Isaiah Pead
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Pead with the St. Louis Rams in 2013
No. 24, 44, 22
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1989-12-14) December 14, 1989 (age 30)
Columbus, Ohio
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Columbus (OH) Eastmoor
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Career history
* St. Louis Rams ( 2012 2015)
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:100
Rushing average:3.7
Receiving yards:100
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Isaiah D'Vaughn Pead (born December 14, 1989) is a former American football running back. He played college football at Cincinnati. Pead was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was also a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Pead attended Eastmoor in Columbus, Ohio, where he was a letterman in football and track. In football, he was a four-year letterwinner at running back and defensive back. He rushed for 1,696 yards (10.7 yards per carry) and 24 touchdowns, and also caught 10 passes for 250 yards, including two scores on his way to being named Ohio's Division IV Player of the Year in 2006. He earned the Ohio Division III Player of the Year award after rushing for 2,204 yards (11.5 yards per carry) and scored 39 touchdowns as a senior. He concluded his prep career with 4,443 rushing yards and 63 touchdowns. He is Eastmoor Academy's all-time rushing leader, surpassing two-time Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin.

In track & field, Pead was one of the state's top performers in the sprinting events. He was the 2007 Ohio Division II State 400-meter dash champion, with a PR of 48.16 seconds.[1] He took gold in the 100 meters at the 2008 Eastmoor Academy Invitational, recording a personal-best time of 10.89 seconds.[2] He also ran the 200 meters in 22.05 seconds.[3]

College career[edit | edit source]

Pead attended the University of Cincinnati from 2008 to 2011. He finished his career with 3,288 rushing yards on 545 carries with 27 touchdowns.

As a senior in 2011, Pead was the MVP of the 2012 Senior Bowl.[4]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 197 lb 4.47 s 1.49 s 2.56 s 4.32 s 6.81 s 33 in 9 ft 8 in

Pead was considered one of the top running back prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft.[5] He was drafted in the second round, 50th overall[6] by the St. Louis Rams.

St. Louis Rams[edit | edit source]

On May 31, 2013, the NFL announced that Pead would be suspended for the 2013 season opener for violating the substance abuse policy.[7]

During the Rams' second preseason game against the Green Bay Packers in 2014, Pead tore his ACL on a kickoff return. He was placed on IR a few days later.

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit | edit source]

Pead was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 2, 2015 after Le'Veon Bell was placed on season-ending injured reserve with an MCL tear. On November 27, 2015, Pead was released by the Steelers.

Miami Dolphins[edit | edit source]

On March 31, 2016, Pead signed with the Miami Dolphins.[8] On October 11, 2016, he was released by the Dolphins.[9]

Statistics[edit | edit source]


Year Team G GS Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 STL 15 1 10 54 5.4 19 0 3 16 5.3 9 0 2 1
2013 STL 10 0 7 21 3.0 11 0 11 78 7.1 14 0 0 0
2015 STL 2 0 2 3 1.5 4 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2016 MIA 3 0 8 22 2.8 4 0 1 6 6.0 6 0 0 0
Total 30 1 27 100 3.7 19 0 15 100 6.7 14 0 3 2

Car accident and personal life[edit | edit source]

On November 12, 2016, at approximately 2:30 AM, Pead was involved in a serious car accident, in which he was not wearing a seatbelt.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 2:32am, Saturday, Pead was driving his 2011 Cadillac CTS eastbound on I-670 near E. 5th Avenue, when he lost control of the vehicle, and drove off the right side of the roadway. The Cadillac struck the metal guardrail and continued through it. After going through the guardrail the Cadillac became airborne and struck several trees on the way down the embankment. It came to rest about 95 feet from the roadway.

Police said two witnesses stopped and called 911 and provided assistance to Pead and a passenger in the Cadillac, Wesley Richardson, 27, until police arrived at the crash scene.

Pead was taken to Grant Medical Center and had emergency surgery. Pead's injuries were career-ending.[10] Cincinnati football coach (Pead played college football for the University of Cincinnati), Tommy Tuberville, said Pead lost his left leg in the accident.[11]

Isaiah Pead is now working out with a prosthetic leg to try out as a 200m sprinter in the Paralympic Games in 2020. He has also reportedly started a trucking company. He has one son.[12][13]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "OHSAA State Track & Field Championships". Ohio MileSplit.
  2. "Eastmoor Academy Invitational". Ohio MileSplit.
  3. "Isaiah Pead".
  4. "North claims 23–13 Senior Bowl victory over South".
  5. "Isaiah Pead – Cincinnati, RB : 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile".
  6. "Isaiah Pead Draft Profile –".
  7. Hanzus, Dan (2013-05-31). "Isaiah Pead suspended for substance abuse violation". National Football League. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  8. Gantt, Darin (March 31, 2016). "Dolphins sign veteran running back Isaiah Pead". Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  9. "PRESS RELEASE: Dolphins Add Chekwa And Young". October 11, 2016.
  11. "Isaiah Pead lost his leg in car crash, Tommy Tuberville says". ESPN. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  12. "Despite losing leg former NFL RB Isaiah Pead is back on the run". ESPN. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  13. Zimmerman, Lisa (June 15, 2018). "Isaiah Pead enjoying second take on life with son at his side". Retrieved July 5, 2018.

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