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Former Alabama OL Ross Pierschbacher re-signs with Lions

Jonah Williams and Ross Pierschbacher in offensive stance
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One of the smartest offensive linemen in the Nick Saban era at Alabama has re-signed with an NFL team.

Ross Pierschbacher, a native of Cedar Falls, Iowa., re-signed to the Detroit Lions. He arrived in the Crimson Tide’s 2014 recruiting class as a four-star. He excelled as an guard and center for Alabama from 2014 to 2018, assisting the program to two College Football Playoff National Championships (2015, 2017) and four Southeastern Conference Championships (2014-16, 2018). Pierschbacher blocked for three 1,000+ yard rushing seasons, including a 2,000-yard campaign for Derrick Henry (2,219) in 2015 as he won the Heisman Memorial Trophy. Pierschbacher also protected Jacob Coker (3,110, in 2015) and Tua Tagovailoa (3,966, in 2018) to 3,000+ yard passing seasons. He twice earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2017 and 2018.

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Pierschbacher got selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins/Football Team (now Comanders). He has stopped in Washington, Philadelphia, and New York, but he feels at home with Detroit.

Pierschbacher helped the Lions to a winning season (9-8) in 2022.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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