Atari Bigby

Atari David Bigby (born September 19, 1981) is a former American football safety. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at the University of Central Florida.

Bigby has also been a member of the New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and the San Diego Chargers. With the Packers, Bigby won Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Atari Bigby
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Bigby in 2008
No. 47, 20, 27, 26
Personal information
Born:September 19, 1981 (age 37)
Trelawny Parish, Jamaica
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami (FL)
College:Central Florida
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:250
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:3
Player stats at

Early years

Bigby attended Miami High School in Miami, Florida where he lettered three years in football and two in track. He attended high school with safety Marquand Manuel, Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Roscoe Parrish, Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jamaal Jackson, and Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem. As a prep player at Miami (Fla.) Senior High School, played every position on the field other than lineman. His senior year, Bigby recorded 72 tackles, four forced fumbles, and one interception, on defense. On offense, he had 500 receiving yards, 315 rushing yards, and nine touchdowns. Bigby earned second-team Class 6A all-state honors and also played in the Dade-Broward All-Star Game.[1]

College career

As a redshirt freshman, Bigby played in 11 games and made 38 tackles.[2]

Professional career

Miami Dolphins

After going undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft, Bigby was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on May 16, 2005. He was later waived by the Dolphins on July 25, 2005, prior to the start of the preseason.[3]

New York Jets

Bigby was signed by the New York Jets on August 11, 2005, only to be waived during final cuts on September 3.

Green Bay Packers

Atari Bigby celebrates his interception
Atari Bigby celebrating an interception in 2009.

Atari was originally signed to the Packers practice squad on November 1, 2005. Was then promoted to the active roster on December 22, 2005 and made his NFL debut on December 25 against the Chicago Bears. He was inactive for the final contest against the Seattle Seahawks.

Bigby was waived by the Packers at the end of the 2006 preseason, but was signed two days later to their practice squad. After spending the first 10 weeks of the season on the Packers' practice squad, Bigby was signed to the active roster on November 15, 2006. He recorded two tackles during the season.

After a very successful 2007 training camp and preseason, Bigby replaced starting strong safety Marquand Manuel, who was released prior to the 2007 regular season. Bigby was named the NFC Defensive Player of the month for December 2007.[4] Bigby tied for the NFL lead with four interceptions during the month in just four games. The Packers posted a 3-1 record in December and clinched the NFC North division, locking up the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. Bigby posted an interception in three of Green Bay's four December games. He had a 22-yard interception in Week 14 and recorded a career-high two interceptions the next week against St. Louis. Bigby finished the month with an interception in the Packers' win over Detroit.

On January 12, Bigby started his first playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. He finished the game with seven tackles (one for a loss), a forced fumble and a pass defensed. Bigby had two big hits, one that led to a Marcus Pollard fumble that was recovered by Green Bay's defensive end Aaron Kampman. Green Bay took the lead on the ensuing drive.

An exclusive-rights free agent in the 2008 offseason, Bigby signed a one-year tender deal with the Packers.[5]

Bigby had the Packers' first 2008 interception in season opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, picking off quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in the fourth quarter. He played in just seven games during the season due to injuries and was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury on December 18. Bigby finished the 2008 season with 21 tackles, two pass deflections and an interception.

On February 26, 2009, Bigby received a second-round tender offer worth $1.545 million from the Green Bay Packers. He was free to sign a contract with another team when he became a free agent on the 27th, but the Packers had the right to match the deal.

Bigy won his first Super Bowl when the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Bigby was the first player to emerge from the tunnel when the Packers were introduced.

Seattle Seahawks

Bigby signed with the Seattle Seahawks on August 16, 2011 and played in 15 regular season games.

San Diego Chargers

Bigby signed with the San Diego Chargers on March 16, 2012.

On March 8, 2013, Bigby was released by the Chargers.[6]

Career statistics

Career statistics Tackles Interceptions Other
Season Team G GS Solo Ast Total Sack Int Yds Long FF PDef
2005 GB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 GB 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 GB 16 16 66 20 86 0 5 50 22 3 9
2008 GB 7 6 15 6 21 0 1 7 7 0 2
2009 GB 13 11 37 12 49 0 4 14 14 0 8
2010 GB 4 0 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 SEA 15 2 12 6 18 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
2012 SD 11 11 49 19 68 0 0 0 0 0 3
Career 46 33 125 39 164 1.0 10 71 22 3 24


Atari Bigby was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States at age 4. He was named by his grandmother, who liked the name Atari. "Atari" is a Japanese word meaning "hit a target", akin to an English speaker exclaiming "bullseye!". During his time at UCF, he insisted he was not named after the video game console of the same name. He is married to Jill and has 2 daughters, Michelle, born in 2001, and Leenah, born in 2004 and 3 sons, Atari Kente Bigby, who was born February 10, 2008. David Bigby who was born in 2011, and Joshua, who was born in 2014.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Atari Bigby's Bio at packers". Archived from the original on April 13, 2007. Retrieved September 11, 2007.
  2. ^ "Atari Bigby". Archived from the original on December 3, 2009. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  3. ^ " > Team > Players > Atari Bigby". Archived from the original on January 16, 2006. Retrieved April 18, 2010.
  4. ^ "Atari Bigby Voted Defensive Player Of The Week". Archived from the original on February 23, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2007.
  5. ^ "Packers re-sign Bigby". Archived from the original on March 24, 2008. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
  6. ^ Copeland, Kareem (March 8, 2013). "Tom Telesco: Chargers won't spend big in free agency". Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  7. ^ "Atari Bigby's Personal at packers". Archived from the original on February 20, 2007. Retrieved September 11, 2007.
  8. ^ "Packers: Hair today, gone tomorrow? NFL to decide". Wisconsin State Journal. Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. Retrieved March 31, 2008.

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Atari (name)

Atari may refer to the following people

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Gali Atari (born 1953), Israeli singer and actress

Kousuke Atari (born 1980), Japanese singer

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