Zach Wiegert

Zachary Allen Wiegert (born August 16, 1972) is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. He played college football for the University of Nebraska, earned All-American honors, and was a member of a national championship team. A second-round pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans of the NFL.

Zach Wiegert
No. 73, 72, 77
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born:August 16, 1972 (age 46)
Fremont, Nebraska
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:309 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school:Fremont (NE) Bergan
College:Nebraska
NFL Draft:1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2006
Games played:145
Games started:137
Fumbles recovered:10
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Wiegert was born in Fremont, Nebraska.[1] He attended Archbishop Bergan High School in Fremont,[1] and played high school football for the Bergan Knights.

College career

Wiegert attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 1991 to 1994. From his sophomore through senior seasons, he started 37 consecutive games at right tackle. In his 46-game Cornhuskers career, Wiegert gave up just one quarterback sack while earning first-team All-Big Eight Conference honors in 1992, 1993 and 1994. He earned second-team All-America honors in 1993, helping lead Nebraska to an undefeated regular season and an Orange Bowl appearance.

As a senior in 1994, he was the winner of the Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation's top interior lineman, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. Wiegert blocked for a Cornhuskers offense that led the NCAA in rushing yards for the eleventh time, averaging 340 yards per game on the ground, and Nebraska won its first national football championship since 1971. He was also the UPI Lineman of the Year, the Touchdown Club of Columbus Offensive Lineman of the Year, a finalist for the Lombardi Award, and finished 10th in the Heisman voting.[2]

The university retired his No. 72 jersey before the 1995 season.

Professional career

St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams selected Wiegert in the second round (38th pick overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft,[3] and he played with the Rams from 1995 to 1998.[4] As a rookie in 1995, he played in five games and started two;[5] he was inactive for the first seven games with a left ankle injury suffered in final preseason game. In 1996, he started all 16 regular season games at right tackle.[5] The following year, under new coach Dick Vermiel, Wiegert moved to right guard and started 15 of 16 regular season games. He caught a one-yard pass to give the Rams a first down on game-winning drive that resulted in Jeff Wilkins' 25-yard field goal with four seconds remaining at Washington (11/30/1997). He also scored first-career TD after recovering Jerald Moore's fumble in the end zone at Carolina (12/20/1997). He was granted free agency on February 13, 1998, and re-signed with Rams on June 17, 1998. In 1998, he started 13 games at right guard for St. Louis. He missed three games with a knee injury. He was designated by Rams as transition player on February 12, 1999, and was re-signed by the Rams on March 24, 1999. He was released by Rams on April 28, 1999, after had become expendable since Rams had signed Adam Timmerman to play right guard.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Wiegert played four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1999 to 2002.[4] He signed as a free agent May 5, 1999, with the Jaguars in 1999. That season, he played in 16 games with 12 starts at right guard for 14-2 Jaguars. In 2000, he started eight games at right tackle before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in left knee. He had allowed only four sacks in eight games. He was placed on injured reserve on October 14, 2000. In 2001, he came back from injury to start all 16 games at right guard, the first time he had been able to do so since 1996. Wiegert played and started in seven games in 2002 before being placed on injured reserve on 11/6/2002. He made his first NFL start at left tackle versus Indianapolis and started four more games at left tackle before starting two games at right tackle. He was granted unconditional free agency on February 28, 2003.

Houston Texans

He played for the Houston Texans from 2003 to 2006.[4] He signed by Texans on March 1, 2003. In 2003, he played in 15 games, starting 14 at right guard. In 2005, he started 12 games (five at right guard, seven at right tackle). The following season, 2006, he played in and started nine games at right tackle. On February 28, 2007, the Texans released Wiegert.

References

  1. ^ a b databaseFootball.com, Players, Zach Wiegert Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Huston, Chris. "Offensive Lineman and the Heisman". Heisman.com. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  3. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1995 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c National Football League, Historical Players, Zach Wiegert. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Zach Wiegert. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
1991 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1991 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1992 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1992 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1993 All-Big Eight Conference football team

The 1993 All-Big Eight Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Eight Conference teams for the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. The selectors for the 1993 season included the Associated Press (AP).

