Selected as a second round (59th pick overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 2005.
Started all 16 games, seeing action at both defensive tackle and end in 2012. Totaled 42 tackles (33 solo) with 3.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, once fumble recovery and five passes defensed. Anchored a defensive line that produced 46 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, which ranked tied for seventh in the NFL. Collected four tackles (two solo) along with a sack and a fumble recovery in Atlanta's Divisional playoff win over Seattle (1/13). Sacked QB Russell Wilson on a third-down play at the Falcons six-yard line in Atlanta's NFC Divisional win over Seattle (1/13). Babineaux's sack allowed the clock to run out and kept the Seahawks off of the scoreboard at the end of the first half. Posted a season high seven tackles (five solo), on sack and a pass defense against Dallas (11/4). Recovered a fumble and returned it 15 yards for his second career touchdown against Arizona (11/18). Also added a pair of solo tackles in the win. Posted his first career interception, picking off Saints QB Drew Brees and notching two tackles in a win over New Orleans (11/29). Atlanta intercepted Brees five times in the game and snapped his NFL record streak of 54 straight games with a touchdown pass.
Recorded one tackle in week one at Chicago (9/11). Was inactive due to injury vs. Philadelphia (9/18), at Tampa Bay (9/25) and at Seattle (10/2). Tallied one tackle and two quarterback hits vs. Green Bay (10/9). Registered four tackles (two solo) and a quarterback hit vs. Carolina (10/16). Recorded three tackles (two solo) and a pass defensed at Detroit (10/23). Recorded two tackles, two tackles for loss and his first sack of the season at Indianapolis (11/6). Notched four tackles (three solo) vs. New Orleans (11/13). Tallied three tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and two passes defensed vs. Tennessee (11/20). Started at defensive tackle, but did not record any statistics vs. Minnesota (11/27). Registered two quarterback hits at Houston (12 /4). Logged three tackles (one solo) and one quarterback hit at Carolina (12/11). Assisted on two tackles and added one quarterback hit vs. Jacksonville (12/15). Started at defensive tackle at New Orleans (12/26). Notched two tackles (one solo) vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).
Started 15 games at defensive tackle and contributed with 31 tackles. Also added four sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one defensive touchdown and two passes defensed. Tallied two tackles, one sack and one forced fumble against Arizona (9/19). Collected two tackles and one forced fumble at Cleveland (10/10). Notched one solo tackle and his second career interception against Tampa Bay (11/7). Posted two solo tackles and a fumble recovery in the endzone for his first career touchdown at Seattle (12/19). Logged three tackles and one sack for a 15-yard loss against Carolina (1/2).
Started all 16 games at defensive tackle and led the team with six sacks while contributing with a career-high 58 tackles. Also added two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed. Tallied one tackle, two fumble recoveries and one tackle for loss in the season opener against Miami (9/13). Collected two tackles, a half of a sack, one tackle for loss, one pass defensed and one forced fumble against Chicago (10/18). Notched a season-high 11 tackles, a career-game-high 2.5 sacks and three tackles for loss versus Washington (11/8). Recorded six tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one pass defensed against Tampa Bay (11/29). Logged four tackles, one sack and three tackles for loss against Buffalo (12/27).
Started 15 of 16 contests and tallied 38 tackles (30 solo), 3.5 sacks for a loss of 26.5 yards, one forced fumble and two passes defensed. Registered a season-high five tackles vs. Chicago (10/12). Notched one tackle and one fumble recovery at Oakland (11/2) for a defense that allowed a franchise-low three first downs in the contest. Posted two tackles, 1.5 sacks (10.5 yards) and one pass defensed at San Diego (11/30). The sacks marked his second-career multiple-sack game. Started in Atlanta’s Wild Card meeting at Arizona (1/3/09) and tallied three tackles (two solo).
Totaled 53 tackles (37 solo) while adding a season-high three sacks and two forced fumbles. Also recorded one fumble recovery and notched two passes defensed. Started at defensive tackle and collared a career-high two sacks at Jacksonville (9/16) in addition to posting two tackles and one forced fumble. Collared seven tackles at Tampa Bay (12/16) for a defensive unit that allowed a season-low 109 passing yards. Led all defensive linemen with a career-high eight tackles and one pass defensed at Arizona (12/23) for a defensive unit that allowed only 76 rushing yards. Posted five tackles, one sack (eight yards), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery vs. Seattle (12/30) for a defense that produced three turnovers in the 44–41 victory.
Saw action in 16 games with one start and tallied 38 tackles to go along with one sack, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three passes defensed. Started at defensive tackle for an injured Rod Coleman (toe) vs. Pittsburgh (10/22) and posted five tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and his first-career forced fumble. Tallied two tackles and his first career interception (six yards) at Detroit (11/5).
Played in all 16 games, including six starts (Weeks 9-14) at right defensive end and recorded 36 tackles, one fumble recovery, one half-sack and one pass defensed. Posted one tackle and one fumble recovery in his first career game vs. Philadelphia (9/12). Recorded two tackles and a half of a sack in his second career start vs. Green Bay (11/13).
Four-year letterman at Iowa, starting 31 of 42 games and recording 131 tackles, 19 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception. Earned All-America and first-team All-Big 10 honors as the team’s Most Valuable Player on defense after leading the Conference with 11 sacks as a senior. Also named the recipient of the Big 10 Conference Sportsmanship Award.
Lettered in football, baseball and basketball at Lincoln (Port Arthur, TX) High School. First-team All-Conference linebacker and team captain as a senior, while also competing at defensive end, fullback and punter. Also a member of the number one ranked basketball team in the state of Texas. Jonathan’s brother, Jordan, is a defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks. He is the youngest of five children. Born Jonathan Babineaux on October 12, 1981 in Port Arthur, Texas.