Nick Fairley
DT #98
Mobile, Ala.

Quick Stats (2014):

Career Stats
TOTAL 88 59 29 12.5 1 2 0 0 -- 0 0 3 3
2014 DET 2 2 4 1 3 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2013 DET 15 15 35 22 13 6.0 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 2
2012 DET 13 7 34 27 7 5.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 2 1
2011 DET 10 0 15 9 6 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
1 NYG W 35-14 1 0 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @CAR L 7-24 3 1 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Physical, aggressive defensive tackle who contributes to the Lions’ stellar defensive line rotation. Selected in the first round (13th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft after a successful two-year career at Auburn. Earned his first Pro Bowl recognition as an alternate in 2014.


  • Pro Bowl: 2014 Alternate
  • Voted by his teammates for the Chuck Hughes Most Improved Player Award in 2012.


  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round (13th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Physical, aggressive defensive tackle who contributes to the Lions’ stellar defensive line rotation. Selected in the first round (13th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft after a successful two-year career at Auburn. Earned his first Pro Bowl recognition as an alternate in 2014.

2013: Started all 15 games he played and finished the season with 35 tackles (23 solo), six sacks (36.5 yards), one pass defense, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one safety. He also recorded his first-career touchdown on a fumble recovery in Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29).

  • Tied for second on the team in tackles with five (two solo), including one tackle for loss, recorded two quarterback hits and led team in sacks with 1.5 (9.5 yards) and had a fumble recovery in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8).
  • Inactive in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15).
  • In Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29) recorded two quarterback hits and his first-career scoop-and-score touchdown after a forced fumble from DT Ndamukong Suh.
  • Posted three tackles (two solo) and one quarterback hit in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13).
  • Recorded one pass defense in Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20).
  • In Week 10 at Chicago (11/10), sacked Bears QB Josh McCown for a loss of three yards late in the fourth quarter and then effectively sealed the win for Detroit by tackling Bears RB Matt Forte for a loss on Chicago’s game-tying two-point conversion attempt. Also had one solo tackle for loss and four quarterback hits.
  • Sacked Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for a loss of nine yards in Week 11 at Pittsburgh (11/17). Also had three tackles (two solo), including two tackles for loss and one quarterback hit.
  • Had one solo tackle for loss and had one quarterback hit in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28).
  • Had six tackles (five solo), including one tackle for loss in Week 14 at Philadelphia (12/8).
  • Finished with three solo tackles, including one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit in Week 15 vs. Baltimore (12/16).
  • In Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22) registered his first career safety on a nine-yard sack on Giants QB Eli Manning. Also had three solo tackles, including one tackle for loss, and two quarterback hits.
    • It was the second safety by the Lions in 2013 and the seventh time in team history the Lions have recorded two safeties in one season. The last time this occurred was 2009.
  • Registered five tackles (two solo), including one tackle for loss, 1.5 sacks (six yards) and two quarterback hits in Week 17 at Minnesota (12/29).

2012: Breakout season got off to a strong start after recording the first Lions sack on the season in Week 1. Stepped in as a starter with DT Corey Williams out due to injury and created a young, stout defensive tackle tandem with DT Ndamukong Suh. Totaled 5.5 sacks, 34 tackles (26 solo), two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery before a shoulder injury ended his season in Week 14.

