Jay Ajayi is a 23-year-old American football running back for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Boise State, and was drafted by the Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Ajayi was born in London to Nigerian parents, and moved to Maryland in the United States when he was seven years old in 2000. He eventually moved to Texas, where he attended Frisco Liberty High School. As a senior, he rushed for 2,240 yards and had 35 touchdowns.
He also earned one varsity letter in track & field as a member of the 4×400-meter (3:21.75), 4 × 200 m (1:29.44) and 4 × 100 m (42.86) district championship teams. Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was ranked as the 41st best running back prospect of his class.On December 21, 2014, Ajayi announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. He finished his college career with 3,796 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns.
On May 7, 2015, the Dolphins signed Ajayi to a four-year, $2.50 million rookie contract. It also includes a signing bonus of $220,813. On September 6, 2015, Ajayi was placed on injured reserve/designated to return due to broken ribs he suffered in the Dolphin’s last exhibition game.On November 8, 2015, he made his NFL debut against the Buffalo Bills and rushed five times for 41 yards (8.2 avg.). He scored his first professional touchdown against the San Diego Chargers in a Week 15 game. He finished his rookie season with 49 carries for 187 yards (3.8 average) and one touchdown. He also recorded seven receptions for 90 yards.