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Jeff Backus
No. 76     Detroit Lions
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: September 21, 1977 (1977-09-21) (age 32)
Place of birth: Midland, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Debuted in 2001 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2009
Games played     139
Games started     139
Stats at NFL.com

Jeffrey Carl Backus (born September 21, 1977 in Midland, Michigan) is an offensive tackle in the National Football League. Backus played football for the University of Michigan. He was drafted in the middle of the first round in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He signed a new, six-year deal with the Lions on July 13, 2006.

High school career

Backus attended Norcross High School (Norcross, Georgia), and was a standout in football and baseball. He spent his freshman year at Marist School in Dunwoody before returning to Norcross, where he played his middle school years. In football, as a senior, he was a USA Today All-America selection, and was chosen by the Gwinnett Touchdown Club as the Gwinnett Touchdown Club's Lineman of the Year.

Professional career

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Detroit Lions

In July 2001, Jeff Backus signed a $7 million 5 year contract with the Lions, including $3.2 million sign bonus.

In July 2006, Jeff Backus signed a $40 million 6 year contract with the Lions.


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