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Justin Hamilton (American football)

Justin Lee Hamilton (born September 17, 1982 in Norton, Virginia) is defensive coordinator for Virginia Tech and a former American football safety. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech and was named defensive coordinator on December 8, 2019.

Justin Hamilton
No. 25, 32
Personal information
Born: (1982-09-17) September 17, 1982 (age 37)
Norton, Virginia
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Clintwood (VA)
College:Virginia Tech
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 7 / Pick: 222
Career history
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Early yearsEdit

Hamilton played high school football at Clintwood High School in Clintwood, Virginia as a tailback.

College careerEdit

During his college career, Hamilton played wide receiver, tailback, and free safety for the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Professional careerEdit

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Hamilton was drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns and signed a four-year contract July 2006.[1] During his rookie season, he appeared in ten games and recorded 15 tackles.

Prior to the 2007 season, Hamilton was waived with an injury settlement and spent the year out of football.

Washington RedskinsEdit

On May 30, 2008, Hamilton was signed by the Washington Redskins. He was released by the Redskins on June 12, but re-signed on August 7 when fullback Pete Schmitt was waived. Hamilton had a good preseason with a total of 11 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. He survived the final cut on August 30 and made the 53-man roster. On October 14, 2008, Hamilton was cut by the Washington Redskins.

University of Virginia's College at WiseEdit

Hamilton served as assistant coach and defensive coordinator at UVa-Wise. He began as the conditioning coach and 2011 was his first year as defensive coordinator for the Highland Cavaliers football team.

Virginia Military InstituteEdit

Hamilton was hired in 2014 to coach outside linebackers for the Keydets. In January 2015, new VMI head coach Scott Wachenheim announced he was retaining Hamilton on the coaching staff.

Virginia TechEdit

Hamilton joined Virginia Tech's staff as a Graduate Assistant in 2018, and was promoted to safeties coach prior to the 2019 season. Following the retirement of defensive coordinator Bud Foster, Hamilton was promoted to that position Dec. 8, 2019[2].


  1. ^ Browns Press Release (July 14, 2006). "Browns Sign Vickers, Hamilton". Retrieved July 14, 2006.
  2. ^ Virginia Tech Athletics (December 8, 2019). "Hamilton promoted to Defensive Coordinator". Retrieved December 9, 2019.

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