Dallas Cowboys sign Great Britain’s Aden Durde to coach defensive line

The Dallas Cowboys have added to their defensive coaching staff with the signing of Aden Durde from Great Britain as their new defensive line coach.

Durde had served with the Atlanta Falcons for three seasons (2018-2020) under Dan Quinn who is now defensive coordinator for the Cowboys, most recently as outside linebackers coach

Durde, a 41 year old native of London, thus continues to remain the first ever British coach to work full time in the NFL.

Durde had entered the NFL coaching ranks with the Falcons in 2018 after serving as the head of football development at NFLUK, where he helped guide the International Player Pathway program. Working with Super Bowl champion and former Atlanta Falcon Osi Umenyiora, Durde helped four international players, tight end Alex Gray (Atlanta), defensive end Alex Jenkins (New Orleans), defensive end Efe Obada (Carolina), and linebacker Eric Nzeocha (Tampa Bay) transition to practice squads in 2017.

Aden Durde (middle) coaching Atlanta Falcons defensive line during a game Photo: Carmen Mandato

Prior to his work with NFLUK, Durde spent training camp with the Falcons as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship in 2016. He also worked as a coaching intern with Dallas Cowboys during training camp in 2014. Durde served as the defensive coordinator of the London Warriors for six seasons. Prior to that, he played linebacker in NFL Europe for six years with the Scottish Claymores and Hamburg Sea Devils while also spending time on the practice squads of the Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs.

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