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Stephen Tulloch
LB #55
Height:
5-11
Weight:
240
Age:
29
College:
North Carolina State
Experience:
9

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
135
SCK
3.5
FF
0
INT
1
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 815 581 234 11.5 0 25 5 27 -- 18 0 1 10
2013 DET 16 16 135 93 42 3.5 -- 3 1 0 -- 0 0 0 --
2012 DET 16 16 112 74 38 0.5 -- 6 -- -- -- -- -- 1 2
2011 DET 16 16 111 84 27 3.0 0 5 2 9 4.5 9 0 0 3
2010 TEN 16 16 160 111 49 1.0 -- 6 1 18 18 18 0 0 1
2009 TEN 16 13 121 94 27 2.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2008 TEN 16 12 84 64 20 1.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 2
2007 TEN 16 1 45 34 11 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2006 TEN 16 3 47 27 20 0.5 -- 2 1 0 -- 0 0 0 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 MIN W 34-24 3 2 1 -- -- 1 1 0 -- 0 0 0 --
2 @ARI L 21-25 5 5 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @WAS W 27-20 6 3 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 CHI W 40-32 14 10 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @GB L 9-22 11 7 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @CLE W 31-17 6 4 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 CIN L 24-27 12 9 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 DAL W 31-30 8 7 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @CHI W 21-19 7 7 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 @PIT L 27-37 9 5 4 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 TB L 21-24 10 6 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 GB W 40-10 6 4 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 @PHI L 20-34 10 6 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 BAL L 16-18 8 6 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 NYG L 20-23 8 5 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @MIN L 13-14 12 7 5 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

Tulloch is an aggressive, downhill defender who possesses quick feet and fluid lateral movement. Has proven to be a durable leader for the Lions defense while participating in every game during his nine NFL seasons. Was also elected as Detroit’s defensive captain in 2012 and 2013.

MANE FACTS

  • Pronunciation: TULL-uck
  • Named Detroit Lions Robert Porcher Man of the Year for his community service efforts in 2012.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Re-signed by the Detroit Lions to a five-year contract extension on March 22, 2012.
  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent on July 31, 2011.
  • Selected by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.

PRO
Tulloch is an aggressive, downhill defender who possesses quick feet and fluid lateral movement. Has proven to be a durable leader for the Lions defense while participating in every game during his nine NFL seasons. Was also elected as Detroit’s defensive captain in 2012 and 2013.

  • Career totals: 128 games (93 starts), 785 tackles (563 solo), 11.5 sacks (71.5 yards), five interceptions, 25 pass defenses, one forced fumble, 10 fumble recoveries and 28 special teams tackles.
  • Tulloch (128) has the second-most consecutive games played among active defensive players in the NFL (Washington LB London Fletcher, 256).
  • Surpassed 700 tackles for his career with 12 tackles (nine solo) in Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20).
  • In 2010, Tulloch led the Titans with a career-high 169 tackles, fourth highest total for the franchise during “Titans era” (1999-present).

2013: Voted defensive team captain for the second time with Lions (2012) and third time in career (Tennessee, 2010). Led the team in tackles for the third consecutive season, finishing the year with 135 tackles (93 solo), a career-high 3.5 sacks (19 yards), one interception and two pass defenses.

  • Recorded three tackles (two solo), one sack, one interception and one pass defense in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8).
  • Tied for third on the team in tackles with five (all solo), including one tackle for loss in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15).
  • Posted six tackles (three solo) in Week 3 at Washington (9/22).
  • Led the team in tackles with 14 (10 solo), including one tackle for loss, and recorded one sack (nine yards) and one quarterback hit in Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29).
  • Finished second on the team in tackles with 11 (seven solo) in Week 5 at Green Bay (10/6).
  • Finished tied for second on the team in tackles with six (four solo), and posted one quarterback hit and one pass defense in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13).
  • Led the Lions in tackles in Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20) with 12 total tackles (nine solo), including one tackle for loss, giving him over 700 tackles for his career (709).
  • Led the Lions in tackles in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27) with eight tackles (seven solo), including one tackle for loss.
  • Finished second on the team in tackles with seven (all solo), including one tackle for loss in Week 10 at Chicago (11/10).
  • Had nine tackles (five solo) in Week 11 at Pittsburgh (11/17).
  • Led the team in tackles with 10 (six solo), including one tackle for loss in Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay (11/24).
  • Led the team in tackles with six (four solo), including one tackle for loss, and posted one sack (eight yards) and one quarterback hit in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28).
  • Hit the 10-tackle mark (six solo) for the fifth time in Week 14 at Philadelphia (12/8).
  • Led the team in tackles with 12 (seven solo) and had 0.5 sacks (two yards) and one quarterback hit in Week 17 at Minnesota (12/29).

