PLAYER
Ezekiel Ansah
DE #94
Height:
6-5
Weight:
275
Age:
27
College:
Brigham Young
Hometown:
Accra, Ghana
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
2
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 130 96 34 30.0 0 2 0 0 -- 0 0 9 2
2016 DET 2 2 2 1 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2015 DET 16 16 47 39 8 14.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 4 2
2014 DET 16 16 49 37 12 7.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 3 --
2013 DET 14 12 32 19 13 8.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @IND W 39-35 2 1 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 TEN L 15-16 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @GB L 27-34 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

Bruising defensive end with unrivaled size and raw talent who possesses the ability to play multiple roles along the Lions defensive line. Earned his first nod to the Pro Bowl following a dominant 2015 season and also received Associated Press Second Team All-Pro honors.

MANE FACTS

  • PRO BOWL: 2016
  • Associated Press All-Pro: Second Team 2015.
  • Pronunciation: ZEEK-e-all AHN-sah
  • Nickname “Ziggy”
  • First witnessed American football when he attended a BYU game in 2008.
  • Originally aspired to play basketball upon arriving in the United States before his family and friends convinced him to try out for football in 2010.
  • Voted by his teammates for the Mel Farr Rookie of the Year Award in 2013.
  • Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 6 of 2014

TRANSACTIONS

  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round (5th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft.

PRO
Bruising defensive end with unrivaled size and raw talent who possesses the ability to play multiple roles along the Lions defensive line. Earned his first nod to the Pro Bowl following a dominant 2015 season and also received Associated Press Second Team All-Pro honors.

  • Ansah finished third in the NFL in sacks in 2015 with 14.5, behind only Raiders DE Khalil Mack (15.0) and Texans DE J.J. Watt (17.5). His 14.5 sacks were also the most among all NFC players.
    • Ansah’s career high 14.5 sacks rank as the second-highest Lions single-season total (official since 1982), trailing only Porcher’s 15.0 sacks in 1999.
  • With 14.5 sacks in 2015, Ansah surpassed DE William Gay (13.5 sacks in 1983) for the second-most sacks in a season by a Lions defensive player since 1982 when sacks became an official statistic. He finished just short of setting a new team official sack record, as DE Robert Porcher (15.0) set the record in 1999.
  • With 1.0 sack in Week 17 at Chicago (1/3), Ansah reached 30.0 career sacks after three NFL seasons and is only the second Lions player to record 20+ sacks in his first three seasons of his NFL career, joining DT Ndamukong Suh (2010-12), since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. His 30.0 sacks are now the most by a Lions player in his first three seasons, surpassing Suh’s 22.0.
  • With a team-leading eight sacks in his first NFL season in 2013, Ansah recorded the most sacks by a Lions rookie since DT Ndamukong Suh had 10 in 2010.

2015: Began the 2015 season contributing two total tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13).

