Earned a contributing role on special teams for the 2012 season and has established himself as a leader on the Lions coverage units.
2013: Contributed on special teams in all 16 games and ended the year tied for third in special teams tackles with nine (seven solo) and had one forced fumble. Voted by his teammates for the Yale Lary Special Teams MVP in 2013.
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.
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.
2010: Played in all 12 games as a junior, starting eight at outside linebacker.
2009: Came off the bench to play in all 13 games.
2008: Played as a reserve in all 12 games as a freshman playing primarily on special teams.
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.
WHITEHEAD’S SINGLE-GAME BESTS
Detroit Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead talked about the importance of exercise and nutrition and answered kids' questions covering a wide variety of topics at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan Lloyd H. Diehl location in Detroit.
Tahir Whitehead started and played well in last week’s victory over Jacksonville, and he can strengthen his bid to win the job with another good performance against the Bills.
Whitehead was one of three players (John Wendling and Don Carey other two) the Lions submitted to the 31 other NFL teams for consideration for Pro Bowl specialists voting
Head coach Jim Schwartz says there's no timetable on when they'll name a third starting linebacker to play alongside Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater throws his third interception of the game to Detroit Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead.