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Luke Lawton
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Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-08-26) August 26, 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth: New Iberia, Louisiana
Career information
College: McNeese State
Undrafted in 2004
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Buffalo Bills ( 2004)*
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-Southland Conference honors (2003-2004)
  • Second-team All-Southland Conference honors (2002)
  • Super Bowl champion (XLI)
Stats at NFL.com

Richard Luke Lawton (born August 26, 1980 in New Iberia, Louisiana) is a former American football fullback. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at McNeese State.

Lawton has also been a member of the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders.

Early yearsEdit

Lawton attended Saint Thomas More High School in Lafayette, Louisiana, and lettered in football and baseball. He earned All-District and All-Parish honors in both sports.

College yearsEdit

Lawton earned three-time All-Conference and two-time All-America honors at fullback from The Sporting News. Mel Kiper Jr. also listed Lawton as the top fullback prospect in the country in 2004 in all divisions. He finished his career at McNeese State with 1,114 rushing yards, 775 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns.

Professional careerEdit

Second stint with GiantsEdit

Lawton re-signed with the New York Giants in early 2005. He suffered a broken nose during training camp on August 22, 2005 and underwent surgery on August 24. He was waived on August 29.

New York JetsEdit

Lawton was signed to the New York Jets' practice squad on September 5, 2005. He was promoted to the active roster on November 18. He played in his first NFL game on November 20. He was waived on December 13, and re-signed to the practice squad on December 15. He was signed to a one-year contract worth $310,000 on January 4, 2006. He was released on July 27.

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Lawton was signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad on November 29, 2006. He remained on the practice squad for the rest of the 2006 season, and was re-signed on February 14, 2007. Lawton debuted for the Colts in the season-opener in 2007, but was released on October 29 and re-signed again on October 31. He was released again later in the season and was re-signed again on November 28. He caught his first touchdown pass from Peyton Manning in the fourth quarter of the second meeting between the Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars in week thirteen. The touchdown was the game winner, and clinched the AFC South division for Indianapolis.

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Lawton was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on June 6, 2008 in exchange for a conditional draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He was released on August 23, and the Eagles did not have to give up a draft pick to the Colts due to his release from the team.

Oakland RaidersEdit

Lawton was claimed off waivers from the Eagles by the Oakland Raiders on August 26, 2008. He was waived on August 30, and re-signed on September 3. Lawton was suspended for four games by the NFL on December 24, 2009, for violation of the league's ban on performance-enhancing substances.[1] He was suspended for the last two games of the 2009 season and the first two games of the 2010 season. On September 21, 2010, however, as soon as the suspension was lifted, the Raiders released him.

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