Aiken with the New England Patriots
|Born:||August 28, 1988|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school:||Cave Spring|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015|
Daniel Lee Aiken (born August 28, 1988) is a former American football long snapper. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Virginia after a prep year at Fork Union Military Academy.
While attending Cave Spring High School, Aiken lettered in football. During his high school career, he played on the defensive line, at quarterback, and in his early years on junior varsity he played offensive line. At quarterback in his senior year, he led the Knights to a 9-1 regular season record. Their only loss coming against the Salem Spartans (state champions that year) who won the game 7-6 in a controversial finish. The Knights finished the year with a 1-1 playoff record, defeating Brookville (led by future Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas) in the regional semifinals before falling in the regional championship game to top-seeded and undefeated Liberty, finishing the season at 10-2.
He played college football at the University of Virginia, was the team's long snapper all four years, and was a reserve tight end but caught no passes while there, he played under coach Mike London.
On March 7, 2014, Aiken was re-signed to a 1-year contract. He was released from the team on August 30, 2014, but re-signed on September 4. On February 1, 2015, Aiken won Super Bowl XLIX with the Patriots. At the conclusion of the 2014-2015 season Aiken was not resigned by the Patriots due to back surgery and their drafting of Joe Cardona in the 2015 NFL Draft to be the team's new long snapper.
On December 8, 2015, Aiken was signed as a free agent by the New York Giants to replace long snapper Zak DeOssie, who suffered a wrist injury and was placed on season-ending injured reserve. On December 31, 2015, Aiken was placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a thumb injury, and was replaced by Tyler Ott.