). Albert was converted from guard to tackle in his rookie season and started 15 games at left tackle, allowing just 4.5 sacks and committing only one penalty. Despite a roller-coaster 2009 campaign, Albert still started 14 games and kept the trust of the coaching staff. The Chiefs placed the dreaded franchise tag on him prior to the 2013 season, perhaps motivating Albert to post the best year of his NFL career.
The Dolphins scooped up Albert after he left the Chiefs via free agency in 2014. Albert is fully entrenched as the Dolphins’ starting left tackle entering the 2014 regular season as the team looks at him to anchor the offensive line and provide veteran leadership.
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