Kory Sheets

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Kory Sheets
No. 1, 22
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1985-03-31) March 31, 1985 (age 37)
Manchester, Connecticut
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Bloomfield
(Bloomfield, Connecticut)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
CFL status:International
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:5
Rushing average:5.0
Rushing touchdowns:0
Career CFL statistics
Rushing yards:2,833
Rushing average:5.6
Receiving yards:783
Receiving touchdowns:25
Player stats at NFL.com · CFL.ca (archive)

Kory Gerren Sheets (born March 31, 1985) is a former American football running back. He played college football at Purdue and he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Sheets was also a member of the Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders of the NFL and the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Early years[edit]

Sheets played for Bloomfield High School,[1] leading the team to a Connecticut State Championship as an all-purpose back. In his senior year, he had 2,588 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns in being named the state Player of the Year by The Hartford Courant as well as an all-conference selection. Sheets was also named to the 2003 Connecticut High School Football All-State team by the New Haven Register.[2]

Sheets also earned All-State and All-American honors in track and field, while coming out of high school as the No. 23 all-purpose back in the country by Rivals.com.

College career[edit]

Sheets attended Purdue University, where he played for head coach, Joe Tiller. He majored in Organizational Leadership and Supervision; he had a stellar career for the Boilermakers, as he started for three seasons (2006-2008), was selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (2008) and was named to the Senior Bowl squad following his senior season (2008). For his career, he ranks #1 in Touchdowns (54), #1 in rushing TDs (48), ahead of NFL greats like Mike Alstott, Mike Pruitt, Otis Armstrong and Leroy Keyes; # 2 in scoring (324 points) behind Travis Dorsch. He is the Boilermakers’ #2 career rushing leaders (3,341 yards) behind Mike Alstott and #2 in rushing attempts (664) behind Otis Armstrong. Sheets is also the #2 Boilermakers in career ‘"All-Purpose Yardage"’ behind Dorien Bryant. He ran for 100 or more yards 9 times in his career, good for a tie at #4 on the school record charts. He twice scored 4 touchdowns in a game; once vs. Michigan in 2008 and against Miami (OH) in 2006. He led the Boilermakers in touchdowns each season of his career and led them in scoring for three seasons. The Boilermakers had a cumulative record of 25–25 // 13-19 Big Ten; with a win in the 2007 Motor City Bowl and an appearance in the 2006 Champs Sports Bowl.


Year Rush Att Rush Yds Rush Avg Rush TD Rush Long Rec Rec Yds Rec Avg Rec TD Pass Long
2005 104 571 5.5 10 88 13 132 10.2 0 23
2006 158 780 4.9 11 30 28 213 7.6 2 37
2007 168 859 5.1 11 59 30 216 7.2 2 41
2008 234 1,131 4.8 16 80 37 253 6.8 1 25
Career 664 3,341 5.1 48 88 108 814 8.0 5 41

Professional career[edit]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

After being undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Sheets was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent. He did not make the 49ers' final roster out of training camp however he was re-signed to their practice squad after final cuts.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Kory Sheets with the Miami Dolphins

Sheets was signed off the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad by the Miami Dolphins on October 13, 2009. With the Dolphins, Sheets had 1 rush for 5 yards.

He was placed on injured reserve on August 4, 2010, due to an injury during a training camp practice. He suffered a right Achilles injury, effectively ending his season.

On August 23, 2011, he was waived by the Dolphins.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On November 30, 2011, Sheets was signed to the Carolina Panthers' practice squad.

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

The Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League signed Sheets on February 10, 2012. In his first regular season game with the Roughriders, Sheets rushed for 80 yards on 12 carries (6.7 yards per carry average) and scored a touchdown. Sheets' play in pre-season helped earn him the starting job at running back for the Roughriders, which came as a surprise to many, as Brandon West was expected to start. Sheets scored his first touchdown on June 29, 2012 in the season opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a Saskatchewan win. His play helped the Riders to an early 3-0 start, with a touchdown in every game. Sheets became the second rusher in the CFL to reach 1,000 yards in the 2012 season after Jon Cornish. On October 8, 2012, Sheets ran over the 1,000 yard mark after a 48-yard touchdown run at Rogers Centre against the Toronto Argonauts. Sheets finished the 2012 CFL season second in the league in rushing yards behind Jon Cornish.

Kory Sheets started the 2013 CFL season with his career's best performance, rushing for 131 yards. He then beat his career best the following week, July 5, 2013, amassing 133 yards on the ground. The very next week he beat his career best again posting 178 rushing yards, helping the Riders to a 3-0 start to the season. Sheets owns the record of "Most Rushing Yards In The First Three Games Of A Season", being the first player in CFL history to have 442 rushing yards in the first three games of a season, earning "Offensive Player of The Week" in the CFL for Week 3. He ran for 130 yards in Week 4 and 140 yards in game 5, extending his consecutive games with 100 yards to 5 (142.5 average per-game). As result he now has the record for both "Most Rushing Yards In The First Four Games Of A Season" and "Most Rushing Yards In The First Five Games Of A Season". In Week 6, Sheets ran 133 yards against the Stampeders, going six consecutive games with 100+ yards rushing. Sheets' 6 game 100 yard rushing streak came to an end on August 17, 2013 (Week 8); rushing for 73 yards. However, the next week, on August 24 against the Edmonton Eskimos, Sheets ran for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns and was named Offensive Player of The Week. Following the Roughriders game on October 19, Sheets was named the Offensive Player of the Week for Week 17. He rushed for 148 yards with 25 carries and one touchdown in the 35-14 win over the BC Lions. This game was the ninth 100-yard rushing game by Sheets that season, tying him with George Reed for the Saskatchewan franchise record. Kory Sheets finished the season with 1,598 rushing yards, 215 yards behind Jon Cornish who led the league with 1813 rushing yards. On November 24, 2013, in the 101st Grey Cup, Sheets established a CFL record for most yards rushing in a Grey Cup game, carrying 20 times for a total of 197 yards and two touchdowns, winning the game's most valuable player award in the process.[3] His Grey Cup record eclipsed that of Johnny Bright, who ran for 169 yards in 1956.

Oakland Raiders[edit]

On February 12, 2014, Sheets signed with the Oakland Raiders, returning to the National Football League. The Raiders waived Sheets on August 26, 2014.[4]

Sheets had a workout with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League in late February 2016.[5]

CFL statistics[edit]

Rushing   Regular season   Playoffs
Year Team Games No. Yards Avg Long TD Games No. Yards Avg Long TD
2012 SSK 18 229 1,277 5.6 48 11 1 5 19 3.8 9 0
2013 SSK 15 287 1,598 5.7 41 12 3 65 442 6.8 39 3
CFL totals 31 516 2,875 5.6 48 23 4 70 461 6.6 39 3


  1. ^ "24 Kory Sheets Profile". Purdue Official Biography. PurdueSports. Retrieved 2006-12-16.
  2. ^ 2003 Connecticut High School Football All-State team
  3. ^ "Riders RB Kory Sheets named Grey Cup MVP". CBC News. 2013-11-24. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  4. ^ Raiders Announce Transactions
  5. ^ "Sheets reveals on social media he worked out for Redblacks". TSN. 2016-02-27. Retrieved 2016-03-03.

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