2011: Team’s starting tight end. Second on the team with 76 receptions, which is a new Lions record for most catches by a tight end. Breaks his own record of 71 set in 2010. Through Week 16, Pettigrew’s 76 receptions are fourth among tight ends in the NFL and he is 15th in receiving yards (661). Also had added 5 touchdowns.
- He is the only tight end in Lions history with 2 seasons of 70+ receptions.
- Part of an offense, catching 4 passes for 57 yards, that gained 324 total net yards in the first half of the game and took a 20-13 lead into the locker room. The last time they gained over 300 yards in the first half of a game was vs. Minnesota (11/16/97, 339 yards). It is also the first time since that game that the team has gained over 300 yards of total offense in the first half.
- The Lions offense generated 48 points in the victory over the Chiefs (9/18), the most points scored by the Lions since they garnered 55 points in a Thanksgiving Day 55-20 win over Chicago (11/27/97). That game was also the last time the team scored 6 offensive touchdowns (rushing and receiving) in a single game. The last time the Lions scored 6 offensive touchdowns in a game of which at least 4 were via the pass was a 48-17 win over Chicago (10/19/81).
- Came up with a big performance in the Lions 26-23 overtime win at Minnesota (9/25) by contributing 11 catches for 112 yards, both career highs. After halftime, Pettigrew had 9 receptions for 88 yards. His 112 receiving yards is his second career 100-yard receiving game. Pettigrew joins Hall of Fame TE Charlie Sanders (2, 1968-77) and TE Jim Gibbons (2, 1958-68) as the only tight ends in Lions history with 2 100-yard receiving games.
- Pettigrew’s 11 catches set a new team record for receptions by a Lions’ tight end in a single game. It was only the second time in Lions history that a tight end registered 10 catches in a game. Previously, Sanders had 10 catches at Washington December 15, 1968.
- Among his big plays against the Vikings, his 27-yard long in the game helped set up the Lions second score of the game (28-yard field goal) as he moved the ball down to the 2-yard line. On the drive, Pettigrew caught 3 passes for 42 yards.
- Has 6 receptions for 62 yards at Dallas (10/2) in the Lions 34-30 come-from-behind (24-point) deficit.
- Caught first touchdown of the season on an 18-yard pass in the third quarter during the Lions 24-14 win over Chicago (10/10). The score gave the Lions a 14-10 win in the game, which they would never surrender the rest of the way. He finished the game with 4 catches for 39 yards.
- Recorded second touchdown of the season on a 16-yard pass from QB Matthew Stafford vs. San Francisco (10/16). Finished as the team’s leader in receptions (8) for 42 yards.
- Caught 5 passes for 38 yards at Chicago (11/13).
- Scored his third touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter of the Lions’ 49-35 victory vs. Carolina (11/20). He connected with QB Matthew Stafford on a 3rd-and-goal from the 7-yard line. For the game, Pettigrew had 4 catches for 37 yards.
- Had 4 catches for 27 yards vs. Green Bay (11/24).
- He had 6 catches for 57 yards and 1 touchdown vs. Minnesota (12/11). In two games this year vs. Minnesota, Pettigrew caught 17 receptions for 169 yards.
- On his fourth reception of the game to end the first quarter vs. Minnesota (12/11), he moved his season totals to 60. He became the first tight end in Lions history to record 60 receptions in two different seasons (71 in 2010).
- Had a team-high 9 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown vs. San Diego (11/24). It was his 5th touchdown of the season.
- With 5 touchdown catches this season combined with TE Tony Scheffler’s 5 touchdown receptions, Pettigrew and Scheffler are the second pair of Lions tight ends in team history to each register 5 touchdown catches each in a season. In 1976, Hall of Fame TE Charlie Sanders and TE David Hill each recorded 5 touchdown receptions that season.
- His 80 yards vs. San Diego (12/24) moved his season total of receiving yards to 661 pasing Hall of Fame TE Charlie Sanders (656, 1969) for the second-most receiving yards by Lions tight end in one season. Pettigrew has the club record with 722 receiving yards in 2010.
2010: Team's starting tight end. Had one of the best seasons in team history by a tight end, setting franchise single-season records for receptions (71) and yards (722). Also caught four touchdowns on the year. Third among tight ends in the NFL with 71 catches and seventh with 722 receiving yards.
