Lissemore has been a solid contributor for the Chargers since coming over from Dallas in a trade in September 2013. As a nose tackle in the team’s 3-4 defense, Lissemore is often tasked with occupying multiple blockers across the line of scrimmage, freeing up those around him to make game-changing plays.
A native of Dumont, New Jersey, Lissemore grew up a fan of the New York Giants. Lawrence Taylor was his favorite player and Lissemore wore Taylor’s No. 56 through junior high and high school. A state medalist as a 215-pound wrestler, Lissemore also was one of the area’s top throwers and sprinters, and he played saxophone in the school band. Lissemore could have attended college on a wrestling scholarship, but he decided to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL and attended William & Mary.
Lissemore still maintains close ties to his hometown. For the last several years, he’s returned home to host a free football camp for kids 6-and-older in Dumont. A number of athletes and coaches volunteer their time, including former Indianapolis Colts and Giants’ safety David Caldwell, who played with Lissemore at William & Mary.
There is a long history of military and civil service in Lissemore’s family. Both of his grandfathers served in the Army and fought in World War II. His maternal grandfather fought in France, while his paternal grandfather, who also served in the Korean War, fought in the Pacific theater. Lissemore coincidentally was born on Sept. 11 and his dad, William Lissemore, a telecommunications specialist, happened to be working in Manhattan on the day of the 9-11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Inspired, like many Americans were after that fateful day, the elder Lissemore offered his services to help the military set up their telecommunications at “Ground Zero,” and he later became a volunteer fireman with the Dumont Fire Department.
Besides serving his country, Lissemore’s grandfather on his mother’s side played semi-pro basketball in Pennsylvania.
In April 2015, Lissemore was invited to participate in the NFL’s Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at the San Francisco campus of the Wharton School from the University of Pennsylvania. A total of 32 current and former NFL players were invited to participate in the program, which covered topics including financing, operations and business development.
In July 2015, Lissemore tied the knot with the former Chelsea Niles, his longtime girlfriend from college. The couple wed on July 4 in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Lissemore’s hobbies include boating, fishing and drag racing. He grew up watching drag racing with his father at Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey. This April, Lissemore and Chelsea were invited to the 2016 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where they had an opportunity to spend some time in the racing pits and meet some of NHRA’s top drivers.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Seventh-round pick (234) by Dallas, April 24, 2010...signed July 20...traded to Chargers for 2015 conditional seventh-round pick, Sept. 1, 2013.
2015: Matched season high (Sept. 20 at Cincinnati) and led defensive line with four stops Nov. 9 vs. Chicago...left Kansas City game Nov. 22 with concussion...inactive Dec. 13 at Kansas City and Dec. 20 vs. Miami (shoulder)...placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Dec. 28.
2014: Eight-yard sack in 31-0 win over New York Jets Oct. 5...injured quad Nov. 2 at Miami...inactive Nov. 16 vs. Oakland...huge play to blow up 3rd-and-1 for no gain and cap off three-and-out on opening series of third quarter in Nov. 23 win over St. Louis...Chargers answered with touchdown on ensuing possession for 13-10 lead...fumble recovery in overtime led to game-winning field goal drive in Dec. 20 win at San Francisco.
2013: First-career touchdown after intercepting deflected pass in end zone Nov. 3 in Washington...sacks Oct. 6 in Oakland and Nov. 17 at Miami...inactive for both playoff games (shoulder).
2012: Season-high nine tackles at Seattle Sept. 16...first NFL start Sept. 23 vs. Tampa Bay...injured ankle Oct. 14 at Baltimore and inactive next six games...sack Dec. 16 vs. Pittsburgh.
2011: Returned kickoff 38 yards Oct. 2 vs. Detroit...first NFL sack Dec. 4 at Arizona and second Dec. 17 at Tampa Bay.
2010: NFL debut Oct. 31 vs. Jacksonville with three tackles and half-sack...injured ankle Nov. 7 at Green Bay...inactive next three games and placed on “Reserve-Injured” Dec. 4.
COLLEGE: All-America by College Sporting News and Sports Network, first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association and team captain as senior...played in 43 career games with 35 starts and collected 193 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 28 tackles for loss and three interceptions...redshirted in 2005...played at William & Mary from 2006-09...kinesiology major.
PERSONAL: All-league, All-North Jersey Group 2 and honorable mention all-county as senior at Dumont (N.J.) High School...invited to play in Governor’s Bowl and Bergen All-Star Game...all-league track performer in 100 and 200 meters and shot put...also all-league and state medalist as 215-pound wrestler...played saxophone in school’s jazz band.