2012: Voted team captain for the first time with Lions and second time in career (Tennessee in 2010). Led the team in tackles for the second straight season, finishing the year with 112 total tackles (74 solo), 0.5 sacks, six pass defenses, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Tulloch and fellow linebackers Justin Durant (103) and DeAndre Levy (80) finished in the top three in total tackles.

  • Finished second on the team in tackles with nine (three solo) behind fellow LB Justin Durant in the Lions’ 27-23 season home opener win over the St. Louis Rams (9/9). Helped lead of an overall defensive effort that tallied three sacks total in the game and held Rams RB Steven Jackson to only 53 yards rushing.
  • Recorded five tackles and two pass defenses in the Lions’ 27-19 loss at San Francisco (9/16) in Week 2, giving him over 400 tackles for his career (404).
  • Tied a team-high for tackles with six (three solo), one of which went for a loss, in the Lions’ Week 3 game at Tennessee (9/23) and also had one pass defense.
  • Played in his 100th-career game in Week 4 vs. Minnesota (9/30), finishing third on the team in tackles with six solo tackles.
  • Finished second on the team in tackles with eight (seven solo) in the Lions’ 26-23 overtime win over the Eagles in Week 6 (10/14). Also recorded his ninth career fumble recovery on a botched snap by Eagles QB Michael Vick.
  • Combined with LB Justin Durant for a half a sack on Bears QB Jay Cutler for a loss of 4.5 yards and finished with six total tackles (five solo) in the Lions’ 13-7 loss at Chicago in Week 7 (10/22).
  • Had five solo tackles in the Lions’ 31-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9 (11/4).
  • Led the Lions in tackles in Week 11 vs. Green Bay (11/18) with nine total tackles (four solo), including one tackle for loss, giving him 601 tackles for his career.
  • Led the Lions in tackles for the second-straight week with 15 (12 solo), nearly surpassing his career-high mark of 17, in Week 12 vs. Houston on Thanksgiving Day (11/22). Tulloch and fellow LB Justin Durant combined for 23 of the Lions 63 tackles against the Texans.
  • Had a team-leading 10 tackles (three solo) and a fumble recovery following a DE Lawrence Jackson sack, the eighth fumble recovery of his career, in Week 14 at Green Bay (12/9).
  • Reached the 100 tackle mark for the season with a 10-tackle (six solo), including one tackle for loss, performance in Week 15 at Arizona (12/16).
  • Had five tackles (two solo) and two quarterback hits in Week 16 vs. Atlanta (12/22).
  • Finished his 2012 season with seven tackles (five solo) in Week 17 vs. Chicago (12/30), giving him 112 total tackles on the year and eclipsing his 2011 mark of 111 total tackles.

2011: Signed with Detroit on July 31. Serves as the team’s starting middle linebacker. Led team with 111 tackles (84 solo) and added three sacks, a career-high two interceptions, five pass defenses, three fumble recoveries and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.

