The former Los Angeles Charger and Detroit Lions outside linebacker, Jessie Lemonier passed away on January 26, 2023.
His agent, Drew Smith declared his demise along with an updation that he and his girlfriend were expecting a baby.
The family must be crushed to learn death of the soon-to-be 26-year-old. According to reports, the American linebacker’s cause of death has not been officially disclosed.
His Colleagues Expressed Condolences On Social Media
In the wake of his departure, the Lions posted a statement on Twitter, in which they poured their condolences over the 25-year-old defense.
According to the tweet, they were “shocked” and “saddened” by the demise of their former player. The statement continued that he was a young model teammate who passed away too early. They ended the statement by wishing their condolences to Jessie, his family, and his friends.
Los Angeles Chargers also tweeted, saying “Gone too soon, our hearts are with Jessie’s family, friends and loved ones.
Jesse Lemonier was first signed as a free agent by Los Angeles Charges in the 2020 NFL draft after he got cleared out of Liberty University.
Liberty University also expressed its deepest emotions for its former athlete. They stated that “Jessie was a fierce competitor and loved by flames nation and cherished by his coaches and teammates”. Their statement concluded by citing that his family and friends will be remembered in their prayers to bring comfort during this time.
He appeared in six games for Los Angeles Chargers before they waived him in 2021. Detroit Lions then recruited him after a month Chargers relieved him.
During his time at Lions, Jessie recorded his best season with seven games followed by 15 tackles and one and a half sacks against Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, which was a career highlight for Jessie Lemenoir.
Lions then released him on May 16, 2022. He signed for Arizona Cardinals the next day itself but couldn’t make it to the active roster as the Cardinals waivered him in training camp even before the start of the season.
Ever since Arizona released him, he had been without an NFL team. Instead of finding one, he decided to register for the XFL (Xtra Fun League). The XFL is a minor league for American football professionals with eight teams across the United States.
As he participated in the XFL draft 2023, the Arlington Renegades picked him up in the fifth round of the draft – last November. But instead of keeping him, they treated Jessie Lemonier to the USFL’s Houston Gamblers, who traded him to the Birmingham stallions. He was yet to debut for the Birmingham Stallions in the upcoming season, which starts in April.
His former teammate, Breiden Fehoko whom he joined the league together paid tribute to his brother and teammate. He cited in a tweet” My brother man. We came into the league together and had to battle through everything rookie year to get where we are”.
From all these notions, the reports suggest that Jessie was a hardworking professional who has gone through struggles to reach where he was now. He had talent and a certain style of play but it is saddening about the fact that he was gone too soon even before he could display his best performance in his career.
The death of the former linebacker comes after the recent tragedies of Damar Hamlin and Peyton Hillis as well as the deaths of Franco Harris and Ronnie Hillman.
Jessie Lemonoir is also the brother of a former American football player, Corey Lemonier who plays the same position as Jessie, outside linebacker. Corey initially signed for the San Francisco 49ers and played two seasons before moving Cleveland Browns in 2016.
In the same year, he was traded between Detroit Lions and New York Jets. he played for the Jets for one year, until they waivered him in 2017.
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