Hightower looks to build on last season’s incredible return to the field after a three-season absence from the game due to knee injuries. The five-year NFL veteran had an impressive training camp with New Orleans and after an injury forced starting tailback Mark Ingram to Reserve/Injured, Hightower became the lead back, posting the third-highest rushing yards total in the league from his first start at Tampa Bay on Dec. 13 through the end of the season. Over eight games with three starts, he rushed for 375 yards on 96 carries (3.9 avg.), with four touchdowns. He added 129 yards on 12 receptions (10.8 avg.). For his career, he’s totaled 2,429 yards with 28 touchdowns on 619 attempts and 1,008 yards with one touchdown on 140 receptions.
NFL CAREER – Hightower looks to build on last season’s incredible return to the field after a three-season absence from the game due to knee injuries. The five-year NFL veteran had an impressive training camp with New Orleans and after an injury forced starting tailback Mark Ingram to Reserve/Injured, Hightower became the lead back, posting the third-highest rushing yards total in the league from his first start at Tampa Bay on Dec. 13 through the end of the season. Over eight games with three starts, he rushed for 375 yards on 96 carries (3.9 avg.), with four touchdowns. He added 129 yards on 12 receptions (10.8 avg.). For his career, he’s totaled 2,429 yards with 28 touchdowns on 619 attempts and 1,008 yards with one touchdown on 140 receptions.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Re-signed by New Orleans, 4/15/16; Re-signed by New Orleans, 11/4/15; Contract terminated by New Orleans, 9/12/15; Signed by Washington to a reserve/future contract, 1/5/15; Released by Washington, 8/31/12; Re-signed by Washington to a one-year contract, 5/12/12; Placed on Reserve/Injured (knee) by Washington, 10/25/11; Traded to Washington from Arizona in exchange for DE Vonnie Holliday and a conditional sixth-round pick, 8/1/11; Signed by Arizona, 6/6/08; Originally drafted by Arizona in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2015: FedEx Ground Player of the Week (Week 16).
2015 – After spending all of the offseason and the preseason with the Saints, released prior to Week one…Re-signed, Nov. 4…Saw first game action since Oct. 23, 2011 at Carolina, playing on special teams vs. Tennessee, Nov. 8…Carried 11 times for 46 yards and had an assisted special teams tackle at Washington, Nov. 15…Made first start in nearly four years at Tampa Bay, Dec. 13, carrying a career-high 28 times for a team-high 85 yards with one fourth quarter three-yard touchdown, his first rushing TD in 1,555 days, becoming first running back to go that long between scores since former Saints RB and current Dir. of Player Development Fred McAfee (Sept. 10, 1995 – Dec. 31, 2006). Also added one reception for 10 yards…Started and carried 13 times for 54 yards (4.2 avg.) and made three receptions for 31 yards vs. Detroit, Dec. 21…Served as the club’s lead back and carried 27 times for 122 yards (4.5 avg.) with two touchdowns to tie career-high and made three receptions for 47 yards (15.6 avg.), including a career-long and team-high 27-yard grab and career-best 169 total yards from scrimmage vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 27…Started and carried 16 times for 66 yards with a touchdown and made five receptions for 41 yards at Atlanta, 1/3/16. Posted third-highest rushing yardage total in the league from his first start of the season at Tampa Bay on Dec. 13 through end of season, while his four rushing touchdowns were the second-most over that period. 2013-14 – Out of football while rehabilitating knee injuries. 2012 – Released by Washington during the preseason. 2011 – Started all five games he appeared in for Washington before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Carried 84 times for 321 yards with a touchdown and added 10 receptions for 78 yards with a touchdown…Started in Week One and ran a career-high 25 times for 72 yards and a touchdown vs. N.Y. Giants, Sept. 11. Also caught three passes for 25 yards (8.3 avg.)…Started vs. Arizona, Sept. 18 and had 20 carries for 96 yards (4.8 avg.) and one 10-yard reception…Started at Dallas, Sept. 26 and had 14 carries for 41 yards and caught five passes for 39 yards (7.8 avg.) with his first career touchdown reception…Started at Carolina, Oct. 23 and ran 17 times for 88 yards (5.2 avg.) before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the third quarter. Rushed for 67 yards in the first quarter, surpassing his previous first quarter career-high of 64, set at St. Louis, Nov. 2, 2009…Placed on Reserve/Injured, Oct. 25. 2010 – For the third consecutive season played in all 16 games, starting 13…Led the team in rushing with a career-high 736 yards on 153 carries (4.8 avg.), adding five touchdowns and also added 21 receptions for 136 yards…Recorded 54 yards on 13 carries with one and 40 yards on four receptions in opener at St. Louis, Sept. 12…Post¬ed career-long 80-yard touchdown run as part of 115 yards rushing on 11 attempts (10.5 avg.) at Atlanta, Sept. 19, tied for the longest run in the NFL in 2010. Including 2009 postseason it marked his fourth straight game with a touchdown; 10.5 yards per carry ranked as the second highest single game average among Cards RBs with at least 10 carries between 1980-2010…Led team with 81 yards on 15 carries (5.4 avg.) vs. St. Louis, Dec. 5; recorded three of the Cards five longest offensive plays of the game—runs of 32, 23 and 20 yards…Totaled a career-high 148 yards on 18 carries (8.2 avg.) and tied a career-high with two rushing touchdowns vs. Denver, Dec. 12, fourth career 100-yard rushing game; recorded 100 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries in the fourth quarter…Recorded five runs of 20+ yards over the last two games (20, 32, 23, 41 and 35t). 