Sean Lissemore

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Sean Lissemore
No. 98 San Diego Chargers
Position: Nose Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-09-11) September 11, 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth: Teaneck, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 303 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school: Dumont (NJ)
College: William & Mary
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 234
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2009 All-CAA First-Team
  • All-America (College Sporting News)
  • All-America (Sports Network)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2015
Tackles: 127
Sacks: 6.5
Pass deflections: 1
Interceptions: 1
Forced fumbles: 0
Touchdowns: 1
Stats at

Sean Lissemore (born September 11, 1987) is an American football nose tackle for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 7th round (234th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at William & Mary.

Early years[edit]

Lissemore grew up in Dumont, New Jersey,[2] attending Dumont High School, where he was a three-year starter, both at offensive guard, defensive end and linebacker. As a senior, he handled kickoff duties, recorded 120 total tackles, nine sacks and one interception in his senior season. For his performance, he was selected to the First-team All-league as a linebacker and All-North Jersey Group 2, was invited to the Governor's Bowl and Bergen All-Star game and earned honorable mention all-county honors.

While at Dumont, Lissemore was also a four-year letterman and an all-league performer in track & field in the 100 (11.2 seconds) and 200 metres (23 seconds).[3][4] He also competed in the shot put (51ft or 15.67m) and the discus (140ft or 42.67 m).[3] He was also a three-year letter winner in wrestling,[3] where he was an All-league performer and state medalist in the 215 pound weight class.

Outside of athletics, Lissemore was also a member of Captains for Tomorrows Children and the school's jazz band where he played the saxophone.

College career[edit]

Lissmore attended the College of William & Mary and majored in kinesiology. As a true freshman, served as scout team defensive lineman. In 2006, as a freshman, he recorded 33 tackles, 2.5 for a loss and one sack. In 2006, as a sophomore, he suffered a torn shoulder labrum and started 10-of-11 games at defensive tackle, recording 43 tackles, two sacks, and four tackles-for-losses and one interception.[4][5] As a junior in 2008, Lissmore started all 11 games and recorded 51 tackles, 7.5 for losses and four sacks. On the season, he was the W&M QB Club Defensive Player of the Week twice (Towson/Richmond) and Special Teams Player of the Week once (New Hampshire). In 2009 as a senior, he served as a team captain, earned All-America honors from College Sporting News and Sports Network while also being selected to the All-CAA First Team. For the season, he recorded 66 tackles, 14 for losses, two interceptions all while starting 14 games. Also as a senior, he played in Texas at the Nation All-Star Game.

Professional career[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

At his Pro Day Lissemore recorded 36 reps 225 pounds[5] he also ran a 4.83 second 40-yard dash and record a 30" vertical jump.[6] In April, before the draft, he was invited to a private workout with the New York Giants.[7]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

He was selected in the seventh round (234th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

As a rookie, Lissemore appeared in two games, making his NFL debut in week eight against the Jacksonville Jaguars where he recorded three tackles and half of a sack. He was inactive for the first 6 games of the year and injured his left ankle on the opening kickoff against the Green Bay Packers.

In his second season, Lissemore played in all 16 games as a reserve defensive tackle. He finished the year with 39 tackles, while adding 2 sacks. He also returned his first career kickoff for 38 yards against the Detroit Lions.

In 2012, he played in 10 games, starting 6 in place of an injured Jay Ratliff. In 2013, the team switched to a 4–3 defense and Lissemore was traded to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for a 2015 7th round pick on September 1, because he wasn't seen as a good fit for the new scheme.[8]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

In 2013 he played in 15 games (2 starts), registering 31 tackles (5 for loss), 2 sacks, 1 interception and a touchdown. He missed the playoffs after suffering a shoulder injury. The next year he played mainly as a nose tackle and saw action in 15 games (8 starts), finishing with 32 tackles and one sack.


  1. ^ "Last Cowboys pick in 2010 NFL Draft". 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  2. ^ Staff. "Three North Jersey natives caught in the NFL draft", The Record (Bergen County), April 24, 2010. Accessed February 28, 2011. "Bergen Catholic graduate and Stanford tight end Jim Dray of Paramus was picked by the Cardinals in the seventh round (233rd overall), one pick before the Cowboys took Dumont’s Sean Lissemore, a defensive tackle from William & Mary."
  3. ^ a b c Archer, Todd. "Track, wrestling helped Sean Lissemore on football field". Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "2010 Scouting Report: Sean Lissemore, DT, William & Mary". Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Moore, David. "Cowboys take DT Sean Lissemore in seventh round". Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ Blake, Anthony. "Under the Radar: Sean Lissemore". Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ Valentine, Ed. "Daily NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Sean Lissemore, DT, William & Mary". Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
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