|No. 35 – New England Patriots|
|Born:||December 10, 1998|
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school:||John L. McClellan |
(Little Rock, AR)
|College:||South Dakota State (2017–2021)|
|NFL Draft:||2022 / Round: 4 / Pick: 127|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2022|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Pierre Strong Jr. (born December 10, 1998) is an American football running back for the New England Patriots in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Dakota State.
Strong grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from John L. McClellan High School. As a junior, he rushed 2,248 yards and 30 touchdowns as McClellan advanced to the Class 5A state championship game. Despite his season ending injury that occurred at Little Rock McClellan's final drive of the 2016 regular game against Pulaski Academy, Strong rushed 1,423 total yards and scored 25 touchdowns during his senior year. Overall, Strong had totaled 4,268 rushing yards and scored 57 touchdowns over his final two seasons in McClellan. He was named a Landers Award finalist in his senior year due to his accomplishments.
Despite being offered football scholarships from very few D1 schools, Strong was ultimately offered a scholarship and recruitment by South Dakota State University as he made a verbal commitment in January 2017.
Strong redshirted his true freshman season. As a redshirt freshman, he rushed for 1,116 yards and 11 touchdowns and was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) Freshman of the Year. Strong gained 1,018 yards and scored eight touchdowns on 143 carries during his redshirt sophomore season and was named first-team All-MVFC. As a redshirt junior, he rushed for 707 yards in the spring 2021 season, which was delayed from the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a redshirt senior, Strong rushed for 1,686 yards and 18 touchdowns, caught 22 passes for 150 yards, and also completed 4-of-4 pass attempts for 62 yards and four touchdowns.
|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|
|5 ft 11+3⁄8 in
|4.37 s||1.51 s||2.55 s||4.25 s||6.95 s||38.0 in
|10 ft 4 in
Strong was selected in the 4th round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.