The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Signed by Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent, May 5, 2006…Waived by Vikings, Sept. 2, 2006…Re-signed by Vikings to practice squad, Sept. 3, 2006…Signed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers to active roster, Oct. 4, 2006…Re-signed by Buccaneers as a restricted free agent, April 12, 2009…Waived by Buccaneers, March 13, 2014…Signed by Oakland Raiders as a free agent, March 19, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Accomplished and durable veteran offensive lineman enters his first season with the Silver and Black, joining the team in the offseason after eight seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers…Has played in 112 career games with 108 starts, and has started in one playoff appearance…Has started 108 consecutive games at left tackle, the third longest current streak among all active tackles in the NFL entering 2014…The streak dates back to 2007…Named to Pro Bowl after a stellar 2010 campaign…Has also caught three passes for 19 yards and two TDs in his career…Originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in 2006, before joining the Buccaneers later that season.
2013 (with TB): Started all 16 games on the season for the sixth consecutive year…Helped Tampa Bay post 4,432 yards of total offense…(9/29) vs. Ari.: Played in his 100th-career game, all consecutive…(11/3) at Sea.: Recorded his 100th consecutive start…(11/11) vs. Mia.: Caught the second TD pass of his career tying him with Warren Sapp for most offensive TDs by a non-skill position player in Buccaneers history…(12/1) at Car.: Recorded his 104th consecutive start, passing David Logan for the fourth-longest streak in Buccaneers history.
2012 (with TB): For the fifth consecutive season, started all 16 games…Helped pave the way for the offense to post 5,454 yards, the second most in Tampa Bay history…(10/14) vs. KC: Helped the offense to 463 yards…(10/21) vs. NO: Blocked for a unit that posted 513 yards of total offense, the third-most yards in team history and the most in a home game…(10/25) at Min.: Helped pave the way for the offense to total 416 yards, which marked the first time in franchise history that the Buccaneers recorded three consecutive games with 400-plus yards offensively...(11/4) at Oak.: Helped the offense post 515 yards from scrimmage, the second-most total yards in team history.
2011 (with TB): Started all 16 games on the season…Allowed Josh Freeman the time to throw for 3,592 passing yards, the third highest total in team history…(10/3) vs. Ind.: Started at LT, where he helped the offense finish with 466 yards, the then-most in franchise history for a home game…(10/16) vs. NO: Helped the offense post 420 total yards…(11/20) at GB: Helped pave the way for the offense to a 455-yard performance.
2010 (with TB): Started all 16 games on the season at LT, earning his first Pro Bowl selection…Surrendered only 3.5 sacks on the season, according to coaches’ film…Helped lead the offense to 5,362 total yards on the season…(9/12) vs. Cle.: Started season opener at LT and helped the offense to 340 total yards…(9/19) at Car.: Started at LT, helping to hold the Panthers defense without a sack…(11/21) at SF: Recorded first NFL reception, catching a one-yard TD pass…(12/26) vs. Sea.: Started at LT, helping the offense to a season-high 439 yards, including 208 yards rushing, which earned the offensive line Madden Most Valuable Protectors honors for Week 16.
2009 (with TB): Started all 16 games at LT for the second consecutive year…(9/13) vs. Dal.: Started at LT and helped the offense to 450 yards…(10/11) at Phi.: Started at LT and recorded first career reception on a 15-yard gain off of a deflected pass…(12/6) at Car.: Started at LT and helped offense to 469 yards, the then fifth best single-game performance in team history…(12/20) at Sea.: Was part of an offensive line that held the Seahawks without a sack.
2008 (with TB): Started all 16 games at LT for the first time…Helped lead the offense to 5,456 total yards, the highest single-season total in franchise history…Helped lead the offense to 361 points, the second-highest single-season total in team history…(9/7) at NO: Started at LT and helped the Buccaneers offense rush for 146 yards on 20 carries, an average of 7.3 yards per carry, which was the third-highest single-game average in team history…(9/21) at Chi.: Started at LT and was part of an offense that did not allow a sack in a team-record 67 pass attempts…(9/28) vs. GB: Started at LT and helped lead the way for the offense to post a season-high 178 rushing yards and did not allow a sack for the second straight week.
2007 (with TB): Played in all 16 regular season games with 12 starts and started lone playoff game…Helped lead the team capture the NFC South division title...(9/9) at Sea.: Saw action in first career game...(9/30) at Car.: Came off the bench, replacing an injured Luke Petitgout at LT in the second quarter...(10/7) at Ind.: Made first career start...(10/21) at Det.: Helped Jeff Garcia throw for 316 yards on 45 attempts while paving the way for 124 rushing yards...(11/4) vs. Ari.: Started at LT and helped the team rush for 162 yards...(11/18) at Atl.: Started at LT and helped the team rush for 149 yards on 31 attempts (4.8 avg.)...(12/2) at NO: Started at LT and helped the team gain a season-high 466 total yards of offense...The 466 total yards also stands as the fifth best single game performance in team history...(12/16) vs. Atl.: Started at LT and helped team rush for a season-high 190 yards...Postseason: (1/6/08) vs. NYG: Made first career-playoff start against N.Y. Giants in NFC Wild Card Game.
2006 (with Min. and TB): Inactive for final 13 games of season after being signed to the Buccaneers’ active roster on Oct. 4…Signed to the Vikings practice squad on Sept. 3 after being released the previous day.
COLLEGE: Started 44 games at both tackle positions during his career at Utah State…Started 44 consecutive games, which tied for the most at Utah State since 1991…Started at RT in the third game of his freshman year to begin his streak…Started at LT as a sophomore, junior and senior…Selected by his teammates as a team captain as a senior…Named second-team All-WAC in 2005…Selected to play in the Hula Bowl, the first Utah State player in the Hula Bowl since 2000, and the 11th overall…Majored in sociology.
PERSONAL: Attended St. Bernard High School in Playa Del Ray, Calif. …Named first-team All-CIF as a prep senior and was a first-team all-league selection…Earned Lineman of the Year honors…Named second-team all-league as a junior…Also was an all-state selection in basketball…Established the Donald Penn Foundation to help inner-city and low-income youth in Tampa and Los Angeles make positive, life-changing decisions by providing education incentives, scholarship opportunities and support during the holidays…Along with the offensive line and tight ends, surprised 26 single mothers with gifts for the holidays in December 2010…Helped spearhead “Turkey Time with the O-Line,” a Thanksgiving program sponsored by the offensive line which has provided more than 3,600 meals to Tampa-area needy families from 2007-2012.
LT Donald Penn spoke to reporters after the Raiders team meeting this morning and discussed the highs and lows of his first season with the team.