Adrian Hamilton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Adrian Hamilton
refer to caption
Hamilton on the sidelines during Super Bowl XLVII.
No. 54
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1987-11-29) November 29, 1987 (age 33)
Dallas, Texas
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Dallas Carter (Dallas, Texas)
College:Prairie View A&M
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:2
Forced fumbles:0
Player stats at
Career Arena statistics
Pass breakups:4
Player stats at PFR
Player stats at

Adrian Charles Hamilton (born November 29, 1987) is a former American football outside linebacker in the National Football League for the Baltimore Ravens. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He also was a member of the Portland Thunder in the Arena Football League. He played college football at Prairie View A&M University.

Early years[edit]

Hamilton attended David W. Carter High School, where he played both at linebacker and defensive end.[1][2]

In his last 2 years, he totaled 155 tackles, 12 sacks, 29 quarterback hurries, 9 forced fumbles and one fumble returned for a touchdown.

College career[edit]

Hamilton accepted a football scholarship from Oklahoma State University in 2006. As a freshman, he was suspended after failing to meet the NCAA academic requirements. The school also asked him to pay for his own tuition and "greyshirt" while sitting out the first semester, which he couldn't do.[3]

In 2007, he walked on at Texas Tech University. As a sophomore, he played sparingly as a backup in 6 games, recording 4 tackles (one for loss).[4] On November 17, in the season finale against No. 3 ranked Oklahoma, he tallied 2 tackles as Texas Tech won 34-27.[5]

In August 2008, he was dismissed from the team by head coach Mike Leach for a team rules violation. In 2008, he enrolled at Dallas County Community College to improve his academic grades, although he didn't play football.[6][7]

In 2010, he transferred to Football Championship Subdivision Prairie View A&M. As a junior, he was a backup defensive end behind Quinton Spears and Jarvis Wilson. He registered 27 tackles (8 for loss), 5½ sacks, eight tackles for loss and one blocked punt (returned for a touchdown).[8][4]

As a senior in 2011, he started 9 out of 11 games. Hamilton broke the FCS single season sack record held by former Indianapolis Colts Robert Mathis with 22, while leading the team with 81 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 5 quarterback hurries and 6 forced fumbles.[4] On December 6, he was announced as the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) co-Defensive Player of the Year along with Grambling State linebacker Cliff Exama.[9] He also was named to the All-SWAC defensive first team.[10] The Football Championship Subdivision also recognized Hamilton as Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Hamilton was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2012 NFL Draft on April 29.[11][12] He was limited with knee and wrist injuries during training camp. On August 25, in a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams, Hamilton had a sack on Kellen Clemens. On August 30, Hamilton was released.[13][14]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

On September 2, 2012, Hamilton signed with Baltimore Ravens to join the Practice squad.[15][16] On December 22, 2012, Hamilton was promoted to the active roster after the team placed Jameel McClain on Injured Reserve.[17] Hamilton played in the final two regular season games of the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII championship season and made one tackle. He was declared inactive for the postseason.

On August 25, 2013, he was placed on the injured reserve list.[18] On June 17, 2014, he was waived.[19][20]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

On July 22, 2014, Hamilton signed with San Diego Chargers.[21] The Chargers released Hamilton on August 25.[22]

Calgary Stampeders (CFL)[edit]

On March 18, 2015, he was signed by the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.[23] He was released on June 14.[24]

Portland Thunder (AFL)[edit]

On July 8, 2015, he signed with the Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League. He appeared in the last 5 games, making 12 tackles (2 for loss), 3 pass break ups, and one sack. He was placed on the Other League Exemption list, to allow him to sign a contract with the Ottawa RedBlacks of the Canadian Football League.

Ottawa RedBlacks (CFL)[edit]

On September 8, 2015, he was signed to the practice roster of the Ottawa RedBlacks in the Canadian Football League.[25] He was released on October 18.[26]

Texas Revolution (CIF)[edit]

In 2017, he was signed by the Texas Revolution of the Champions Indoor Football. He was released on May 31.


  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "Adrian Hamilton profile". Fox Sports.
  3. ^ "Ravens rookie linebacker Adrian Hamilton: 'I'm hungry to get to the quarterback'". Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Adrian Hamilton Scouting report". Archived from the original on July 20, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "(3) Oklahoma 27, Texas Tech 34 Box Score". Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "DE dismissed from team". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. August 14, 2008.
  7. ^ "Trying to beat the odds — again". Archived from the original on May 22, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "Prairie View DE Hamilton taking control of spotlight". Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  9. ^ "2011 All-SWAC Football Teams Announced". December 6, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  10. ^ "Lum, Hamilton Lead 2011 CSJ All-America Team". Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  11. ^ "Undrafted free-agent deals for all 32 NFL teams". Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  12. ^ "Cowboys announce undrafted rookie free agents". Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  13. ^ "Source: Cowboys release OLB Adrian Hamilton". August 30, 2020. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  14. ^ "Cowboys Announce Release Of 23 Players, Roster Trimmed To 53". August 31, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  15. ^ "Ravens Add Pass Rusher To Practice Squad". Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  16. ^ "Cut By Cowboys, LB Hamilton Joins Ravens Practice Squad". September 3, 2012.
  17. ^ "Ravens put McClain on IR, elevate Hamilton". December 22, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  18. ^ "Ravens Place OLB Adrian Hamilton On Injured Reserve". Archived from the original on August 27, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  19. ^ "Ravens Waive WR Aaron Mellette, OLB Adrian Hamilton". Archived from the original on June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
  20. ^ "Ravens cut Aaron Mellette, Adrian Hamilton". June 17, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  21. ^ "Linebacker Adrian Hamilton Joins Bolts". Archived from the original on July 25, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  22. ^ "Chargers Trim Roster; Waive 11 Players". Archived from the original on August 27, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  23. ^ "Stamps Add Seven Players". Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  24. ^ "Stampeders Roster Moves". Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  25. ^ "RedBlacks Make Flurry of Roster Moves". Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  26. ^ "Transactions: October 18, 2015". Retrieved July 15, 2020.

External links[edit]