Cliff Avril
DE #92
Green Coves Springs, Fla.
TOTAL 140 299 206 93 74 0 29 1 1 4 -- 4
2017 SEA 4 2 2 0 1 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2016 SEA 16 39 20 19 11.5 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2015 SEA 16 47 31 16 9 -- 7 -- -- -- -- --
2014 SEA 16 23 15 8 5 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2013 SEA 15 20 13 7 8 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --
2012 DET 16 35 28 7 9.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2011 DET 16 36 29 7 11 0 4 1 1 4 4 4
2010 DET 13 33 23 10 8.5 -- 5 -- -- -- -- --
2009 DET 13 41 27 14 5.5 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2008 DET 15 23 18 5 5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round (92nd overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft.

2011: Team’s starting left end. On the season, he has 36 tackles, 11.0 sacks, 4 pass defenses, 6 forced fumble, 3 fumble recoveries (1 returned for a touchdown) and 1 interception (returned for a touchdown).

  • Career-high and team-high 11 sacks.
  • Tied for League lead with 6 forced fumbles.
  • Part of a defensive unit that helped the Lions to a 27-20 opening day win at Tampa Bay (9/11). Through the first three quarters, the Lions defense forced three-and-outs on five of the Bucs' first eight possessions, including three-straight to open the third quarter. On the Lions first defensive possession that started at the Lions 21-yard line following a 78-yar kickoff return, the Lions defense held firm and did not allow a first down, forcing a Buccaneers field goal.
  • In the first half, the defense allowed just 6 points and limited the Bucs to just 8:15 of possession time in the first two quarters.
  • The defense allowed just 56 yards on the ground against the Buccaneers. It is the lowest rushing total allowed by the Lions on the road in a season opener since allowing 31 yards at Seattle September 12, 1999. It was also their lowest rushing total allowed overall on opening day since limiting the Green Bay Packers to 46 yards September 11, 2005. No Bucs running back rushed for more than 15 yards and just 1 of their 17 first downs came on the ground. Tampa's leading rusher was QB Josh Freeman, who finished with 26 yards.
  • Recorded his 20th career sack for a loss of 8 yards, and his eighth career forced fumble in the Lions’ 26-23 overtime win at Minnesota (9/25).
  • After a slow first half, allowing the Vikings to gain 124 yards on 16 carries (7.8 avg.) in the first half, the Lions defense helped the team’s come-from-behind win by stuffing the run in the second half yielding just 8 rushing yards on 7 carries (1.1 avg.). Vikings’ All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson recorded 73 yards on 12 rushes in the first half, but wash held to just 5 yards on 5 carries by the Lions in the second half.
  • With 11:40 left to play in the fourth quarter and trailing 20-17, the Lions stuffed the Vikings on fourth-and-1 at the Lions 17-yard line. The Lions followed up with a scoring drive that culminated in a 40-yard game-tying field goal.
  • Helped the defense harass the Bears in the team’s 24-13 win on Monday Night Football as he collected 4 tackles (2 solo). He had a critical pass defense that thwarted a first half Bears drive.
  • Recorded his third sack of the season vs. the Falcons (10/23) for a loss of 9 yards. The sack came on third-and-9 at the Detroit 45-yard line in the second quarter, forcing Atlanta to punt.
  • Was a disruptive force against Denver QB Tim Tebow recording 3 tackles (all solo), 2 sacks for a loss of 22 yards, forced 2 fumbles, and had a 24-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. The fumble return for touchdown was his first career score.
  • Sacked Bears QB Jay Cutler for a loss of 10 yards and forced a fumble vs. Chicago (11/13). It was his fourth forced fumble of the season tying a career high for a single season.
  • Had a sack and a forced fumble of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers vs. Green Bay (11/24). It was his seventh sack of the season taking the team lead in that category. It was his career-high fifth forced fumble of the season.
  • Avril finished with 8 tackles (7 solo), 2.0 sacks, 3 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery vs. the Vikings (12/11).
  • On the opening defensive play vs. the Vikings (12/11), he registered a 10-yard sack and forced fumble resulting in a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the endzone by LB Stephen Tulloch. It was his eighth sack this season.
  • Avril stopped the Vikings (12/11) on their third drive of the game with a 3-yard sack, establishing a new single-season career high with 9.0 sacks.
  • Avril’s fumble recovery vs. Minnesota (12/11) occurred on the final play of the game with the Lions facing 1st-and-goal at the Lions 1-yard line. LB DeAndre Levy sacked the Vikings for a 10-yard loss and forced a fumble that was batted and recovered by Avril at the Minnesota 43 yard-line.
  • He registered 2 sacks and 4 tackles in the Lions 28-27 win at Oakland. His two sacks gives him 11 sacks on the season. Avril’s 11 sacks are the most by a Lions defensive player since DE James Hall had 11.5 in 2004.
  • Avril’s second sack of the game occurred at a crucial point late in the game when he dropped the Raiders on a 3-yard loss with 21 seconds left. The Raiders had the ball at the 50-yard line and was creeping closer to field goal range.
  • Late in the fourth quarter vs. San Diego (12/24), Avril picked off a swing pass from QB Philip Rivers to RB Ryan Matthews and returned it 4 yards for a touchdown. It was his first career interception and second career touchdown.

2010: Team's starting left end. Has registered career single-season high 8.0 sacks on the year, and has 26 (19 solo) tackles and three pass defenses.

