Former NFL player and runner-up to Liberty, Jesse Lemonnier, dies at 25


On Thursday, the two teams announced the death of Jesse Lemonnier, a linebacker and defenseman who played for the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Chargers, at the age of 25.

The Lions said in a statement that they were “shocked and saddened” to learn of his death. The cause of death is not yet publicly known.

Lemonier was listed in the NFL at 6-foot-2, 240 pounds in 2020 out of Liberty before signing with the Chargers. He appeared in six games that year with Los Angeles, then signed with Detroit in 2021 and played in seven games, with two starts. Lemonier was released by the Lions last May and landed with the Arizona Cardinals, who released him to training camp.

“Jessie was an exemplary fellow and a wonderful young man who went too early,” The Lions He said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

In November, Lemonier What formulated by the Arlington Renegades of the XFL but chose instead to join the USFL. Houston Renegades in that league trade His New Years Eve at the Birmingham Stallion.

The NFL echoed Lions in saying (trans WBRC) was “shocked and saddened” by Lemonnier’s death.

“He was a talented footballer and by all accounts a wonderful person,” said the Birmingham-based league. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Lemonier agent said ESPN that the player and his girlfriend were expecting a baby. He is also survived by his older brother, Corey Lemonnier, who won a national championship with the 2010 Auburn Tigers before his four-year NFL career took him to the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets.

A native of Hialeah, Florida, Jesse Lemonnier transferred to Liberty after spending a season with Ventura College (California). During his two seasons with the Flames, during which they completed the transition from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision, Lemonier helped the program reach its first bowl game. He was named MVP of that competition, the 2019 Cure Bowl, after recording eight tackles and two sacks in a win over Georgia Southern.

“The Liberty Athletics family is deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Flames soccer player, Jessie Lemonnier,” Lynchburg, Virginia. He said in the current situation. “Jesse was beloved by the Flames Nation for being a fierce competitor on the caution track and was beloved by his coaches and teammates in the locker room.”

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