|Date of birth:||January 26, 1970|
|Place of birth:||Haverstraw, New York|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school:||Thiells (NY) North Rockland|
|NFL draft:||1993 / Round: 4 / Pick: 94|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Derrick Owens Lassic (born January 26, 1970) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers. He played college football for the University of Alabama. He is most remembered for being the starting running back for the Cowboys for the first two games (both losses) of the 1993 season while Emmitt Smith held out in a contract dispute.
Lassic attended North Rockland High School, where as a senior he set county records with 1,719 rushing yards, 31 touchdowns and 194 scored points. He helped his team to three third straight Section 1 Class A bowl wins and as a senior was named the New York State large-school Player of the Year and an USA Today’s High School All-American.
He accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Alabama, where he started to receive playing time until his junior year, when he was one of two primary running backs. He became a starter the following year, however, registering 905 rushing yards on 178 carries (5.1 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns. That year he was named the 1993 Sugar Bowl MVP after Alabama beat Miami 34-13 to win the National Championship.
Lassic was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL Draft. The team was forced to start him in the first two games (both losses) after Emmitt Smith contract holdout extended into the regular season. In ten games (three starts) in 1993, he rushed 75 times for 269 yards and three scores, but he suffered from the loyalty his teammates had towards Smith. Erik Williams criticized Lassic's running style, saying "He runs too fast. We have a flow and he isn't able to see it." Nate Newton said, "Lassic was a nice kid, but if we expected to get back to the Super Bowl, we needed Emmitt in the lineup."
The Carolina Panthers selected him from the Cowboys roster in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft. The team reached an injury settlement with him on August 28, after suffering from knee, hamstring and thigh problems in training camp.
San Francisco 49ers
Toronto Argonauts (CFL)
- 59th Annual Sugar Bowl Classic ~ January 1, 1993
- Pearlman, Jeff, BOYS WILL BE BOYS: The Glory Days And Party Nights Of The Dallas Cowboys Dynasty (Harper Collins), p. 193
- Pearlman, BOYS WILL BE BOYS, p. 195
- 1995 Carolina Expansion Draft