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Encyclopedia > Cleo Lemon
Cleo Lemon
Miami DolphinsNo. 17
Quarterback
Date of Birth: August 16, 1979 (1979-08-16) (age 28)
Place of Birth: Greenwood, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
National Football League Debut
2006 for the Miami Dolphins
Career Highlights and Awards
  • No notable achievements
Career History
College: Arkansas State
Undrafted in 2001
 Teams:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Stats at NFL.com

Cleo Lemon (born August 16, 1979 in Greenwood, Mississippi) is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football at Arkansas State. City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players uniform. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Greenwood is situated in Leflore County, Mississippi at the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta, approximately 96 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, and 130 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... Arkansas State University student union, Jonesboro, AR. Arkansas State University (A-State) is a public university and is the flagship campus of the Arkansas State University System, the states second largest college system. ... An undrafted sportsperson or undrafted free agent is specific type of sportsperson who plays, or attempts to play, in a professional sports league. ... The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football League. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot The Ravens: Edgar, Allan, & Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore... Chargers redirects here. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Greenwood is situated in Leflore County, Mississippi at the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta, approximately 96 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, and 130 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... NFL redirects here. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot The Ravens: Edgar, Allan, & Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore... The term undrafted free agent is the common name for a football player who is eligible for the NFL Draft, but is not selected. ... A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ... Arkansas State University student union, Jonesboro, AR. Arkansas State University (A-State) is a public university and is the flagship campus of the Arkansas State University System, the states second largest college system. ...

Contents

High school career

Lemon lettered in both football and basketball at Greenwood High School in Greenwood, Mississippi. This article is about the sport. ... Greenwood High School can refer to many educational institutions in the United States: Greenwood High School in Greenwood, Indiana Greenwood High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky Greenwood High School in Greenwood, Mississippi Greenwood High School in Millerstown, Pennsylvania Greenwood High School in Greenwood, South Carolina Greenwood High School in Midland...


College career

Lemon was a four-year letterman (1997-2000) at Arkansas State, where he played in 42 games during his career. In his four seasons, Lemon completed 551 of 1,128 passes for 7,706 yards with 48 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. He is the school's all-time leader for pass attempts, completions, passing yards and touchdown passes. He had his most productive season as a sophomore in 1998 when he completed 183 of 387 passes for 2,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was the only quarterback in school history to pass for over 400 yards in a game (403) until the record was broken by Nick Noce, who passed for 418 yards against Memphis on September 18, 2004. Lemon also passed for a school record 49 touchdowns during his career and holds the Arkansas State record for most passes completed (551). As of 2007, Lemon held a total of 16 records at Arkansas State. A letterman, in U.S. sports, is a high school or college athlete who has met a specified level of participation on a varsity athletic team. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The University of Memphis is a public American research university located in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, and is the flagship public research university of the Tennessee Board of Regents system. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


NFL career

2002

Despite finishing his collegiate career in 2000, Lemon was not signed by an NFL team until the Baltimore Ravens picked him up on January 10, 2002. He was released prior to the regular season. is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


2003

Lemon was signed by the San Diego Chargers on April 4, 2003. He was waived prior to the start of the season, then re-signed to the Chargers' practice squad where he spent the entire 2003 season. is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


2004

Lemon was re-signed by the Chargers on January 12, 2004. In preseason, Lemon completed 17 of 27 passes (63.0%) for 178 yards one interception. After a contract holdout by Philip Rivers forced the first-round pick to miss most of training camp, Lemon was able to make the team as the No. 3 quarterback behind Drew Brees and Doug Flutie. He was inactive for all 16 regular season games and Wild Card playoff contest. is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Philip Rivers (born December 8, 1981 in Decatur, Alabama) is an American football player who plays quarterback for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ... Drew Christopher Brees (born January 15, 1979 in Austin, Texas) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. The San Diego Chargers originally selected him as the first pick of the 2001 NFL Drafts second round. ... Douglas Richard Doug Flutie (born October 23, 1962) is a retired American football and Canadian football quarterback. ...


