The Dallas Cowboys selected Anthony Hitchens in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft, adding a versatile linebacker to a talented group. Hitchens stepped in as a rookie and played in all 16 games with 11 starts as the injury bug hit the linebacking corps. Hitchens showed his value and versatility as he played all three linebacker spots at various times through the season. He finished his rookie year with 100 tackles - third on the team - making him the first rookie with a 100-tackle season since Roy Williams (2002). He played in all 16 games with nine starts again as a valuable reserve at all three spots in 2015 and finished fourth with 85 tackles. Hitchens took the role as the club’s starting middle linebacker in 2016 and finished third on the defense with a career-high 104 tackles, with four for losses and 1.5 sacks. His experience and ability give him an edge as he enters 2017.
- Started all 16 games at middle linebacker and finished third on the team with his second career 100-tackle season (104) to go with 1.5 sacks, four tackles for losses, five pressures and two breakups.
- Started in the middle in the opener against the N.Y. Giants (9/11) and posted six tackles.
- Topped 200 career tackles after finishing with six in the win at San Francisco (10/2), then added eight and a hurry in the win over Cincinnati (10/9).
- Added seven tackles and a half sack in the win at Cleveland (11/6).
- Had two stops for losses and four tackles in the Thanksgiving Day win over Washington (11/24).
- Tied for the team lead with 13 tackles along with a sack, a tackle for a loss and a breakup in the Thursday night at Minnesota (12/1).
- Finished second on the defense at the N.Y. Giants (12/11) with 10 tackles while also adding a pressure.
- Second on the team with six tackles along with a pressure, starting his first career playoff game in the Divisional Game against Green Bay (1/15/17).
- Played in all 16 games, starting nine at all three spots, and finished fourth on the defense with 85 tackles along with his first two career sacks, three stops for losses, eight pressures, one breakup and a forced fumble.
- Tied for the team lead with 11 tackles with a pressure as the starting middle linebacker in the season-opening win over the N.Y. Giants (9/13).
- Posted five tackles and his first career sack in Philadelphia (9/20).
- Led the defense with 12 tackles (nine solo) with a sack, a tackle for a loss and a hurry at New Orleans (10/4).
- Started in place of Sean Lee (concussion) at Tampa Bay (11/15) and finished with seven tackles, one for a loss, two pressures and a breakup.
- Started in the middle in place of Rolando McClain (concussion) against the N.Y. Jets (12/19) and was second on the team with a season-high 15 tackles - second in a game in his career - along with a tackle for a loss and a hurry.
- Started 11 games, playing in all 16, and finished third on the team with 100 tackles to go with three stops for losses, two pressures, one interception and four breakups.
- Made his NFL debut as a reserve in the season opener against San Francisco (9/7) and had one tackle.
- Started his first career NFL game, replacing Justin Durant (groin), at Tennessee (9/14) and posted two tackles.
- Started at middle linebacker in place of McClain (groin) in the come-from-behind win at St. Louis (9/21) and led the team with a career-high 18 tackles along with his first career tackle for a loss and career-firsts for breakups and pressures (one each).
- Started in place of Bruce Carter (thigh) in the overtime win against Houston (10/5) and had five stops.
- Earned the start in place of Durant (elbow-IR) against Arizona (11/2) and had nine tackles, one for a loss and a hurry.
- Got the start in place of McClain (did not play) and led the team with 12 tackles along with two breakups at Jacksonville (11/9) in London.
- Posted 13 tackles and a stop for a loss in the comeback win at the N.Y. Giants (11/23), then finished second with 14 tackles with a season-high tying 12 solos on Thanksgiving Day against Philadelphia (11/27).
- Led the team with nine tackles in the win at Philadelphia (12/14).
- In the NFC East clinching win over Indianapolis (12/21), led the team with seven tackles - all solos - and picked off a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Nick Hayden.
- Posted three tackles in the season-ending win at Washington (12/28) before an ankle injury sidelined him for the second half. Became the first team rookie defender to the century tackle mark since Roy Williams in 2002. Also allowed Dallas to have three tacklers reach triple digits for the first time since having four in 2010.
- Despite playing with an ankle injury for the Wild Card Playoff Game against Detroit (1/4/15), tallied five tackles and broke up a third down pass, leading to a punt just before Dallas’ game-winning touchdown drive.
- Was slowed with an ankle injury in the Divisional Playoff Game at Green Bay (1/11/15) but still finished second on the defense with 11 tackles.
- Earned team co-MVP honors, which he shared with offensive lineman Brandon Scherff, after starting all 13 games at outside linebacker and leading the team in tackles with 112, recording 13.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, a pass breakup and an interception.
- Started all 11 games he played as a junior, missing one game due to injury, as the weakside linebacker and led Iowa with a career-high 124 tackles, collecting 5.5 tackles for loss and a sack.
- As a sophomore saw action in eight games, recording 25 tackles and recovering one fumble.
- Appeared in 10 games, recording one solo tackle and eight assists as a freshman
- tackle and eight assists as a freshman.
- Attended Clearview High School in Lorain, Ohio, where he was named first-team all-state, all-county and all-con- ference as a junior and senior also serving as team captain his final two years.
- Holds school records for points in a season and career, and most career yards.
- Collected 154 career tackles, including 12 sacks to go along with five interceptions, six forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns.
- Earned four varsity letters in football and also lettered in basketball and track.
- Earned his degree in recreational sports management from Iowa.
- 2014 Rookie Club presented by UnitedHealthcare.
- 2014 NFL PLAY 60 FITNESSGRAM® school visit.
- 2014 Home Run Derby Competition benefiting the Salvation Army.
- 2014-17 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
- 2014 NFL Play 60 clinic, London, England.
- 2014 Fan Appreciation Pep Rally, London, England.
- 2015-17 Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
- Annual Team Holiday Hospital Visits.
- Kick Off Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
- Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.