Former Pirate Durant Signs With Detroit Lions

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          Release: 08/01/2011
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Former Hampton University linebacker Justin Durant signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Lions, the team announced on Friday.

Durant, who was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, spent the first four years of his career with that team. So far in his NFL career, Durant has 272 total tackles (230 solo, 42) assisted and 2.0 sacks.

He tallied a career-best 98 tackles (81 solo) for the Jaguars in 2009.

As a Pirate, Durant had 339 career tackles, second-most all-time behind Gareth Bonds (389, 1989-92). His 176 career solo tackles are the third-most in program history, and Durant recorded 124 total tackles in 2005, the fourth-highest single-season total in program history.

He also had 99 tackles in 2004, the ninth-highest single-season mark in Pirates history.

Durant was a three-time All-MEAC selection at linebacker (2004-06), and in 2006 he was named an All-Associated Press, Sports Network and SBN Black College All-American. Durant also played in the East-West Shine Game that year.

Durant is the second former Pirate to sign with the Lions this summer; former defensive back Ricardo Silva signed as an undrafted free agent on Thursday.

For the complete story, visit www.hamptonpirates.com

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