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Lawrence Sidbury
No. 90     Atlanta Falcons
Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: February 6, 1986 (1986-02-06) (age 24)
Place of birth: Cheltenham, Maryland
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 266 lb (121 kg)
Career information
College: Richmond
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 125
Debuted in 2009 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2008 first-team All-CAA
  • 2007 first-team All-CAA
  • 2007 VaSID first-team All-State
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Tackles     5
Sacks     1.0
Interceptions     0
Stats at

Lawrence Sidbury, Jr. (born February 6, 1986) is an American football defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was drafted in the 4th round (125th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Falcons. He played college football at the University of Richmond.


Early years

Sidbury was born in Cheltenham, Maryland and attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland. While there, he was a three-year starter on the football team and served as a team captain for his final two seasons. As a senior in 2003, Sidbury earned All-State, honorable mention All-Met, All-County, and All-League honors. He earned a position on the Washington, D.C. Golden 11 Team and played in the Prince George's County All-Star Game.[1]

In high school he was an honor roll student in the science and vo-tech program. He also competed in track & field and finished second in the state in shot put.[1]

College career

Sidbury spent his true freshman year on redshirt status. In 2005, he played in 13 games including one start, and recorded 24 tackles including four for loss, and three sacks for 12 yards. Sidbury played as part of the Richmond defense which was ranked fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and 38th nationally, allowing a total of 339.3 yards per game. Richmond was ranked 22nd in the nation against the rush, allowing 120.1 yards per game on the ground.[1]

In 2006, Sidbury saw action in nine games. He recorded 17 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, and one sack. That year, the Richmond defense was ranked 21st in the nation against the run, allowing 115.9 rushing yards per game, and 26th in scoring defense, allowing 18.1 points per game.[1]

In 2007, Sidbury started in 13 games. He recorded 8.5 tackles for loss and five quarterback sacks. He helped the Spiders defense limit opponents to an average of 152.5 rushing yards per game. Sidbury was named a first-team All-CAA and Virginia College Sports Information Directors (VaSID) first-team All-State player.[1]

In 2008, he played as part of the Richmond team that won the Division I FCS National Championship. Sidbury saw action in all 16 games, and recorded 56 tackles, including 26 solo and 20 for a loss of 80 yards. He also accumulated 11.5 quarterback sacks for 61 yards. Sidbury broke up two passes, accounted for four quarterback hurries, forced three fumbles, and recovered one fumble.[2] He recorded four sacks in the FCS championship game.[3] Sidbury was awarded first-team All-CAA honors.[4] After the season, he participated in the 2009 Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game, and accounted himself well for NFL scouts.[3] He uses a technique which has been called the "Sidbury Spin" by his coaches.[citation needed]

The NFL Draft Scout ranked him as eighth of 197 defensive end prospects and projected him being selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Scouts at the NFL Combine were reportedly impressed by his 4.57-second 40-yard dash, large hands, and arm length.[3]


Pre-draft measureables

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-2⅜ * 266 lb * 4.64 * 1.53 * 2.63 ** 4.43 * 7.46 * 35 in. * 10'00" * 28 * 22 *

(* represents NFL Combine) [3][5]

Professional career

Atlanta Falcons

Sidbury was taken by the Atlanta Falcons in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft (125 overall). He become the second Spider to be taken by Atlanta, joining Ray Easterling in 1972[6].

Sidbury got his first career sack versus the Philadelphia Eagles by sacking Donavan McNabb. He finished the game with 3 tackles.

On December 27, Sidbury stripped the ball from Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills, and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown.

He finished the season with 5 tackles including a sack, 1 touchdown. He played in all 16 games.


  1. ^ a b c d e Player Bio: Lawrence Sidbury, Jr., Official Athletic Site of the Richmond Spiders, retrieved January 11, 2009.
  2. ^ 2008 Team Cumulative Statistics, Official Athletic Site of the Richmond Spiders, retrieved January 11, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d Lawrence Sidbury, Jr., Richmond, DE, NFL Draft Scout, retrieved March 30, 2009.
  4. ^ Richmond Puts 12 On CAA Football All-Conference Teams, Official Athletic Site of the Richmond Spiders, 24 November 2008, retrieved January 11, 2009.
  5. ^ Sidbury Combine Work out
  6. ^ from RichmondSidbury goes to Atlanta


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