Brandon Pettigrew
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Pettigrew with the Detroit Lions in 2011
No. 84, 87
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1985-02-23) February 23, 1985 (age 38)
Tyler, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:278 lb (126 kg)
Career information
High school:Tyler (TX) Lee
College:Oklahoma State (2004–2008)
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • PFWA NFL All-Rookie Team (2009)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:301
Receiving yards:2,965
Receiving average:9.9
Receiving touchdowns:17
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Brandon Dennard Pettigrew[1] (born February 23, 1985) is a former American football tight end. He played college football at Oklahoma State. He was drafted in the first round (20th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, and spent his entire 8-year career with the team.

High school career

Brandon Pettigrew played high school football at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas, where he was teammates with Matt Flynn, Justin Warren, and Ciron Black.

While at Robert E. Lee, Pettigrew played as a tight end and on defense. As a senior, he was named All-District and All-East Texas. He was also one of three players to be named to the All-State team. He chose to attend Oklahoma State University over Texas A&M, Texas Christian University (TCU), Southern Methodist University (SMU) and Arkansas.[2]

College career

Pettigrew played college football at Oklahoma State where he majored in economics.

As a freshman in 2005, he appeared in 11 games (nine starts). He recorded 11 receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown. In 2006, as a sophomore, he started all 13 games. He recorded 24 receptions for 310 yards and four touchdowns and was an All-Big 12 honorable mention. As a junior in 2007, he started all 13 games. He recorded 35 receptions for 540 yards and four touchdowns. He was named First-team All-Big 12 Football at Tight End in 2007.[2] As a senior in 2008, he recorded 42 receptions for 472 yards.[3] During his career he recorded 112 receptions for 1,450 yards and nine touchdowns.

Career statistics

Season Receiving
Year Team GP GS Rec Yds Avg TD Lng
2005 Okla. St. 11 9 11 128 11.6 1 --
2006 Okla. St. 13 13 24 340 12.9 4 --
2007 Okla. St. 13 13 35 540 15.4 4 --
2008 Okla. St. 10 10 42 472 11.2 0 --
Career 47 45 112 1,450 12.9 9 --

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5+38 in
(1.97 m)
263 lb
(119 kg)
34+78 in
(0.89 m)
10+34 in
(0.27 m)
4.86 s 1.76 s 2.87 s 4.37 s 7.12 s 33.0 in
(0.84 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
22 reps
All values from NFL Scouting Combine[4][5]

Pettigrew was selected in the first round (20th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.[6] The pick used to select Pettigrew was originally acquired by the Lions in a trade that sent Roy Williams to the Dallas Cowboys. On July 31, 2009, the Detroit Lions signed him to a five-year, $14.60 million contract with $9.4 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $5.09 million.[7]

The best game of his rookie season came on November 22 against the Cleveland Browns: he caught six passes for 72 yards, including the game-winning touchdown. Pettigrew suffered a knee injury during the opening drive of the Lions' annual Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit. The next day, an MRI revealed he would require season-ending surgery.[8] On December 1, 2009, Pettigrew was officially placed on injured reserve and missed the rest of the 2009 season.[9] He finished the season with 30 receptions for 346 yards and two touchdowns.

In 2010, he recorded 71 receptions for 722 yards and four touchdowns. His 71 receptions and 722 receiving yards were both third best among tight ends.[10] For the 2011 season, he recorded 83 receptions for 777 yards and five touchdowns -- the most yards by a Lions Tight End in any season. He also holds the Detroit Lions franchise record for a TIght End, with 83 receptions in 2011. In 2012, he recorded 59 receptions for 567 yards and three touchdowns. For the 2013 season, he recorded 41 receptions for 416 yards and two touchdowns.

On March 14, 2014, the Lions signed Pettigrew to a four-year, $12 million free-agent contract with $8 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $4 million.[11] For the 2014 season, he recorded 10 receptions for 70 yards.

In a December 13, 2015, game against the St. Louis Rams, Pettigrew suffered a torn ACL. He was placed on injured reserve on December 15.[12] For the 2015 season, he recorded seven receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown.

Pettigrew started out the 2016 on the PUP list to recover from his torn ACL the previous season. He was moved to the reserve/non-football injury list on December 6, 2016. Days later the Lions cleared out his locker, indicating that the team could be moving on without him.[13] He was officially released by the Lions on December 9, 2016.[14]

Career statistics

Season Receiving Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Rec Yds Avg TD Lng Fum
2009 DET 11 11 30 346 11.5 2 30 1
2010 DET 16 16 71 722 10.2 4 35 0
2011 DET 16 16 83 777 9.4 5 27 0
2012 DET 14 11 59 567 9.6 3 24 4
2013 DET 14 14 41 416 10.1 2 31 1
2014 DET 14 9 10 70 7.0 0 13 0
2015 DET 8 8 7 67 9.6 1 21 0
2016 DET -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Career 93 85 301 2,965 9.9 17 35 6

Personal life

Pettigrew was arrested for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness on February 5, 2017, after a Dallas, Texas bar fight.[15][16]

Pettigrew was arrested on July 9, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, accused of aggravated assault after an argument arose regarding an unpaid limo fee. In November 2018, charges of aggravated assault and diversion of services were withdrawn.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Brandon Pettigrew Stats, Height, Weight, Position, Draft, College". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 27, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Brandon Pettigrew". OkState.com. Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  3. ^ Sittler, Dave (February 13, 2009). "Underused Pettigrew to get his due at combine". Tulsa World. Retrieved October 27, 2023.
  4. ^ "Brandon Pettigrew Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  5. ^ "Brandon Pettigrew, DS #1 TE, Oklahoma State". DraftScout.com. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "2009 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  7. ^ "First-round pick Pettigrew signs five-year, $14.6M deal with Lions". NFL.com. July 31, 2009. Retrieved October 27, 2023.
  8. ^ "Pettigrew will Require Season-Ending Surgery". Detroit Lions. November 27, 2009. Archived from the original on December 1, 2009.
  9. ^ "NFL Transactions Report". NFL.com. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  10. ^ "2010 NFL Receiving". ProFootballReference.com. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  11. ^ "Sportrac.com:Brandon Pettigrew". Sportrac.com. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  12. ^ Katzenstein, Josh (December 15, 2015). "Lions waive RT LaAdrian Waddle". Detroit News. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  13. ^ Birkett, Dave (December 7, 2016). "Detroit Lions clear out Brandon Pettigrew's locker, moving on from TE". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved October 27, 2023.
  14. ^ Rothstein, Michael (December 9, 2016). "Brandon Pettigrew waived by Lions". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 27, 2023.
  15. ^ Atkins, Nate (February 6, 2017). "Report: Former Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew arrested for disorderly conduct". mlive.com. Retrieved October 27, 2023.
  16. ^ Fredrickson, Kyle (February 6, 2017). "Former OSU tight end Brandon Pettigrew arrested in Bricktown". The Oklahoman. Retrieved October 27, 2023.
  17. ^ Matoney, Nick (July 9, 2018). "NFL free agent Brandon Pettigrew arrested in Pittsburgh". WTAE. Retrieved October 27, 2023.