2005

In the 2005 preseason with San Diego, Lemon completed 34 of 49 passes (69.4%) for 369 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 111.7. He served as the team's third-string quarterback until October 18, 2005, when he was traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for quarterback A.J. Feeley and a sixth-round draft choice in 2006. He was inactive as the third quarterback for all 11 games with the Dolphins. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Passer rating is a measure of the performance of quarterbacks or any other passers in American football and Canadian football. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Adam Joshua Feeley (born May 16, 1977 in Caldwell, Idaho) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


2006

In the 2006 preseason, Lemon was 42-59 for 450 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a rating of 104.5. In his start on August 31 against the St. Louis Rams, he was 21-27 for 271 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a rating of 120.8. Lemon served as the third-string quarterback for the first four games of 2006, and became the primary backup after Daunte Culpepper became inactive starting Week 5. is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... City St. ... Daunte Culpepper (born January 28, 1977 in Ocala, Florida) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. ...


On December 17 in a game against the Buffalo Bills, Lemon replaced starter Joey Harrington and threw for 98 yards on 9 of 16 passing with no touchdowns and no interceptions. While Harrington started the following week, Lemon replaced him at halftime eight days later on Monday Night Football versus the New York Jets. He finished the game 11 of 16 passing for 104 yards (68.8%) and one touchdown, earning a 107.3 passer rating. However, he could not lead the Dolphins to victory as the Jets won on a last-minute field goal. December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ... John Joseph Joey Harrington Jr (born October 21, 1978 in Portland, Oregon) is an American football quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. ... MNF redirects here. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American...


After a career as a backup, Lemon started the first regular season game of his career in the season finale against the Indianapolis Colts on December 31. Lemon played fairly well against the eventual Super Bowl champions, completing 18 of 36 passes for 210 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also led the team to 10 fourth-quarter points as the Dolphins fell just short, losing 27-22. City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames The Horseshoes Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...


2007

Lemon, who was a restricted free agent in the 2007 offseason, was tendered a one-year, $1.3 million contract by the Dolphins on March 3. He signed the tender on May 29. New head coach Cam Cameron was offensive coordinator for the Chargers during Lemon's entire tenure there. In North American sports, a free agent is a player whose contract with a team has run out and is now free to sign with another team. ... is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Malcolm Cam Cameron (born February 6, 1961 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina) is currently head coach of the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. ...


With Joey Harrington moving on to the Atlanta Falcons, Lemon became backup to the newly acquired Trent Green. With an injury to Green in Week 5, Lemon was named the starter for the Dolphin's away game against Cleveland. After shaking off some early rust, Lemon led the Dolphins to near victory against the Browns with several successful drives (including a drive where the Dolphins lost 20 yards on penalties that was capped with a 4th and 1 touchdown). Showing amazing determination, Lemon brought victory within their grasp, with his two touchdown rushes, two touchdown passes, and an impressive 107.3 QB rating, but the Dolphins defense couldn't stop the Browns. His next start was in Miami's 49-28 loss to New England, going 24 for 37, with 1 rushing touchdown and 236 passing yards. He was replaced rookie quarterback John Beck for the team's Week 11 game on November 18. John Joseph Joey Harrington Jr (born October 21, 1978 in Portland, Oregon) is an American football quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... Trent Jason Green (born July 9, 1970 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins[1] of the National Football League. ... Browns redirects here. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... For others of the same name, see John Beck. ...


Career transactions

  • Signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent on January 10, 2002.
  • Waived by the Ravens on August 26, 2002.
  • Signed by the Chargers on April 4, 2003.
  • Waived by the Chargers on August 31, 2003.
  • Signed to the Chargers' practice squad on September 2, 2003.
  • Re-signed by the Chargers on January 12, 2004.
  • Traded to the Dolphins in exchange for A.J. Feeley and a 2006 sixth-round draft choice on October 18, 2005.
  • Signed one-year tender from Dolphins as restricted free agent on May 29, 2007.

External links

  • Miami Dolphins Bio
Preceded by
Joey Harrington
Miami Dolphins Starting Quarterbacks
2006
Succeeded by
Trent Green
Preceded by
Trent Green
Miami Dolphins Starting Quarterbacks
2007
Succeeded by
John Beck

 
 

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