Jessie Lemonier: Former Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Chargers linebacker dies aged 25


Former Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Jessie Lemonier died Thursday at the age of 25, according to a statement Lions.

«We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of former Detroit Lion Jessie Lemonier,» the team said on Twitter.

«Jessie was a role model teammate and a wonderful young man who left way too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.»

Chargers too tribute paid to Lemonier, saying he had «gone too soon».

«Our hearts are with Jessie’s family, friends and loved ones,» the team wrote on Twitter.

The Lions did not provide details on the cause of death.

Born in Hialeah, Fla., Lemonier had played college football at Liberty University before entering the 2020 NFL Draft. He signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent shortly thereafter.

After being waived, Lemonier was signed to the team’s practice squad before being elevated to his active roster weeks later.

While in Los Angeles, he played in six games, making two tackles before being waived.

He spent the 2021 season with the Lions, playing seven games – starting two – finishing with 15 total tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Last summer, he was part of the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad, saving a sack in a preseason game, before being released.

Lemonier was drafted by the Arlington Renegades of the XFL in November last year, but earlier this month Lemonier signed with the Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League before being traded to the Birmingham Stallions.

His agent, Drew Smith, told ESPN that Lemonier is expecting a child with his girlfriend.

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