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Nathaniel Richard Hemsley (born May 5, 1974) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. He played college football at Syracuse University.

Nate Hemsley
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Personal information
Born: (1974-05-05) May 5, 1974 (age 45)
Willingboro Township, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Delran (NJ)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:20
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Hemsley grew up in Delran Township, New Jersey and graduated from Delran High School in 1991. As a senior, he received second-team All-American, All-Freedom League, AllBurlington County and Defensive Player of the Year honors.

He accepted a football scholarship from Syracuse University.[1] As a redshirt freshman in 1993, he was named the started at inside linebacker and led the team in total tackles with 81, while also tallying 2 tackles for loss, 2 passes defensed and one blocked kick.[2]

In 1994, he was lost for the season with a knee injury he suffered in the season opener against the University of Oklahoma, where he had 10 tackles and one fumble recovery.[3] As a junior, he started 11 games at outside linebacker, making 119 tackles (second on the team), 3.5 sacks.

As a senior, in 1996, he posted 106 tackles (led the team), 6 tackles for loss (third on the team), 3 sacks, 4 quarterback pressures, 3 passes defensed, [2] while being named First-team All-Big East.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Houston OilersEdit

Hemsley was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Oilers after the 1997 NFL Draft on April 21.[5] He was waived on August 13.[6]

Dallas CowboysEdit

On September 3, 1997, he was signed to the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad. On December 10, he was promoted to the active roster for the last 2 games to play on special teams. On August 31, 1998, he was re-signed by the Cowboys. After appearing in three games playing on the short-yardage defense and on special teams, he was injured while covering a punt and was placed on the injured reserve list with a dislocated right ankle and a broken leg on October 5.[7] He was cut by the Cowboys on October 27, 1999.

Miami DolphinsEdit

Over a year later, on November 14, 2000, he was signed by the Miami Dolphins to their practice squad.[8] On February 19, 2001, he was re-signed to a two-year contract. He was then cut on August 28.[9]

Carolina PanthersEdit

On October 3, 2001, he was signed by the Carolina Panthers. He appeared in 9 games (3 starts), before being released on March 20, 2002.


  1. ^ Carchidi, Sam. "Hemsley's Debut At Vet Delayed The Pride Of Delran High, Now A Dallas Cowboy, Is Out With A Broken Leg.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 1, 1998. Accessed May 22, 2016. "Growing up in Delran, Nate Hemsley was a devoted Eagles follower who idolized Wes Hopkins, Byron Evans, Reggie White, and the rest of the NFL club's multitalented defense.... For good reason. Hemsley, the pride of Delran High, is a member of the Dallas Cowboys."
  2. ^ a b "Defensive Season-By-Season Leaders". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Zeier, Pelton SEC players of week". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "SU's All BIG EAST Selections". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Oilers sign 19 free agents". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Oilers". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "Cowboys Overpower G-Men". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Dolphins punt Thomas on injured reserve". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Dolphins waive Heupel, two others". Retrieved February 19, 2016.

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