Ishmaa'ily Kitchen

Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
No. --Free agent
Position: Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-08-24) August 24, 1988
Place of birth: Youngstown, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school: Youngstown (OH) Mooney
College: Kent State
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Total tackles: 78
Sacks: 0.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at

Ishmaa'ily "Ish" Yuwsha Kitchen[1] (ISH-may-AH-lee; born August 24, 1988) is an American football nose tackle who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played college football for Kent State University. Kitchen has also been a member of the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Kitchen played college football at Kent State. In his senior year, he started 6 games at the nose tackle position. In his junior year, he played in all 12 games in which he recorded 22 tackles for the season. In his sophomore year, he played in 12 games.

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

He signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent. On August 31, 2012, he was released.[2]

Cleveland Browns

On September 1, 2012, He was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns. During the 2014-2015 season Kitchen came out with a new sack dance called the "Kitchen Slam." During this celebration Kitchen acts like he is stirring a pot of dough in the kitchen and then slams it onto the ground. His Sack Dance caught on and has since been voted the best Sack Dance in the NFL.[3][4] Kitchen was released by the Browns on September 1, 2015.

Detroit Lions

On October 8, 2015, Kitchen signed with the Detroit Lions.[5][6] He was later released on October 23, 2015.

New England Patriots

On December 16, 2015, Kitchen was signed to the active roster of the New England Patriots.[7] He was cut on December 22, 2015 to make room on the roster for Steven Jackson.[8] The Patriots re-signed Kitchen to their 53-man roster on December 30, 2015.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On August 15, 2016, Kitchen was signed by the Buccaneers.[9] On August 28, 2016, Kitchen was waived by the Buccaneers.[10]

In 2015, Kitchen appeared in the Key & Peele skit 'East-West Bowl 3', a Comedy Central Super Bowl special which featured NFL players with unusual names.


  1. "ESPN Profile".
  2. "Ravens Cut Roster To 53". Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  3. "Browns Awarded Tank Carder, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen On Waivers". Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  4. "Browns announce additional roster moves". Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  5. "TWENTYMAN: Lions add another defensive tackle". Retrieved 2015-10-08.
  6. Birkett, Dave (October 8, 2015). "Lions sign DT Kitchen, cut Phillip Hunt". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  7. "Patriots bringing aboard DT Ishmaa'ily Kitchen to add depth". Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  9. Smith, Scott. "Bucs Sign Kitchen, Still Cooking Up DT Depth".
  10. Smith, Scott. "Jacob Schum, Major Wright Among 12 Cuts".
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