Michael Hamlin
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Personal information
Born: (1985-11-21) November 21, 1985 (age 35)
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 a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:12
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

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

Early years

Hamlin attended Lamar High School.[1] He competed in football, baseball and basketball.[2] As a sophomore, he was a two-way player at wide receiver and safety, contributing to the team reaching the 2001 state championship game.

As a senior, he recorded 4 interceptions (led the team), 20 receptions for 290 yards, 4 touchdowns, 148 punt return yards, 179 kickoff return yards and threw 3 passes for 2 touchdowns, including one to his brother in the state title game.

Hamlin finished his high school career with 23 interceptions. He received twice All-State and Region Player of the Year honors. He was also a three-time All-Region selection. He contributed to the school winning Class A state titles in 2002 and 2003.

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

College career

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. His first start came against North Carolina State University, making 8 tackles.

As a sophomore, he started 10 games, collecting 64 tackles (5 for loss), 2 interceptions, 3 passes defended, one forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries. He had a 74-yard interception return in the season opener against Florida Atlantic University. He missed 3 games after breaking a bone in his left foot against Boston College.[3] He had 10 tackles against the University of South Carolina. He had 15 tackles in the 2006 Music City Bowl against the University of Kentucky.

As a junior, he missed the first half of spring practice, recovering from surgery to repair a stress fracture that he suffered during mat drills in his right foot.[4] He started all 13 games, registering 97 tackles (second on the team), 4 interceptions (led the team), 3 tackles for loss, 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. He made 14 tackles in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl against #21 ranked Auburn University, before leaving the game with an injury.

As a senior, he started 13 games at the "Cat' position (strong safety). He registered 110 tackles (second on the team), 6 interceptions (led the team), 111 interception return yards (fourth in school history), 16 passes defensed (led the team), one sack, 2 quarterback pressures, 3 tackles for loss 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), 14 interceptions (third in school history), 8 takeaways (second in school history), 22 passes defensed, one sack, 4 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries.[5]

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Hamlin was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round (166th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He suffered a broken right wrist in the third preseason game while playing on special teams. He was declared inactive for the first 9 games of the season, until being activated on November 22.[6] He appeared in 6 games, making one special teams tackle in the regular season and 3 in the playoffs.

In 2010, he appeared in the first 2 games before being waived on October 12, after the team decided to give more playing time to rookies Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and Danny McCray.[7]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On October 15, 2010, he was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad.[8] He was promoted to the active roster on December 7 and played in the last 4 games. He had 3 defensive tackles and one pass defensed. He was released on August 25, 2011.[9]

Indianapolis Colts

On August 29, 2011, he was signed by the Indianapolis Colts.[10] He was released on September 3.

Washington Redskins

On December 20, 2011, the Washington Redskins signed him to their practice squad.[11] He was waived on September 1, 2012.

Coaching career

In 2013, Hamlin was hired as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Clemson University, where he worked with the defensive backs. In 2015, he took a job coaching in the NFL as a special teams quality control coach with the Buffalo Bills.[12] The Bills did not retain Hamlin for the 2016 season.[13] In 2017, he was hired as a defensive backs coach at Wilson High School.[14]

Personal life

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]


  1. ^ a b "Oh, brother: Hamlins to face each other Saturday". Florence Morning News. September 18, 2008. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "CLEMSON FOOTBALL GAME PROGRAM FEATURE: MICHAEL HAMLIN". Clemson University. September 19, 2008. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "Clemson WR Stuckey breaks foot, will have surgery". Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  4. ^ "Hamlin Has Surgery". Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  5. ^ "Michael Hamlin NFL Draft profile". NFL.com. 2009.
  6. ^ "Michael Hamlin is forgotten man at safety". Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  7. ^ "Alan Ball misses practice". Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  8. ^ "Mike Hamlin signed to Jags practice squad". Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  9. ^ "Young Jaguars safeties fighting for backup spots". Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  10. ^ "Colts swap DBs by signing Hamlin, releasing Brown". Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  11. ^ "Redskins make roster moves; add TE Myers, DE Worthington". Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  12. ^ "Notes: Byron Maxwell one of few high-regarded prospects in Super Bowl". Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  13. ^ Rodak, Mike (January 20, 2016). "Kathryn Smith hired by Bills as NFL's first full-time female coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  14. ^ "Former Lamar, Clemson star Hamlin embraces assistant's role at Wilson". Florence Morning News. September 8, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2020.