2011: Physical, aggressive defensive tackle who will contribute to the Lions stellar defensive line rotation.
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.
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.
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.
FAIRLEY'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS:
Ben Roethlisberger is very good at extending plays in the pocket but he knows what that might mean against the Lions' Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley
The Detroit Lions’ Nick Fairley along with Andre Fluellen and CJ Mosley will be teaming up with Covenant House Michigan for the 3rd Annual “Lions Den Dinner” a special Pre-Thanksgiving event for their residents.
Tim Twentyman covers key points from head coach Jim Schwartz's press conference, including what Schwartz had to say about leading the division, the injury status of Montell Owens and if Nick Fairley has turned a corner
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is stopped short of the end zone by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley on the two-point conversion attempt.
What happens when two of the largest Detroit Lions come together for a chest-bump celebration? Well in the case of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, one of them gets put on their back.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh sacks Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler causing a fumble which is recovered by defensive tackle Nick Fairley for a touchdown.