NFL CAREER – For five NFL seasons, Nick Fairley’s combination of athleticism and power have contributed to the defensive line rotations of the Detroit Lions (2011-14) and St. Louis Rams (2015) where he’s played in 61 games with 30 starts and has recorded 161 tackles (98 solo), 14 sacks, four passes defensed, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Originally a first round draft pick of the Lions in 2011 out of Auburn, Fairley will compete for snaps in New Orleans’ front four in 2016, following a 2015 campaign with the Rams where he set a career-high with 63 tackles.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints as an unrestricted free agent from Rams, 3/25/16; Placed on Reserve/Injured by St. Louis, 12/31/15; Signed by Rams, 3/13/15; Placed by Detroit on Reserve/Injured, 12/19/12; Signed by Detroit, 7/29/11; Originally selected by Detroit in the first round (13th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft..
2015 – Played in 15 games for Rams and totaled career-high 63 tackles (31 solo), a split sack, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery…Split a sack with DT Aaron Donald at Washington, Sept. 30…Had a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter vs. Cleveland, Oct. 25. 2014 – Saw his season cut short due to a knee injury at Atlanta, Oct. 26, but managed to finish with 14 tackles (eight solo), one sack and one forced fumble in his final season in Detroit...vs. N.Y. Giants, Sept. 8, created pressure multiple times on QB Eli Manning and had one assisted tackle...at Carolina, Sept. 14, collected three total tackles, including one tackle for a loss...vs. Green Bay, Sept. 21, forced a fumble that was picked up for a TD by S Don Carey and had two solo tackles…at N.Y. Jets, Sept. 28, generated three tackles, including his first sack of the season...At Minnesota, Oct. 12, collected one tackle for a loss...Vs. New Orleans, Oct. 19, made two solo tackles and had one quarterback hit...At Atlanta, Oct. 26, helped the Lions’ defensive line apply pressure as they collected two sacks and five quarterback hurries. Left game early (knee)...Declared inactive for the final seven weeks of the season and NFC Wild Card playoff game at Dallas, 1/4/15 (knee). 2013 – Started all 15 games he played and finished the season with 35 tackles (23 solo), six sacks (36.5 yards), one pass defensed, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown and one safety...vs. Minnesota, Sept. 8, tied for second on team with five tackles (two solo), including a stop for loss, recorded two quarterback hits and led team in sacks with 1.5 (9.5 yards) and had a fumble recovery...vs. Chicago, Sept. 29, recorded two quarterback hits and his first-career scoop-and-score touchdown on a recovery from a fumble forced by DT Ndamukong Suh...At Chicago, Nov. 10, Sacked QB Josh McCown for a loss of three yards late in fourth quarter and then effectively sealed win by tackling RB Matt Forte for a loss on Chicago’s game-tying two-point conversion attempt. Also had four quarterback hits...at Pittsburgh, Nov. 17, sacked Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for a loss of nine yards. Also had three tackles (two solo), including two tackles for loss and one quarterback hit...At Philadelphia, Dec. 8, had six tackles (five solo), including one tackle for loss...vs. N.Y. Giants, Dec. 22, registered his first-career safety on a nine-yard sack on Giants Manning. Also had three solo tackles, including one tackle for loss, and two quarterback hits...At Minnesota, Dec. 29, registered five tackles (two solo), including one tackle for loss, 1.5 sacks (six yards) and two quarterback hits. 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 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...Vs. St. Louis, Sept. 9, recorded first sack of season for a loss of five yards in the Lions’ season home opener. Part of a defensive line effort that tallied four sacks and held RB Steven Jackson to only 53 yards rushing...At Tennessee, Sept. 23, Recorded his first career fumble recovery...At Philadelphia, Oct. 14, 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 Eagles’ opening drive in overtime. Also had two tackles (one solo) and a pass defense...At Minnesota, Nov. 11, Recorded a career-high four tackles and a sack in, giving him 2.5 sacks on season...vs. Green Bay, Nov. 24, recorded seven tackles and two sacks, both of which were career highs, his first-career multi-sack game. 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... At Green Bay, Dec. 9, continued his strong play against the Packers with a sack (seven yards), four solo tackles, including two tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits...Placed on Reserve/Injured on Dec. 19. 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....vs. Chicago, Oct. 10, made his NFL debut and helped the defense limit the Bears to three second-half points as the Lions claimed a 24-13 win...vs. Atlanta, Oct. 23, recorded first career tackle. 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...At New Orleans, Dec. 4, recorded his first-career sack dropping the Saints for a one-yard loss on second-and-three at the Saints 10-yard line...At Green Bay, 1/1/12, finished the season with four tackles...In NFC Wild Card playoff game at New Orleans, 1/7/12), had two tackles.
COLLEGE – Started 16-of-27 games during two-year career at Auburn, recording 88 tackles (50 solo), 13 sacks for minus 89 yards, 27.5 stops for losses totaling 126 yards and 32 tackles-for-loss, posting 28 quarterback pressures...Also forced two fumbles and recovered three others, intercepted a pass and added a blocked kick...In 2010, Fairley had a school-record 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 yards), 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.
PERSONAL – Attended Lillie B. Williamson (Mobile, Ala.) HS 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 Rivals.com, who listed him as the 28th-best offensive guard prospect in the nation and the 15th-best recruit from the state of Alabama...Son of Paula and Herbert Rogers...one of nine siblings, born on January 23, 1988 in Mobile, Alabama.
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New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley records a sack on Matt Ryan, reaching a career-best 6.5 sacks this season.
New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley stuffs Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart for a loss of 3 yards on the run.