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Lamar King (born August 10, 1975) is a former American football NFL defensive end.
He was drafted in the first round with one of two 1st round selections the Seahawks had. He was the first draft pick under newly hired head coach and general manager Mike Holmgren. He played with the Seahawks for the first 5 seasons of his NFL career. He did not start a game his rookie season and was only active for 14 games because king dislocated his left shoulder while tearing his labrum. King was able to pile up 6 sacks on the season. King was a productive NFL player when healthy but his problem was that he couldn't stay healthy. He spent most of his NFL career injured. King down fall was that he could not demonstrate that he could stay healthy throughout his career which caused him to miss a large number of games. He never played an entire 16 game schedule and averaged just 7.6 starts with the Seahawks largely because of injuries. During 2002 King tore his calf muscle which caused him to miss half the season. He started 3 games in 2003 while only active for 9. King has had dislocated left shoulder, torn labrum, calf strain, tears, multiple knee problems which cause him to get micro-fracture surgery on his left knee. After the 2003 season he was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and spent the season on IR because he again tore his left calf muscle. He has been out of football since 2004.