The 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker was a four year letterman at Nebraska, starting his final three seasons for the Huskers. Ruud's 216 career tackles in college put him among the top 30 tacklers in Nebraska history, joining his brother Barrett and his father Tom who both played for the university.
The Lincoln, Neb. product was happy to get drafted by the Patriots after the meetings he had with scouts went so well.
"New England definitely made me feel like I was one of their guys and it ended up being true that they were interested and wanted me there," Ruud said shortly after the Draft. "They were, out of all teams, where I really wanted to be and it ended up working out. It was pretty amazing how it happened like I hoped for."
Ruud is the team's second 2008 draft pick to sign a deal, following Matt Slater who signed a deal in mid June. The Patriots selected seven players in the Draft: Jerod Mayo (1st round); Terrence Wheatley (2nd round); Shawn Crable and Kevin O'Connell (3rd Round); Jonathan Wilhite (4th round); Slater (5th round) and Ruud (6th round).
Moss To Keep on Trucking
Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss is one step closer to realizing his dream of owning a NASCAR racing team. Moss purchased a share of the Morgan Dollar Motorsports race team and will begin competing in the Craftsman Truck Series July 19th at the Kentucky Speedway according to the Charlotte Observer. The race team will be known as Randy Moss Motorsports. A formal announcement is expected to be made Thursday at the Daytona International Speedway.
Andrews In More Trouble
Patriots' veteran defensive back Willie Andrews was arrested over the weekend on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a gun. Andrews allegedly pointed a weapon at his girlfriend's head during a domestic dispute. Andrews was arrested Sunday night and held without bail. He was released Monday morning according to reports and will be arraigned in Attleboro District Court. The Patriots have made no comment on the incident. It is the second time Andrews has been arrested this year after an earlier incident involving a controlled substance led to drug possession charges.
Voting Coming To An End
Fans can vote for their favorite former Patriot player or coach to be elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame this summer presented by Raytheon. A 27-member panel selected the three finalists in April.
The candidates are: tight end Ben Coates, center Jon Morris and running back Jim Nance. Fans can vote for their favorite on the team's official website Patriots.com
This year's winner will join the 12 members already in the Patriots' Hall of Fame: Bruce Armstrong (2001), Nick Buoniconti (1992), Gino Cappelletti (1992), Bob Dee (1993), Steve Grogan (1995), John Hannah (1991), Mike Haynes (1994), Jim Lee Hunt (1993), Stanley Morgan (2007), Steve Nelson (1993), Vito "Babe" Parilli (1993) and Andre Tippett (1999)
Voting concludes at midnight on July 4, 2008.