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Keon Lattimore (Maryland), Ray Lewis' half-brother, signs with Alabama Hammers

Maryland's Keon Lattimore takes on North Carolina State's Ernest Jones in a 2007 game.
Maryland's Keon Lattimore takes on North Carolina State's Ernest Jones in a 2007 game.(Gerry Broome / Associated Press)

Keon Lattimore is following in the footsteps of retired Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis, his older half-brother.

The former Mount Saint Joseph and Maryland running back will play linebacker for the Alabama Hammers after signing Thursday with the Professional Indoor Football League franchise, which is based in Huntsville, Ala.

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The 30-year-old Lattimore, 5 feet 11 and 230 pounds, played for the Dallas Cowboys and also had practice squad stints with the San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars. Lattimore played for the Trenton Steel indoor team in 2011 in New Jersey. (Here's a highlight tape of him intercepting passes, running for touchdowns, returning kicks and even doing a rendition of Lewis' trademark dance.)

He has also played for the semipro Chambersburg Cardinals in Pennsylvania.

Lattimore rushed for 1,744 career yards and 19 touchdowns for the Terps. As a senior, he had 805 yards rushing and led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 13 touchdown runs.

He went undrafted in 2008 and signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.

Lattimore joins a 3-5 Hammers squad and will line up at the "Jack" linebacker spot.

Three years ago, Lattimore attempted to get back in the NFL when he participated in an NFL regional combine at the Ravens' training complex.

"Besides being my brother, he's my biggest fan," Lattimore said during the regional combine. "He gives me all the tips, all the pointers. He just put me on a little diet to shred weight faster. The conversations are always intense. It's always: 'Lil bro, don't let another man outwork you.' "

But Lattimore wasn't signed by an NFL team after running the 40-yard dash in 4.79 and 4.80 seconds at 218 pounds. Lattimore had hoped to run in the 4.4- to 4.5-second range.

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