Fuller at Bears training camp in 2014
|No. 23 Chicago Bears|
|Date of birth:||February 16, 1992|
|Place of birth:||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Baltimore (MD) Mt. St. Joseph|
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14|
|Roster status:||Injured reserve|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2015|
Kyle Brandon Fuller (born February 16, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bears in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Fuller attended Mount Saint Joseph High School. He recorded one interception his senior year, and played in the Maryland Crab Bowl, an all-star game, despite missing most of his season with a finger injury. He had four interceptions as a junior, returning two of those for touchdowns. He also had a punt return touchdown and kick return score that season.
Fuller was also on the school's track & field team, where he competed as a sprinter and jumper. He won the long jump at the 2010 Woodlawn Warrior Invitational, with a personal-best mark of 6.41 meters. At the 2010 IAAM-MIAA Champs, he took fifth in the 300-meter dash, clocking at 37.98 seconds.
Considered a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Fuller was listed as the No. 43 cornerback in the nation in 2010.
Fuller started seven games in 2010 as a true freshman, primarily in the Hokies’ nickel defense. He recorded 32 tackles, four for a loss, broke up six passes and forced a fumble. In 2011, as a second-team All-ACC selection at corner, he started all 14 games at two different positions. He started at nickelback/whip linebacker for seven games and corner for the other seven games. He played over 1000 snaps on defense and 100 on special teams. He recorded 65 tackles, a team-high 14.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks on the season. He also added seven pass breakups, two interceptions, five quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. In 2012, as honorable mention All-ACC at corner, he started all 13 games and recorded 52 tackles, including three for loss, two interceptions and five pass breakups. In 2013, he was one of the Hokies’ four permanent captains. He was named a third-team All-ACC selection, and played in nine games, making eight starts and missing the team's final four games due to injury. He recorded 24 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups in his final season.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 11 7⁄8 in||191 lb||32 7⁄8 in||9 3⁄8 in||4.49 s||1.50 s||4.19 s||6.90 s||38.5 in||10 ft 8 in||12 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Fuller was selected by the Chicago Bears as the fourteenth pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Fuller became the third cornerback drafted in the first round by the Bears in team history, and the first to be selected in the first three rounds (excluding Devin Hester, who was used as a returner) by Chicago since 2003.
On May 14, 2014, the Bears signed him to a four-year, $9.605 million contract with a $5.365 million signing bonus. On Sunday Night Football, against the San Francisco 49ers, Fuller intercepted quarterback Colin Kaepernick twice in the fourth quarter, including one that saved the game to give the Bears a 28–20 win, to become the first Bears rookie to record two picks in a game since Chris Harris in 2005. He would be named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, becoming the first Bears rookie defensive back to receive the award since Mark Carrier in 1990. The following week, on Monday Night Football, Fuller intercepted another pass and forced two fumbles as the Bears defeated the New York Jets 27–19, becoming the first player in the NFL over the previous 20 seasons to record three interceptions and two forced fumbles in their first three games.
His older brothers are former Hokies football players, as well. His eldest brother, Vincent, is a retired NFL safety who spent the majority of his career with the Tennessee Titans. His older brother, Corey, is a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions. Their younger brother, Kendall, is a cornerback for the Washington Redskins.
- Maryland Crab Bowl rosters unveiled
- Kyle Fuller Recruiting Profile
- U.Va., Virginia Tech put 10 players on All-ACC first, second and third teams
- Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller out for regular season with surgery for ‘core muscle injury
- Bears take CB Kyle Fuller with No. 14 pick
- "Why did Bears pick corner, not safety?". Chicago Bears. May 9, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- Hanzus, Dan (May 14, 2014). "Chicago Bears, first-round pick Kyle Fuller strike deal". NFL.com. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
- "Bears-49ers Fast Facts". WBBM-TV. September 15, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
- Campbell, Mark (September 17, 2014). "Fuller named NFC Defensive Player of the Week". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
- "Jay Cutler puts Bears up early before Geno Smith-led rally falls short". ESPN. September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
- Mayer, Larry (September 23, 2014). "What we learned in win over Jets". Chicago Bears. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
- Barker, Jeff (November 15, 2013). "For Fuller brothers, Virginia Tech has become a family home". BaltimoreSun.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
- Mayer, Larry. "Bears ink Joique Bell, put Fuller on IR". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
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