2009 – Started all 16 regular season games and both postseason contests for Cardinals. Carried 143 times for 598 yards (4.2 avg.) with eight touchdowns and added 63 receptions for 428 yards…Led the team with a career-high 12 receptions for 121 yards vs. San Francisco, Sept. 13…Had a rushing touchdown and nine yards on four carries and two receptions for 11 yards at N.Y. Giants, Oct. 25…Recorded a team-high eight receptions for 57 yards while averaging 4.9 yards per carry on eight attempts (39 yards) with one rushing touchdown vs. Carolina, Nov. 1…Set new career-high with 39 receptions in seven games, eclipsing total from rookie season of 2008 (34)…Led team with 77 yards rushing on 15 carries at Chicago, Nov. 8…Recorded career-high 110 yards on 14 carries with a career-long 50-yard run and a 7.9 yards per carry average at St. Louis, Nov. 22…Had a 32-yard rush as part of 50 yards rushing on six carries (8.3 avg.) vs. Minnesota, Dec. 6…Marked first time in career he averaged at least 5.0 yards per carry in three consecutive games…Recorded team-high six receptions for 34 yards while also registering a one-yard rushing touchdown at Detroit, Dec. 20…Totaled seven carries for 19 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 21 yards in NFC Wild Card matchup vs. Green Bay, 1/10/10…Totaled 87 yards on six carries (14.5 avg.), including a postseason career-long 70-yard touchdown on the Cardinals’ first play from scrimmage in the NFC Divisional matchup at New Orleans, 1/16/10. 2008 – Started seven of 16 games played during regular season and ap¬peared in all four postseason games including Super Bowl as a rookie. Carried 143 times for 399 yards with 10 touchdowns and added 34 receptions for 237 yards…Made his NFL debut at San Francisco, Sept. 7 in season opener and scored first career touchdown on two-yard carry on fourth-and-goal…Rushed for 24 yards and a touchdown vs. Miami, Sept. 14 to become the first Cardinals player with rushing touchdowns in each of his first two games…Registered a career-high two rushing touchdowns vs. Buffalo, Oct. 5; converted a fourth-and-one on the Buffalo 10-yard line and then scored from two yards out to make it 41-17 in the fourth quarter…In first career start, registered 109 yards on 22 carries, including a 30-yard touchdown run at St. Louis, Nov. 30. 30-yard touchdown run was lon¬gest TD run for the Cardinals since Jake Plummer’s 34-yard scoring run at San Francisco on 10/27/02…Registered one touchdown vs. St. Louis, Dec. 7 to give him a career-high TDs on the season and break Ronald Moore’s franchise rookie record of nine set in 1993…In first postseason game, recorded a touchdown that capped off a 14-play, 76-yard drive and gave Arizona a 28-17 lead with under three minutes left in the third quarter in NFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Atlanta, 1/3/09. Carried the ball a total of four times for 14 yards on the scor¬ing drive…Recorded game-high 76 yards on 17 carries (4.5 avg.) and hauled in first career touchdown reception in NFC Divisional Playoff at Carolina, 1/10/09…Played a crucial role on the 14-play fourth quarter drive that put the Cardinals up for good by converting two third downs and one fourth down in NFC Championship vs. Philadelphia, 1/19/09.
COLLEGE – Two-year starter at Richmond…Established school career-re¬cords for rushing yards (3,617), all-purpose yards (4,448), rushing touchdowns (34) and total touchdowns (39)…Earned first-team All-American and unanimous All-Colonial Athletic Association honors as a senior in 2007 after setting school single-season rushing records for yardage (1,924) and TDs (20)…In 49 career games, recorded 38 starts and rushed 704 times for 3,712 yards and 34 TDs…His 1,824 rushing yards in 2007 rank as the third-highest total in CAA history…Established school season-records with 1,924 rushing yards and 20 TDs as a senior…137.4 rushing yards per game led the conference and ranked sixth in the nation…Estab¬lished school record by scoring 138 points…Caught 32 passes for 228 yards and three TDs for a total of 2,152 all-purpose yards…As a junior, started all 11 games and ranked sixth in the league with 850 yards and five TDs on the ground on 177 carries…Completed his only collegiate pass for a 24-yard TD vs. William & Mary…Started nine-of-13 games and gained 777 yards and nine TDs on the ground on 142 attempts as a sophomore…Played in all 11 games as a true freshman and started four, rushing 58 times for 161 yards and adding 19 recep¬tions for 158 yards…Graduated in 2008 and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
PERSONAL – Full name: Timothy Mi¬chael Hightower…Lives life by the motto “Purpose Driven,” which he wears on a wristband...Attended Episcopal (Alexandria, Va.) HS where he earned All-State honors his junior and senior years…Was team MVP and served as team captain last two years…In addition to earning three letters in football, twice lettered in both basketball and track, was a four-time honor roll student and chairman of the Spectrum Club, a diversity organization, during his final two years. Involved in several community visits throughout the 2015 offseason and regular season, including his visit with new moms at the Women’s Pavilion at Ochsner Baptist Hospital. In 2011, spoke to students about the importance of good health and led kids in several fitness activities as part of the Redskins’ NFL PLAY 60 campaign.
Watch the tops plays from running back Tim Hightower during the 2016 regular season (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints running back Tim Hightower runs for 25-yard gain.
New Orleans Saints running back Tim Hightower finds the end zone on a 2-yard run.
New Orleans Saints running back Tim Hightower speaks on being given the Ed Block Courage Award on December 21, 2016.