The Birmingham Stallions are dealing with tragic news on Thursday morning. Defensive end Jessie Lemonier has passed away at the age of 25. Lemonier’s former NFL team, the Detroit Lions, confirmed the news. As of this writing, the Birmingham Stallions nor the USFL have released a statement.
Lemonier played his college football at Liberty University, and he went undrafted in 2020. He signed with the Los Angeles Chargers following the draft. He appeared in six games, recording two tackles.
Lemonier signed with the Lions ahead of the 2021 season. He found a bit of a role with the Lions, recording 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks in seven games for Detroit that season.
The Lions waived Lemonier in May 2022, and he was claimed by the Arizona Cardinals. However, the Cardinals released him prior to the beginning of the 2022 NFL season.
In November, Lemonier was drafted into the XFL by the Arlington Renegades. Lemonier decided against playing for the Renegades or in the XFL.
He signed on with the Houston Gamblers on New Year’s Eve. That same day, the Gamblers traded Lemonier to the Birmingham Stallions in exchange for quarterback Montrell Cozart.
Our thoughts and condolences are with the Lemonier family through this tragic and difficult time.
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