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Leon Lett

Defensive Tackles
College: 
Emporia State
Hometown:
Mobile, AL
Experience: 
7

Bio Summary

Lett’s work with the pass rushers, namely the defensive tackles, shined through as one of the bright spots in 2016, as Dallas was first in the NFL, allowing 83.5 rushing yards-per-game.

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Lett’s work with the pass rushers, namely the defensive tackles, shined through as one of the bright spots in 2016, as Dallas was first in the NFL, allowing 83.5 rushing yards-per-game. Free agent signee Benson Mayowa led the group with 6.0 sacks, and the defensive line received a boost from rookie Maliek Collins, who finished second on the team with 5.0 sacks - seventh among all rookie defenders. David Irving was much improved from working with Lett in 2016, adding 4.0 sacks, five tackles for loss and leading the team with 26 pressures in his second season from both the tackle and end positions. Tyrone Crawford also put together another solid season, tallying 4.5 sacks and six tackles for loss from multiple positions on the line. 

Lett’s second season working with the defensive tackles fostered a breakout season for Crawford in which he totaled 44 tackles, fie sacks and was third on the defense with 27 pressures. An injury to Terrell McClain early in the season led to increased opportunities for Jack Crawford, who emerged as a do-it-all lineman, finishing with then career-bests in tackles (18), sacks (four) and pressures (10).

In working with defensive tackles in 2014, Lett’s most notable task was helping the transition of Tyrone Crawford from defensive end to a three-technique defensive tackle. After spending the 2013 season on the team’s Reserve/Injured list with an Achilles injury suffered during the first day of training camp, Crawford had a strong response to his new position in 2014 to post career numbers with 37 tackles, his first three career sacks and 29 quarterback pressures - second on the team - while starting 15 games.

In 2013 Lett saw continued growth from defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, who led the team and all NFL interior linemen with 11.5 sacks on his way to the rst Pro Bowl selection of his career. Veteran free agent acquisition George Selvie also flourished with Lett’s mentor- ship, recording a career-high seven sacks and starting all 16 games for a Cowboys defense that tallied 34.0 sacks on the season.

Lett’s work with the defensive line in 2012 saw Hatcher emerge as a full-time starter and establish personal-bests in several categories.

Prior to joining the Cowboys, Lett’s only previous experience as a coach came in 2010 when he served as the defensive line coach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He also served as a volunteer assistant at UNLV in 2009.

Prior to joining the Cowboys, Lett’s only previous experience as a coach came in 2010 when he served as the defensive line coach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He also served as a volunteer assistant at UNLV in 2009.

Drafted in the seventh round (173rd overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft, Lett became the first and only player ever selected by the Cowboys out of Emporia State to make the squad’s final roster. Nicknamed “Big Cat” by his teammates for his agility, Lett compiled 361 tackles, 22.5 sacks, 37 tackles for losses, 128 quarter- back pressures, 26 pass breakups, eight forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and four blocked kicks while playing in 109 games with 73 starts during a 10-year career as a Cowboy. He also appeared in 14 postseason contests with nine starts, including three Super Bowl victories.

Lett concluded his playing career with the Denver Broncos in 2001 where he totaled 15 tackles in 12 games.

Lett finished his collegiate career at Emporia State after playing in junior college, Lett helped Emporia State to the Central States Intercollegiate Conference title and their first appearance in the NAIA Championship Game.

Lett returned to school to earn his college degree in university studies with concentrations on sociology and history from UNLV in 2009.

Lett has a daughter, Leondra Rachel.