Marcus Hardison
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-02-14) February 14, 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth: Natchitoches, Louisiana
Career information
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 135
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Cincinnati Bengals ( 2015 2016)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A

Marcus Hardison (born February 14, 1992) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Arizona State and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Early yearsEdit

Hardison attended Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, Florida. He played quarterback early in his career before moving to defensive line.

College careerEdit

Hardison attended Dodge City Community College in 2011 and 2012.[1] During those two years, he had 96 tackles and seven sacks. In 2013, he transferred to Arizona State University.[2] In his first year at Arizona State he appeared in 13 of 14 games, recording five tackles and a sack.[3] As a senior in 2014, Hardison played in all 13 games, recording 53 tackles, a team-leading 10 sacks and one interception.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Hardison was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round, 135th overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft.[5] He made the Bengals final roster, but was inactive for every game in 2015 including the playoffs.

Hardison suffered a shoulder injury in the third preseason game and was out for the 2016 season.[6]

On September 2, 2017, Hardison was released by the Bengals.[7]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On September 20, 2017, Hardison was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad.[8] He was released on November 20, 2017.

New England PatriotsEdit

On December 2, 2017, Hardison was signed to the New England Patriots' practice squad.[9] He was released on December 19, 2017.[10]

Houston TexansEdit

On December 21, 2017, Hardison was signed to the Houston Texans' practice squad.[11] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Texans on January 1, 2018.[12]

On August 27, 2018, Hardison was waived by the Texans.[13]

Los Angeles ChargersEdit

On August 28, 2018, Hardison was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Chargers.[14] He was waived on September 1, 2018.[15]

Arizona HotshotsEdit

In late 2018, Hardison signed with the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football.[16] He was waived on March 25, 2019.


  1. Hardison's 'crazy journey' leads to success at ASU
  2. Marcus Hardison commits to ASU
  3. ASU football's Marcus Hardison adjusted to Pac-12 level
  4. ASU's Marcus Hardison motivated by All-Pac-12 snub
  5. "2015 NFL Draft: Bengals select Marcus Hardison DE, ASU". May 2, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  6. Howe, Connor (September 3, 2016). "Bengals Roster Moves: Cincinnati places DT Marcus Hardison on Injured Reserve". Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  7. Toback, Rebecca (September 2, 2017). "NFL roster cuts 2017: Cincinnati Bengals 53-man roster".
  8. "Jaguars Sign DL Marcus Hardison To Practice Squad, Release OL Jeremiah Poutasi". September 20, 2017.
  9. "Patriots Make A Series of Roster Transactions". December 2, 2017.
  10. "Patriots make practice squad changes". December 19, 2017.
  11. "TRANSACTIONS: Texans add two to practice squad". December 21, 2017.
  12. "Zach Conque, Dee Virgin among 10 signed to Texans reserve/futures contracts". January 1, 2018.
  13. Williams, Charean (August 27, 2018). "Texans waive Marcus Hardison to make room for Kayvon Webster". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  14. Henne, Ricky (August 28, 2018). "Bolts Add Former Texans DT Marcus Hardison".
  15. Henne, Ricky (September 1, 2018). "Chargers Cut Roster Down to 53".
  16. Martinez, Kaleb (October 30, 2018). "Another former ASU standout joins AAF's Arizona Hotshots". The State Press. Retrieved February 5, 2019.

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