  • Recorded a fumble recovery for a 10-yard gain which helped to set up a 4-yard touchdown from RB Jahvid Best on the ensuing drive at Chicago (9/12). Also tallied a solo tackle.
  • Inactive vs. Philadelphia (9/19) after suffering a knee and finger injury in opener at Chicago.
  • Returned to the starting line-up at Minnesota (9/26) and recorded 3 tackles (2 solo) and a pass defensed. Avril's deflected pass resulted in a CB Alphonso Smith interception which led to a Lions field goal to end the first half.
  • Recorded a career high 2.0 sacks for a loss of 16 yards, five tackles (3 solo), three tackles for loss and had two quarterback hits against the Washington Redskins (10/31).
  • Registered a 9-yard loss on sack, and forced a fumble against New York Jets (11/7).
  • Inactive (quadriceps) at Buffalo (11/14) and at Dallas (11/21).
  • Returned to lineup against New England (11/25), recording two tackles (2 solo).
  • Career-high three sacks against Chicago (12/5). Added four tackles (4 solo).
  • Limited playing time as he injured ribs during game against Green Bay (12/12).
  • Recorded eighth sack of the season with a three yard loss at Tampa Bay (12/19). Added one tackle for loss and two quarterback hits.
  • Had two solo stops and one pass defense at Miami (12/26).

2009: Was slowed early on with a hamstring injury, but appeared in 13 games (11 starts), and recorded 40 tackles (27 solo), three passes defensed, three forced fumbles and 5.5 sacks.

  • Started at LDE at New Orleans (9/13) and recorded one solo stop.
  • Inactive with a hamstring injury vs. Minnesota (9/20).
  • Posted 5 tackles (4 solo) and split a sack with DT Andre Fluellen for a loss of 4.5 yards vs. Pittsburgh (10/11).
  • Recorded a career-high 7 tackles (6 solo) and a sack for a loss of 9 yards at Green Bay (10/18). Avril now has 2.5 sacks on the season.
  • Knocked down career-high two passes vs. St. Louis (11/1), and recorded one tackle and one special teams tackle.
  • Started and made four tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage vs. Cleveland (11/22).
  • Recorded a sack along with two solo tackles in start at Cincinnati (12/6).
  • Notched a sack-fumble vs. Arizona (12/20). The sack was Avril's fourth of the season and ninth of his career.
  • Recorded his second sack-fumble of the season vs. Chicago (1/3). The sack was Avril's fifth of the season and tenth of his career. Avril also made five tackles (three solo) for the second consecutive week.

2008: Regular contributor in defensive end rotation. He is among the best rookie pass rushers this season, and is tied for first among rookies with 5.0 sacks and first among rookies with 4 forced fumbles. He ended the season with 42 tackles (28 solo).

  • Posted first stats of the season vs. Chicago (10/5) recording 5 tackles (four solo, including one tackle-for-loss).
  • Recorded his first career sack-fumble for a loss of four yards vs. Washington (10/26) and added five tackles (four solo, including one tackle for loss).
  • Tallied third sack-fumble of the season for a loss of 17 yards and a fumble recovery vs. Tennessee (11/27). Play set up Lions TD on a drive that started at the Titans 2-yard line.
  • Made first career start vs. Minnesota (12/7) and recorded his fourth sack of the season for a loss of seven yards. Sack against the Vikings game him a sack in three consecutive games.• Forced his fourth career fumble vs. New Orleans (12/21).
  • Recorded three solo tackles and a sack at Green Bay (12/28).

COLLEGE: In 40 games at Purdue, he started in 35 contests, with 12 starts coming at strong-side linebacker and the other 23 at left defensive end. He ranks 12th in school history with 13 sacks for minus-79 yards and finished 11th in Purdue annals with 35.5 stops for losses of 137 yards.

  • Named All-Big Ten Conference by the NFL Draft Report and second-team by the league's media in 2007 after starting all 13 games at left defensive end, where he led the team and tied for tenth in the conference with 6.5 sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown.
  • Started the first four games at strong-side linebacker in 2006 before shifting to left defensive end for the final 10 games.
  • Played in 10 games as a sophomore in 2005 before a midseason back fracture forced him to sit out for the rest of the year and limited him in drills the following spring.
  • Saw considerable action as a true freshman in 2004 while appearing in 12 games, starting four contests at strong-side linebacker.

PERSONAL: Attended Clay High School (Fla.) where he earned second-team All-State honors as a defensive end as a senior and was rated the 37th best outside linebacker in the nation by

  • Named to the Florida Times-Union Super 24 team and twice earned All-Conference accolades.
  • As a senior led the team to an 11-2 record and registered 80 tackles, 9.0 sacks, 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage and four passes defensed.
  • Named to Class 3A All-State team by the Florida Sports Writers Association in his senior year.
  • Lettered in basketball, track and field and weight lifting.
  • Retail management major.
  • Enjoys playing basketball.


  • Tackles: 8 vs. Min 12/11/11
  • Sacks: 3 vs. Chi 12/5/10
  • Pass Defenses: 2 vs. StL 11/1/09
  • Interceptions: 1 vs. SD 12/24/11
  • Interception Return Yards: 4t vs. SD 12/24/11
  • Interceptions Return Touchdowns: 1 vs. SD 12/24/11
  • Long Interception: 4 vs. SD 12/24/11
  • Fumbles Forced: 2 at Den 10/30/11
  • Fumbles Recovered: 1 (5 times) Last vs. Min 12/11/11
  • Fumble Return Yards: 24t at Den 10/30/11
  • Fumble Return Touchdowns: 1 at Den 10/30/11
  • Long Fumble Return: 24 at Den 10/30/11
  • Special Teams Tackles: 1 (twice) Last vs. StL 11/1/09

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