Lawrence Sidbury

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Lawrence Sidbury
No. -- Free agent
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-02-06) February 6, 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth: Cheltenham, Maryland
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 269 lb (122 kg)
Career information
College: Richmond
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 125
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • 2008 first-team All-CAA
  • 2007 first-team All-CAA
  • 2007 VaSID first-team All-State
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 18
Sacks: 5.0
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at

Lawrence Sidbury, Jr. (born February 6, 1986) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Richmond was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Sidbury was born in Cheltenham, Maryland and attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland. While there, he was a three-year starter on the football team and served as a team captain for his final two seasons. As a senior in 2004, Sidbury earned All-State, honorable mention All-Met, All-County, and All-League honors. He earned a position on the Washington, D.C. Golden 11 Team and played in the Prince George's County All-Star Game.[1]

In high school, he was an honor roll student in the science and vo-tech program. He also competed in track & field and finished second in the state in shot put.[1]

College career[edit]

Sidbury spent his true freshman year on redshirt status. In 2005, he played in 13 games including one start, and recorded 24 tackles including four for loss, and three sacks for 12 yards. Sidbury played as part of the Richmond defense which was ranked fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and 38th nationally, allowing a total of 339.3 yards per game. Richmond was ranked 22nd in the nation against the rush, allowing 120.1 yards per game on the ground.[1]

In 2006, Sidbury saw action in nine games. He recorded 17 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, and one sack. That year, the Richmond defense was ranked 21st in the nation against the run, allowing 115.9 rushing yards per game, and 26th in scoring defense, allowing 18.1 points per game.[1]

In 2007, Sidbury started in 13 games. He recorded 8.5 tackles for loss and five quarterback sacks. He helped the Spiders defense limit opponents to an average of 152.5 rushing yards per game. Sidbury was named a first-team All-CAA and Virginia College Sports Information Directors (VaSID) first-team All-State player.[1]

In 2008, he played as part of the Richmond team that won the Division I FCS National Championship. Sidbury saw action in all 16 games, and recorded 56 tackles, including 26 solo and 20 for a loss of 80 yards. He also accumulated 11.5 quarterback sacks for 61 yards. Sidbury broke up two passes, accounted for four quarterback hurries, forced three fumbles, and recovered one fumble.[2] He recorded four sacks in the FCS championship game.[3] Sidbury was awarded first-team All-CAA honors.[4] After the season, he participated in the 2009 Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game, and accounted himself well for NFL scouts.[3] He most effective technique in rushing the quarterback was a spin move nicknamed the "Sidbury Spin".[5]

The NFL Draft Scout ranked him as eighth of 197 defensive end prospects and projected him being selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Scouts at the NFL Combine were reportedly impressed by his 4.57-second 40-yard dash, large hands, and arm length.[3]

Pre-draft measureables[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2 38 in
(1.89 m)
261 lb
(118 kg)
4.64 s 1.53 s 2.63 s 4.43 s 7.46 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
28 reps 22
All values from NFL Combine.[3][6]

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Sidbury was taken by the Atlanta Falcons in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft (125 overall). He became the second Spider to be taken by Atlanta, joining Ray Easterling in 1972.[7]

Sidbury got his first career sack versus the Philadelphia Eagles by sacking Donavan McNabb. He finished the game with 3 tackles.

On December 27, Sidbury stripped the ball from Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills, and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown.

He finished the season with 5 tackles including a sack, 1 touchdown. He played in all 16 games.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Sidbury signed with the Indianapolis Colts on March 12, 2013.[8]

On August 25, 2013, the Colts placed Sidbury on the injured reserve list due to a shoulder injury.[9]

Houston Texans[edit]

Sidbury signed with the Houston Texans in July 2014. The Texans released Sidbury on August 25, 2014.[10]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Sidbury signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 17, 2014. On March 9, 2015, he was re-signed by the Buccaneers. On September 5, 2015, Sidbury was released. On November 4, 2015, he was signed. On November 10, 2015, he was waived. On November 18, 2015, he re-signed with the Buccaneers. On November 23, 2015, he was waived.


  1. ^ a b c d e Player Bio: Lawrence Sidbury, Jr., Official Athletic Site of the Richmond Spiders, retrieved January 11, 2009.
  2. ^ 2008 Team Cumulative Statistics, Official Athletic Site of the Richmond Spiders, retrieved January 11, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d Lawrence Sidbury, Jr., Richmond, DE, NFL Draft Scout, retrieved March 30, 2009.
  4. ^ Richmond Puts 12 On CAA Football All-Conference Teams, Official Athletic Site of the Richmond Spiders, 24 November 2008, retrieved January 11, 2009.
  5. ^ Pawlowski, Justin (28 July 2015). "Countdown to Cannons: Time for Sidbury Spin". Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Sidbury Combine Work out
  7. ^ from Richmond Sidbury goes to Atlanta
  8. ^ Colts stay busy, add Donald Thomas and Lawrence Sidbury
  9. ^ Chappell, Mike (August 25, 2013). "Colts cut 11 players, put Lawrence Sidbury on injured reserve". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ Texans trim roster on Monday