Austen Lane
No. 92, 97     
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-11-09) November 9, 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth: Evanston, Illinois
Career information
College: Murray State
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 153
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2010 2012)
Career highlights and awards
* AP third-team All-America honors (2008)
  • AP first-team All-America honors (2009)
  • OVC Defensive Player of the Year (2009)
  • 2× First-team All-OVC honors (2008, 2009)
Total tackles     66
Sacks     3.0
Forced fumbles     1
Fumble recoveries     0
Stats at

Austen D. Lane (born November 9, 1987) is a former American football defensive end and current mixed martial artist. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Murray State. He has also been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, and Chicago Bears.

Early years

Lane grew up in Iola, Wisconsin.[1]

Lane made 14.5 sacks on defense and caught 31 passes for 717 yards and 13 touchdowns on offense his senior year at Iola-Scandinavia High School. He earned All-conference and All-region honors for defense and offense and was selected All-state as a defensive end and honorable mention All-state as a wide receiver. Additionally, he had five blocked punts, 77 solo tackles, 61 assisted tackles and four fumble recoveries his senior year. He also earned two letters as a member of the Thunderbirds' basketball team and was named Second-team All-conference in 2004-05.

College career

Lane started 40 of 43 games at Murray State of the Football Championship Subdivision. He holds school records with 29 sacks and 55 tackles for loss.[2] Following his senior year, he was named as a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top defensive player in FCS football. He was named as a FCS first team All-American by the Associated Press and was selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year.[3]

In 2009 Lane was second in the FCS with 11.0 sacks and third in the FCS with 19.5 tackles-for-loss after leading the OVC in sacks and TFL. He also ended the year with intercepting a pass and returning it 21 yards for a touchdown in a victory over Austin Peay. For the season in 11 games, he had 64 total tackles, 32 solo stops, 19.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 1 interception for 21 yards and 1 touchdown, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 8 quarterback hurries, 2 pass breakups.

The previous season he played in all 12 games and recorded 63 tackles, ranked second in the country with 22 tackles-for-loss and set MSU single-season record with 12 sacks. In 2007 Lane started 10 games at defensive end and led all defensive linemen with 48 stops, including 28 solo stops. In 2006 as a true freshman he played in 10 games, making 34 tackles, including 11 solo stops. He also had 3.5 tackles for a loss, finished with 2.5 sacks and had one pass break-up and blocked two kicks.

Professional career


Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 5¾ in 276 lb 4.58 s 1.51 s 2.61 s 4.07 s 6.70 s 35 in 9 ft 11 in 24 rep x

Following his senior season at Murray State, Lane was invited to participate in the 2010 Senior Bowl as a member of the North roster. He scored a touchdown off a fumble recovery in the second quarter and the North squad went on to win the game over the South 31-13.[5]

Lane was projected to be drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by[6]

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lane was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round (153rd overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was reunited with his college coach Matt Griffin, who had previously been hired by the Jaguars as an offensive assistant.[7] Lane was signed to a contract on July 14, 2010. The deal was for four-years and $1.974 million, including a $184,190 signing bonus.[8]

As a rookie, Lane started nine games for the Jaguars.

He was released on June 13, 2013. He wrote about the experience on Sports Illustrated's website.[9]

Kansas City Chiefs

He was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs on June 14, 2013.[9]

Detroit Lions

Lane was signed by the Detroit Lions on November 5, 2013,[10] but was cut on November 27.[11]

Chicago Bears

Lane was signed by the Chicago Bears on February 17, 2014,[12] but was released on August 30.[13] He re-signed in December 2014.


On August 3, 2015, Austen Lane announced his retirement.[14]

Mixed martial arts career

Austen Lane
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight240 lb (110 kg)
Fighting out ofJacksonville, Florida, United States
TeamBulldog Boxing
Years active2015–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By knockout1
Amateur career
By knockout5
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Amateur career

In November 2015, Lane made his amateur MMA debut, in which he defeated Micah Cross by knockout in the first round. Over the next year, Lane increased his amateur MMA record to 5 wins against no losses with all of his wins coming via knockout.

Professional career

Lane made his professional MMA debut in April 2017.[16] He won his debut via knockout in the first round. Over the following year and into 2018, Lane fought three more times and improved his professional MMA record to 4 wins against no losses with again all of his wins coming via knockout.

In April 2018, it was announced that Lane would face fellow former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series on June 12.[17] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[18]

Mixed martial arts professional record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 4–1 Greg Hardy KO (punches) Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series 02018-06-12 12, 2018 1 0:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Benjamin Rowland TKO (injury) Warfare MMA 18 02018-03-10 10, 2018 1 3:53 North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
Win 3–0 Justin Thornton TKO (punches) Battle at the Beach 3 02017-11-18 18, 2017 1 1:39 Jekyll Island, Georgia, United States
Win 2–0 Johnathan Miller KO (punch) Combat Night 72: Pro 2 02017-07-29 29, 2017 1 0:20 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 1–0 John Darling TKO (punches) Combat Night 72: Pro 2 02017-04-01 1, 2017 1 0:14 Sarasota, Florida, United States

Personal life

In 2011, Lane was featured on the cover of Eastbay, the popular sporting goods catalog.[19]

Lane gained notoriety in June 2012 after posting a fake workout routine on Twitter.[20]

Lane wrote some columns for Monday Morning Quarterback on the website of Sports Illustrated.[9][21]


  1. Austen Lane — the other guy in the Greg Hardy fight — is no joke - MMA Fighting Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 28, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  4. Bleacher
  6. "Austen Lane, DS #8 DE, Murray State". Retrieved April 17, 2010.
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2010.
  8. "Jaguars Sign Rookie Defensive End Austen Lane". July 14, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Lane, Austen (June 13, 2013). "What It’s Like to Get Whacked". Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  10. Birkett, Dave (November 5, 2013). "With Ziggy Ansah in a walking boot, Detroit Lions sign former Jaguars DE Austen Lane". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  11. Wilson, Aaron (November 27, 2013). "Lions cut Austen Lane, promote Rodney Austin". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  12. Campbell, Rich (February 17, 2014). "Bears sign former Jaguars DE Lane". Chicago Tribune.,0,4021840.story. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  13. Mayer, Larry (August 30, 2014). "Bears cut 17 to reach 53-man limit". Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  14. Austen Lane [@A_Train_92] (August 3, 2015). "Retirement".
  16. Reddick, Jay (July 20, 2017). "Former Jaguars lineman Austen Lane making waves in MMA". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  17. "Video: Are NFL vets Austen Lane, Greg Hardy UFC-ready? Sneak peek ahead of Contender Series clash".
  18. "Greg Hardy gets UFC deal after 57-second KO in pro MMA debut".
  21. Birkett, Dave (November 6, 2013). "Austen Lane spent two months on MMA, got into 'The Walking Dead' before Detroit Lions signed him". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 6, 2013.

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