2015 Player Profile: Richie Incognito


By definition, the word “incognito” means “under disguise” or “concealed.”

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Despite what Websters Dictionary says, Richie Incognito’s presence on the field is hard to conceal.

After playing with the Buffalo Bills in 2009, this 6’3″, 319 pound guard just recently re-signed with the Bills on February 7th, 2015. Incognito, 31, played at the University of Nebraska and was drafted in 2005 by the St. Louis Rams.

After spending four years as the Rams’ right guard, Incognito signed with the Bills in 2009. He played in the final three games of the season, helping to create holes for RB Fred Jackson, but was not re-signed to the team at the end of the season.

Following this New Jersey native’s release from the Bills, Incognito played in Miami for three seasons (2010-2013). There, his misconduct and bullying scandal involving Jonathon Martin arose. While the details of Incognito’s scandal are foggy, the incident did create a lot of attention in the NFL for this infamously “dirty” guard.

In 2013, Incognito was suspended from the Dolphins for “detrimental conduct to the team” but the suspension has since been lifted after “friendly” text messages between Incognito and Martin surfaced. He spent half of the 2013 and the full 2014 season “in football purgatory”, according to NFL.com.

Setting that aside, Incognito had an impressive collegiate and professional career. His accolades include being named to the Honorable Mention All Big 12 (2002) and the First-team All Big 12 (2003), being elected the Sporting News Freshman All-American (2002), and attending the Pro Bowl (2012).

Nov 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins fan hold up a sign for Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) (not pictured) sign that says “Free Richie” during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

He’s played in 102 NFL games and has started in all 102. Pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. His other career statistics, include two recovered fumbles and six total tackles.

The good news for Bills’ fans is that coach Rex Ryan recently described Incognito’s play during OTAs as ‘outstanding.’ Ryan plans to pair rookie guard, John Miller with Incognito to amp up the Bill’s O-line, according to ESPN.com.

"“We brought in Miller with that expectation, we had him in our building for the mental part, which we felt good about, and the physical part we also felt good about. That’s why we drafted him where we did, and let me tell you this: When you add Incognito on the other side, I think Richie looks outstanding.”"

From these statements, Incognito’s future with the Bills looks bright. Let’s hope he’s learned his lesson.

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