Justise Hairston

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Justise Hairston is a National Football League rookie running back. He was born on Jun 27, 1983.

High School Football

In 2000 and 2001, Hirston, while attending New Britain High School, rushed for over a thousand yards. In his senior season he led his team to a state championship as he ran for 1,147 yards and 19 touchdowns. For his great season he was named to the Connecticut All-State team and also honored as the state playoff Most Valuable Player[1].

College Football

Hairston attended and played college football for Rutgers University (2003 - 2005) and Central Connecticut State University (2006). In his three years with Rutgers he played in 16 games as a running back (25 total) and rushed for 696 yards on 210 attempts and scored nine touchdowns. He also had receptions for 112 yards[2]. He only played on special teams units in 2005. Realizing that his chances of starting at running back while at Rutgers were slim, Hairston transfered to Central Connecticut State University where he would be the teams top running back[3]. In his 2006, senior season with the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils he rushed for a school record 1,847 yards and 20 touchdowns with 5 receptions for 58 yards[4]. Eight out of the eleven games that he played in 2006 he rushed for over a hundred yards. His best game came in the Blue Devils sixth game of the season victory over St. Francis University when he ran for 332 yards on 23 rushing attempts with five touchdowns[5]. His rushing yardage (1,847) and rushing average ( 6.7) were the best in the nation[6]. He was named as a finalist for the annual I-AA Walter Payton Award[7]

NFL Career

On April 29, 2007 the New England Patriots drafted Hairston in the sixth round (208th overall pick) of the 2007 NFL Draft. The Patriots signed him to a contract on July 17, 2007[8]. Despite signing to a contract with the Patriots however, he was released from the team on July 27[9].


  • Hairston can do a 39-inch vertical leap that was the best of any college running back in the nation in 2007[10].


  1. http://media.www.dailytargum.com/media/storage/paper168/news/2003/11/06/Sports/Justise.Returns.To.Connecticut-550108.shtml
  2. http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingreports/rb/justisehairston.html
  3. http://media.www.dailytargum.com/media/storage/paper168/news/2003/11/06/Sports/Justise.Returns.To.Connecticut-550108.shtml
  4. http://www.patriots.com/news/index.cfm?ac=latestnewsdetail&pid=26313&pcid=47
  5. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/players/19941/index.html
  6. http://www.northeastconference.org/news/fball/2006/11/20/fb-hairstonpaytonfinalist.asp?path=fball
  7. www.northeastconference.org/news/fball/2006/11/20/fb-hairstonpaytonfinalist.asp?path=fball
  8. http://www.patriots.com/news/index.cfm?ac=latestnewsdetail&pid=26313&pcid=47
  9. http://www.patriots.com/news/index.cfm?ac=latestnewsdetail&pid=26479&pcid=47
  10. http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18274989&BRD=1645&PAG=461&dept_id=17758&rfi=6

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