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Justin Lawler



Defensive End
Sport Management


Justin Lawler graduated from SMU in May as a sport management major and sport performance leadership minor. This fall he began the masters in higher education program.


Lawler is a part of SMU football’s leadership committee. The group is tasked with developing ideas and heading up efforts for the team’s community engagement.


Lawler takes part in visits to the children’s hospital and participates in Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity. He also serves as a mystery reader at Children’s Health and participates in local elementary school events. Additional volunteer opportunities include retirement home visits, Dallas Police Department community events, SMU football clinics and working with the Adaptive Training Foundation.


As of nomination time, Lawler had played in 39 games as a Mustang, totaling 172 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. He was a 2016 first-team all-conference selection, is a member of the Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski watch lists and is a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team.