- Named to USA Today's All-Joe Team.
- Rebounded from ACL injury suffered as a rookie to play and start in all 16 games.
- Only tight end in team history with 70 catches and 700 yards in a season.
- Only Lions second non-wide receiver to catch 70 passes in a season, joining FB James Jones (77 in 1984).
- Had 1 reception for 6 yards in season opener at Chicago (9/12).
- Recorded 7 receptions, tied for a then career-best, for a career-high 108 yards, including a long of 35, against Philadelphia (9/19). It was his first career 100-yard game, and the first by a Lions tight end since TE Marcus Pollard had 105 yards vs. Carolina (10/16/05). Since the era of the modern day tight end (1960), Pettigrew's 108 yards are the fifth-most by a Lions tight end in a game.
- Caught 6 passes for 44 yards at Minnesota (9/26).
- His eight catches at Green Bay (10/3) were a career high and they were the fourth-most by a Lions tight end in a single game since 1960. Led the team in receiving yards with 91.
- Caught first touchdown of year in Lions win vs. St. Louis (10/10) when he grabbed a 3-yard pass from QB Shaun Hill with :10 left to play in second quarter to give team a 24-6 lead heading into the half. He finished with four catches for 26 yards.
- Led the team in catches with 7 for 61 yards at the New York Giants (10/17).
- Caught second touchdown of the season in third quarter against Washington (10/31).
- Caught third touchdown of the season against the New York Jets (11/7). Three touchdown receptions is a career high for the second-year tight end.
- Had four catches for 50 yards receiving at Buffalo (11/14), marking his sixth game this season with at least 4 catches.
- Caught 2 passes in the first half against the Bills to move his season total of receptions to 40. It marks the 13th time since 1960 that a tight end has caught 40 passes in a season.
- Led team as he tied a career single-game high with 8 catches for 75 yards receiving at Dallas (11/21). Became the first Lions tight end since 1960 to record at least 8 receptions twice in a single game. The only other tight ends to have 8 receptions in a game for the Lions since 1960 is Hall of Fame TE Charlie Sanders (10 at Washington 12/15/68), TE Jim Gibbons (9 at Los Angeles Rams 10/30/60) and TE David Hill (9 vs. Green Bay 10/25/81).
- With 8 receptions vs. the Cowboys, Pettigrew reached 50 receptions on the season. Pettigrew became only the third Lions tight end since 1960 to register 50 receptions in a season. Pettigrew joins TE David Hill (53 in 1978) and TE Jim Gibbons (51 in 1960) as the only Lions tight ends to record 50 catches in a season since 1960.
- Caught five balls for 67 yards against New England (11/25). Caught his 4th pass of the day on the Lions third quarter scoring drive that gave the team a 24-17 led and moved Pettigrew past TE David Hill (53 in 1978) for the most receptions by a Lions tight end in a single season.
- Pettigrew's 5 receptions against the Patriots marked the sixth time this season he has caught 5 passes in a game and the eighth time he has registered at least 4 catches in a game.
- Led team with five catches against Chicago (12/5), adding 36 receiving yards. Become first tight end in team history to reach 60 receptions in a season.
- Had two catches for 25 yards at Tampa Bay (12/19). His 25 yards moved him into third place on the team's single-season receiving yards list by tight ends.
- Had four catches for 74 yards, including one touchdown catch at Miami (12/26).
- Pettigrew's 33-yard reception in the second quarter at Miami (12/26) moved him past Hall of Fame TE Charlie Sanders (656 in 1969) for the most receiving yards in a single season by a tight end in team history. He entered the game with 629 receiving yards on the season and moved his career total to 680 after the drive (first catch of game was for -2 yards). He finished the game with 4 catches for 74 yards (18.5 avg) and 1 touchdown.
- Pettigrew also surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for his career. By reaching that mark in 26 games, he became the second fastest tight end in team history to reach 1,000 yards, and was one game shy of the 25-game mark set by Hall of Fame TE Charlie Sanders.
- Had three catches for 19-yards in team's final game vs. Minnesota (1/2). Caught two passes on Lions' opening drive (18 yards) and became the first tight end in team history to reach 70 receptions in a season.
- He also joined RB James Jones (77 in 1984) as the only non-wide receivers to reach 70 receptions in a single season.
