Artose Pinner
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Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1978-01-05) January 5, 1978 (age 46)
Hopkinsville, Kentucky, U.S.
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Hopkinsville
NFL draft:2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 99
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:858
Rushing average:3.4
Receiving yards:308
Total TDs:8
Player stats at

Artose Deonce Pinner (born January 5, 1978) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kentucky.

High school years

Pinner attended Hopkinsville High School in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and was a standout in football and track. In track, he was a two-time Regional Champion in the 400 meter dash.

College career

He was a star running back for the University of Kentucky between 1999 and 2002, running for 1414 yards in 2002, second-most in a single season in school history to Moe Williams.

Professional career

Pinner was drafted with the second pick of the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Lions.[1] He increased his rushing total in each of his first three seasons in the league, going from 99 yards in 2003 to 174 yards in 2004 to 349 yards in 2005. Through the 2005 season, Pinner scored five touchdowns, all rushing.

Pinner was cut by the Detroit Lions in 2006 and was quickly claimed by the Minnesota Vikings. He had his best game statistically, which was his first start in the NFL, on December 10, 2006, when he ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns against his former Detroit Lions. On May 1, 2008, he returned to the Detroit Lions. After the 2008 preseason, he was waived by the Lions during final cuts on August 30, 2008.


Pinner returned to the University of Kentucky in the summer of 2013 to complete his degree in media studies. He graduated in December 2013.[2]


  1. ^ "2003 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-03-28.
  2. ^ Ramsey, Guy. "Former star running back Pinner keeps word, returns to UK to graduate". 26 December 2013. University of Kentucky. Retrieved 27 December 2013.