Backus in September 2012
|Date of birth:||September 21, 1977|
|Place of birth:||Midland, Michigan|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||310 lb (141 kg)|
|High school:||Norcross (GA)|
|NFL draft:||2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
Jeffrey Carl Backus (born September 21, 1977) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Michigan. He was drafted with the 18th pick in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions and played his entire 12-year career for the team.
High school career
Backus attended Norcross High School (Norcross, Georgia), and was a standout in football and baseball. He spent his freshman year at Marist School in Dunwoody before returning to Norcross, where he played his middle school years. In football, as a senior, he was a USA Today All-America selection, and was chosen by the Gwinnett Touchdown Club as the Gwinnett Touchdown Club's Lineman of the Year.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 5 in||310 lb||5.37 s||1.87 s||3.11 s||4.67 s||8.40 s||27 in||8 ft 3 in||25 reps|
|All measurables were taken at the NFL Scouting Combine. See also the scouting report.|
In July 2001, Jeff Backus signed a $7 million 5-year contract with the Lions, including a $3.2 million signing bonus. On July 2006, Jeff Backus signed a $40 million 6-year contract with the Lions. On November 22, 2012, Backus' streak of starting and playing in 186 consecutive games ended due to injury. On March 14, 2013, Backus retired.
Backus became a part-time coaching intern with the Detroit Lions after his retirement from playing football.
- Jeff Backus retires after 12 seasons
- Birkett, Dave (May 30, 2013). "Lions glad Jeff Backus is sticking around to coach". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 8, 2013.