Ameer Abdullah
RB #21
Homewood, AL

Quick Stats (2017):

Career Stats
TOTAL 193 814 4.2 36 2 33 251 7.6 36 2 5 2
2017 DET 2 2 32 116 3.6 34 0 3 11 3.7 6 0 -- --
2016 DET 2 2 18 101 5.6 24 0 5 57 11.4 18 1 -- --
2015 DET 16 9 143 597 4.2 36 2 25 183 7.3 36 1 5 2
Recent Games
1 ARI W 35-23 15 30 2 7 0 3 11 3.7 6 0 -- --
2 @NYG W 24-10 17 86 5.1 34 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Came to Detroit in the second round (54 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft following one of the most prolific careers in Nebraska football history, which included three-consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (2012-14). Saw his second NFL season cut short due to injury suffered early in the season.


  • Pronunciation: uh-MEER ab-DOO-la
  • Voted by his teammates for the Mel Farr Rookie of the Year Award in 2015.


  • Placed on Reserved/Injured (foot) on September 21, 2016.
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round (54th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Came to Detroit in the second round (54 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft following one of the most prolific careers in Nebraska football history, which included three-consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (2012-14). Saw his second NFL season cut short due to injury suffered early in the season.

  • Abdullah finished fifth in the NFL in 2015 in all-purpose yardage with 1,857 total yards (597 rushing, 183 receiving, 1,077 kickoff.) Among all rookies in Lions history, Abdullah’s 1,857 all-purpose yards rank third all-time. He is the third Lions rookie to reach 1,800+ all-purpose yards.
  • Abdullah’s 199 all-purpose yards in his rookie debut against the Chargers (9/13/15) was the third-highest by a Lions rookie since 1960 and the most since CB Terry Fair registered 267 all-purpose yards at Green Bay September 6, 1998.
  • Abdullah’s 104-yard kickoff return to start the second half against Green Bay (11/15/15) is tied for the third-longest kickoff return in Lions history, and the longest since Stefan Logan’s 105-yard return touchdown against St. Louis October 10, 2010. The return is also the longest non-scoring play in team history.

2016: Led the ground attack for Detroit in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11) with 63 rushing yards on 12 carries. Hauled in 5 receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

  • Rushed six times for 38 yards in Week 2 (9/18) against Tennessee before leaving the game in the second quarter due to injury.
  • Placed on Reserved/Injured (foot) on September 21, 2016.

2015: Began his rookie campaign with a historic debut in which he totaled 199 all-purpose yards (50 rushing, 44 receiving and 105 kick return yards) at San Diego. (9/13). His rushing touchdown in Week 1 was the first by a Lions rookie rusher on his first career attempt that occurred in a Week 1 game since RB Gene Gedman in 1953 (1-yard TD vs. Pit 9/27/53).

  • The 94 total yards from scrimmage against the Chargers are the third-most by a Lions rookie in Week 1 since 1960 and the most since RB Billy Sims registered 153 total yards at the Los Angeles Rams September 7, 1980.
  • Rushed six times for nine yards in Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20). Also hauled in one pass for nine yards and returned three kickoffs for 84 yards.
  • Recorded eight carries for 23 yards in Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27). Also caught two balls for 19 yards and his first career touchdown reception.
  • Rushed 13 times for 33 yards in Week 4 at Seattle (10/5). Also caught two passes for 11 yards and returned two kickoffs for 34 yards.
  • Carried the ball six times for 16 yards in Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11). Also caught one pass for nine yards and returned one kickoff for 41 yards.
  • Started at running back and carried the ball 14 times for 48 yards in Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18). Also hauled in three passes for 21 yards and returned one kickoff for 22 yards.
  • Rushed eight times for 43 yards and returned three kickoffs for 79 yards in Week 7 vs. Minnesota (10/25).
  • Returned six kickoffs for 151 yards, which are both career-highs, in Week 8 at Kansas City in London (11/1).
  • Rushed five times for 15 yards and returned two kickoffs for 134 yards, including a 104-yard return, which tied an NFL record for the longest non-scoring play, in Week 10 at Green Bay (11/15).
  • Carried the ball 12 times for a team-high 44 yards. Also caught one pass for two yards and returned two kickoffs for 54 yards in Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/22).
  • Recorded a career-high 16 carries for 63 yards in his first Thanksgiving Day action in Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/26). Also caught one pass for 12 yards and returned one kickoff for 25 yards.
  • Rushed 13 times for 67 yards, including a career-long run of 36 yards in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3). Also returned two kickoffs for 51 yards.
  • Carried the ball seven times for 23 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards in Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13). Also returned one kickoff for 21 yards.
  • Rushed nine times for a career-high 77 yards and one touchdown in Week 15 at New Orleans (12/21). Also returned four kickoffs for 123 yards and caught two passes for 12 yards.
  • In Week 16 vs. San Francisco, had eight carries for 39 yards with a long of 10. With 117 all-purpose yards in the Lions’ 32-17 win over San Francisco, Abdullah became the third Lions rookie to reach 1,700+ all-purpose yards.
  • In the season finale, had 10 carries for 44 yards, one reception for seven yards and four kickoff returns for 64 yards in Week 17 at Chicago (1/3).
  • With 115 all-purpose yards (44 rushing, 7 receiving, 64 kickoff returns) in Week 17 at Chicago, Abdullah became the third rookie in team history with 1,800+ all-purpose yards (RB Billy Sims, 1,907 in 1980; RB Barry Sanders, 1,870 in 1989). His total of 1,857 is the third-most by a rookie in franchise history. In total, he gained 780 yards from scrimmage (597 rushing, 183 receiving) and 1,077 on kickoff returns.

