Players

Gosder Cherilus
T #78
Height:
6-7
Weight:
316
Age:
30
College:
Boston College
Hometown:
Somerville, MA
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2013):

G
16
GS
16
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 91 87
2013 IND 16 16
2012 DET 16 16
2011 DET 16 15
2010 DET 12 12
2009 DET 15 15
2008 DET 16 13
Recent Games
WKOppResult
1 OAK W 21-17
2 MIA L 20-24
3 @SF W 27-7
4 @JAC W 37-3
5 SEA W 34-28
6 @SD L 9-19
7 DEN W 39-33
9 @HOU W 27-24
10 STL L 8-38
11 @TEN W 30-27
12 @ARI L 11-40
13 TEN W 22-14
14 @CIN L 28-42
15 HOU W 25-3
16 @KC W 23-7
17 JAC W 30-10

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CAREER TRANSACTIONS:

  • Signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013.
  • Selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round (17th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

 

PRO CAREER:

  • Was the Lions starting right tackle in each of his first five seasons after being selected by Detroit in the first round (17th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
  • Established himself as the Lions’ starting right tackle as a rookie and has played in 75 games with 71 starts.

 

2012 (LIONS):

  • Played and started in all 16 games and helped pave the way for 17 rushing touchdowns and 4,967 yards passing from QB Matthew Stafford.
  • Part of a unit that ranked fourth in the NFL in sacks allowed per pass play.
  • With the Lions starting lineup of Cherilus, LT Jeff Backus, LG Rob Sims, C Dominic Raiola, and RG Stephen Peterman in the team’s season opener win against St. Louis (9/9), the offensive line became the unit that marked the first time a Lions team has started the same offensive line combination for three consecutive years since 1980-82 (LT Karl Baldischeiler, LG Homer Elias, C Amos Fowler, RG Russ Bolinger and RT Keith Dorne). With starts by all five offensive linemen, they moved their collective total of regular season starts with the Lions to 494, the most starts by an offensive line unit with one team in the NFL.
  • Part of the Lions offensive line effort in Week 3 at Tennessee (9/23) that helped Detroit’s offense gain 583 yards against the Titans. Detroit set a new all-time team single-game record with 583 total yards, breaking the previous record of 582 against the New York Yanks on November 23, 1950. The offensive line opened holes and allowed the Lions to rush for 141 yards, which included 100 by running back Mikel Leshoure (first 100-yard game by a Lions player in an NFL debut since RB Billy Sims in 1980). The Lions registered 11 first downs via the rush against Tennessee, tied for the most in a single game by Detroit since 2002.
  • Was part of an offensive line that held the Eagles defense without a sack in the Lions comeback 26-23 overtime win at Philadelphia (10/14). The Lions also gained 138 yards on the ground and allowed just three tackles for loss on rushing plays for a total of four yards.
  • The offensive line saw its best game of the season in Week 9 at Jacksonville (11/4), helping running backs Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell combine for four rushing touchdowns against the Jaguars and 149 yards on the ground in a 31-14 win.
  • Helped the Lions ground game to two rushing touchdowns from running backs Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell in Week 12 against Houston on Thanksgiving Day (11/22).
  • Contributed to an offensive line effort that allowed zero sacks against the Colts pass rush in Week 13 against Indianapolis (12/2).

 

2011 (LIONS):

  • Started 15-of-16 games played at right tackle. The offense finished the season 10th in the NFL in sacks per pass play (5.1 pct.) yielding 36.0 sacks on 702 pass plays.
  • The season opener at Tampa Bay (9/11) marked the first time since 1981-82 that the Lions had started the same offensive line (same personnel at same positions) in consecutive years on opening day.
  • Helped anchor an offensive line that allowed the Lions to rush for 181 yards on 20 carries (9.1 avg.) and only 1.0 sack on 27 pass plays during a 24-13 win over Chicago (10/10).
  • Helped pave the way for 104 yards rushing against Atlanta (10/23) against a defense that ranked sixth in the league in rushing yards per game. Maurice Morris finished with nine carries for 50 yards (5.6 avg.) and Keiland Williams finished with nine carries for 44 yards (4.9 avg.).
  • Helped protect Matthew Stafford as he set a new franchise record with 63 passing attempts against Chicago (11/13).
  • Started at right tackle in the team’s Wild Card Playoff loss against New Orleans (1/7).

 

2010 (LIONS):

  • Started all 12 games he appeared in at right tackle. Anchored the right side of the offensive line and helped the unit finish fifth in NFL in sacks allowed per pass play (4.09 pct.), giving up just 27.0 sacks on 660 pass plays.
  • Part of an offensive line against Philadelphia (9/19) that helped team gain 115 yards rushing, including 78 and two touchdowns from rookie running back Jahvid Best.
  • Started at right tackle and was part of an offensive line that allowed just 1.0 sack on 33 pass plays in the Lions 44-6 win against St. Louis.
  • In a 37-25 victory over Washington (10/31), started at right tackle for an offensive line that allowed 1.0 sack on 46 pass plays.
  • Placed on Injured/Reserve on December 15, 2010.

