Lynell Hamilton

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Lynell Hamilton
No. 35
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-08-05) August 5, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth: Stockton, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
College: San Diego State
Undrafted: 2008
Career history

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As coach:

Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Lynell Hamilton (born August 5, 1985) is a former American football running back who has most recently worked as a graduate assistant at San Diego State University. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at San Diego State.

Early career[edit]

Hamilton attended Edison High School in Stockton, where he was ranked as one of the country's top running back prospects.[1][2]

College career[edit]

In 2003, Hamilton had an outstanding freshman year at San Diego State, rushing for 1,087 yards in 10 games. He was named Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year. He suffered a severe ankle and leg injury in the tenth game of the season, and sat out the following year. As a redshirt sophomore in 2005, he led the Aztecs in rushing with 819 yards and 9 touchdowns. The rest of his career was hampered by knee injuries, and he had only 56 carries for 146 yards during his last two years. For his college career, Hamilton had 480 carries for 2,052 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns, and 57 passes caught for 360 yards and 3 touchdowns.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Hamilton was on the New Orleans Saints practice squad for most of 2008, and played in only one game. In 2009 he served as the fourth running back for the Saints behind Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, and Mike Bell. He finished the regular season with a total of 125 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns; he also scored a touchdown in the Saints' first playoff game on their way to winning Super Bowl XLIV.[3] He was expected to fill a more important role in 2010, but on August 11, 2010, during a preseason joint practice session with the New England Patriots, he suffered a knee injury (later confirmed to be an ACL tear) that was expected to end Hamilton's season.[4][5] He was "waived/injured" by the Saints on August 14, and after clearing waivers he was placed on the injured reserve list on August 16.[6][7] He was waived on August 4, 2011 during training camp.

After his playing career ended, he returned to San Diego State as a graduate assistant.[8]


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