Deji Karim
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Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-11-18) November 18, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Career information
College: Southern Illinois
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 180
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2010 2011)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Rushing attempts     110
Rushing yards     341
Receptions     18
Receiving yards     129
Total return yards     2,332
Total touchdowns     1
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Abdul-Gafar Olatokumbo Ayodeji Lamar "Deji" Karim (/ˈdʒi kəˈrm/ day-ZHEE-_--reem; born November 18, 1986) is an American football running back. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football for Southern Illinois and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

High School careerEdit

Karim attended Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City where he was teammates with Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford. He earned all state honors his senior year after he rushed for more than 2,000 yards and scored 28 TDs as a senior.[1] He was not offered a scholarship[2] although he did have interest from schools such as Colorado State, Kansas State, SMU, and Oklahoma State.

College careerEdit

Karim played two seasons (2005, 2006) at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. In those two seasons he rushed for 1,972 yards on 328 carries with 25 touchdowns. He also had 25 receptions for 315 yards and a receiving touchdown.[1]

Karim then transferred to Southern Illinois. He led the Salukis in 2007 with eight rushing touchdowns, but missed the 2008 season with a knee injury. The 2009 season brought him national recognition as he led the Football Championship Subdivision with 1,694 rushing yards and guided Southern Illinois to the No. 1 national ranking for three weeks, its second-straight Missouri Valley Football Conference Championship and the Elite Eight of the FCS Playoffs. Karim broke the SIU single-season record for all-purpose yards (2,339) and averaged 30.9 yards on 14 kickoff returns with one touchdown. He was named a first team All-American by four different services and was the MVFC Offensive Player of the Year. Karim finished third in the voting for the 2009 Walter Payton Award (awarded annually to the most outstanding offensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision).[3]

He finished his career at Southern Illinois with 2,080 rushing yards, 26 rushing touchdowns, 10 career 100-yard rushing games and averaged 6.58 yards per carry. Karim only fumbled once in 351 career touches.[3]

Professional careerEdit

NFL draftEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 8½ in 209 lb 4.37 s 1.45 s 2.45 s 4.33 s 6.95 s 43 in 10 ft 3 in 19 rep

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 180th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

In July 2010, Karim signed a 4-year $1.9 million deal with the Jaguars.[5] During the 2010 season, Karim was used primarily as a returner and was the Jaguars 3rd running back on the depth chart. Karim had 50 kick returns and averaged 25 yards per return. On limited carries he produced 160 Yards during his rookie season.[6]

On April 27, 2012, Karim was released by the Jaguars.[7]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On April 30, 2012 Karim was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts. On December 30, 2012, Karim returned a kick off 101 yards for a touchdown against the Houston Texans.

Houston TexansEdit

On May 15, 2013 Karim signed with the Houston Texans.[8] On Sep 1, 2013, Karim was cut from the final roster of the Texans.[9] On October 28, 2013 Karim signed with Houston Texans once again due to an injuries to Arian Foster and Ben Tate.[10]

Return to IndianapolisEdit

On August 17, 2014, Karim agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts.[11] He was placed on injured reserve on August 26 with an undisclosed injury.[12] On September 2, 2014 he was released by the Colts with an injury settlement.[13]

Professional statisticsEdit

Year Carries Yards Rushing Touchdowns Yards Per Carry Receptions Yards Receiving Touchdowns Return Yards Return Touchdowns Fumbles
2010 35 160 0 4.6 3 10 0 1,248 0 4
2011 63 125 0 2.1 14 120 0 652 0 1
2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 328 1 0
2013 12 51 0 4.3 1 -1 0 104 0 0
Career 110 341 0 3.1 18 129 0 2,332 1 5


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