Brandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

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Pettigrew with the in 2011
No. 87Detroit Lions
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-02-23) February 23, 1985
Place of birth: Tyler, Texas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 278 lb (126 kg)
Career information
High school: Robert E. Lee High School (Tyler, Texas)
College: Oklahoma State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Roster status: Physically unable to perform
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable mention All-Big 12 (2006)
  • PFWA NFL All-Rookie Team (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2015
Receptions: 301
Receiving yards: 2,965
Receiving average: 9.9
Receiving touchdowns: 17
Player stats at

Brandon Dennard Pettigrew[1] (born February 23, 1985) is an American football tight end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Lions with the 20th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma State.

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.

College career

Pettigrew played college football at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He finished his senior season with 42 receptions for 472 yards.[2] During his career he had 112 receptions for 1,450 yards and nine touchdowns.

Professional career


At the 2009 NFL Combine, Pettigrew's official 40-yard dash was a 4.83, he bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times, and posted a vertical jump of 33 inches.[3]

Detroit Lions

In the 2009 NFL Draft Pettigrew was selected in the first round by the Detroit Lions with the 20th overall pick. On July 31, 2009, the Detroit Lions signed him to a five-year, $14.60 million contract with $9.40 guaranteed and a signing bonus of $5.09 million.[4]

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 will require season-ending surgery.[5]

On December 1, 2009, Pettigrew was officially placed on injured reserve and missed the rest of the 2009 NFL season.[6]

During the 2010 NFL season, Pettigrew ranked third among tight ends with 71 receptions. He also finished seventh among tight ends with 722 receiving yards.

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.[7]

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.[8]


  1. "Pettigrew Pro Football Reference Profile".
  2. "Underused Pettigrew to get his due at combine".
  3. "NFL Events: Combine Top Performers". Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  4. NFL wire reports (July 31, 2009). "First-round pick Pettigrew signs five-year, $14.6M deal with Lions". Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  5. Detroit Lions Official Site November 27, 2009 Pettigrew will Require Season-Ending Surgery Archived December 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. "NFL Transactions Report". Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  7. " Pettigrew". Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  8. Katzenstein, Josh (December 15, 2015). "Lions waive RT LaAdrian Waddle". Detroit News. Retrieved December 15, 2015.

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