Joseph Fauria

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Joseph Fauria
Joseph Fauria.jpg
Fauria with UCLA in 2012
No. 80     Detroit Lions
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-01-16) January 16, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth: Northridge, California
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 267 lb (121 kg)
Career information
High school: Encino (CA) Crespi Carmelite
College: UCLA
Undrafted in 2013
Debuted in 2013 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2014
Receptions 24
Receiving yards 281
Receiving touchdowns 8
Stats at

Joseph Jules Fauria[1] (born January 16, 1990) is an American football tight end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He played college football at Notre Dame and UCLA.

Early years[edit]

Fauria attended Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California. Fauria was named to the first team all-state by He was ranked the 7th best tight end prospect in the nation and was ranked the 24th prospect in the state of California by[2][3]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Joseph Fauria
Tight End
Encino, California Crespi Carmelite High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (110 kg) 4.75 Jan 18, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 11 (TE)   Rivals: 7 (TE), 184 (National), 24 (California)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

He played College football at Notre Dame then he later transferred to UCLA. On June 27, 2009, in his Sophomore year, he was suspended by Notre Dame for unknown reasons which led him to transfer to UCLA.[4] He finished college with a total of 88 receptions, 1,139 receiving yards and 20 receiving touchdowns.[5]

Professional career[edit]

2013 Central Florida Pro Day[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 8 in 259 lb 4.77 s 1.71 s 2.79 s 4.53 s 7.49 s 35.5 in 10 ft 0 in 17 reps
All values from Central Florida Pro Day.[6]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Fauria went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft. On April 27, 2013, he signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent.[7]

2013 NFL Season[edit]

Fauria made the Lions opening day roster. He scored a touchdown in his first regular season game with the team, on a 1-yard pass from Matthew Stafford.[8] In a Week 6 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, Fauria caught a career-high 3 touchdowns on 3 catches for 34 yards.[9] He finished his rookie season with only 18 receptions, but seven of those resulted in a touchdown.

2014 NFL Season[edit]

Fauria's 2014 season was limited due to an ankle injury. In 7 games, Fauria had 6 receptions for 74 yards and 1 touchdown. [10]His sole touchdown came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 7.


Joseph Fauria is the nephew of Christian Fauria, who was also an NFL tight end from 1995 to 2007.[3] Fauria was born in Woodland Hills, California, to Christian Fauria's older sister, Julie Ann Fauria. At Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California, he was a three-sport athlete, lettering in football, basketball, and volleyball. Fauria gained notoriety in his rookie year for his elaborate dances following touchdowns.


  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". 
  2. ^ "Joseph Fauria Profile". 
  3. ^ a b "Joseph Fauria UCLA Profile". 
  4. ^ "Fauria Suspended, Will Transfer". Retrieved June 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Joseph Fauria College Statistics". 
  6. ^ "Joseph Fauria, DS #17 TE, UCLA". Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ "UCLA TE Joseph Fauria among undrafted players signed by Detroit Lions". Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bush dazzles, helps Lions rally past Vikings". Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Stafford-Fauria connection leads Lions' rally past Browns". Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  10. ^

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