Kyle Fuller

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Kyle Fuller
Kyle Fuller Bears.jpg
Fuller at Bears training camp in 2014.
No. 23     Chicago Bears
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-02-16) February 16, 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Baltimore (MD) Mt. St. Joseph
College: Virginia Tech
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Debuted in 2014 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-ACC (2013)
  • Honorable Mention All-ACC (2012)
  • Second-team All-ACC (2011)
  • NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 2, 2014)
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Week (Week 3, 2014)
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month (Sept. 2014)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2014
Tackles30
Interceptions3
Forced fumbles3
Passes deflected6
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Kyle Fuller
Kyle Fuller Bears.jpg
Fuller at Bears training camp in 2014.
No. 23     Chicago Bears
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-02-16) February 16, 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Baltimore (MD) Mt. St. Joseph
College: Virginia Tech
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Debuted in 2014 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-ACC (2013)
  • Honorable Mention All-ACC (2012)
  • Second-team All-ACC (2011)
  • NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 2, 2014)
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Week (Week 3, 2014)
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month (Sept. 2014)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2014
Tackles30
Interceptions3
Forced fumbles3
Passes deflected6
Stats at NFL.com

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, where he graduated with a degree in Finance.

High school[edit]

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,[1] 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 6.63 meters.[2]

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com,[3] he committed to Virginia Tech over offers from Duke, Kansas, Maryland and Syracuse.[4]

College career[edit]

Fuller during his tenure at Virginia Tech.

Fuller started seven games as a true freshmen, primarily in the Hokies’ nickel defense. He recorded 32 tackles, four for losses, and also broke up six passes and forced a fumble. In 2011, a second-team All-ACC selection at corner, he started all 14 games at two different positions on the defense. He started at nickel back/whip linebacker for seven games and corner for the other seven games. He played over 850 snaps on defense and 112 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, an honorable mention All-ACC at corner, he started all 13 games and recorded 52 tackles, including 3.0 for loss, two interceptions and five pass break-ups. In 2013, he was one of the Hokies’ four permanent captains. He was named a third-team All-ACC selection,[5] playing in nine games, making eight starts and missing the team's final four games due to injury.[6] He recorded 24 tackles, two interceptions and 10 breakups in his final season.

Professional career[edit]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

Fuller was selected by the Chicago Bears as the fourteenth pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.[7] 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.[8]

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
5 ft 11 78 in191 lb32 78 in9 38 in4.49 s1.50 s4.19 s6.90 s38.5 in10 ft 8 in12 reps
All values from NFL Combine[9]

Chicago Bears[edit]

2014 season[edit]

On May 14, 2014, the Bears signed him to a four-year, $9.605 million contract with a $5.365 million signing bonus.[10] 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.[11] He would be named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, the first rookie Bears defensive back to be awarded since Mark Carrier in 1990.[12] On Monday Night Football the following week, Fuller intercepted another pass and forced two fumbles as the Bears defeated the New York Jets 27–19,[13] and becoming the first player in the NFL's last 20 seasons to record three interceptions and two forced fumbles in the first three games.[14]

Personal[edit]

His older brothers are former Hokies football players, as well.[15] His eldest brother, Vincent, is a retired safety that 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 currently playing cornerback for Virginia Tech.

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