Orie Lemon

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Orie Lemon
No. -- Free agent
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-09-09) September 9, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Jack Yates (TX)
College: Oklahoma State
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Tackles: 32
Quarterback sacks: 0.0
Forced fumbles: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Orie Lemon (born September 9, 1987) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Oklahoma State University.

Early years[edit]

Lemon attended Jack Yates High School where he was the starting quarterback. As a junior, he registered 1,603 yards and 22 touchdowns of total offense, while helping his team to a 5-1 district and a 10-3 overall record.[1] As a senior, he passed for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing for 600 yards and 12 touchdowns.

He accepted a football scholarship from Oklahoma State University, where he was converted into a fullback as a freshman. He was later moved to linebacker.[2]

As a junior, he became a starter and finished second on the team with 90 tackles.[3] In 2009, he was lost for the season after tearing his ACL knee ligament during a practice.[4] He came back the next year to post 133 tackles, which led the team and was the 12th-most in the NCAA.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)[edit]

Lemon was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2011 NFL draft. He was waived on September 3 and signed to the practice squad.

He was released on August 31, 2012 and later signed to the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on September 22. On November 7, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury.

Kansas City Chiefs (first stint)[edit]

On April 18, 2013, he was signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was cut on August 31.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On October 8, 2013, he was signed by the Arizona Cardinals to their practice squad.

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys signed him from the Arizona Cardinals practice squad on November 21, 2013. He was released on December 14. He was re-signed on December 17.

Lemon was waived/injured by the Cowboys on August 30, 2014. He cleared waivers and became a free agent on September 12, 2014.[5]

Kansas City Chiefs (second stint)[edit]

On October 15, 2014, he was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs to the practice squad.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On October 23, 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him from the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad and went on to play in 10 games (3 starts), registering 17 tackles and 6 special teams tackles.

He was waived on October 1, 2015. He was re-signed on October 7, before being cut again on November 17.[6] He was re-signed on December 9, only to be released again on December 18.

Kansas City Chiefs (third stint)[edit]

On January 5, 2016, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Lemon to their practice squad.[7] He wasn't re-signed at the end of the playoffs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orie is the story". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Lemon getting comfortable as 'real' Big 12 linebacker". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "'Super Senior' Orie Lemon is ready for his role". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "OSU linebacker Orie Lemon out for season". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Orie Lemon". kffl.com. Archived from the original on October 8, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ Gantt, Darin (November 17, 2015). "Bucs cut linebacker Orie Lemon, safety D.J. Swearinger". NBCSports.com. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ Paylor, Terez (January 5, 2016). "Chiefs elevate Daniel Munyer, sign Orie Lemon to practice squad". Retrieved January 10, 2016. 

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