Jeff Backus
Backus in September 2012
No. 76     
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-09-21) September 21, 1977 (age 42)
Place of birth: Midland, Michigan
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2001 2012)
Career highlights and awards
* National champion (1997)
Games played     191
Games started     191
Stats at

Jeffrey Carl Backus (born September 21, 1977) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Michigan. He was drafted with the 18th pick in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions and played his entire 12-year career for the team.

High school careerEdit

Backus attended Norcross High School (Norcross, Georgia), and was a standout in football and baseball.[1] He spent his freshman year at Marist School in Dunwoody before returning to Norcross, where he played his middle school years. In football, as a senior, he was a USA Today All-America selection, and was chosen by the Gwinnett Touchdown Club as the Gwinnett Touchdown Club's Lineman of the Year.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 in 310 lb 5.37 s 1.87 s 3.11 s 4.67 s 8.40 s 27 in 8 ft 3 in 25 reps

In July 2001, Jeff Backus signed a $7 million 5-year contract with the Lions, including a $3.2 million signing bonus. On July 2006, Jeff Backus signed a $40 million 6-year contract with the Lions. On November 22, 2012, Backus' streak of starting and playing in 186 consecutive games ended due to injury. On March 14, 2013, Backus retired.[2]

Post-playing careerEdit

Backus became a part-time coaching intern with the Detroit Lions after his retirement from playing football.[3]


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