Desmond Lawrence

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Desmond Lawrence
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
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Lawrence with the Tiger-Cats in 2021
Born: (1994-11-30) November 30, 1994 (age 28)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Defensive back
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight203 lb (92 kg)
CollegeNorth Carolina
High schoolCharlotte Christian School (NC)
Career history
As player
20172018Detroit Lions
2019Atlanta Legends
2020DC Defenders
20192022Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2022–presentWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Career stats

Desmond Lawrence (born November 30, 1994) is a professional Canadian football defensive back for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

College career[edit]

Lawrence played college football for the North Carolina Tar Heels from 2013 to 2016.[1] He played in 47 games where he had 178 total tackles, six tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, and one forced fumble.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Lions[edit]

Lawrence signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2017.[2] However, he was injured during training camp and was moved to the reserve/injured list in 2018.[3] He was released in the following off-season on April 6, 2018.[3]

Atlanta Legends[edit]

Lawrence played for the Atlanta Legends in 2019, but the Alliance of American Football folded after the eighth game of play.[2]

DC Defenders[edit]

In 2020, Lawrence played for the DC Defenders, but the XFL ceased operations mid-season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

Lawrence signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on February 17, 2021.[4] He made the team following training camp and played in his first career professional game on August 5, 2021, against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.[2] He played in 10 regular season games where he had 22 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles, one sack, and two interceptions.[2] At the end of the season, he was the team's nominee for the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award.[5]

In 2022 with the Tiger-Cats, he spent the majority of the year on the practice roster and played in just five games where he had four defensive tackles and two special teams tackles.[6] He was released on October 1, 2022.[7]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

On October 5, 2022, it was announced that Lawrence had signed a practice roster agreement with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Desmond Lawrence". North Carolina Tar Heels. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Desmond Lawrence". Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Lions waive cornerback Des Lawrence". April 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "Tiger-Cats sign six defensive backs". Hamilton Tiger-Cats. February 17, 2021.
  5. ^ "2021 Tiger-Cats team awards announced". Hamilton Tiger-Cats. November 17, 2021.
  6. ^ "Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign former Hamilton Tiger-Cats' defensive back Desmond Lawrence". 3DownNation. October 5, 2022.
  7. ^ "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  8. ^ "Bombers add DB Desmond Lawrence to practice roster". Canadian Football League. October 5, 2022.

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