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Former Alabama OT Alex Leatherwood signs with AFC West team in the NFL

Alex Leatherwood in his stance for Alabama versus Ohio State in CFP title game
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A former University of Alabama offensive tackle finds himself a new opportunity in the National Football League.

Alex Leatherwood looks to show he was not a bust of a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. 

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According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the former Unanimous All-American, two-time first-team All-SEC, Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner, Outland Trophy winner, and two-time College Football Playoff National Champion (2017, 2020) has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers. Leatherwood played with the Las Vegas Raiders (2021-22), Chicago Bears (2022-23), and had a practice squad stint with the Cleveland Browns in 2023 before this chance with the Chargers.

Leatherwood came to Alabama as a five-star from Florida in the 2017 recruiting class. He started his career getting action at right guard and left tackle in his career, helping the Crimson Tide’s offensive line capture the Joe Moore Award in 2020. 

Leatherwood assisted the 2017 class to be the most accomplished of the Nick Saban era.

He now looks to perform well with the Chargers.

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Stephen M. Smith is the senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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 15 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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