Sean Lissemore
No. 95     Dallas Cowboys
Nose Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-09-11) September 11, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth: Teaneck, New Jersey
High School: Dumont (NJ)
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 303 lb (137 kg)
Career information
College: William & Mary
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 234
Debuted in 2010 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2009 All-CAA First-Team
  • All-America (College Sporting News)
  • All-America (Sports Network)
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles     66
Sacks     3.5
Stats at

Sean Lissemore (born September 11, 1987) is an American football defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cowboys in the 7th round (234th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at William & Mary.

Early yearsEdit

Lissemore grew up in Dumont, New Jersey,[2] attending Dumont High School, where he was a three year starter, both at offensive guard, defensive end and linebacker. As a senior, he handled kickoff duties, recorded 120 total tackles, nine sacks and one interception in his senior season. For his performance, he was selected to the First-team All-league as a linebacker and All-North Jersey Group 2, was invited to the Governor's Bowl and Bergen All-Star game and earned honorable mention all-county honors.

While at Dumont, Lissemore was also a four-year letterman and an all-league performer in track and field in the 100 and 200 metres.[3][4] He also competed in shot put.[3] He was also a three-year letter winner in wrestling,[3] where he was an All-league performer and state medalist in the 215 pound weight class.

Outside of athletics, Lissemore was also a member of Captains for Tomorrows Children and the school's jazz band where he played the saxophone.

College careerEdit

Lissmore attended the College of William & Mary and majored in kinesiology. As a true freshman, served as scout team defensive lineman. In 2006, as a freshman, he recorded 33 tackles, 2.5 for a loss and one sack. In 2006, as a sophomore, he suffered a torn shoulder labrum and started 10-of-11 games at defensive tackle, recording 43 tackles, two sacks, and four tackles-for-losses and one interception.[4][5] As a junior in 2008, Lissmore started all 11 games and recorded 51 tackles, 7.5 for losses and four sacks. On the season, he was the W&M QB Club Defensive Player of the Week twice (Towson/Richmond) and Special Teams Player of the Week once (New Hampshire). In 2009 as a senior, he served as a team captain, earned All-America honors from College Sporting News and Sports Network while also being selected to the All-CAA First Team. For the season, he recored 66 tackles, 14 for losses, two interceptions all while starting 14 games. Also as a senior, he played in Texas at the Nation All-Star Game.

Professional careerEdit

At his Pro Day Lissemore recorded 36 reps 225 pounds[5] he also ran a 4.83 second 40-yard dash and record a 30" vertical jump.[6] In April, before the draft, he was invited to a private workout with the New York Giants.[7] He was selected in the seventh round (234th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

As a rookie, Lissemore appeared in two games, making his NFL debut in week eight against the Jacksonville Jaguars where he recorded three tackles and half of a sack.


  1. "Last Cowboys pick in 2010 NFL Draft". 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2010-04-24.
  2. Staff. "Three North Jersey natives caught in the NFL draft", The Record (Bergen County), April 24, 2010. Accessed February 28, 2011. "Bergen Catholic graduate and Stanford tight end Jim Dray of Paramus was picked by the Cardinals in the seventh round (233rd overall), one pick before the Cowboys took Dumont’s Sean Lissemore, a defensive tackle from William & Mary."
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Archer, Todd. "Track, wrestling helped Sean Lissemore on football field". Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "2010 Scouting Report: Sean Lissemore, DT, William & Mary". Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Moore, David. "Cowboys take DT Sean Lissemore in seventh round". Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  6. Blake, Anthony. "Under the Radar: Sean Lissemore". Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  7. Valentine, Ed. "Daily NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Sean Lissemore, DT, William & Mary". Retrieved February 11, 2011.

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