Joseph Fauria
Fauria with UCLA in 2012
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-01-16) January 16, 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth: Northridge, California
Career information
College: UCLA
Undrafted in 2013
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2013 2014)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Receptions     24
Receiving yards     281
Receiving touchdowns     8

Joseph Jules Fauria[1] (born January 16, 1990) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He played college football at Notre Dame and UCLA. He also played for the Arizona Cardinals and the New England Patriots.

Early yearsEdit

Fauria attended Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California. Fauria was named to the first team all-state by He was ranked the 7th best tight end prospect in the nation and was ranked the 24th prospect in the state of California by[2][3]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Joseph Fauria
Tight End
Encino, California Crespi Carmelite High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (110 kg) 4.75 Jan 18, 2008 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 11 (TE)   Rivals: 7 (TE), 184 (National), 24 (California)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College careerEdit

He played College football at Notre Dame then he later transferred to UCLA. On June 27, 2009, in his Sophomore year, he was suspended by Notre Dame for "slapping a priest on the butt in jest" [4] which led him to transfer to UCLA.[5] He finished college with a total of 88 receptions, 1,139 receiving yards and 20 receiving touchdowns.[6]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 8 in 259 lb 4.77 s 1.71 s 2.79 s 4.53 s 7.49 s 35.5 in 10 ft 0 in 17 rep

Detroit LionsEdit

Fauria went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft. On April 27, 2013, he signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent.[8]

Fauria made the Lions opening day roster. He scored a touchdown in his first regular season game with the team, on a one-yard pass from Matthew Stafford.[9] In a Week 6 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, Fauria caught a career-high three touchdowns on three catches for 34 yards.[10] He finished his rookie season with only 18 receptions, but seven of those resulted in a touchdown.

Fauria's 2014 season was limited due to an ankle injury. In seven games, Fauria had six receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown.[11] His sole touchdown came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 7.

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On September 10, 2015, Fauria was signed by the Arizona Cardinals.[12] On September 19, 2015, he was released by the Cardinals.[13] On September 23, 2015, Fauria was re-signed to the Cardinals' practice squad.[14] On October 2, 2015, the Cardinals placed Fauria on the practice squad injured list.[15] On October 13, 2015, the Cardinals waived Fauria from their practice squad injured list.

New England PatriotsEdit

On November 18, 2015, the New England Patriots signed Fauria to their practice squad. He was released on December 8, 2015.[16]

Arizona Hotshots (AAF)Edit

Fauria attempted a comeback with the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) in advance of the team and league's inaugural 2019 season but did not make the team's final roster on January 30, 2019.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Joseph Fauria is the nephew of Christian Fauria, who was also an NFL tight end from 1995 to 2007.[3] Fauria was born in Woodland Hills, California, to Christian Fauria's older sister, Julie Ann Fauria. At Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California, he was a three-sport athlete, lettering in football, basketball, and volleyball. Fauria gained notoriety in his rookie year for his elaborate dances following touchdowns.


  1. "ESPN Profile".
  2. "Joseph Fauria Profile".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Joseph Fauria UCLA Profile". Archived from the original on April 12, 2013.
  4. "Signing Day".
  5. "Fauria Suspended, Will Transfer". Retrieved June 27, 2009.
  6. "Joseph Fauria College Statistics".
  7. "Joseph Fauria, DS #17 TE, UCLA". Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  8. "UCLA TE Joseph Fauria among undrafted players signed by Detroit Lions".
  9. "Bush dazzles, helps Lions rally past Vikings".
  10. "Stafford-Fauria connection leads Lions' rally past Browns". Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  12. Urban, Darren (September 10, 2015). "Ifeanyi Momah To IR; Cards Sign Joseph Fauria". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  13. Florio, Mike (September 19, 2015). "Cardinals call up Kerwynn Williams, cut Joseph Fauria". Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  14. Odegard, Kyle (September 23, 2015). "Bobby Massie: "I Made The Wrong Decision"". Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  15. Urban, Darren (October 2, 2015). "Looking To Break Out Michael Floyd". Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  16. Alper, Josh (November 18, 2015). "Patriots add Joseph Fauria, Brock Vereen to practice squad". Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  17. "Arizona Hotshots Week One Game Time Changed". Our Sports Central. February 2, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.

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