Theo Riddick

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Theo Riddick
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Riddick in 2014
No. 25 – Detroit Lions
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1991-05-04) May 4, 1991 (age 26)
Somerville, New Jersey
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Somerville (NJ) Immaculata
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 6 / Pick: 199
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2017
Rushing yards: 777
Rushing average: 3.4
Rushing touchdowns: 5
Receptions: 216
Receiving yards: 1,807
Receiving touchdowns: 14
Player stats at

Theo Riddick (born May 4, 1991) is an American football running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Lions in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.

Early years[edit]

Raised in Somerville, New Jersey, Riddick attended Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey. He rushed for 4,042 yards and 52 TDs during his high school career, which also included a state championship in 2006, leading his team to victory and a perfect 12-0 season. In June 2016 Immaculata's football field was named for Riddick.[1]

Considered a four-star recruit by, he was rated as the No.10 all purpose back in the nation. He accepted a scholarship offer from Notre Dame over offers from Rutgers, Penn State, and Pittsburgh.[2]

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Notre Dame in 2009, Riddick started off his career as a reserve and primarily on special teams as a kick returner. He rushed for 160 yards on 29 carries (5.5 avg) and tallied 849 kickoff return yards on 37 returns. In 2010, under new head coach Brian Kelly, he made the move from running back to slot receiver. In his first season as a receiver, he amassed 40 catches for 414 yards and three touchdowns, including a career game against Michigan State in which he recorded 10 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. In 2011, he did not have the break out season many had hoped, he recorded 38 catches for 436 yards and three touchdowns. He also played running back following an injury to starter Jonas Gray near the end of the season. In his final season, as a senior in 2012, he made the move back to running back. Splitting carries with fellow senior classmate Cierre Wood, he rushed for 917 yards on 190 carries (4.8 avg) and five touchdowns. He also recorded 36 receptions for 370 yards and two touchdowns. He was an integral piece to the Irish's 2012 undefeated season. Head coach Brian Kelly referred to him as the "definition of a Notre Dame Football player".

Professional career[edit]

Riddick was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round, 199th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.[3]

He signed a four-year contract with the Lions on May 30, 2013. Riddick was drafted due to his position flexibility. The Lions are using Riddick at running back, slot receiver, third-down back, fielding punts, and kick returns.[4] In 2013, he scored his first career touchdown on a 2-yard run in Week 16 against the New York Giants.

In Week 6, Riddick scored another touchdown on a 9-yard pass from Matthew Stafford.

Riddick saw expanded usage in the 2015 season, especially in the passing game. In a Week 16 game against the San Francisco 49ers, he caught 7 passes for 63 yards, giving him 668 receiving yards on the season. This set a Lions franchise record for running backs, surpassing the 662 receiving yards gained by James Jones in 1984.[5] Riddick finished the season with 80 receptions and 697 yards, both franchise records for a running back.[6]

Riddick signed a three-year $12.75 million contract extension with the Lions on September 9, 2016.[7]

Riddick was the Lions' top running back in 2016 after a season-ending injury to Ameer Abdullah in Week 2. He played in 10 games with 8 starts in 2016, rushing for 357 yards and one touchdown to go along with 53 receptions for 371 yards and five touchdowns. He had been dealing with a lingering wrist injury towards the end of the season, leading him to be placed on injured reserve on December 31, 2016.[8][9]


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