Rufus Alexander

American football player (born 1983)

American football player
Rufus Alexander
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Alexander at the 2008 Josh Heupel Day of Champions Football Camp signing a football
No. 57
Personal information
Born: (1983-04-12) April 12, 1983 (age 41)
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Baton Rouge (LA) Christian Life Academy
NFL draft:2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 176
Career history
  • Minnesota Vikings (2007–2008)
  • Indianapolis Colts (2008)
  • Detroit Lions (2009)
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at PFR

Rufus Alexander (born April 12, 1983) is a former American football linebacker. He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was also a member of the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions. He played college football at Oklahoma.

Early life

Alexander was raised by a mother who worked all of the time to support her family while his father was in prison.[1] His oldest brother was in and out of legal trouble and the middle brother was following suit.[2] Alexander met the Barham family, David and Melinda, while he was in junior high. In need of a stable living environment, the Barhams spoke to Alexander's mother, Seine, about having Alexander move in with them. The Barhams never legally adopted Alexander.[2] David Barham accepted a job as the football coach at Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge, LA and he brought Alexander with him. Alexander became a dominant player, leading his team to district titles his junior and senior year.[1] Barham began to actively pursue colleges on his behalf as Alexander was listed as a top 20 high school linebacker.[1] Barham initiated contact with Oklahoma's defensive coordinator Brent Venables in December 2001.[1] The Sooners offered Alexander a scholarship and he chose Oklahoma over several other offers.

College career

He played for the University of Oklahoma Sooners football team from 2003 to 2006. In 2006, Alexander was named to the All-Big 12 First-team, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and an AP and AFCA All-American.[3]

Professional career

Minnesota Vikings

Alexander was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.[4] Alexander was injured in the Vikings first preseason game of 2007 and suffered a torn ACL, resulting in season-ending surgery.

After the 2008 preseason, Alexander was released. He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 23. The Vikings promoted him to their active roster on October 19 when they waived linebacker Erin Henderson. The Vikings waived Alexander two days later and re-signed Henderson. Alexander was signed back to the practice squad on October 23.

Indianapolis Colts

Alexander was signed off the Vikings' practice squad by the Indianapolis Colts on December 2, 2008. On December 26, 2008, he was cut from the Colts' active roster and then signed back onto the Colts' practice squad on December 30, 2008.

Following the season, he was re-signed to a future contract on January 5, 2009. He was waived by the team on May 4.

Detroit Lions

Alexander signed with the Detroit Lions on August 28, 2009. He was cut by the Lions on September 5, 2009.[5]

Personal life

Son Darrien Alexander was born May 17, 2007, He is a cousin of NFL safety Gerald Alexander.


  1. ^ a b c d Shinn, John (February 2007). "Leaving A Legacy". Sooners Illustrated. OU Insider. pp. 15–16.
  2. ^ a b Shinn, John (December 30, 2006). "Alexander has come a long way". Norman Transcript. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2007.
  3. ^ "2006 AFCA Coaches' All-America Team". November 30, 2006. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2006.
  4. ^ "2007 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved May 11, 2023.
  5. ^ Pasche, Paula (September 6, 2009), "Lions cut it down to 53", The Morning Sun

External links

  • Indianapolis Colts bio
  • Oklahoma Sooners bio
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