";s:4:"text";s:11013:" He sprained his left medial collateral ligament during a November practice and was inactive for five games, before being placed on the injured reserve list on December 14.
However, Lett prematurely began to celebrate and the ball was knocked out of his hand by Bills receiver Don Beebe which resulted in a touch back. He served an additional full 16-game suspension (3 games in 1996 and 13 games of 1997) and an eight-game suspension at the start of the 1999 season.
All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. He is also remembered for two botched plays: a fumble just before scoring a touchdown in Super Bowl XXVII and a failed recovery after a blocked field goal in a Thanksgiving game, although he would go on to help his team win the Super Bowl in both seasons. Lett had 22.5 sacks. for the second straight season. He received a scholarship from Auburn University, but after a low score on the ACT, he had to play two seasons at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi, compiling 141 tackles, 10 sacks, nine pass deflections and three fumble recoveries. Late in the fourth quarter, Lett recovered a fumble on the Dallas 35-yard line and ran it back towards the end zone. Career Stats Career Stats Game Log Game Log Splits Splits. Upon his return after missing 5 games, he played the four positions along the defensive line at different times. When Lett was playing, he was one of the most feared defensive players in the game. Defense. He also sacked Frank Reich on the game’s final play. Lett later said he was watching the Jumbotron, and trying to do a "Michael Irvin", where he put the ball out across the goal line.. On July 20, 2011, he was hired as a full-time assistant defensive line coach for the Cowboys.
Lett's failed recovery ranked at #3 in both ESPN lists, #3 on "Top 10 Foul-Ups", and #8 on "Top 10 Worst Plays". He was set to move to New Mexico State University, but after having problems with his transfer credits, he accepted a partial scholarship offer from Emporia State University in Kansas..
YEAR TEAM G Total Solo AST SCK SFTY PDEF INT TDS YDS … Lett would be suspended at different times for violating the NFL substance abuse policy, missing a total of 28 games during his career. In 1995, he served a four-game suspension in the middle of the season, before returning strong during the team drive to Super Bowl XXX, registering in the last four regular season games 22 tackles, 2 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble. San Francisco 49ers' Raheem Mostert likely to IR for high ankle sprain. Beebe knocked the ball out of Lett's outstretched hand just before he crossed the goal line, which sent the ball through the endzone, and resulted in a touchback that cost Lett his touchdown. After entering the league at 6'6" and 260 pounds, by the end of his rookie year, he had put on 16 more pounds.
Had Lett simply done nothing, the Cowboys would have automatically received possession as the play would have been whistled dead and the team would have received possession at the line of scrimmage. A two-time Pro Bowler, Lett was a member of the Cowboys teams that won three Super Bowls during the 1990s.
He was selected to play in 2 Pro Bowls.  Even though he was constantly double teamed, he dominated at the point of attack affecting both the running and the passing game of teams. ; Lett, Carried Away, Fumbles His Moment of Glory – New York Times", "Legends, underdogs, goats shared Texas Stadium spotlight", "ULM Football Head Coach Todd Berry Appoints Five Assistant Coaches – ULM Warhawks Athletics", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Leon_Lett&oldid=974614034, Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks football coaches, Players of American football from Alabama, Short description is different from Wikidata, Dallas Cowboys currentteam parameter articles, Infobox NFL biography articles with old NFL.com URL, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 August 2020, at 00:17.
Buffalo, once 4-0, was pushed around for the second straight week and its young QB finished with just 122 passing yards against the Chiefs.
In the divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, he registered 6 tackles (1 for loss), 2 passes deflected (one was intercepted), 3 quarterback pressures and recovered a fumble.
As a rookie, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a lower back problem on August 27. In his second season, he blossomed into a key player in the Cowboys' defensive line rotation and his teammates nicknamed him "Big Cat" in reference to his agility. During his final season in 2001, he played for the Denver Broncos. The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. Leon Lett Jr. (born October 12, 1968) is a former American football defensive tackle and coach who is the assistant defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League (NFL). , On March 31, 2011, he was invited as part of the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program to assist Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Brian Baker during training camp.
