Ricky Jean Francois
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Jean Francois with the Washington Redskins in 2015
Free agent
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1986-11-23) November 23, 1986 (age 33)
Miami, Florida
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:309 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami (FL) Carol City
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 244
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2009 2012)
Career highlights and awards
* BCS national champion (2007)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:206
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at

Ricky Barkley Jean Francois (born November 23, 1986) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, and played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU). He has also played for the Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Detroit Lions.

College careerEdit

As a member of the National Championship winning 2007 LSU Tigers football team, he was the defensive MVP of the 2008 BCS National Championship Game.[1] Jean Francois was also a member of the LSU track & field team.[2]

Professional careerEdit

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San Francisco 49ersEdit

Jean Francois was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round, 244th overall, in the 2009 NFL Draft. He became famous among 49ers fans for his "Peanut Butter Jelly Dance".[3]

In the 2012 season, Jean Francois and the 49ers appeared in Super Bowl XLVII. In the game, he had two combined tackles as the 49ers fell to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 34–31.[4]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Jean Francois signed with the Colts on March 14, 2013.[5] He was released on February 23, 2015.[6]

Washington RedskinsEdit

Jean Francois signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Washington Redskins on February 26, 2015.[7]

On March 15, 2017, Jean Francois was released by the Redskins.[8]

Green Bay PackersEdit

On March 24, 2017, Jean Francois signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Green Bay Packers.[9] He was released by the Packers on September 12, 2017.[10] He re-signed with the Packers on September 21, 2017.[11] On November 1, 2017, Jean Francois was again released by the Packers.[12]

New England PatriotsEdit

On November 7, 2017, Jean Francois signed with the New England Patriots.[13] He was released by the Patriots on December 2, 2017.[14] He was re-signed on December 13, 2017.[15] The Patriots finished the season 13-3 and reached Super Bowl LII where they would lose to the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33.

Detroit LionsEdit

On July 25, 2018, Jean Francois signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Jean Francois owns thirty Dunkin' Donuts franchises in the southeastern part of the United States.[17] He is of Haitian descent.


  1. Schad, Joe (January 1, 2009). "Source: LSU's Jean-Francois to enter NFL draft".
  2. "Ricky Jean-Francois".
  3. "Ricky Jean Francois: Peanut Butter Jelly Time! Peanut Butter Jelly Time!". October 13, 2010.
  4. "Super Bowl XLVII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens - February 3rd, 2013" (in en).
  5. Wesseling, Chris (March 14, 2013). "Ricky Jean-Francois signs $22M contract with Colts". Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  6. Orr, Conor (February 23, 2015). "Indianapolis Colts release Ricky Jean Francois". Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  7. Jones, Mike (February 26, 2015). "Redskins sign DL Ricky Jean-Francois". Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  8. Keim, John (March 15, 2017). "Redskins clear cap room by waiving DE Ricky Jean Francois". Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  9. "Packers sign DT Jean Francois". March 24, 2017.
  10. "Packers sign G/T Adam Pankey to active roster, G Darrell Greene to practice squad". September 13, 2017.
  11. "Packers sign DT Ricky Jean Francois". September 21, 2017.
  12. "Packers release DT Ricky Jean Francois". November 1, 2017.
  13. "Patriots sign DL Ricky Jean Francois; Place LB Dont'a Hightower on Injured Reserve; Sign DL Mike Purcell to the Practice Squad". November 7, 2017.
  14. "Patriots Make A Series of Roster Transactions". December 2, 2017.
  15. "Patriots Sign WR Kenny Britt; Announce Additional Roster Moves". December 13, 2017.
  16. "Lions sign free agents DT Ricky Jean Francois and LB Darnell Sankey". July 27, 2018.
  17. Reiss, Mike (November 10, 2017). "Ricky Jean Francois happy to be with Pats, and in 'Dunkin' Donuts heaven'".

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