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Port Arthur native Elandon Roberts signs with Dolphins

Elandon Roberts spent his first four seasons in the NFL as a three-time Super Bowl participant, winning two championships with the New England Patriots.

As Roberts approaches his 26th birthday, the Port Arthur native and 2012 Memorial High School graduate hopes his good fortune in a young career will rub off on a team that hasn’t been to a Super Bowl in 35 years or the playoffs in three.

Having completed his rookie contract with the Patriots, the soon-to-be fifth-year linebacker signed a new deal with the Miami Dolphins on Friday. Terms of the deal were not available.

“Miami!!! Super excited to be [a part] of the 305 community,” Roberts said on a Facebook post with a photo of him signing his contract. “Thank you for welcoming me into your family. I am ready to get to the city and get to work. I pray that everyone is staying safe and healthy as best you can in these trying times. See you guys soon #FinsUp[Dolphin icon] #DarkGrind”

NFL business has continued in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and Roberts’ signing with the Dolphins was not the biggest blow the Patriots suffered by any means. Six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady headed to Florida as well, but has changed conferences as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Roberts, who’ll turn 26 on April 22, was named a team captain in New England last season spent a large part of the campaign as a fullback after the Patriots ran thin at that position. Roberts recorded only one catch, but it went for a 38-yard touchdown from Tom Brady.

New England, however, took an earlier-than-usual exit from the AFC playoffs, losing a Wild Card game to the Tennessee Titans in January.

Roberts has totaled 202 regular-season tackles (118 solo and four sacks) in his career. His greatest tackle to date, however, was a stop of Devonta Freeman’s 39-yard run late in Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons in Houston. The Falcons eventually punted away, and the Patriots went on to force overtime and ultimately win in Roberts’ rookie season.

Roberts has a place in Memorial lore as a part of the most successful football team in the school’s 18-year history. He helped the 2011 Titans reach the 5A Division II state semifinal round.

Roberts began his collegiate career at Morgan State University in Maryland but transferred to the University of Houston and led the Cougars to a Peach Bowl victory over Florida State in the 2015 season.


About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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