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Michael Hamlin (born November 21, 1985) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, and Washington Redskins. He played college football at Clemson University.

Michael Hamlin
No. 36, 34, 25, 39
Personal information
Born: (1985-11-21) November 21, 1985 (age 33)
Lamar, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Lamar (Lamar, South Carolina)
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 5 / Pick: 166
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:12
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Hamlin attended Lamar High School. As a senior he recorded 4 interceptions, 20 receptions for 290 yards, 4 touchdowns, 148 punt return yards, 179 kickoff return yards, threw 3 passes and 3 were touchdowns, including one to his brother in the state title game. He finished his high school career with 23 interceptions. He twice received All-State, Region Player of the Year accolades and was also a three-time All-Region selection.

He received All-region honors in both baseball and basketball, helping the school win the baseball state championship as a junior.

College careerEdit

Hamlin accepted a football scholarship from Clemson University. As a redshirt freshman, he appeared in 12 games with 7 starts at strong safety. He registered 55 tackles (one for loss), 2 interceptions and 3 passes defensed.

The next year, he started 10 games, collecting 64 tackles (5 for loss), 2 interceptions, 3 passes defended, one forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries. He missed 3 games after breaking a bone in his left foot against Boston College.

As a junior, he registered 97 tackles (second on the team), 4 interceptions (led the team), 6 passes defensed, one forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries. He intercepted a two-point conversion attempt against North Carolina State University and returned it 100 yards for the first defensive touchdown in school history off an opponent's extra point attempt.

In his last year of eligibility, he registered 110 tackles (second on the team), 6 interceptions (led the team), 111 interception return yards (fourth in school history), 16 passes defensed , one sack, 2 quarterback pressures and 2 forced fumbles.

His 43 starts in 48 contests was a school record for defensive backs. He finished his college career with 326 tackles (12 for loss), 4 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 14 interceptions (third in school history), 18 takeaways (second in school history) and 22 passes defensed.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

Hamlin was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He suffered a broken wrist in the third preseason game while playing on special teams and remained inactive for the first 9 games until November 22, 2009.[2]

He was waived on October 12, 2010, after the team decided to give more playing time to rookies Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and Danny McCray.[3]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Hamlin was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad on October 15, 2010.[4] He was promoted to the active roster on December 7 and played in 4 games. He was released on August 25, 2011.

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On August 29, 2011, he was signed by the Indianapolis Colts.[5] He was released on September 3.

Washington RedskinsEdit

The Washington Redskins signed him to their practice squad on December 20, 2011.[6] He was waived on September 1, 2012.

Coaching careerEdit

In 2013, Hamlin was hired as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Clemson University, where he worked with the defensive backs, before taking a job coaching in the NFL as a special teams quality control coach with the Buffalo Bills in 2015.[7] The Bills did not retain Hamlin for the 2016 season.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

His brothers Markee and Marquais, played safety for South Carolina State University. His cousin Amari DuBose, played running back for the U.S. Naval Academy.


  1. ^ "NFL Draft profile". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Michael Hamlin is forgotten man at safety". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Alan Ball misses practice". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Mike Hamlin signed to Jags practice squad". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Colts swap DBs by signing Hamlin, releasing Brown". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Redskins make roster moves; add TE Myers, DE Worthington". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Notes: Byron Maxwell one of few high-regarded prospects in Super Bowl". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  8. ^ Rodak, Mike (January 20, 2016). "Kathryn Smith hired by Bills as NFL's first full-time female coach". Retrieved January 20, 2017.