Eddie Lacy was born on June 2, 1990 in the Gretna, LA. His high school career did not get off to a good start, as he as forced to transfer schools as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Once settled in at Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La, his football career took off.
Lacy lettered all four years of high school, becoming one of the most sought after running back recruits in the country. Having his choice of colleges to attend, he chose Alabama, and his journey to the NFL would begin in earnest.
A member of three (!) national championship teams during his time at Alabama, Lacy tore through the record books, becoming one of the best players to have ever played for the Crimson Tide during their long, storied history.
The stats speak for themselves.
- Was a member of three national championship teams during his four years on campus, during which time the program posted a 49-5 record (.907).
- Followed in the footsteps of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram (2009) and finalist Trent Richardson (2011) as the starter in the backfield for the Crimson Tide, opening all 14 games in 2012 and earning first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors after finishing with 204 carries for 1,322 yards (6.5 avg.) and 17 TDs.
- Finished the season in a dominating fashion, first in the SEC Championship Game against No. 3-ranked Georgia, where he earned Most Valuable Player honors after setting career highs with 20 carries and 181 yards (9.1 avg.) and scoring two TDs. Followed that performance by claiming the Offensive MVP award in what was a 42-14 BCS National Championship Game victory over Notre Dame, a game in which he carried 20 times for 140 yards (7.0 avg.) and also scored two TDs.
- His 17 rushing TDs in 2012 tied for the third most in the school’s storied history and his 1,322-yard total was the sixth-highest single-season total by a member of the Tide.
- Saw a team-high 82 of his carries go for first downs or touchdowns in 2012 and boasted an impressive 31 “explosive” runs (12-plus yards) on the season.
- Ended his career with a 6.8-yard-per-carry average that ranked No. 1 in school history among players with a minimum of 300 career attempts.
- In 2012, joined freshman RB T.J. Yeldon (1,108) as the only tandem in school history to have each eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the same season.
- Appeared in 12 games as a sophomore in 2011, serving as the primary backup to the standout Richardson. Carried 95 times for 674 yards (7.1 avg.) and seven TDs and also added 11 catches for 131 yards (11.9 avg.).
- Saw his first collegiate action as a redshirt freshman in 2010, posting 56 carries for 406 yards and six TDs (a career-high 7.2-yard avg.).
- For his career, appeared in 38 games with 14 starts and amassed 355 carries for 2,405 yards (6.8 avg.) and 30 TDs. Also recorded 35 catches for 338 yards (9.7 avg.) and two TDs.
Following his career at Alabama, Lacy was selected by the Packers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. His story has continued to grow.
Lacy would set a Packers team record for most rushing yards (1,178) as a rookie. More than just rushing yards though, Lacy provided the Packers something they had not seen in years-a running back that opposing defenses would have to game plan for. His bruising style of running perfectly sets up the precision passing attack led by Aaron Rodgers, and has given Green Bay a multi dimensional offense few teams are able to stop.
His rookie season was capped off by his winning the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
When he is not rushing for touchdowns, Lacy enjoys playing basketball, video games, and watching cartoons, naming Family Guy as his favorite TV show. He lists Scarface as his favorite movie and Lil Wayne as his favorite musical act. Lacy would like to vacation to the Bahamas.
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