Jessie Lemonier, a former linebacker for the Detroit Lions, has died, the team said Thursday. He was 25.
No information has been given about what caused the death.
The Arlington Renegades of the XFL picked up Lemonier in November, but he recently signed with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL for the upcoming season and was then traded to the Birmingham Stallions.
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During the 2021 season, he played in seven games for the Lions and made 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Last summer, he signed with the Arizona Cardinals. In a preseason game, he got a sack, but the team let him go during training camp.
The Lions said in a statement, “We are shocked and saddened to hear that former Lion Jessie Lemonier has died.” “Jessie was a great teammate and a great young man who died much too soon. During this hard time, his family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.”
Drew Smith, who works for DEC Management, told ESPN that Lemonier and his girlfriend were going to have a baby.
Lemonier, who was born in Hialeah, Florida, signed with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020 as an undrafted free agent straight out of Liberty. He was on the field for six games and made two tackles.
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