  • Recorded first sack of season for a loss of five yards vs. St. Louis (9/9) in the Lions’ season home opener.
  • Part of a defensive line effort that tallied four sacks in the game and held Rams RB Steven Jackson to only 53 yards rushing.
  • Recovered his first career fumble recovery in the Lions’ Week 3 44-41 (OT) loss at Tennessee in Week 3 (9/23).
  • Combined with DE Kyle Vanden Bosch for a half a sack on a pivotal second down play that resulted in a total loss of 14 yards on the Eagles’ opening drive in overtime at Philadelphia in Week 6 (10/14). Also had two tackles (one solo) and one pass defense.
    • The Lions defensive notched 10 total tackles for loss in the game and forced the Eagles to punt in overtime, helping to set the stage for a game-winning field goal from K Jason Hanson on the very next drive.
  • Tied a career-high in tackles with three solo tackles in the Lions’ 31-14 win over Jacksonville in Week 9 (11/4). The Lions defensive line also held the Jaguars to just 64 yards on the ground, the lowest total of the season.
  • Recorded a career-high four tackles and a sack in Week 10 at Minnesota (11/11), giving him 2.5 sacks this season.
  • Recorded seven tackles and two sacks, both of which were career highs in Week 11 vs. Green Bay (11/24). It was his first-career multi-sack game.
    • He also registered his first-career forced fumble on the Packers’ opening drive in the third quarter to halt Green Bay’s drive at their own 17-yard line.
  • Followed up his career performance vs. Green Bay in Week 11 with five solo tackles, including one tackle for loss, in Week 12 vs. Houston on Thanksgiving Day (11/22).
  • Had three tackles (two solo) and two quarterback hits in Week 13 vs. Indianapolis (12/2).
  • Continued his strong play against the Packers in 2012 with a sack (seven yards), four solo tackles, including two tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits in Week 14 at Green Bay (12/9).
  • Placed on Reserve/Injured on Dec. 19, 2012.

2011:Despite battling a foot injury throughout the year, played in 10 games as a rookie and registered 15 tackles (nine solo) and one sack.

  • Suffered a foot injury during training camp that required surgery.
  • Inactive for the team’s first three games at Tampa Bay (9/11), vs. Kansas City (9/18), at Minnesota (9/25) and at Dallas (10/2).
  • Made his NFL debut against Chicago (10/10) and helped the defense limit the Bears to three second-half points as the Lions claimed a 24-13 win.
  • Recorded his first career tackle vs. Atlanta (10/23). Stop came against QB Matt Ryan on second-and-11 at the Detroit 47-yard line as he tripped him up on a two-yard gain.
  • On the final play of the first quarter at New Orleans (12/4), Fairley recorded his first-career sack dropping the Saints for a one-yard loss on 2nd-and-3 at the Saints 10-yard line.
  • Finished the season with career-high four tackles at Green Bay (1/1). Had two tackles in Lions’ NFC Wild Card playoff game at New Orleans (1/7/12).

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. Recipient of Rotary Lombardi Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top collegiate lineman, and named Defensive Most Valuable Player of the BCS Championship game after registering five solo tackles and one sack (seven yds), three stops for losses of 14 yards and a forced fumble against the Ducks.
  • Helped lead Tigers’ defense to be the NCAA’s ninth-ranked rushing defense in 2010, allowing just 109.07 yards per game.
  • Part of a defense that held Oregon, who averaged 49.33 points per game, to just 19 points in the BCS Championship game.
  • Played and started in all 14 games in 2010, finishing with 60 tackles (36 solo), 11.5 sacks for minus 74 yards, two fumble recoveries, one 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.
  • Led unit that was top in the SEC and ranked ninth in the nation, allowing 109.07 yards per game on the ground.
  • Began collegiate career at Copiah-Lincoln Community College (2007-08) in Wesson, Mississippi.
  • In 2008, earned an All-Region XII selection after collecting 63 tackles with seven sacks and nine stops for loss in seven games.

Attended Lillie B. Williamson High School (Mobile, Ala.) 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.

  • Graded out a 97-percent on the offensive line and added five receptions for 150 yards as a tight end in 2007.
  • Participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic as a senior and the AHSAA North/South All-Star game as a junior.
  • Given a three-star rating by, who listed him as the 28th-best offensive guard prospect in the nation and the 15th-best recruit from the state of Alabama.
  • Offered scholarships from Alabama, Kansas State, Louisville, Southern Mississippi and West Virginia before committing to Auburn.
  • Son of Paula and Herbert Rogers.
  • One of nine siblings, born on January 23, 1988 in Mobile, Alabama.


  • Tackles: 7 vs. GB 11/18/12
  • Sacks: 2 vs. GB 11/18/12
  • Pass Defenses: 1 vs. Cin 10/20/13
  • Fumbles Forced: 1 (twice) Last at GB 12/9/12
  • Fumbles Recovered: 1 (three times) Last vs. Chi 9/29/13
  • Fumble Return Yards: 4 vs. Chi 9/29/13
  • Fumble Return Touchdowns: 1 vs. Chi 9/29/13

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