Akiem Jamar Hicks was born on November 16,1989 and is an American football defensive end who is a free agent.
26 Facts About Akiem Hicks
Akiem Hicks was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has played for the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears.
Akiem Hicks played college football at Sacramento City College and at the University of Regina.
Akiem Hicks had an offer to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, but decided instead to continue his education and college football career with the Regina Rams of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association.
Akiem Hicks became the ninth Canadian Interuniversity Sport player to be selected in the NFL draft, and the second-highest NFL draft pick in CIS history.
In 2013, Akiem Hicks started all 16 games making 43 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
On September 30,2015, Akiem Hicks was traded to the New England Patriots for tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.
On March 13,2016, Akiem Hicks signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Bears.
On September 11,2016, Akiem Hicks made his debut as a Chicago Bear against the Houston Texans, recording 3 tackles and a forced fumble.
On September 23,2016, Akiem Hicks was fined $18,231 for roughing the passer, regarding a helmet-to-helmet hit on Carson Wentz in Week 2 against the Eagles.
On October 2,2016, Akiem Hicks recorded his first sack of the season on Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions.
On October 31,2016, Akiem Hicks recorded two sacks against the Minnesota Vikings.
On December 11,2016, Akiem Hicks recorded a sack against the Detroit Lions.
On September 9,2017, Akiem Hicks signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Bears.
In week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings, Akiem Hicks sacked quarterback Kirk Cousins once, along with recording a career-best five tackles for a loss.
Akiem Hicks saw occasional playing time on offense during the season.
Akiem Hicks was the first Bears defensive player to score a touchdown on offense since linebacker Brian Urlacher caught a touchdown pass from punter Brad Maynard on a fake field goal in 2001.
Akiem Hicks finished the season with 55 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles.
Akiem Hicks received an overall grade of 91.6 from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which ranked as the 4th highest grade among all qualifying interior defenders.
In week 3 against the Washington Redskins, Akiem Hicks recovered a fumble forced by teammate Khalil Mack before exiting the game with a knee injury.
Akiem Hicks was designated for return from injured reserve on December 2,2019, and began practicing with the team again.
Akiem Hicks made his return in a game against the Packers, but reaggravated the injury during the game.
Akiem Hicks did not play another down for the rest of the season.
Akiem Hicks played in weeks 2 and 3 and was injured for weeks 4 and 5.
Akiem Hicks was injured again for week 7 but would come back to play in two more games before the Chicago Bears week 10 bye.
On June 2,2022, Akiem Hicks signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.