  • Recorded his first sack as a Detroit Lion for a loss of four yards in season opener at Tampa Bay (9/11). Added four solo tackles.
  • Was part of a defensive unit that 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.
  • Recorded second-career fumble recovery vs. Kansas City (9/18) after DE Kyle Vanden Bosch sacked QB Matt Cassel. Was part of a team effort that registered six turnovers in the game against Kansas City, including three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. It marked the first time since the Lions claimed a 24-17 win at Houston (Oilers, 12/10/95) that the team had three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
  • Recorded his third career interception and a team-high 12 tackles (10 solo) in the Lions 34-30 win at Dallas (10/2). Tulloch’s interception gave the Lions the ball at the Dallas 40-yard line in the fourth quarter with 4:22 left to play and led to a touchdown that helped seal the comeback win. It was the third interception on the day for Detroit.
  • Recorded his second sack of the season for a loss of seven yards vs. San Francisco (10/16). Added six tackles.
  • Led the team with eight tackles (six solo) and one sack at Denver (10/30). It was his third sack of the season, setting a new single-season career high.
  • Had six tackles and an interception vs. Carolina (11/20). The fourth quarter pick of Cam Newton sealed the Lions win. It was his second of the season and it marked the first time in his career he has recorded two interceptions in the same season.
  • Tulloch had a team-high nine tackles vs. Minnesota and recovered a fumble in the end zone in the first quarter for his first career touchdown.
  • Tulloch had a season-high 15 tackles during the NFC Wild Card playoff game at New Orleans (1/7/12). The 15 tackles are the most by a Lions player this season.
  • He also caused a fumble against the Saints when he hit WR Marques Colston in the first quarter, which was recovered by fellow Lions LB Justin Durant.

2010: Started all 16 games at linebacker and led Tennessee for the second consecutive season with a career-best 169 tackles. Led or tied for the team lead in tackles eight times and was voted a team captain for the 2010 season by his teammates.

  • At N.Y. Giants (9/26), collected 13 tackles and deflected a pass intended for Kevin Boss in the fourth quarter.
  • Led the team with 15 tackles and added his second career interception. at Dallas (10/10). Stopped Felix Jones for no gain on a critical 3rd-and-8 pass play in the fourth quarter. Sealed the victory by intercepting a pass intended for Roy Williams late in the fourth quarter.
  • At Jacksonville (10/18), led the team with 11 tackles and added a fumble recovery. Halted a potential Jaguars’ scoring drive by recovering a Marcedes Lewis fumble at the Titans’ 10-yard line late in the second quarter.
  • Led the team with 14 tackles at Houston (11/28).
  • Against Jacksonville (12/5), led the team and set a career high with 17 tackles and added a pass defense.
  • At Indianapolis (1/2), totaled five tackles, a sack and a pass defense. Dropped Peyton Manning for a seven-yard sack in the first quarter, giving him 4.5 career sacks.

2009: Led the team with 132 tackles and posted two sacks, seven tackles for loss, a pass defense and a fumble recovery.

  • Led the team with 12 tackles at Pittsburgh (9/10), including a tackle for loss, and a fumble recovery. Stuffed Willie Parker for a three-yard loss in the third quarter. With the game tied at 10-10 with less than a minute remaining in regulation, halted a potential Steelers scoring opportunity by recovering a Hines Ward fumble at the Titans four-yard line.
  • At Jacksonville (10/4), sacked David Garrard for a seven-yard loss in the fourth quarter.
  • Halted a Jaguars (11/1) drive by blitzing David Garrard and causing an intentional grounding penalty on third-and-five in the first quarter.
  • Against Buffalo (11/15), sacked Trent Edwards for a nine-yard loss on the first play in the second quarter.
  • Led the team and set a new career high with 14 tackles in the Titans’ 27-24 overtime win vs. Miami (12/20). Provided pressure on Chad Henne to force a pass that was intercepted by Nick Harper late in the second quarter.

2008: Started 12 times over the final 13 regular season games and finished second on team with 98 tackles. Plugged gaps on the Titans’ seventh-ranked defense. Also contributed one sack, four tackles for loss, two passes defense and two fumble recoveries. Led or tied for team lead in tackles five times (vs. MIN, vs. GB, at JAX, at HST, at IND).

  • Tied for team lead with seven tackles and recovered Naufahu Tahi fumble in first quarter against Minnesota (9/28).
  • Against Indianapolis (10/27), made key play of game when he halted Colts drive by charging through line and stuffing Dominic Rhodes for one-yard loss on fourth-and-one in third quarter.
  • Against Green Bay (11/2), tied for team lead with eight tackles and recovered Aaron Rodgers fumble at Green Bay 17-yard line in third quarter.
  • Led team with season-high 12 tackles in come-from-behind victory at Jacksonville (11/16).
  • At Houston (12/14), tied for team lead with 10 tackles and sacked Matt Schaub for eight-yard loss on a blitz in third quarter.
  • Led team with nine tackles and forced Lance Ball fumble in fourth quarter At Indianapolis (12/28).
  • Against Baltimore (1/10), posted three tackles in second career playoff start.

