Emmett Cleary
Cleary in 2016
No. 63, 77     
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-04-27) April 27, 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth: Tokyo, Japan
Career information
College: Boston College
Undrafted in 2013
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Indianapolis Colts ( 2013)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A

Emmett Cleary (born April 27, 1990) is a former American football offensive tackle of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Boston College, and signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions.

Early yearsEdit

Cleary was born in Tokyo, Japan, but moved to the United States where he first learned football. He graduated from St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, IL and was called "The Asian Sensation" by students.[1] He played as an offensive tackle and defensive end. As a senior he received honorable-mention All-State honors. He also was a two-time All-East Suburban Catholic Conference selection.

Cleary accepted a football scholarship from Boston College. He established himself as a starter at right tackle for the last 5 games of his sophomore season, after Rich Lapham was injured. He was moved to left tackle as a senior.

Professional careerEdit

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On April 30, 2013, Cleary was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts.[2] After competing for a roster spot during their training camp he was waived/injured (undisclosed) on September 5.[3]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On October 16, 2013, Cleary was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their practice squad.[4] He signed a reserve/future contract on January 6, 2014.[5] He was released on June 17.[6]

Oakland RaidersEdit

On June 18, 2014, he was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders.[7] He was released on August 24.[8]

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

On September 16, 2014, he was added to the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad.[9]

New York GiantsEdit

On January 13, 2015, Cleary signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Giants.[10] He was waived on September 5.[11] On September 6, he was signed to the Giants' practice squad.[12] On November 16, he was elevated to the active roster.[13] On September 6, 2016, he was waived/injured (finger).[14]

Dallas CowboysEdit

On September 28, 2016, Cleary was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to be the reserve swing tackle and replace an injured Chaz Green.[15] He played only on special teams until Week 16 against the Detroit Lions, where he replaced an injured Tyron Smith at left tackle in the third quarter. He started at left tackle in the final game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles in place of an injured Smith.[16]

In 2017, he was passed on the depth chart by Byron Bell during training camp and was waived on September 2.[17]

Detroit LionsEdit

On September 12, 2017, Cleary was signed by the Detroit Lions.[18]

Cleary announced his retirement from the NFL on April 10, 2018. [19] On May 13, 2018 he announced his plans to attend medical school in fall 2018 at USC.[20]


  1. "Giants sign OT Emmett Cleary; 5 things you need to know". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  2. Grecco, Matt (April 27, 2013). "2013 NFL Draft: Colts Undrafted Free Agents". Stampede Blue.
  3. Pearce, Matt (September 6, 2013). "NFL Weekly Transaction Tracker: September 6, 2013".
  4. Smith, Scott (October 16, 2013). "WR Dawson Promoted to Active Roster". Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  5. Smith, Scott (January 6, 2014). "Bucs Sign 12 to Reserve/Futures Contracts". Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  6. Philipse, Sander (June 17, 2014). "Bucs cut Emmet Cleary, Steven Jenkins". Bucs Nation.
  7. "Raiders Claim Emmett Cleary". Oakland Raiders. June 18, 2014.
  8. "Raiders Announce Transactions". Oakland Raiders. August 24, 2014.
  9. Marcum, Jason (September 16, 2014). "Bengals sign Kevin Brock; Place Alex Smith on IR; Emmett Cleary to Practice Squad". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  10. Salomone, Dan (January 13, 2015). "Giants sign OT Emmett Cleary; 5 things you need to know". New York Giants.
  11. Eisen, Michael (September 5, 2015). "New York Giants announce 53-man roster". Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  12. Eisen, Michael (September 6, 2015). "Giants sign six players to practice squad". Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  13. Eisen, Michael (November 16, 2015). "Prince aims for Washington return". Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  14. Eisen, Michael (September 3, 2016). "New York Giants announce 20 roster moves".
  15. Eatman, Nick. "Cowboys Place Rookie DE on Injured Reserve; Make Room To Sign OT Cleary". Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  16. Davidson, Drew (December 28, 2015). "Emmett Cleary excited for chance to start in Tyron Smith’s place". Star-Telegram.
  17. Phillips, Rob (September 2, 2017). "Cowboys Make 38 Moves, One Trade To Reach 53; Kellen Moore Released".
  18. "Lions sign P Jeff Locke and T Emmett Cleary". September 12, 2017.
  19. Alper, Josh (April 10, 2018). "Lions put Emmett Cleary on reserve/retired list".
  20. Smith, Michael David (May 13, 2018). "Emmett Cleary retired from the NFL to become a doctor".

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