Ended his collegiate career at Nebraska as the only player to record three-consecutive seasons with 1,000 rushing yards (1,137 in 2012; 1,690 in 2013; 1,611 in 2014). Started in all 53 games he played and concluded his four-year career with 813 carries, 4,744 yards and 29 touchdowns, as well as 73 receptions for 690 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver. As a return man, his career statistics include 61 kickoff returns for 1,592 yards and one touchdown, and 31 punt returns for 316 yards and one touchdown.

  • All-purpose yards total 7,186 yards on 978 attempts in 53 games (135.6 yards per game).

2014: Finished his senior season with 1,611 rushing yards, which ranks sixth on the Nebraska single-season list and is the second-best rushing total for a Husker senior. His 2014 rushing total followed up on his 1,690 yards in 2013, making him just the second player in school history with a pair of 1,500-yard rushing seasons. Also totaled 19 touchdowns on the ground and three through the air.

  • Post-season accolades include: 2014 Second Team All-American (Walter Camp, CBS, Scout, Athlon, Associated Press, Sports Illustrated), 2014 Doak Walker Award Finalist and 2014 Second-Team All-Big Ten.
  • Recorded four games with more than 200 rushing yards, tying a Nebraska single-season record.
  • Rushed a career-high 35 times for 229 yards and two touchdowns against Miami (Fla.), while also adding a three-yard touchdown reception. His previous high for carries was 31 against Penn State in 2012.
  • Carried the ball 22 times for 208 yards and a career-high three touchdowns against Illinois. 196 of his 208 yards came in the first half.
  • Racked up 115 all-purpose yards against Michigan State and became the seventh player in Big Ten history with more than 6,000 career all-purpose yards.
  • Broke his previous career high of three touchdowns with four scores against Northwestern, becoming the first Husker to score four rushing touchdowns in a game since QB Taylor Martinez in 2010.
  • Capped off his Nebraska career with 269 all-purpose yards in the Holiday Bowl against USC, where he caught a career-high six passes for 61 yards

2013: Continued his ascent into the Nebraska record books in his junior season as he finished with 1,690 rushing yards, the highest total for a Husker player since 1997 and the fourth-best in school history. Also tied the Nebraska single-season record for 100-yard rushing games with 11.

  • Also tallied 1,999 all-purpose yards, which ranks as the fourth-best single-season total in school history.
  • Carried a streak of eight games with 100 or more rushing yards over the course of the season.
  • Earned First Team All-Big Ten honors and was also named Third Team All-American by the Associated Press.

2012: Rushed for 1,137 yards as a sophomore in 2012, earning a significant role in the offense following an injury to RB Rex Burkhead.

  • Had at least 100 rushing yards in each of his first five starts and finished ninth in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game and fourth in the conference in all-purpose yards.
  • Earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors from the conference’s coaches.

2011: As a true freshman, carried the ball 42 times for 150 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games. Made his biggest mark as a return man, where he averaged 29.3 yards per return to rank ninth in the nation in that category.

  • Scored on a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown against Fresno State.

Prepped at Homewood High School in his hometown of Homewood, Ala. under coach Dickey Wright. Finished his senior season with 1,800 yards and 24 touchdowns, while also catching 33 passes for 515 yards. Earned South region player of the year by the Birmingham News and was selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American bowl, where he starred as a defensive back.

  • Honored as a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Award, winning in both 2012 and 2014, and was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll four times.
  • Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2013 and 2014.
  • Graduated from Nebraska with a degree in history, which he completed in three-and-a-half years.
  • Son of Kareem and Aisha Abdullah, and is the youngest of nine children, all of whom have college degrees.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Abdullah on improved offense

    Posted Sep 6, 2017

    RB Ameer Abdullah talks about the amount of talent on the offense, the overall better design and how certain playmakers bring it even more dimension.

  • #AskALion: Ameer Abdullah

    Posted Sep 6, 2017

    You submitted questions for Ameer Abdullah using #AskALion, Tori Petry asked them. Abdullah talks about his celebrity crush, beating a teammate in a footrace and his pregame music playlist.

  • Abdullah on making adjustments

    Posted Aug 25, 2017

    RB Ameer Abdullah talks about how the offense improved as the game progressed.

  • Abdullah on playing against former teammates

    Posted Aug 21, 2017

    RB Ameer Abdullah talks about seeing teammates from Nebraska and how game 3 will get him more ready for the season.

  • Abdullah on taking a stand

    Posted Aug 16, 2017

    RB Ameer Abdullah talks about recent events in Charlottesville, and why it's important for him to take a stand.


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