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Lawrence Sidbury Jr. is a defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, who selected him with the 125th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Sidbury attended Richmond, where he was a two-time first team All-CAA selection. Sidbury is 6-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs 265 pounds.
As an all-state selection out of Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, MD, Sidbury received some attention from FBS programs. He made visits to Wake Forest and Navy, but did not receive scholarship offers and signed with Richmond.
Sidbury sat out 2004 as a redshirt and played sparingly as a reserve in 2005. After playing nine games as a reserve in 2006, Sidbury moved in to the starting lineup in 2007, earning first team All-CAA honors. He finished the season second on the team with 5.0 sacks and had 48 total tackles. An ankle injury forced him to miss most of Richmond's game against Wofford and all of the game against eventual FCS national champion Appalachian State. As a senior, Sidbury helped lead Richmond to the FCS national championship, finishing the season with 56 total tackles and 11.5 sacks. His 20.0 tackles for loss led the CAA, and he again earned first team All-CAA honors. His 11.5 sacks were tied with Arthur Moats of James Madison for the conference lead. He had a career-high four sacks in the national championship game against Montana. After the 2008 season, Sidbury was selected to participate in the East-West Shrine Game. After a strong showing in practice and the game, Sidbury was invited to parcipate in the Senior Bowl. He was the seventh Richmond player ever selected to participate in the game, and the first since Shawn Barber in 1998.
Sidbury was selected in the fourth round (125th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Before the 2009 season, Sidbury signed a contract with Atlanta. Terms were not disclosed.
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