Nick Fairley is a defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions. In college he won a BCS National Championship playing for an undefeated Auburn Tigers team in 2011. In that championship game he won the Defensive MVP Award.
Fairley was born on January 23, 1988 in Mobile Alabama. He played as a lineman on offense and defense while attending Williamson High School. He was scouted as a three-star offensive guard out of high school. After failing to meet academic levels to enroll in Auburn, he attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
After completing two years of community college he was ready to attend Auburn. He had a quiet junior year and followed with a breakout senior year. He ranked first in the SEC in sacks and tackles resulting in a loss of yardage. In 2010, he received the Vince Lombardi Award which goes to the best defensive lineman or linebacker of the year. As the Defensive Player of the game in the 2011 BCS National Title game he concluded his college career as a national champion.
Fairley’s senior season had propelled his draft stock after a mediocre start to his collegiate football career. The Detroit Lions selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft. In 2013, Fairley started in 15 games and is now the muscle in the middle of the Lions defensive line alongside Ndamukong Suh.
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