NEW YORK – Former University of Richmond Spider football standout Paris Lenon will play for football’s biggest prize on Sunday with the Denver Broncos – a Super Bowl championship.
When Lenon suits up for the Broncos this weekend, he will become the sixth former Spider to be on a roster of a Super Bowl team, joining Mike Bragg (1972 Redskins), Reggie Evans (1983 Redskins), Brendan Toibin (1987 Redskins), Tim Hightower (2008 Cardinals) and Martin Parker (2011 Giants).
From the moment he stepped on campus, Lenon was a big part of the Richmond defense at linebacker, seeing action in 11 games his freshman season. After totaling 104 tackles during his sophomore campaign, Lenon earned First-Team All-Atlantic 10 honors with 95 tackles and four sacks.
A captain his senior season, Lenon earned Second-Team All-Atlantic Team accolades after totaling 94 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and an interceptions. For his career, Lenon had 320 tackles, 12.0 sacks and 21.0 tackles for loss.
Lenon helped the Spiders rebound from just two wins in his freshman year to an Atlantic 10 Championship his junior season. Richmond finished 1998 with a record of 9-3, earning a final national ranking of No. 5.
After graduating, Lenon’s football journey would take him to NFL Europe, the XFL and finally the NFL. In 12 years in the NFL, Lenon has played for Green Bay Packers, the Detroit Lions, the St. Louis Rams, the Arizona Cardinals and finally the Denver Broncos.
For his career, Lenon has appeared in 189 games, earning 128 starts – including the last six games this season for the Broncos. The former Spider has totaled 593 tackles, 12.0 sacks and seven forced fumbles over his NFL career.
Lenon won’t be the only player with Richmond connections playing on Sunday. Richmond native and former Collegiate High School standout Russell Wilson will start at quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson’s brother, Harry, was a two-sport student-athlete at the University of Richmond, playing on both the football and baseball teams.