 

2009 (LIONS):

  • Was the team’s starting right tackle, starting in 15 games and was inactive for one contest.
  • Started at right tackle in the season opener at New Orleans (9/13).
  • Started at right tackle and helped the ground game produce 129 yards on 34 carries against Minnesota (9/20).
  • Started at right tackle against Washington (9/27) and was part of an offensive line that allowed for 154 yards on the ground, including Kevin Smith’s 101 rushing yards.

 

2008 (LIONS):

  • Played in all 16 games with 13 starts.
  • Saw the first game action of his professional career at Atlanta (9/7), and got playing time at right tackle in the home opener against Green Bay (9/14).
  • The first start of his pro career occurred at San Francisco (9/21).
  • Anchored the right side of an offensive line that led the way for the team’s season-high 130 yards rushing on the ground and rookie running back Kevin Smith’s first career 100-yard game (112 yards) at Carolina (11/16).
  • Matched-up through the game at Indianapolis (12/14) against defensive end Robert Mathis and helped the offensive line protect quarterback Dan Orlovsky as they allowed zero sacks on the day.

 

COLLEGE:

  • After starting 37 consecutive games at right tackle for Boston College, Cherilus moved to the demanding left tackle position his senior year becoming an instrumental part of an offense that ranked seventh in the nation with an average of 323.9 aerial yards per game.
  • As a senior in 2007, played one season with current Colts teammate Anthony Castonzo, who was a freshman at the time.
  • As the recipient of the team’s Unsung Hero Award in 2007, he also garnered All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team honors and served as a team captain.
  • Started all 13 games at right tackle as a sophomore and delivered 53 knockdown blocks and helped the Eagles to lead the ACC in total offense, averaging 387.8 yards per game.
  • Was the only redshirt freshman to start on Boston College’s offensive line in 2004, helping the team average 385.4 yards per game in total offense.
  • Closed out his career with 51 consecutive starts for the Eagles, setting a school record.

 

PERSONAL:

  • Attended Somerville (Mass.) High School where he was a Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic selection as a senior.
  • Played tackle on both sides of the ball.
  • Named to Tom Lemming’s All-America team in 2002, the same season that he captured Massachusetts State Coaches Association All-State accolades.
  • Excelled on Somerville’s basketball team as a power forward and center.
  • Performed in the shot put for the track team.
  • A Communications major, who graduated in the spring of 2007 from the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Came to the United States from Haiti at age 14 and became a U.S. citizen shortly thereafter.
  • Born Gosder Cherilus on June 28, 1984 in Haiti and resides in Somerville, Mass.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:

  • Signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013.
  • Selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round (17th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

 

PRO CAREER:

  • Was the Lions starting right tackle in each of his first five seasons after being selected by Detroit in the first round (17th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
  • Established himself as the Lions’ starting right tackle as a rookie and has played in 75 games with 71 starts.

 

2012 (LIONS):

  • Played and started in all 16 games and helped pave the way for 17 rushing touchdowns and 4,967 yards passing from QB Matthew Stafford.
  • Part of a unit that ranked fourth in the NFL in sacks allowed per pass play.
  • With the Lions starting lineup of Cherilus, LT Jeff Backus, LG Rob Sims, C Dominic Raiola, and RG Stephen Peterman in the team’s season opener win against St. Louis (9/9), the offensive line became the unit that marked the first time a Lions team has started the same offensive line combination for three consecutive years since 1980-82 (LT Karl Baldischeiler, LG Homer Elias, C Amos Fowler, RG Russ Bolinger and RT Keith Dorne). With starts by all five offensive linemen, they moved their collective total of regular season starts with the Lions to 494, the most starts by an offensive line unit with one team in the NFL.
  • Part of the Lions offensive line effort in Week 3 at Tennessee (9/23) that helped Detroit’s offense gain 583 yards against the Titans. Detroit set a new all-time team single-game record with 583 total yards, breaking the previous record of 582 against the New York Yanks on November 23, 1950. The offensive line opened holes and allowed the Lions to rush for 141 yards, which included 100 by running back Mikel Leshoure (first 100-yard game by a Lions player in an NFL debut since RB Billy Sims in 1980). The Lions registered 11 first downs via the rush against Tennessee, tied for the most in a single game by Detroit since 2002.
  • Was part of an offensive line that held the Eagles defense without a sack in the Lions comeback 26-23 overtime win at Philadelphia (10/14). The Lions also gained 138 yards on the ground and allowed just three tackles for loss on rushing plays for a total of four yards.
  • The offensive line saw its best game of the season in Week 9 at Jacksonville (11/4), helping running backs Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell combine for four rushing touchdowns against the Jaguars and 149 yards on the ground in a 31-14 win.
  • Helped the Lions ground game to two rushing touchdowns from running backs Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell in Week 12 against Houston on Thanksgiving Day (11/22).
  • Contributed to an offensive line effort that allowed zero sacks against the Colts pass rush in Week 13 against Indianapolis (12/2).