  • Recorded seven total tackles, which ties his career high, including one sack and three tackles for loss in Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20). The game marked the first time in his career he recorded sacks in the first two games to start the season.
  • Recorded three total tackles in Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27) before exiting the game due to injury.
  • Contributed three total tackles and two sacks, including one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in Week 4 at Seattle (10/5).
  • Garnered one total tackle while also tallying his fifth sack of the season in Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11). Ansah became the fourth Lions defensive player (fifth time overall) to record 5+ sacks through the season’s first five games, and he accomplished this for the first time since DE Robert Porcher garnered 5.0 through the first five games in 2001.
  • Started at defensive end and garnered two quarterback hurries and forced a fumble in Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18).
  • Registered four total tackles, including one sack and one forced fumble in Week 7 vs. Minnesota (10/25).
  • Contributed four total tackles, including one sack in Week 8 at Kansas City (11/1).
  • Totaled two solo tackles in Week 10 at Green Bay (11/15).
  • Contributed one total tackle and one sack in Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/22). He reached 8.0 sacks on the season and tied his previous career-single-season high (8.0 in 2013 as a rookie).
  • Registered a career single-game high 3.5 sacks against the Eagles in Week 12 (11/26). It was the most by a Lions player in a game since DE James Hall recorded 3.5 at Tampa Bay December 9, 2001.
  • Recorded three total tackles, including one sack, in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3).
  • Contributed two total tackles, including one sack, in Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13), giving him 13.5 on the season.
  • Tallied two total tackles in Week 15 at New Orleans (12/21).
  • In Week 16 vs. San Francisco (12/27), notched five tackles (one solo) and one quarterback hit.
  • In Week 17 at Chicago (1/3), dropped Bears QB Jay Cutler for a three-yard loss and finished out the season with 14.5 sacks. Ansah also registered three tackles along with three quarterback hurries and one pass defense.
    • With three quarterback hits in Week 17 at Chicago, Ansah finished 2015 with 33 QB hits and surpassed DT Ndamukong Suh (32, 2012) for the most by a Lions defensive player since 2007. Ansah has registered at least 26 QB Hits in each of the past two seasons, and is just the second Lions player to record 30 QB hits in a season since 2007.

2014: Followed up on his tremendous rookie season with 7.5 sacks, one behind DT Ndamukong Suh (8.0) for the team lead, as well as 49 total tackles (37 solo) and three forced fumbles. With 15.5 sacks after his first two NFL seasons, Ansah ranked third among all second- or third-year players behind only Olivier Vernon (18.0) and Chandler Jones (17.5.)

  • Began the 2014 season at defensive end and collected four quarterback hits with 0.5 sacks in Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8).
  • Had three tackles and put pressure on the quarterback for 0.5 sacks in Week 2 at Carolina (9/14).
  • Made two solo tackles in Week 3 vs. Green Bay (9/21).
  • Collected five total tackles (three solo), including one tackle for a loss, in Week 4 at New York Jets (9/28).
  • Pieced together four total tackles and had one tackle for a loss in Week 5 vs. Buffalo (10/5).
  • Wreaked havoc on the Vikings offensive line, sacking the quarterback a career-high 2.5 times, collecting five total tackles on the day and forcing one fumble in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12). This was his fourth-career game, and first in 2014, with 2+ sacks.
  • Had four total tackles, including one tackle for a loss in Week 7 vs. New Orleans (10/19).
  • Collected one sack for 10 yards and forced a fumble in Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26).
  • Made six total tackles, including one sack for 11 yards in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/9).
  • Had three combined tackles in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Collected three solo tackles in Week 12 at New England (11/23).
  • Made a pair of tackles, including one sack, in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27).
  • Picked up a sack and hurried the quarterback on multiple occasions in Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay (12/7).
  • Had one solo tackle in Week 15 vs. Minnesota (12/14).
  • Made two solo tackles in Week 16 at Chicago (12/21).
  • Recorded five tackles in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28).
  • Registered two tackles (one for loss), one sack and four quarterback hits in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4).

2013: Started in 12-of-14 games as a rookie and totaled 32 tackles (19 solo), a team-leading eight sacks (72 yards), one pass defense and two forced fumbles. Ansah led all NFL rookies with eight sacks.

