Tahir Whitehead

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Tahir Whitehead
Tahir Whitehead.jpg
Whitehead in 2014.
No. 59 Detroit Lions
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-04-02) April 2, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth: Jersey City, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Newark (NJ) West Side
College: Temple
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 5 / Pick: 138
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 106
Sacks: 0.0
Forced fumbles: 2
Stats at NFL.com

Tahir Ali Whitehead (born April 2, 1990) is an American football linebacker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Temple University. He was selected by the Lions in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

A native of Newark, New Jersey, he played high school football at West Side High School, where he was part of the team that won the 2007 state sectional championship.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Whitehead was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. On Sunday, October 11th, 2014, Whitehead tallied his first two interceptions against the Minnesota Vikings' rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Personal Life[edit]

He is the nephew of former NFL defensive end Willie Whitehead.


  1. ^ Stanmyre, Matthew. "NFL Draft 2012: Detroit Lions select Newark native Tahir Whitehead in fifth round", The Star-Ledger, April 28, 2012. Accessed June 11, 2012. "They informed Whitehead, a 2008 graduate of Newark’s West Side High School, they had selected him with their fifth-round pick — the 138th overall — of the 2012 NFL draft."

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