2009: Started the first 11 games for the Lions, making 30 catches for 346 yards (11.5 avg.) and two touchdowns before a knee injury ended his season.
- Started in a two-tight end set in season opener at New Orleans (9/13).
- Caught four passes for 64 yards (16.0 avg.) including a career-long 28-yard catch on a tight-end screen pass from Stafford at Chicago. (10/4).
- Recorded three receptions for 27 yards vs. Pittsburgh (10/11).
- Recorded first career touchdown on a 7-yard pass from QB Matthew Stafford at Seattle (11/8). Also posted a career high 7 receptions for 70 yards on the day. His 7 catches were the most by a Lions tight end since David Sloan registered 7 at Arizona November 14, 1999.
- Caught the game-winning touchdown pass with no time left on the clock (following defensive pass interference penalty) as he finished with a career-best 73 receiving yards on six catches vs. Cleveland (11/22).
COLLEGE: Regarded by many as the most complete tight end to enter the 2009 NFL Draft draft, the Lions second Pettigrew in the first round (20th overall) to become just the second tight end in school history to hear his name called in the first round of the draft, joining Reuben Gant (1974, Buffalo). Pettigrew ended his collegiate career ranked ninth overall on the school's receiving yardage record list with 1,450 and averaged more than 54 knockdown blocks per season for the Cowboys. Pettigrew has not only proven to be a clutch short-area receiver, but an outstanding blocker. A physical open-field runner, he has gained more than 40 percent of his yardage after the catch. He also proved to be an excellent pass catcher, becoming the first tight end in school history to amass more than 100 receptions (112) in a career. Pettigrew enrolled at Oklahoma State in 2004, spending the season as a red-shirt after turning down offers from Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Southern Methodist and Arkansas. In 2005, he started nine games, including the last seven, for the Cowboys. He gained 128 yards with a touchdown on 11 catches (11.6 avg). He delivered 30 knockdowns and also recorded a solo tackle.
2008: Had just eleven receptions through the team's first seven games, but finished with a career-high 42 catches for 472 yards (11.2 avg), despite not finding the end zone. 23 of his receptions produced first downs (54.76%), as he converted 4-of-9 third-down (44.44%) and 1-of-2 fourth-down plays.
- All-American Dream Team and All-Big Twelve Conference selection by The NFL Draft Report.
- Rated the best tight end prospect in the country by that scouting information service.
- Finalist for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end
- Three of his catches were for 20 yards or longer, as he also had key receptions to set up five scoring drives.
- Eleven of his catches came inside the red zone, including eight on goal-line plays.
- Made 43 knockdowns, including eight touchdown-resulting blocks.
2007: Started all thirteen games, ranking third on the team with 35 receptions for 540 yards (15.4 avg) and four touchdowns. Added one solo tackle in the Oklahoma clash and led the conference's tight ends. Also paced the Cowboys with ten touchdown-resulting blocks, as his 72 knockdowns were a league-high for tight ends.
- All-Big Twelve Conference first-team selection.
2006: Started all thirteen games, ranking third on the team with 24 receptions for 310 yards (12.9 avg), including four touchdowns. Also recorded six tackles (3 solos) and recovered a fumble. Registered 71 knockdowns that included eight touchdown-resulting blocks.
- All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention.
2005: Played in every game, starting nine contests, including the final seven. Finished fifth on the team with eleven receptions for 128 yards (11.6 avg).
- Scored his only touchdown on a 3-yard reception vs. Baylor.
- Recorded a solo tackle vs. Iowa State.
- Posted 30 knockdowns and four touchdown-resulting blocks.
2004: Redshirted as a freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Robert E. Lee (Tyler, Tex.) High School, earning All-State honors in 2003.
- Despite playing primarily as a blocker, he was rated as the best tight end in Texas by numerous recruiting services.
- The All-District and All-East Texas choice also competed on the defensive line.
PERSONAL: Son of Elaine and Henry Pettigrew. Born February 23, 1985.
- Resides in Tyler, Texas.
- Was an education major at Oklahoma State.
PETTIGREW'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS:
- Receptions: 11 at Min 9/25/11
- Receiving Yards: 112 at Min 9/25/11
- Long Reception: 35 vs. Phi 9/19/10
- Receiving Touchdowns: 1 (6 times) Last at Mia 12/26/10