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AJ Lattimer
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AJ Lattimer, American Football Player
No. 20 – Orange County Otters
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (2005-02-14)February 14, 2005 (aged 42)
Newark, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school:Central High School
College:The University of Iowa
ISFL Draft:2030 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
DSFL Draft:2029 / Round: 8 / Pick: 45
Career history
Portland Pythons
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowl (DSFL) - S14; Ultimini Champion - S14; Pro Bowl - S18; Ultimus Champion - S17, S18;

AJ Michael Lattimer (born January 14, 2005) is an American football corner back for the Orange County Otters of the National Simulation Football League (NSFL). He played college football for The University of Iowa (Iowa).

Early years

AJ Lattimer was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 14, 2005. He is the oldest son of Aaron and Michelle Lattimer. AJ has two siblings, a younger brother (Adam) and an older sister (Michaela).

As devout Catholics, the Lattimer family could be found at St. John's Roman Catholic Church every Sunday. AJ is baptised and credits many of his acheivements to his faith and love of God.

AJ attended Central High School in Newark, NJ, where he was an All-State discus thrower on the track team and Defensive Captain of the football team as a defensive lineman. Although he broke various school records, Lattimer was lightly recruited and only earned a 2-star rating from Rivals. After being passed over by many schools, Lattimer finally accepted a scholarship to the University of Iowa following his senior season. Iowa was the only school from a 'Power 5' conference to offer Lattimer a scholarship.

College career

As a freshman at the University of Iowa in 2026, Lattimer didn't see the field often, only making 9 tackles with 1 tackle for a loss. In his limited opportunities, AJ impressed coaches with his play.

Lattimer took on a bigger role as a sophomore, contributing 32 tackles, 5 sacks, and a forced fumble while splitting snaps as a rotational player. AJ was an important factor in what was an outlier year for Iowa, in which they went 11-2. Lattimer's only forced fumble came during the 4th quarter of the Rose Bowl after a critical sack in the opponent's territory. Iowa would recover in field goal range, only to miss a kick in the final seconds of play, causing them to lose 23-21.

During his junior campaign, Lattimer became a full-time starter, playing the best football in his career. AJ racked up 69 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. He led the team in sacks and earned 2nd-team All-Big Ten honors while also being a semi-finalist for the Bronko Nagurski award. After winning the Outback Bowl against Mississippi State, Lattimer officially declared for the DSFL draft.

College career statistics

Team Position Tackles Tackles for Loss Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Interceptions Pass Deflections
Iowa Hawkeyes DT 110 25 13.5 4 2 0 8

Professional career

AJ Lattimer was selected with the 45th pick in the 8th round of the Season 14 DSFL draft by the Portland Pythons. As a starter at DT, he underwhelmed with his stats but was a part of a historically good defense. The Pythons would finish the season with a 10-4 record, the second best record of the regular season. In the playoffs, Lattimer and the Pythons won the rest of their games en route to the S14 Ultimini Championship, in which they beat the Tijuana Luchadores by a score of 34-20. After the season concluded, Lattimer was honored as a starter in the DSFL Pro Bowl.

The next year, Lattimer was selected with the 8th pick in the 1st round of the Season 15 NSFL draft by the Orange County Otters. He did only slightly better statistically than he did in the DSFL, but still disappointed in some respects. He played next to star defensive linemen in a talented defense, which could explain his performance. The team would finish second in the NSFC at 8-6, which was enough to get them to the playoffs, where the Otters lost in the NSFC Championship.

In season 16, Lattimer stepped up his game and had a solid year, improving in tackles, tackles for a loss, and sacks. Interestingly, he also earned an unusual NSFL record, as he returned an onside kick for 3 yards - the longest kick return by a DT in NSFL history as well as the most career kick return yards by a DT. He contributed to the Otters' ASFC best record of 10-3 and a first round bye following the expansion draft at the start of the season. However, in a heartbreaking defeat, the Otters would lose handily to the future Ultimus Champion Arizona Outlaws in the ASFC Championship.

Season 17 was the downfall of AJ Lattimer as a defensive tackle as he saw a massive dip in his statistical output. During the season, it was common to see Lattimer disappear from the stat sheet, as he only surmounted 11 tackles on the entire year. He also saw a decline in tackles for loss and sacks with only one each, but he did record his first career forced safety. The Otters would secure a wild card spot with a 7-6 record, and it seems that Lattimer was saving his best play for the playoffs. He was able to notch 5 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, and 2 sacks in an improbable run all the way through to the Ultimus, where the Otters would win their 6th championship, this time over the Baltimore Hawks.

Shockingly, Lattimer blindsided the league by switching positions from defensive tackle to corner back. The decision paid dividends for Lattimer and the Otters as he would go on to have an excellent season in the defensive backfield. He went on to be one of the best defensive backs throughout season 18, leading cornerbacks in pass deflections and finishing near the top of the other statistical categories - earning him his first selection to the Pro Bowl. In just one season he would have more tackles than he did in the rest of his career combined. After earning the second best record of the league and a first round bye in the playoffs, the Otters defeated the Arizona Outlaws in the ASFC championship and would move on to win their second straight Ultimus, this time over the Yellowknife Wraiths.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
307 lb
(139 kg)
4.52 s 4.68 s 7.92 s 24.3 in
(0.62 m)
107 ft 4 in
(32.72 m)
43 reps 20

Professional career statistics

DSFL

Career statistics Tackles Coverage Safeties Touchdowns Blocks
Season Team Games Tck TFL FF/FR Sck Int PD Sfty TD Blk P/XP/FG
2029 Pythons 14 22 1 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0/0

NSFL

Career statistics Tackles Coverage Safeties Touchdowns Blocks Kick Returns Punt Returns
Season Team Games Tck TFL FF/FR Sck Int PD Sfty TD Blk P/XP/FG KR KR Yds KR Avg KR Lg KR TD PR PR Yds PR Avg PR Lg PR TD
2030 Otters 14 24 5 0/0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2031 Otters 13 33 7 0/0 4 0 0 0 0 0/0/0 1 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
2032 Otters 13 11 1 0/0 1 0 0 1 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2033 Otters 13 64 1 1/1 0 4 21 0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2034 Otters 13 54 0 0/0 0 3 15 0 0 0/0/0 28 766 27.4 95 1 24 245 10.2 26 0
2035 Otters 13 72 0 0/0 0 3 15 0 1 0/0/0 27 763 28.3 102 1 0 0 0 0 0
2036 Otters 13 53 0 0/0 0 2 16 0 0 0/0/0 29 914 31.5 92 1 0 0 0 0 0

Professional career playoff statistics

Year Team Position Tackles Tackles for Loss Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Safeties Interceptions Pass Deflections
2029 Portland Pythons (DSFL) DT 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2030 Orange County Otters DT 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2031 Orange County Otters DT 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2032 Orange County Otters DT 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
2033 Orange County Otters CB 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
NSFL CAREER TOTALS Orange County Otters DT 22 3 2 0 0 0 0 2

Achievements and records

- S14 Ultimini Champion (Portland Pythons)

- S14 DSFL Pro Bowl

- NSFL Record: Most Career Kick Return Yards by a DT

- S17, S18 Ultimus Champion (Orange County Otters)

- S18 NSFL Pro Bowl