Leon Lett Finished UNLV Degree

February 5, 2012 by staff 

Leon Lett Finished UNLV Degree, Leon Lett
Football, 1986-1988

Leon Lett, a Fairhope, Ala. native, was a gridiron star at many levels as a defensive lineman, but got his collegiate start at Hinds Community College in 1986.

After standout seasons at Hinds, Lett went on to play at Emporia State University in Kansas, where he helped lead the Hornets to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championship game as a junior. He was named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American in 1989.

Lett was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1991 National Football League (NFL) draft and embarked on a stellar 10-year career at the highest level. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1994 and 1998 and was voted MVP of the 1995 NFC title game. Lett won three Super Bowl titles with the Cowboys in 1993, 1994 and 1996.

Lett finished his career in 2001 with the Denver Broncos and had a career line of 22.5 sacks, 229 tackles and seven fumble recoveries. He was named to the list of Top 50 Dallas Cowboys of All-Time in 2009 for his accomplishments on the field.

Lett, who was known as “The Big Cat,” retired after more than a decade in the league and briefly spent time in the residential construction business. He moved on to finish his schooling at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2009, earning a bachelor’s degree in university studies with an emphasis in sociology and history.

During his time at UNLV, Lett entered the coaching ranks, serving as a volunteer assistant during the 2009 season. He recently left the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where he was the defensive tackles coach. He is now fellowship coach with the Dallas Cowboys. He is an ambassador for Rainbow Dreams, a Las Vegas Freedom School.
Lett has a daughter, Leondra.

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