Birmingham in 2009
|Date of birth:November 22, 1982|
|Place of birth: Atlanta, Texas|
|Undrafted in 2005|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* New England Patriots ( 2005)*|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NFL.com|
DeCori Birmingham (born November 22, 1982) is a former professional gridiron football running back. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Arkansas.
DeCori is best known for his part in the "Miracle on Markham". During his sophomore season with the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2002, Arkansas trailed the LSU Tigers 20-14 with less than a minute remaining. The winner of this regular season finale would win the SEC West Division championship, and earn the right to play in the 2002 SEC Championship Game. Birmingham, despite being covered by two defenders, caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Jones with only 9 seconds remaining in the game, and the extra point gave Arkansas a 21-20 victory. War Memorial Stadium is on Markham Street in Little Rock. Birmingham was also a part of the 2003 Razorbacks team that upset the Texas Longhorns in Austin, and won the 2003 Independence Bowl.
After retiring from pro football, Birmingham became a Texas State Trooper. He was recently given the Texas Department of Safety's 2015 Trooper of the Year Award.