Lett retired with 22.5 career quarterback sacks, 361 tackles, 128 quarterback pressures, 37 tackles for loss, 26 passes deflected, four blocked kicks and seven fumble recoveries in 121 games. Niners running back Raheem Mostert suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Rams that will likely land Mostert on three-game injured reserve.
Dallas Cowboys right guard Zack Martin exits with concussion. As a junior in 1989, he helped the team win the Central States Intercollegiate Conference (CSIC) title and reach their first NAIA Football National Championship game.
The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. In the postseason, he was one of the defense's best players, tying for the team lead with two tackles for losses and leading the team with three forced fumbles. After retiring, Lett began a career in coaching and rejoined the Cowboys as a coach in 2011. At a very young age, Kingsbury began drawing up plays on napkins and whiteboards, and he has been expanding on his ideas ever since. Bold denotes league leader. Leon Lett: Pos: DT-DE, Career: 121 G, 2xProBowl, Cowboys/Broncos 1991-2001, born AL 1968 He earned All-NAIA District 10 recognition as a senior and finished second in the team in sacks (4), but pro scouts lost interest when he missed his first three games with a right knee injury and wasn't invited to any senior All-Star games or the NFL Scouting Combine.. Kansas City Chiefs turn to ground game in win, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushes for 161 vs. Buffalo Bills.
Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin suffered a concussion in the first quarter of the Cowboys' game against the Cardinals and was ruled out to return. On Thanksgiving Day in 1993, during a rare snow and sleet storm in Dallas, the Cowboys, who came into the game with a 7–3 record, were leading the 8–2 Miami Dolphins by a score of 14–13 with 15 seconds remaining in the game. , Lett started his coaching career in 2009 as a volunteer assistant at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After leading the team in pass deflections (10) and blocked kicks (two) and finishing second in tackles (83) and sacks (5), he received honorable mention NAIA All-America, All-NAIA District 10 and All-CSIC honors. During his final season in 2001, he played for the Denver Broncos. Lett played in the NFL for 11 seasons and spent the majority of his career with the Cowboys, who drafted him in 1991. Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 161 yards as the Chiefs turned to their ground game in a 26-17 victory against the Bills on Monday. In Super Bowl XXVII, he nearly set the record for the longest fumble return in Super Bowl history (64 yards). Since Lett went for the ball and touched it, by rule the play was considered a muffed kick and the Dolphins were given possession on the one-yard line with three seconds showing on the clock.
The first play occurred in January 1993, in Super Bowl XXVII. His last season in Dallas was 2000, when he played in 9 games (7 starts), registered 35 tackles (14 solo), 2.5 sacks, 4 passes deflected and one forced fumble. The play ultimately did not hurt the Cowboys' season as they won all of their remaining regular-season games and went on to win Super Bowl XXVIII. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. Two of the top three of ESPN's "25 Biggest Sports Blunders" are attributed to Lett and the plays appeared on NFL Network's "Top 10 Foul-Ups" and "Top 10 Worst Plays". On May 9, 2009, Lett graduated from UNLV with a degree in university studies and a concentration in sociology and history. NFL and the NFL shield design are registered trademarks of the National Football League.The team names, logos and uniform designs are registered trademarks of the teams indicated. Lett was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 1991 NFL Draft.
Lett played in the NFL for 11 seasons and spent the majority of his career with the Cowboys, who drafted him in 1991. After playing in 11 games, he led all defensive linemen in passes deflected (4) In Super Bowl XXVIII, besides having 6 tackles, he forced Thurman Thomas to fumble in the third quarter, leading to a James Washington 46 yards return for a touchdown, that tied the game at 13-13 and changed the momentum of the game. Lett was a talented player and a cornerstone of the Cowboys defense during his tenure, but he is also remembered for being involved in two famous plays that resulted from gaffes he made.