Alexander at the 2008 Josh Heupel Day of Champions Football Camp signing a football
|Date of birth:||April 12, 1983|
|Place of birth:||Breaux Bridge, Louisiana|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||232 lb (105 kg)|
|High school:||Baton Rouge (LA) Christian Life Academy|
|NFL draft:||2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 176|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008|
Rufus Alexander (born April 12, 1983 in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma.
Alexander has also played for the Indianapolis Colts.
Alexander was raised by a mother who worked all of the time to support her family while his father was in prison. His oldest brother was in and out of legal trouble and the middle brother was following suit. Alexander met the Barham family, David and Melinda, while he was in junior high. In need of a stable living environment, the Barhams spoke to Alexander's mother, Seine, about having Alexander move in with them. The Barhams never legally adopted Alexander. David Barham accepted a job as the football coach at Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge, LA and he brought Alexander with him. Alexander became a dominant player, leading his team to district titles his junior and senior year. Barham began to actively pursue colleges on his behalf as Alexander was listed as a top 20 high school linebacker. Barham initiated contact with Oklahoma's defensive coordinator Brent Venables in December 2001. The Sooners offered Alexander a scholarship and he chose Oklahoma over several other offers.
He played for the University of Oklahoma Sooners football team from 2003 to 2006. In 2006, Alexander was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and an AP and AFCA All-American.
Alexander was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. Alexander was injured in the Vikings first preseason game of 2007 and suffered a torn ACL, resulting in season-ending surgery.
After the 2008 preseason, Alexander was released. He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 23. The Vikings promoted him to their active roster on October 19 when they waived linebacker Erin Henderson. The Vikings waived Alexander two days later and re-signed Henderson. Alexander was signed back to the practice squad on October 23.
Alexander was signed off the Vikings' practice squad by the Indianapolis Colts on December 2, 2008. On December 26, 2008, he was cut from the Colts' active roster and then signed back onto the Colts' practice squad on December 30, 2008.
Following the season, he was re-signed to a future contract on January 5, 2009. He was waived by the team on May 4.
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- Shinn, John (2006-12-30). "Alexander has come a long way". Norman Transcript. Retrieved 2007-02-06.
- "2006 AFCA Coaches' All-America Team". November 30, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-30.
- Pasche, Paula (September 6, 2009), "Lions cut it down to 53", The Morning Sun