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Artose Deonce Pinner (born January 5, 1978, in Hopkinsville, Kentuckymarker) is an American football running back that is currently a free-agent. He was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kentucky.

High school years

Pinner attended Hopkinsville High Schoolmarker in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and was a standout in football and track. In track, he was a two-time Regional Champion on the 400 meter dash.

College career

He was a star running back for the University of Kentuckymarker between 1999 and 2002, running for 1414 yards in 2002, second-most in a single season in school history to Moe Williams.

Professional career

Pinner was drafted as the 2nd pick of the 4th round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Lions. Pinner has increased his rushing total in each of his first three seasons in the league, going from 99 yards in 2003 to 174 yards in 2004 to 349 yards in 2005. Through the 2005 season, Pinner has scored five career touchdowns, all rushing.

Pinner was cut by the Detroit Lions in 2006 and was quickly claimed by the Minnesota Vikings. Pinner had his best game statistically, which was his first start in the NFL, on December 10, 2006, when he ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns against his former Detroit Lions. On May 1, 2008 he returned to the Detroit Lions. After the 2008 preseason, he was waived by the Lions during final cuts on August 30, 2008.


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