Oday Aboushi

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Oday Aboushi
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Aboushi in 2019
No. 76 – Detroit Lions
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born: (1991-06-05) June 5, 1991 (age 29)
Brooklyn, New York
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:Xaverian (Brooklyn, New York)
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 5 / Pick: 141
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-ACC (2011)
  • First-team All-ACC (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Games played:49
Games started:34
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Oday Aboushi (born June 5, 1991) is an American football offensive guard for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Virginia and was selected by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, and Arizona Cardinals.

Early years[edit]

Aboushi was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 5, 1991. He attended Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, where he was a member of the Xaverian Clippers high school football team.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Oday Aboushi
Offensive tackle
Brooklyn, New York Xaverian High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 300 lb (140 kg) 5.2 Jan 8, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 15 (OT)   Rivals: -- (National), 23 (OT), 1 (NY)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Virginia Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  • "2009 Virginia Football Recruiting Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  • "2009 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 8, 2016.

College career[edit]

Aboushi attended the University of Virginia, where he played for the Virginia Cavaliers football team from 2009 to 2012. During his college career, he started 37 of 43 games in which he appeared. As a senior in 2012, he was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection.[1]

Professional career[edit]

New York Jets[edit]

The New York Jets selected Aboushi in the fifth round, with the 141st overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Jets signed him to a four-year rookie contract on May 10, 2013; financial terms were not disclosed.[2] Aboushi played in all 4 preseason games in 2013 but no regular season games. In 2014, Aboushi started 10 games from Week 7 through Week 17, drawing his first start at left guard on Thursday Night Football against the New England Patriots. Aboushi was released by the Jets on September 15, 2015.

Houston Texans[edit]

The Houston Texans claimed Aboushi off of waivers on September 16, 2015.[3] The Texans' offensive line coach, Mike Devlin, was Aboushi's former position coach with the Jets.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On March 17, 2017, Aboushi signed with the Seattle Seahawks.[4] He started eight games at right guard before suffering a shoulder injury in Week 15. He was placed on injured reserve on December 13, 2017.[5]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

On July 28, 2018, Aboushi signed with the Oakland Raiders reuniting him with his previous year Offensive Line coach Tom Cable.[6] He was released on September 1, 2018.[7]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On October 23, 2018, Aboushi signed with the Arizona Cardinals.[8]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On March 14, 2019, Aboushi signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Detroit Lions.[9]

On March 27, 2020, Aboushi re-signed with the Lions.[10] He was released during final roster cuts on September 5, 2020,[11] but re-signed with the team the next day.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Aboushi is the ninth of ten children born to Palestinian parents who immigrated to New York from Beit Hanina, a Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Aboushi speaks English and some Arabic.[13]

He is also a practicing Muslim, one of few in the NFL. During Ramadan, which fell every year during training camp season at Virginia, he fasted from dawn to sunset every day. He was one of almost a dozen Muslim athletes honored by the U.S. Department of State for his contributions in 2011. He is one of the first Palestinian players in the NFL.[13]

On July 12, 2013, the Anti-Defamation League issued a press release defending Aboushi after an article circulating online claimed he was a 'Muslim extremist'. ADL defended Aboushi's right to take 'pride in his Palestinian heritage' and emphatically stated that being pro-Palestinian is in no way equivalent to being anti-Semitic or a Muslim extremist.[14]

In 2014 and 2015, Aboushi traveled to Sudan with the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) to help repair cleft lips and cleft palates in the impoverished East African nation.[15] Working with the IMANA SaveSmile team, Aboushi helped to perform surgery that adjusted muscles and connected tissues allowing full lips to form in place of cleft palates.


  1. ^ Virginia LB Steve Greer, LT Oday Aboushi named first-team all-ACC
  2. ^ Conor Orr, "Jets sign fifth-round pick Oday Aboushi, sixth-round pick Will Campbell," The Star-Ledger (May 10, 2013). Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "Texans Claim Oday Aboushi off Waivers". www.houstontexans.com. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Florio, Mike (March 18, 2017). "Seahawks add another offensive lineman". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  5. ^ Boyle, John (December 13, 2017). "Seahawks Promote LB Paul Dawson Off Practice Squad, Place Oday Aboushi On Injured Reserve". Seahawks.com.
  6. ^ "Raiders sign offensive lineman Oday Aboushi". Raiders.com. July 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Oakland Raiders announce roster transactions - 9.1.18". Raiders.com. September 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Cardinals Sign Guard Oday Aboushi". AZCardinals.com. October 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Lions sign free agents OL Oday Aboushi and S Andrew Adams". Detroit Lions. March 14, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "Lions agree to terms with OL Oday Aboushi". DetroitLions.com. March 24, 2020.
  11. ^ "Lions announce roster moves". DetroitLions.com. September 5, 2020. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  12. ^ "Lions sign free agent OL Oday Aboushi". DetroitLions.com. September 6, 2020. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  13. ^ a b Kishawi, Sami (April 27, 2013). "Palestinian-American Oday Aboushi drafted to the New York Jets". smpalestine.com.
  14. ^ "ADL Deplores Attacks on NY Jets Lineman Oday Aboushi Falsely Accusing Him of Being a Muslim Extremist". Anti-Defamation League. July 12, 2013.
  15. ^ "Aboushi helped create 185 smiles". ESPN. July 29, 2014.

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