T. J. Rushing
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Position:Defensive backs coach
Personal information
Born: (1983-06-08) June 8, 1983 (age 40)
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, U.S.
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Pauls Valley (OK)
NFL draft:2006 / Round: 7 / Pick: 238
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
  • Arizona State (2013)
    Graduate assistant
  • Arizona State (2014)
    Defensive quality control coach
  • Northern Arizona (2015)
    Cornerbacks coach
  • Arizona State (2016–2017)
    Defensive backs coach
  • Memphis (2018–2019)
    Defensive backs coach
  • Texas A&M (2020–2023)
    Defensive backs coach
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:30
Forced fumbles:0
Return yards:1,290
Total touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Terrall Brent "T. J." Rushing (born June 8, 1983) is an American football coach and former player who most recently served as the defensive backs coach at Texas A&M University.[1] As a player, he played as a cornerback and return specialist.[2] He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft.[3] He played four seasons with the team. He won a Super Bowl with Indianapolis, when the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. He played college football at Stanford.

Early years

Rushing attended Pauls Valley High School in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma and was a letterman in football, basketball, and track.[4]

Stanford career

Rushing finished his Stanford career as one of the top three kick returners in school history with 1409 yards. He was named First Team All Pac-10 for his work on special teams during his junior year. Rushing had three career touchdowns on kickoff returns, including both the first and last return of his senior season.[citation needed]

Professional career


Indianapolis Colts

Rushing mainly played on special teams as a kick/punt returner for the Colts, in a career which includes one punt return touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in 2007. Rushing spent the entire 2008 season on injured reserve.[citation needed]

He was non-tendered as a restricted free agent following the 2009 NFL season.

Detroit Lions

Rushing signed with the Detroit Lions on August 18, 2010, and was released by the club on September 4, 2010.[5]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Rushing was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on April 19, 2012.[6] He was released during training camp on June 17, 2012.[7]


Arizona State University

Rushing was hired as a defensive backs coach for Arizona State University in 2016.[8][9]

University of Memphis

Rushing was hired as the defensive backs coach for Memphis in January 2018.[10][9][1]

Texas A&M University

Rushing was hired as the defensive backs coach for Texas A&M University in January 2020.[11]


  1. ^ a b A, Texas; Information, M. Sports. "TJ Rushing named Texas A&M's Defensive Backs coach". kbtx.com. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  2. ^ "T.J. Rushing". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  3. ^ "2006 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2023-05-10.
  4. ^ "TJ Rushing, Defensive Backs Coach (FB), Texas A&M Aggies". 247Sports. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  5. ^ "Detroit Lions Transactions". detroitlions.com. 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Riders release veteran Romero, sign four". cfl.ca. 2012. Archived from the original on April 22, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  7. ^ "Roughrider Roster Moves | Saskatchewan Roughriders". Archived from the original on 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  8. ^ "ASU football's secondary embracing fresh start". statepress.com. 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "TJ Rushing". Florida State Seminoles. 2019-12-28. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  10. ^ "Norvell Announces Staff Additions and Promotions". gotigersgo.com. 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "TJ Rushing Named Texas A&M's Defensive Backs coach". 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2020.