Brian Calhoun

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Brian Calhoun
No. --     Free Agent
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-05-08) May 8, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 74
Debuted in 2006 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Rushing yards 54
Rushing average 3.9
Rushing TDs 0
Receiving yards 55
Receiving average 7.9
Kick Return Yards 221
Stats at NFL.com

Brian Calhoun (born May 8, 1984) is a former gridiron football running back. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin. He was coaching high school track and field, football and sports fitness training in the greater Milwaukee area. He is now an assistant coach for the University of Pittsburgh under former Wisconsin player/coach Paul Chryst.

Early years[edit]

Calhoun achieved numerous honors playing high school football and track and field at Oak Creek High School in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Rushed for over 5000 yards, scoring 82 touchdowns in high school. Named the Gatorade State Player of the Year, team MVP, All-America, first-team all-state, and being ranked the nation’s 12th best running back by Rivals.com.

Track and field[edit]

Also a standout track athlete, Calhoun was named the Track and Field MVP for four years and was a member of the 2001 USA Junior Team that competed at the World Youth Championships in Hungary, placing seventh in the long jump, with a leap of 7.39 meters. Because of NCAA transfer rules, Brian had to sit out the entire 2004 season. However, he kept himself busy by participating on the scout team and on the 4 x 100 metres relay team. The relay team would go on to become the 2005 Big Ten Conference champions.

He ran the 100 meters in 10.5 seconds and the 200 meters in 21.2 seconds, and participated in the high jump, posting a best leap of 2.07 meter. He ran the 200 meters and took part in the long jump competition at both the Air Force Classic and Frank Sevigne Invite, while advancing to the Big 12 Championships in the long jump. Calhoun earned a pair of 13th place finishes in the 200 meters.

College career[edit]

After playing football at Colorado for his freshman (2002) and sophomore (2003) years, Calhoun decided to return home and attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison. During his two years at Colorado, Calhoun was named the ABC Player of the Game against Nebraska University in 2002 and again against Florida State in 2003. Named the Player of the game against Iowa State, Kansas State and was named honorable mention All Big 12. Because of NCAA transfer rules, Brian had to sit out the entire 2004 season. However, he kept himself busy by participating on the scout team and on the 4 x 100 meter relay team. The relay team would go on to become the 2005 Big Ten Conference champions.

In the 2003 season, Calhoun took over for an injured Bobby Purify and carried the ball 195 times for 810 yards and 5 touchdowns. Calhoun enjoyed a fantastic 2005 with the Wisconsin Badgers by leading the nation with 348 rushing touches for 1,636 yards and 53 receiving touches for 571 yards. He finished with 22 rushing and 2 receiving touchdowns. His 22 rushing touchdowns were a school record. In addition, his 2,207 all purpose yards, ranks 2nd in school history. Became the 2nd player in Big Ten history with 1000 rushing and 500 receiving yards in one season. Became the 2nd player in NCAA history with 1500 yards rushing and 500 receiving yards in one a season [first done in 1991]. Was named to the Big Ten First Team, 2nd Team All-American by the Associated PressSports Illustrated. Named as a semifinalist for the Maxwell Trophy, Doak Walker Award and blossomed into a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate, but faded towards the end of the season. Calhoun was named the MVP of the 2006 Capital One Bowl, after gaining 213 yards and scoring a touchdown in the Wisconsin Badgers victory over the Auburn Tigers.

Professional career[edit]

2006 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 9 in 201 lb 4.57 s 1.59 s 2.70 s 4.24 s 7.05 s 31.5 in 10 ft 4 in 18 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Detroit Lions[edit]

Calhoun decided to forego his senior season at Wisconsin and entered the 2006 NFL Draft. He was selected in the third round (pick #74) by the Detroit Lions. Calhoun was placed on injured reserve for the season in November after tearing his ACL.

Calhoun was released on May 4, 2009, finishing his Lions career with 54 rushing yards, 55 receiving yards and 221 kick return yards and 0 touchdowns.