Lamar Divens, formerly of Fayetteville, got a great Christmas present this year.
At 3 p.m. Christmas day, the defensive lineman got a call from the San Francisco 49’ers that they were in need of a lineman. He’s now on a team going to the 47th annual Super Bowl.
Earlier this year, he was signed by the Tennessee Titans but was released on the final day the organization had to have their 53-man roster turned in. Divens also spent time with Baltimore. It was there that the connection was made that got him with the 49’ers.
While with the Ravens in 2009, Linebacker Coach Vic Fangio took notice of Divens. In 2011, Fangio took the defensive coordinator job with San Francisco. When the opening came available this season, Divens got the call.
“It’s unbelievable,” Divens said. “To go from belonging to no team to being on a Super Bowl competing team is truly a blessing. I’d tried out a couple weeks earlier with the Colts and was waiting to hear from them. Christmas day I got the call from San Francisco.
“I’d met Coach Fangio with the Ravens, and he knew I was experienced with their system. I got the call and went out and started working with the team. I’m playing defensive end and nose guard.
“It was tough to leave my family but an opportunity like this doesn’t happen a lot,” he continued. “They’ll all be coming to New Orleans for the Super Bowl.
“Playing against the Ravens is something special,” Divens added. “I spent time with a lot of those guys. It’s also great to be a part of history with two brothers coaching against each other in the Super Bowl. I’m looking forward to an exciting game.”
Divens was on the 2003 Lincoln County High School’s Falcon team. He received “Mr. Football” lineman honors for Division 5A and was named first team All State.
He then went on to play for Vanderbilt and Tennessee State University.
In 2008, he signed with the San Diego Chargers as a free agent and later earned a spot with the Ravens.
He’s also spent time with the Buccaneers and Texans.
He and his wife, Cherie, and children, Isaiah and Amarri, live in Murfreesboro. His parents, Billy Ray and Sharon, live here in Fayetteville.