Justin Durant

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Justin Durant
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Justin Durant in 2009 with the Jacksonville Jaguars
No. 52     Dallas Cowboys
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-09-21) September 21, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Florence, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Florence (SC) Wilson
College: Hampton
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48
Debuted in 2007 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Career history
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× First-team All-MEAC (2004-2006)
  • 3× MEAC Defensive P.O.Y. (2004-2006)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2014
Tackles 498
Sacks 3.5
Interceptions 3
Forced fumbles 3
Stats at NFL.com

Justin Ryan Durant (born September 21, 1985) is an American football linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hampton University.

Durant has also played for the Detroit Lions. He is the younger brother of CFL quarterback Darian Durant.

Early years[edit]

Durant graduated from Wilson High School in Florence, South Carolina in 2003. While there he was a teammate to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons. He was a member of the 2002 HSSR All-State team and was twice named to the Region VI Class AAA All-Region team.

College career[edit]

Durant played college football at Hampton University. While there he started 39 of 43 games at middle linebacker and finished ranked second in school history with 353 career tackles. He also contributed with 10 sacks, three fumble recoveries and four interceptions. He also became the first player in the history of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to earn MEAC Defensive Player of the Year honors three times.

Professional career[edit]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Durant was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Jaguars, Durant recorded 272 tackles, 2 interceptions, and two sacks in 50 games played.[1]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On July 29, 2011, Durant signed with the Detroit Lions. In two seasons, he recorded 171 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 29 games played. [2]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On March 27, 2013 Durant signed a two year, $1.96 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys. The deal included a $400,000 signing bonus.[3] He was named the starter at strong side linebacker from the start of preseason, but experienced an injury filled season. He first suffered a groin injury against the San Diego Chargers, that caused him to miss a game. On November 10 against the New Orleans Saints he injured his hamstring, which cost him three games. He returned to face the Green Bay Packers but reinjured the hamstring. He was placed on the injured reserve list on December 17, finishing with 24 tackles (2 for loss).[4] His injury opened the door for Kyle Wilber to win the starting job.


  1. ^ "Justin Durant". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Detroit Lions sum up first official practice: 'Crisp' MLive.com July 29, 2011
  3. ^ "Justin Durant Will Join Dallas Cowboys". Dallas Cowboys 101. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4721641/cowboys-place-justin-durant-on-ir

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