Polite with the Dolphins in 2009.
|No. 39, 36, 45|
September 14, 1981 |
North Braddock, Pennsylvania
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school:||Woodland Hills High School (PA)|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2012|
Lousaka Romon Polite (born September 14, 1981) is a former American football fullback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh.
Polite attended the University of Pittsburgh, becoming the first three-year captain in Pitt history and a four-year starter at fullback. He also saw action at running back, but had minimal success at that position.
Polite was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent after the 2004 NFL Draft. He spent three years with the team, contributing mostly with his blocking at fullback, while registering 28 rushing yards and 97 receiving yards on 12 receptions. He was waived before the start of the 2007 season, with the team deciding to keep rookie Deon Anderson and second-year player Oliver Hoyte.
After his release from the Cowboys, Polite signed with the Chicago Bears. Polite played in 5 games and had 2 tackles on special teams, but did not see any action on the offense. He was cut on August 30, 2008.
Polite signed with the Miami Dolphins on October 16, 2008. The move reunited him with various coaches and front office personnel from the Cowboys, including Bill Parcells who signed him as the Cowboys' head coach in 2004. He saw action on short yardage situations. In 2008, he had 83 yards rushing on 23 attempts, and 51 yards on 11 receptions. He also gained 11 first downs in 12 attempts on 3rd or 4th and one.
In 2009, he played in all 16 games for the first time in his career, while blocking for Ricky Williams. That year, he racked up 123 yards rushing, his career high, on 37 attempts. He also converted all 16 attempts on 3rd or 4th and one.
In 2010, he played in all 16 games for the second year in a row. He had 62 yards rushing on 26 attempts and also a rushing touchdown, what was the first of his career. He did not contribute much in the passing game having only 61 yards on 12 receptions, however 12 receptions was his career high. He was 14 of 15 in 3rd or 4th and one situations. He was released on September 3, 2011.
New England Patriots
On December 27, 2011, he was signed as free agent by the New England Patriots. He appeared in the season finale, all three postseason games and in Super Bowl XLVI. He was released on March 26, 2012.
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