 

2011 (LIONS):

  • Started 15-of-16 games played at right tackle. The offense finished the season 10th in the NFL in sacks per pass play (5.1 pct.) yielding 36.0 sacks on 702 pass plays.
  • The season opener at Tampa Bay (9/11) marked the first time since 1981-82 that the Lions had started the same offensive line (same personnel at same positions) in consecutive years on opening day.
  • Helped anchor an offensive line that allowed the Lions to rush for 181 yards on 20 carries (9.1 avg.) and only 1.0 sack on 27 pass plays during a 24-13 win over Chicago (10/10).
  • Helped pave the way for 104 yards rushing against Atlanta (10/23) against a defense that ranked sixth in the league in rushing yards per game. Maurice Morris finished with nine carries for 50 yards (5.6 avg.) and Keiland Williams finished with nine carries for 44 yards (4.9 avg.).
  • Helped protect Matthew Stafford as he set a new franchise record with 63 passing attempts against Chicago (11/13).
  • Started at right tackle in the team’s Wild Card Playoff loss against New Orleans (1/7).

 

2010 (LIONS):

  • Started all 12 games he appeared in at right tackle. Anchored the right side of the offensive line and helped the unit finish fifth in NFL in sacks allowed per pass play (4.09 pct.), giving up just 27.0 sacks on 660 pass plays.
  • Part of an offensive line against Philadelphia (9/19) that helped team gain 115 yards rushing, including 78 and two touchdowns from rookie running back Jahvid Best.
  • Started at right tackle and was part of an offensive line that allowed just 1.0 sack on 33 pass plays in the Lions 44-6 win against St. Louis.
  • In a 37-25 victory over Washington (10/31), started at right tackle for an offensive line that allowed 1.0 sack on 46 pass plays.
  • Placed on Injured/Reserve on December 15, 2010.

 

2009 (LIONS):

  • Was the team’s starting right tackle, starting in 15 games and was inactive for one contest.
  • Started at right tackle in the season opener at New Orleans (9/13).
  • Started at right tackle and helped the ground game produce 129 yards on 34 carries against Minnesota (9/20).
  • Started at right tackle against Washington (9/27) and was part of an offensive line that allowed for 154 yards on the ground, including Kevin Smith’s 101 rushing yards.

 

2008 (LIONS):

  • Played in all 16 games with 13 starts.
  • Saw the first game action of his professional career at Atlanta (9/7), and got playing time at right tackle in the home opener against Green Bay (9/14).
  • The first start of his pro career occurred at San Francisco (9/21).
  • Anchored the right side of an offensive line that led the way for the team’s season-high 130 yards rushing on the ground and rookie running back Kevin Smith’s first career 100-yard game (112 yards) at Carolina (11/16).
  • Matched-up through the game at Indianapolis (12/14) against defensive end Robert Mathis and helped the offensive line protect quarterback Dan Orlovsky as they allowed zero sacks on the day.

 

COLLEGE:

  • After starting 37 consecutive games at right tackle for Boston College, Cherilus moved to the demanding left tackle position his senior year becoming an instrumental part of an offense that ranked seventh in the nation with an average of 323.9 aerial yards per game.
  • As a senior in 2007, played one season with current Colts teammate Anthony Castonzo, who was a freshman at the time.
  • As the recipient of the team’s Unsung Hero Award in 2007, he also garnered All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team honors and served as a team captain.
  • Started all 13 games at right tackle as a sophomore and delivered 53 knockdown blocks and helped the Eagles to lead the ACC in total offense, averaging 387.8 yards per game.
  • Was the only redshirt freshman to start on Boston College’s offensive line in 2004, helping the team average 385.4 yards per game in total offense.
  • Closed out his career with 51 consecutive starts for the Eagles, setting a school record.

 

PERSONAL:

  • Attended Somerville (Mass.) High School where he was a Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic selection as a senior.
  • Played tackle on both sides of the ball.
  • Named to Tom Lemming’s All-America team in 2002, the same season that he captured Massachusetts State Coaches Association All-State accolades.
  • Excelled on Somerville’s basketball team as a power forward and center.
  • Performed in the shot put for the track team.
  • A Communications major, who graduated in the spring of 2007 from the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Came to the United States from Haiti at age 14 and became a U.S. citizen shortly thereafter.
  • Born Gosder Cherilus on June 28, 1984 in Haiti and resides in Somerville, Mass.