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Tim Biakabutuka
Date of birth: January 24, 1974 (1974-01-24) (age 36)
Place of birth: Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire
Career information
Position(s): Running back
Jersey №: 21
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick 8
 As player:
1996-2001 Carolina Panthers
Playing stats at

Tshimanga "Tim" Biakabutuka (born January 24, 1974 in Kinshasa) is a former American football running back for the Carolina Panthers of the NFL from 1996 to 2001.


College career at Michigan

Biakabutuka left the former Zaire with his family for Canada when he was four years old, settling in the Montreal area, where his family still lives. He did not play Canadian football until his high school in Longueuil organized a team. After grade 11, he attended CEGEP at Vanier College, where his football exploits earned him the nickname "Touchdown Tim" and earned him a scholarship to play college football at the University of Michigan. [1]

Biakabutukua is perhaps best known for his 313-yard rushing effort against Ohio State in 1995, which helped Michigan upset the previously-undefeated Buckeyes. His performance against Ohio State ranks as the second highest single-game performance in U-M history, as follows:

Rank Name Attempts Net Yds Yds/Att Year Opponent
1 Ron Johnson 31 347 11.2 1968 Wisconsin
2 Tim Biakabutuka 37 313 8.5 1995 Ohio State
3 Jon Vaughn 32 288 9.0 1990 UCLA
4 Ron Johnson 26 270 10.4 1967 Navy
5 Butch Woolfolk 39 253 6.5 1981 Michigan State


That season, Biakabutuka rushed for 1,818 yards, still the single-season Michigan record, as follows:

Rank Name Attempts Net Yds Yds/Att Year
1 Tim Biakabutuka 303 1818 6.0 1995
2 Anthony Thomas 319 1733 5.4 2000
3 Jamie Morris 282 1703 6.0 1987
4 Chris Perry 338 1674 5.0 2003
5 Mike Hart 318 1562 4.9 2006


NFL career

During his career in the NFL, Biakabutuka was often injured. He never played more than 12 games in a season and rushed for only 718 yards on 173 carries .[4]

Life after football

Biakabutuka currently resides in Aiken, South Carolina, and owns two jewelry stores (a chain called Beya), which offer Christian-themed jewelry that he designs. Biakabutuka's stores have had a highly successful marketing campaign with the slogan " Less is More ".He also owns Two Bojangles restaurants in Augusta,Ga with Business partner Nancy Whitaker( Three One Corporations) [5]

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