  • Came off the bench in his Detroit Lions rookie debut in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8) to record three tackles (one solo), 0.5 sacks (1.5 yards) and one quarterback hit.
  • Recorded one solo tackle in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15).
  • Made his first career start in Week 3 at Washington (9/22) and recorded seven total tackles (four solo), two sacks (26 yards) and one forced fumble.
  • Assisted on one tackle and recorded one pass defense in Week 4 against Chicago (9/29).
  • In Week 5 at Green Bay (10/6), had two solo tackles, including one tackle for loss, 0.5 sacks (five yards), one quarterback hit and one forced fumble.
  • Assisted on three tackles in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13).
  • In Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27), made two solo tackles.
  • Inactive for Week 10 at Chicago (11/10) and Week 11 at Pittsburgh (11/17).
  • Registered two sacks (20 yards) and two solo tackles, including two tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits vs. Tampa Bay in Week 12 (11/24).
    • His performance at Tampa Bay was his second multi-sack game of the season.
  • Registered two sacks (13 yards), three solo tackles, including two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28).
    • He became the first Lions player with two-plus sacks in back-to-back games since DE Cliff Avril in Weeks 14-15 of the 2011 season.
  • Totaled four tackles (three solo), including one tackle for loss in Week 14 at Philadelphia (12/8).
  • In Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22), sacked Giants QB Eli Manning for a loss of nine yards and also totaled three tackles (two solo), including one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit.
  • Assisted on one tackle in Week 17 at Minnesota (12/29).

COLLEGE
Started the final nine games of his career at Brigham Young, appearing in 31 total games where he registered 72 tackles (39 solo), 4.5 sacks (20 yards), 13 tackles for loss, 10 pass defenses, one interception and one forced fumble.

  • Prior to joining the BYU football team in 2010, competed for the Cougars track team and ran personal bests in the 100-meter dash (10.91) and 200-meter dash (21.89).

2012: An All-American Super Sleeper selection by The NFL Draft Report, Ansah also received All-American honorable mention from Pro Football Weekly and was an All-Independent first-team choice by Phil Steele.

  • Finished his senior year with 62 tackles (35 solo), ranking fourth-best on the team. Also ranked second on the team with 4.5 sacks (20 yards) and placed third on the team with 13 tackles for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery.
  • Burst onto the scene vs. Boise State, snuffing out a fake punt and posting eight tackles (2.5 for loss), one sack and one pass defense.
  • Produced three tackles for loss vs. Utah State, including two sacks while coming up with five stops in a 6-3 victory.
  • Recorded a six-yard sack vs. Georgia Tech to go along with eight tackles (five solo).
  • Assisted on a sack while making two stops for loss and four tackles vs. New Mexico State.
  • Finished the Poinsettia Bowl vs. San Diego State with five solo tackles, a forced fumble and one interception.

PERSONAL
Youngest of five children, son of Edward and Elizabeth. Hails from Accra, Ghana.

  • Originally tried to walk on to BYU’s basketball team as a power forward after watching his brother play basketball in Ghana.
  • Active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Speaks Twi and Fante, two local Ghanaian dialects.
  • A basketball fan, grew up idolizing LeBron James.
  • Actuarial science major with a minor in mathematics.

ANSAH'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Tackles: 7 (twice) last at Min 9/20/15
  • Sacks: 3.5 vs. Phi 11/26/15
  • Sack Yards: 27 vs. Phi 11/26/15
  • Forced Fumbles: 1 (nine times) Last vs. Phi 11/26/15
  • Fumble Recoveries: 1 (twice) Last vs. Phi 11/26/15
  • Pass Defenses: 1 (twice) at Chi 1/3/16

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Ansah on his focus heading into regular season

    Posted Sep 8, 2016

    DE Ezekiel Ansah talks about what he will focus on in Week 1 and the benefits of having DT Haloti Ngata healthy.

  • Lions' NFL pep talk

    Posted Sep 6, 2016

    Watch Lions players read encouraging letters from young fans in anticipation of the 2016 season.

  • Ansah on 2 on 2 drills

    Posted Aug 9, 2016

    DE Ziggy Ansah talks about the joint practice with the Steelers and what they got out of going up against the Steelers offensive line in 2 on 2 drills.

  • Ansah on defensive line chemistry

    Posted Jul 29, 2016

    DE Ezekiel Ansah talks about Darius Slay's contract extension and how this year's defensive line is shaping up.

  • Ansah on the defense in Week 16

    Posted Dec 27, 2015

    Defensive end Ziggy Ansah talks about the defense shutting out the 49ers in the second half of the Lions' 32-17 victory.

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