Team

Tahir Whitehead
LB #59
Height:
6-2
Weight:
233
Age:
24
College:
Temple
Hometown:
Newark, NJ
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
9
SCK
0.0
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 20 15 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 2 0
2013 DET 16 0 9 7 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2012 DET 14 0 11 8 3 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 MIN W 34-24 1 0 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @ARI L 21-25 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @WAS W 27-20 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 CHI W 40-32 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
5 @GB L 9-22 1 0 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @CLE W 31-17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 CIN L 24-27 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 DAL W 31-30 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @CHI W 21-19 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 @PIT L 27-37 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 TB L 21-24 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 GB W 40-10 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 @PHI L 20-34 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 BAL L 16-18 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
16 NYG L 20-23 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
17 @MIN L 13-14 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS:

  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

PRO: Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Earned a contributing role on special teams for the 2012 season.

2012: Saw action primarily on special teams, finishing tied for third on the team in special teams tackles with 10 (seven solo) and had one forced fumble.

  • Inactive in season opener vs. St. Louis (9/9).
  • Saw action on special teams (first career game) in Week 2 against San Francisco (9/16), recording one special teams tackle and forcing a fumble that led to a Lions field goal in the first quarter in the game.
  • Assisted on a special teams tackle in Week 3 at Tennessee (9/23).
  • Inactive at Philadelphia (10/14)
  • Had one special teams tackle in the Lions’ 28-24 win over Seattle in Week 8 (10/28).
  • Had one special teams tackle in Week 10 at Minnesota (11/11).
  • Had two special teams tackle in Week 12 vs. Houston on Thanksgiving Day (11/22), making it his third straight game with a special teams tackle.
  • Had one special teams tackle in Week 14 at Green Bay (12/9).
  • Registered one special teams tackle in Week 17 vs. Chicago (12/30).

COLLEGE: Named to the 2011 Butkus Award Watch List. Received the 2011 Mark Bresani Award for spirit and enthusiasm.

2011: Started 12 of 13 games as a senior.

  • Second team All-MAC
  • First team All-MAC by Phil Steele.
  • Named Defensive Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
  • Led the Owls defense with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Tied for the team lead with 13.5 tackles for a loss. Second on team with five sacks and third in total tackles.

2010: Played in all 12 games as a junior, starting eight at outside linebacker.

  • Was named the most improved player following spring practices.
  • Ranked sixth on the Owls defense with 56 tackles, including seven and a half for a loss.
  • Had five tackles, three and a half for a loss, and one sack vs. Connecticut and received Honorable Mention National Linebacker of the Week honors. 2009: Came off the bench to play in all 13 games.
  • Recorded one tackle and a quarterback hurry in the EagleBank Bowl against UCLA.

2008: Played as a reserve in all 12 games as a freshman playing primarily on special teams.

PERSONAL: Was a team captain for West Side High School in Newark, N.J. for coach Brian Logan. Won 2007 state championship playing as a safety, wide receiver, tight end and running back. Was named to the 2008 All-Academic Team as a senior and sophomore.

  • Two-time All-Skyline Conference honoree. Named All-County as a sophomore.
  • Has three siblings.
  • Criminal Justice major.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Raiola on new head coach Jim Caldwell

    (9:14) Posted 17 hours ago

    Center Dominic Raiola on his offseason routine, new head coach Jim Caldwell and Ndamukong Suh's absence.

  • Tulloch on Suh's absence

    (8:39) Posted 18 hours ago

    Linebacker Stephen Tulloch on Ndamukong Suh's absence, defensive changes and the Walter Payton award.

  • Caldwell on the first day of voluntary minicamp

    (9:31) Posted 18 hours ago

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    Akbar Gbajabiamila sits down with Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria to talk about dancing, Twitter and a little bit of football, all while enjoying some good food courtesy of Urban Plate.

  • Caldwell on being a leader in the community

    (2:02) Posted Apr 17, 2014

    Head coach Jim Caldwell talks to the media following his keynote speech for an event hosted by the United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Company.

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