2007: Played in every game with starts at middle linebacker in regular season finale (12/30 at Indianapolis) and in Wild Card Playoff (1/6 at San Diego). Was mainstay on special teams and was used frequently in four-linebacker packages. Registered 36 tackles, one tackle for loss and ranked fourth on squad with 11 special teams stops.

  • Saw significant action at middle linebacker at Kansas City (12/16) after Ryan Fowler left game in second quarter with season-ending injury. Tallied nine tackles and tied for team lead with career-high three special teams tackles in victory.
  • Against N.Y. Jets (12/23), collected 10 tackles and following week at Indianapolis (12/30), made first start of season and notched six tackles in playoff-clinching win.
  • In Wild Card Playoff at San Diego (1/6), started in playoff debut and collected nine tackles, including two tackles for loss. Twice stopped LaDainian Tomlinson for loss and added one quarterback pressure.

2006: Played in all 16 games with three starts at middle linebacker. Recorded 37 tackles, 0.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, one interception and two passes defense. Ranked second on special teams unit with 17 tackles and a fumble recovery.

  • Registered first career start at middle linebacker at Jacksonville (11/5) and recorded three tackles. Combined with Peter Sirmon to sack David Garrard in second quarter for first half-sack of his career.
  • Posted first career interception at Philadelphia (11/19) when he picked off Donovan McNabb in end zone for touchback in first quarter.
  • Against Jacksonville (12/17), registered then-career-high 13 tackles. Also posted one tackle on special teams.

COLLEGE
During three-year career at N.C. State, played in 35 games with 18 starts and recorded 290 tackles, 40 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one forced fumble, three fumbles recovered, four pass defenses and 20 quarterback pressures. His 40 career tackles for loss rank fourth in N.C. State history.

  • As junior, named First Team All-ACC, Honorable Mention All-American by Sports Illustrated, MVP of 2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl and N.C. State’s Defensive Award winner (for most tackles) while starting all 12 games. Posted career-highs in tackles (150, team-high), sacks (6), tackles for loss (21), forced fumbles (1), fumbles recovered (2) and quarterback pressures (9).
  • Played all 11 games and recorded six starts as a sophomore. Tied for third on team with 75 tackles, tied for second on team with 14 tackles for loss (10th in school history), one sack, one fumble recovery and five quarterback pressures.

PERSONAL
At Miami Killian (Fla.) High School, named Dade County Defensive Player of Year and selected to Florida Super 75, while posting 132 tackles, 12 sacks, two interceptions, two caused fumbles and three forced fumbles as senior.

  • At N.C. State, earned Wolfpack ACC Award for Community Service.
  • Born and raised in Miami, Fla., Tulloch has Jamaican heritage. His parents arrived in the United States as young adults from Jamaica before he was born. He is appreciative of his Jamaican ancestry and frequently enjoys his mother’s native cuisine.
  • Tulloch credits his mother, Mercedes, as his inspiration and reason for his success. As a single mom, she worked as a nurse to provide for him and two siblings.
  • Older brother David Tulloch played defensive tackle at Florida State (1995-1998).
  • Hosts annual free football camp in July for Miami area youth.
  • Born Stephen Michael Tulloch on Jan. 1, 1985 in Miami, Fla.

TULLOCH’S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Tackles: 17 vs. Jac 12/5/10
  • Sacks: 1 (10 times) Last vs. GB 11/28/13
  • Sack Yards: 9 (twice) Last vs. Chi 9/29/13
  • Interceptions: 1 (five times) Last vs. Min 9/8/13
  • Interception Return Yards: 18 at Dal 10/10/10
  • Pass Defenses: 2 (four times) Last at SF 9/16/12
  • Fumble Recoveries: 1 (10 times) Last at GB 12/9/12
  • Special Teams Tackles: 3 at KC 12/16/07

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