Ricky Jean Francois

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Ricky Jean Francois
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Jean Francois with the Washington Redskins in 2015
No. 97 – Detroit Lions
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1986-11-23) November 23, 1986 (age 31)
Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 313 lb (142 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami (FL) Carol City
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 244
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles: 165
Sacks: 12.0
Forced fumbles: 1
Fumble recoveries: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Ricky Barkley Jean Francois (born November 23, 1986) is an American football defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, and played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU). He has also played for the Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, and New England Patriots.

College career[edit]

As a member of the National Championship winning 2007 LSU Tigers football team, he was the defensive MVP of the 2008 BCS National Championship Game.[1] Jean Francois was also a member of the LSU track & field team.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Jean Francois with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Jean Francois was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round, 244th overall, in the 2009 NFL Draft. He became famous among 49ers fans for his "Peanut Butter Jelly Dance".[3]

In the 2012 season, Jean Francois and the 49ers appeared in Super Bowl XLVII. In the game, he had two combined tackles as the 49ers fell to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 34–31.[4]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Jean Francois signed with the Colts on March 14, 2013.[5] He was released on February 23, 2015.[6]

Washington Redskins[edit]

Jean Francois signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Washington Redskins on February 26, 2015.[7]

On March 15, 2017, Jean Francois was released by the Redskins.[8]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

On March 24, 2017, Jean Francois signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Green Bay Packers.[9] He was released by the Packers on September 12, 2017.[10] He re-signed with the Packers on September 21, 2017.[11] On November 1, 2017, Jean Francois was again released by the Packers.[12]

New England Patriots[edit]

On November 7, 2017, Jean Francois signed with the New England Patriots.[13] He was released by the Patriots on December 2, 2017.[14] He was re-signed on December 13, 2017.[15] The Patriots finished the season 13-3 and reached Super Bowl LII where they would lose to the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On July 25, 2018, Jean Francois signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Jean Francois owns thirty Dunkin' Donuts franchises in the southeastern part of the United States.[17]


  1. ^ Schad, Joe (2009-01-01). "Source: LSU's Jean-Francois to enter NFL draft". Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  2. ^ "Ricky Jean-Francois". Athletic.net. Retrieved 2017-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Ricky Jean Francois: Peanut Butter Jelly Time! Peanut Butter Jelly Time!". 
  4. ^ "Super Bowl XLVII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens - February 3rd, 2013". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  5. ^ Wesseling, Chris (March 14, 2013). "Ricky Jean-Francois signs $22M contract with Colts". NFL.com. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  6. ^ Orr, Conor (February 23, 2015). "Indianapolis Colts release Ricky Jean Francois". nfl.com. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ Jones, Mike (February 26, 2015). "Redskins sign DL Ricky Jean-Francois". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  8. ^ Keim, John (March 15, 2017). "Redskins clear cap room by waiving DE Ricky Jean Francois". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Packers sign DT Jean Francois". Packers.com. March 24, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Packers sign G/T Adam Pankey to active roster, G Darrell Greene to practice squad". Packers.com. September 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Packers sign DT Ricky Jean Francois". Packers.com. September 21, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Packers release DT Ricky Jean Francois". Packers.com. November 1, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Patriots sign DL Ricky Jean Francois; Place LB Dont'a Hightower on Injured Reserve; Sign DL Mike Purcell to the Practice Squad". Patriots.com. November 7, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Patriots Make A Series of Roster Transactions". Patriots.com. December 2, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Patriots Sign WR Kenny Britt; Announce Additional Roster Moves". Patriots.com. December 13, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Lions sign free agents DT Ricky Jean Francois and LB Darnell Sankey". DetroitLions.com. July 27, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Ricky Jean Francois happy to be with Pats, and in 'Dunkin' Donuts heaven'". 

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