Tim Biakabutuka

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Tim Biakabutuka
No. 21
Date of birth: (1974-01-24) January 24, 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth: Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick 8
Organizations
As player:
1996-2001 Carolina Panthers
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Tshimanga "Tim" Biakabutuka (born January 24, 1974) is a former American football running back for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1996 to 2001.

College career at Michigan[edit]

Biakabutuka left the former Zaire with his family for Canada when he was four years old, settling in the Montreal area, where his family still lives. He did not play Canadian football until his high school in Longueuil organized a team. After grade 11, he attended CEGEP at Vanier College, where his football exploits earned him the nickname "Touchdown Tim" and earned him a scholarship to play college football at the University of Michigan.[1]

Biakabutuka is perhaps best known for his 313-yard rushing effort against Ohio State in 1995, which helped Michigan upset the previously-undefeated Buckeyes. His performance against Ohio State ranks as the second highest single-game performance in U-M history, as follows:

Rank Name Attempts Net Yds Yds/Att Year Opponent
1 Ron Johnson 31 347 11.2 1968 Wisconsin
2 Tim Biakabutuka 37 313 8.5 1995 Ohio State
3 Jon Vaughn 32 288 9.0 1990 UCLA
4 Ron Johnson 26 270 10.4 1967 Navy
5 Denard Robinson 28 258 9.2 2010 Notre Dame

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That season, Biakabutuka rushed for 1,818 yards, still the single-season Michigan record, as follows:

Rank Name Attempts Net Yds Yds/Att Year
1 Tim Biakabutuka 303 1818 6.0 1995
2 Anthony Thomas 319 1733 5.4 2000
3 Jamie Morris 282 1703 6.0 1987
4 Denard Robinson 256 1702 6.6 2010
5 Chris Perry 338 1674 5.0 2003

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NFL career[edit]

During his career in the NFL, Biakabutuka was often injured. He never played more than 12 games in a single season . For his career he played in 50 games over 6 seasons. Over that stretch he totaled 3319 yards from scrimmage and scored 17 touchdowns.[4] As a member of the Carolina Panthers, Biakabutuka became the first running back to record two touchdown runs of 60 or more yards in the same game.

Life after football[edit]

Biakabutuka currently resides in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and owns three Bojangles restaurants in Augusta, Georgia. He had a failed venture as a franchisee of a Nathan's Hot Dog Restaurant.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biakabutuka Makes a Name for Himself" (reprint). National Post. October 4, 1999. 
  2. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". Regents of the University of Michigan. 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". Regents of the University of Michigan. 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  4. ^ Tim Biakabutuka Statistics - Pro-Football-Reference.com
  5. ^ Spanberg, Erik (April 27, 2007). "Step In A New Direction".