- Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round (13th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
2011: Physical, aggressive defensive tackle who will contribute to the Lions stellar defensive line rotation.
- Suffered a foot injury during training camp that required surgery.
- Inactive for the team’s first three games at Tampa Bay (9/11), vs. Kansas City (9/18), at Minnesota (9/25) and at Dallas (10/2).
- Made his NFL debut against Chicago (10/10) and helped the defense limit the Bears to 3 second half points as the Lions claimed a 24-13 win.
- Recorded his first career tackle vs. Atlanta (10/23). Stop came against QB Matt Ryan on second-and-11 at the Detroit 47-yard line as he tripped him up on a 2-yard gain. On the following play, DE Cliff Avril sacked Ryan for a loss of 9 yards forcing the Falcons to punt.
- Inactive at Denver (10/30) with a foot injury.
- Recorded a career-high 3 tackles vs. former college teammate Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (11/20).
- On the final play of the first quarter at New Orleans (12/4), Fairley recorded his first career sack dropping the Saints for a 1-yard loss on 2nd-and-3 at the Saints 10-yard line.
- Inactive vs. Minnesota (12/11) with a foot injury.
COLLEGE: Started 16 of 27 games during his two-year career at Auburn, recording 88 tackles (50 solo), 13.0 sacks for minus 89 yards, 27.5 stops for losses totaling 126 yards and 32 tackles-for-loss, posting 28 quarterback pressures. Fairley also forced two fumbles and recovered three others, intercepted one pass and added a blocked kick. In 2010, Fairley set a school record with 11.5 sacks, topping the previous mark of 11.0 reached by Gary Walker (1994), Kevin Greene (1984) and Craig Olgetree (1989). Was the recipient of the Rotary Lombardi Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's top collegiate lineman and was named Defensive Most Valuable Player of the BCS Championship game in 2010 after registering 5 solo tackles and 1.0 sack for minus seven yards, three stops for losses of 14 yards and a forced fumble against the Ducks. Began collegiate career at Copiah-Lincoln Community College (2007-08) in Wesson, Mississippi.
- Helped lead the Tigers' defense to be the NCAA's ninth-ranked rushing defense in 2010, allowing just 109.07 yards per game, in comparison to 2009 where Auburn ranked 78th vs. the run (156.08 yards per game) and 2008 when the run defense ranked 54th nationally (138.92 yards per game).
- Part of a defense that held Oregon, who averaged 49.33 points per game, to just 19 points in the BCS Championship game.
- In 2008, earned an All-Region XII selection after collecting 63 tackles with 7.0 sacks and nine stops for loss in seven games.
2010: Played and started in all 14 games, finishing with 60 tackles (36 solo), 11.5 sacks for minus 74 yards, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 21 quarterback pressures. Earned consensus All-American first-team selection (AP, Walter Camp and FWAA) and All-SEC first-team choice. Finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (Top Defender) and honored as the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year.
- Earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors vs. Mississippi State, and Defensive Lineman of the Week honors vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas, Louisiana State and Alabama.
- Started the entire year at defensive tackle, ranking fifth on the team.
- Led the SEC and placed 12th nationally with 0.82 sacks per game. Also posted 24 stops for losses of 106 yards, as he led the conference and ranked third in the NCAA with 1.71tackles-for-loss per game.
- Led a unit that was top in the SEC and ranked ninth in the nation, allowing 109.07 yards per game on the ground.
- Made 58 plays vs. the ground game, holding those ball carriers to minus 25 yards (-0.43 yards per carry), as the defender limited those runners to just three first downs while producing 12 third-down stops.
2009: Played in all 13 games with just two starts and finished 13th on the team with 28 tackles (14 solo), including 1.5 sacks for minus 15 yards and 3.5 stops for losses totaling 20 yards. Added seven quarterback pressures, recovered a fumble and blocked a kick.
PERSONAL: Attended Lillie B. Williamson High School (Mobile, Al) playing football for head coach Bobby Parrish. Was a 5A All-State selection by the ASWA and finalist for the 5A Lineman of the Year Award.
- Graded out a 97-percent on the offensive line and added 5 receptions for 150 yards as a tight end in 2007.
- Posted more than 90 tackles on defense while his Lions' squad registered a 6-5 record.
- Participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic as a senior and the AHSAA North/South All-Star game as a junior.
- Given a three-star rating by Rivals.com, who listed him as the 28th-best offensive guard prospect in the nation and the 15th-best recruit from the state of Alabama.
- Rated the 32nd-best offensive tackle recruit according to ESNP.com.
- Offered scholarships from Alabama, Kansas State, Louisville, Southern Mississippi and West Virginia before committing to Auburn.
- Son of Paula and Herbert Rogers.
- One of nine siblings, born on January 23, 1988 in Mobile, Alabama.
FAIRLEY'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS:
- Tackles: 3 vs. Car 11/20/11
- Sacks: 1 at NO 12/4/11