Five Things You May Not Know About Dolphins Running Back Jay Ajayi


Jay Ajayi came to the Miami Dolphins as a fifth round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He’d starred at Boise State University before that. His first season in Miami saw him serve as a backup behind Lamar Miller. In 2016 though, thanks in part to injuries ahead of him on the depth chart, he got his chance and quite literally ran with it.

Here are five things you may not know about Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi.

Place Of Birth

Jay Ajayi was born to Nigerian parents living in London, England. He moved to the United States at the age of seven, where his family first settled in Maryland before relocating to Texas.

The Sixth Ever

Jay Ajayi was the sixth running back from Boise State University to ever be taken in the NFL Draft. The five before him were John Smith in 1976, David Hughes in 1981, Jon Francis in 1986, Brock Forsey in 2003, and Doug Martin in 2012.

What’s In A Number?

Jay Ajayi wears uniform number 23 for the Miami Dolphins. Other players who have worn that jersey number with the team include Ronnie Brown, Mike Gillislee, Larry Johnson, Charlie Leigh, Byran McCann, Steve Slaton, Troy Stradford, Patrick Surtain, George Teague, and Troy Vincent.

That First Score

Before scoring a touchdown either by run or reception, Jay Ajayi put points on the board for the Miami Dolphins in a different way. In the 13th game of the season in 2015, his rookie year, in a win over the Baltimore Ravens, he followed a Derrick Shelby interception return for a touchdown with a two point conversion run of his own.

His First Time Getting The Ball

In the second quarter of the eighth game of his rookie year in 2015, Jay Ajayi got to handle the ball in the NFL for the first time. He took the handoff from Ryan Tannehill and went around the right end for a five yard gain before being tackled by Preston Brown of the Bills. This play was wiped out though by a 15 yard penalty on the defense for face masking. The very next play saw Ajayi get his first official NFL touch when he took a handoff up the middle for a four yard gain before being tackled by Corbin Bryant and Manny Lawson of Buffalo.

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