Joseph Addai is an American former professional American Football player in the National Football League (NFL). He played Running Back for the Indianapolis Colts from 2006 to 2011. He was also part of the team when the Colts won at Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears.
Addai attended the Louisiana State University and played for the Tigers. He has an NFL career record of 4,453 running yards and a rushing average of 4.1.
Player Bio and High School Career
Addai was born Joseph Kwaku Duah Addai, Jr. on May 3, 1983, in Houston, Texas. He plays the position of running back and he stands 5 feet 11 inches or 1.90 meters tall. His listed weight is 214 lbs or 97 kg. Throughout his career with the NFL, he made 39 rushing touchdowns and 191 receptions.
His family originally hails from Ghana in West Africa. He was a left-handed option-style quarterback in high school. He attended Sharpstown High School and played for the Apples. In his senior year, he rushed 1,429 yards and completed 37 passes for 425 yards.
He was a member of the 5A All-State first team in Texas. Addai was also named an All-American by Fox Sports and ESPN.
Career at LSU
Addai was recruited by Louisiana State University to play for the Tigers. While in college, he held the fifth spot for all-time rushing at 2,577 yards. Early in his college career, he was mostly used as a blocking fullback.
During his sophomore year at LSU, the team was led by Coach Nick Saban who led the team to win the BCS National Championship. Addai and freshman Justin Vincent ranked the highest in rushing. Throughout the rest of his college career, Addai would help the team clinch victories over the Florida Gators, Ole Miss Rebels, Miami Hurricanes, and a few more other colleges.
In addition to American Football, Addai also ran track for LSU.
The NFL and the Indianapolis Colts
Addai declared for the NFL in 2006 and was drafted during that year’s NFL Draft. He was the 30th overall pick in the first round by the Indianapolis Colts. During the draft, he was the third running back they selected. He would stay with the Colts through the rest of his playing career.
In his rookie year, he was named the Offensive Rookie of the Month for December 2006. He was a part of the Indiana Colt when they achieved victory at Super Bowl XLI. He made 10 receptions during the Super Bowl, which was the most by any running back at a Super Bowl, at the time.
In November 2007, he set a record for the Colts by being the first Colt to ever gain 100 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing in one game. This would lead him to be invited to play in the January 2008 Pro Bowl Game.