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
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
After playing primarily on special teams his rookie year, Whitehead enters his second season as a potential starter on the outside
Detroit Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead talks about opening on Monday Night Football and looking forward to starting against a team from his hometown area.
Watch wide receiver Golden Tate interview linebacker Tahir Whitehead in the locker room after the Lions' practice the day after the team's win against Jacksonville.