He was born on May 29, 1981 in Lumberton, NC where he attended Lumberton High. As a redshirt freshman at N.C. State, he played defensive end and defensive tackle, appearing in 11 games with 1 start. He finished the year with 39 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and 10 pressures. As a sophomore, he started 2 of 11 games, and finished the year with 29 tackles, 4 for loss, 1 sack, 4 pressures, and 1 blocked field goal. He moved to offense as a junior, starting 14 games at tackle. He started 13 games as a senior, mostly at right tackle. But he did log a pair of starts at right guard and 1 at left tackle. He would earn 1st team All-ACC as a senior. He was originally selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 3rd round (84th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft.
Signed by Seattle Seahawks on July 30, 2004 ... Re-signed by Seahawks to an extension on February 21, 2008 ... Signed by Washington Redskins on August 5, 2011 ... Signed by New York Giants on April 11, 2012 ... Placed on injured reserve by Giants on December 5, 2012 ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons on November 13, 2013.
Signed by Seahawks to a five-year extension in 2008 worth $32 million with up to $12 million in bonuses.