Former Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Jessie Lemonier has died at the age of 25, it was confirmed on Thursday morning.
Detroit Lions player Jessie Lemonier dies at age 25.
Jessie Lemonier, a former NFL player, has died at the age of 25. “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of former Detroit Lion Jessie Lemonier,” his past team said in a Twitter statement.
Lemonier had been expecting a baby with his girlfriend, his agent told ESPN.
The Florida native got his NFL start at the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020 before moving to the Lions in 2021, eventually ending up at USFL team the Birmingham Stallions. His cause of death hasn’t been revealed yet.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of former Detroit Lion Jessie Lemonier,” the Lions said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“Jessie was a model teammate and wonderful young man who is gone far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Lemonier was drafted by the Arlington Renegades in the fifth round of the XFL draft last November, but elected instead to sign with the USFL’s Houston Gamblers, who traded him to the Birmingham Stallions.
The Lions said in a statement they were “shocked and saddened” to learn of his passing.
A cause of death is not yet publicly known
Lemonier signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft on April 26, 2020.
He was waived during final roster cuts on September 5, 2020, and signed to the team’s practice squad the next day.
Then he was promoted to the active roster on September 26, 2020, waived on October 24, 2020, and re-signed to the practice squad four days later.
He was promoted back to the active roster on November 7, waived on November 28, 2020, and re-signed to the practice squad four days later.
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