Akiem Jamar Hicks is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Hicks played college football at Sacramento City College and the University of Regina. He has also played for the New England Patriots and Toronto Argonauts.
About Akiem Hicks in brief
Akiem Jamar Hicks is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has also played for the New England Patriots. Hicks played college football at Sacramento City College and at the University of Regina. Hicks was dubbed ‘Freezer’ by Bears head coach Matt Nagy in tribute to William “Freezer” Perry, a defensive lineman who sporadically played for Bears in 1980s, died in a car accident in 2012. He is a member of the Canadian Football League’s Regina Rams and the U.S. Football Association’s Omaha Nighthawks. He also played in the NFL for the Saints, Patriots, and Toronto Argonauts.
He has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week three times in 2016 and 2017, and was fined for roughing the passer on two occasions in 2016. In 2017, Hicks signed a four-year, USD 48 million contract extension with the Bears. The Bears won their first game of the season on September 10, against the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener at Soldier Field, with Hicks recording two sacks in the 23–17 loss. Hicks scored a touchdown in the Patriots’ 33–16 win against the Tennessee Titans, recovering the ball for a touchdown after a Chandler Jones strip sack. During Week 4 of the 2018 season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hicks was ejected for pushing an official out of the way after a fight.