Former Detroit Lions linebacker Jessie Lemonier died on January 26, 2023. Jessie was an American football player outside linebacker who played for the Los Angeles Chargers and the Detroit Lions. The news of his death was confirmed by his agent Drew Smith.
His team took to Twitter to share the sad news of his demise, saying, “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of former Detroit Lion Jessie Lemonier”. The team also posted, “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”.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) January 26, 2023
Who was Jessie Lemonier?
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Jessie was born Jessie Nathaniel Lemonier on January 31, 1997. He was born in Florida. Sadly, Jessie Lemonier died just five days before he would turn 26.
As a footballer, Jessie played for the Los Angeles Chargers, Detroit Lions and the Birmingham Stallions of The United States Football League (USFL).
In 2020, he was signed by The Chargers as an undrafted free agent following his college football career with the Liberty Flames.
Career of Jessie
- Los Angeles Chargers
On April 26, 2020, Lemonier was signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an Undrafted free agent. He was waived during the final roster cuts on September 5, 2020. The next day, September 6, 2020, he was signed to the team’s practice squad. Following this, his journey was all ups and downs.
Jessie was promoted to the active roster on September 26, 2020, and waived on October 24, 2020, re-signing him to the practice squad four days later.
On November 7, 2020, he was promoted back to the active roster and waived on November 28, 2020, again re-signing him to the practice squad four days later.
He was again promoted to the active roster on December 17, 2020, for the team’s week 15 game against the Las Vegas Riders. He was later reverted to the practice squad after the game.
On December 26, 2020, he was signed to the active roster and was waived on August 31, 2021, from the practice squad and by the Chargers.
2. Detroit Lions
Lemonier was signed to the practice squad at Detroit Lions on September 2, 2021. He was later promoted to the active roster on October 6, 2021. Jessie resigned from Detroit Lions on May 16, 2022.
3. Arizona Cardinals
On May 17, 2022, Lemonier was signed by the Arizona Cardinals and later released from the team on August 17, 2022.
4. Birmingham Stallions
Lemonier was selected by the Arlington Renegades in the 2023 XFL Draft. He was signed with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL on December 31, 2022, instead. His playing rights were traded to the Birmingham Stallions immediately thereafter.
Reportedly, Jessie was expecting his first baby with his girlfriend this year. Although the cause of his death is still unknown, there were reports about his death due to vaccine SADS. The doctors have denied all such claims.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How old was Jessie Lemonier?
He was 25 years when Jessie Lemonier died.
2. Was Jessie married?
No. But he was in a relationship and expecting his first child soon.
3. Is Jessie Lemonier murdered?
The cause of his death is still unknown, so we can’t comment anything on that.
4. Which college did Jessie go to?
Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
Gone too soon is the perfect phrase we can put across for Jessie Lemonier, who died at 25. The reason behind his sudden death is still a mystery, not known to the public.
Since the news flashed, everyone is in utter shock. The American footballer was only 25 and would have celebrated his 26th birthday just five days later. Furthermore, he and his girlfriend were expecting their first child this year.
Amongst many, Liberty University took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late footballer. They mentioned, “The Liberty Athletics family is deeply saddened to learn about the passing of former Flames football great Jessie Lemonier. Flames Nation loved Jessie for being a fierce competitor on the gridiron and cherished by his coaches and teammates in the locker room. Liberty Athletics will keep his family and friends in our prayers that God may bring peace and comfort to them during the difficult days ahead.”
May the departed soul rest in peace, and May the Almighty give strength to his family to bear this loss.