Anthony Hitchens was drafted by the Cowboys in the 4th round (119th overall) of the 2014 NFL draft. The versatile athlete has made many contributions to the team after learning the role of all three linebacker positions at training camp during his rookie year. Let’s take a look at how Hitchens developed into the athlete he is today.


High School: Clearview High School (Lorain, OH)

Hitchens was a triple threat athlete in high school and could be found on the football field, basketball court, or the track. He played both sides of the ball on the football team and could be spotted playing linebacker, running back, kick returner and punt returner. As a running back he was explosive and even became the school’s all-time rushing leader (3,864 yards) and single game leader (354 yards). Coming out of high school he was a two star recruit by

  • First team all-state- junior and senior year
  • First team all-county- junior and senior year
  • First team all-conference- junior and senior year


College: University of Iowa

The first two years of Hitchens’ college football career he spent the majority of his time on special teams and became a starting linebacker his junior year.

  • Led the Big Ten in tackles per game (11.2)- 2012
  • Ranked 6th in Big Ten in tackles per game (8.6)- 2013
  • Ranked 7th in Big Ten in tackles for loss (1.02)- 2013
  • Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player, Defense- 2013
  • Hayden Fry ‘Extra Heartbeat’ Award, Defense- 2013
  • Second team all-Big Ten- 2013