1993 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1993 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1994 All-Big Eight Conference football team

The 1994 All-Big Eight Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Eight Conference teams for the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. The selectors for the 1994 season included the Associated Press (AP).

1994 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1994 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers offense scored 459 points while the defense allowed 162 points.

1996 St. Louis Rams season

The 1996 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise’s 59th year with the National Football League (NFL) and the second season in St. Louis. It was marked by a 59–16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in week 11. The Rams’ point tally in that game was the highest by an NFL team since 1989, when the Cincinnati Bengals scored 61 points. Safety Keith Lyle tied first for the league lead in interceptions, with 9. However, the Rams finished the season with a 6–10 record. Head coach Rich Brooks was fired after the season

1997 St. Louis Rams season

The 1997 St. Louis Rams season was the team's 60th year with the National Football League (NFL) and the third season in St. Louis. Still struggling to find answers, the Rams looked to improve on their 6–10 record from 1996 and make the playoffs for the first time since 1989, when the team was still based in Anaheim. The Rams started out the season mediocre, splitting their first four games. However, after beating the Giants at home, things began to unravel, as the Rams lost their next eight games before winning three of their last four to end the season 5–11. This was Dick Vermeil’s first season as head coach of the Rams.

1998 St. Louis Rams season

The 1998 St. Louis Rams season was the team’s 61st year with the National Football League (NFL) and the fourth season in St. Louis. It was the second year for head coach Dick Vermeil. The team failed to improve on its 5–11 record from 1997, and instead finished the season 4–12 and missed the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, during which they had compiled a league-worst 45–99 record. Despite all of this, the Rams showed many signs of life during the season when they beat playoff teams such as the New York Jets (who would make the AFC Championship game during the season) and the New England Patriots (who would make a wild card). Some skeptics claim that those 2 wins helped them build signs of strong life into next season, when they won Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans.

2000 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 2000 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise’s sixth year in the National Football League. The Jaguars in 1999 had obtained an NFL-best record of 14–2 and thrashed the Miami Dolphins 62–7 in their divisional round game. However, they were helped to this by an extremely easy regular season schedule. In 2000, the Jaguars were severely hit by the loss of safety Carnell Lake for the entire season to foot surgery, and by an ultimately career-ending knee injury to right tackle Leon Searcy. Further offensive line injuries, notably to left tackle Zach Wiegert and center John Wade, crippled the Jaguars all season, with the result that after a fair start the Jaguars fell in Week 4 to five consecutive losses and were out of the running for a postseason berth by November. Ultimately the team’s tally of wins was halved vis-à-vis 1999. At the close of the season, the Jaguars also had problems with being $31 million over the salary cap.

2001 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 2001 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise’s seventh year in the National Football League.

This was the debut year where the Jaguars wore black shoes to their uniforms. The team from then as of 2019 still wears the black shoes with the updated uniforms introduced in 2018.

2002 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 2002 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the team's eighth year in the National Football League. The team finished with a record of 6–10 and finished 3rd place in the AFC South, missing the playoffs. The team's head coach was Tom Coughlin. This was Mark Brunell's final full season as the Jaguars' starting quarterback, and it was also Coughlin's final year coaching the team.

2004 Houston Texans season

The 2004 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 3rd season in the National Football League and the 3rd under head coach Dom Capers. It saw the Texans make a two-game improvement on its previous season record. This was the first season in franchise history where the Texans did not finish in last place in the AFC South. The Texans also earned their first victory over the Tennessee Titans, who preceded the Texans in Houston, this season.

2005 Houston Texans season

The 2005 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 4th season in the National Football League and the 4th and final season under head coach Dom Capers. The Texans completed the season with the worst record in franchise history (a record that would later be matched in 2013). This led to the Texans obtaining the first selection in the NFL Draft for the second time since the franchise formed in 2002. The team fired head coach Dom Capers after the season; he was replaced by Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who would coach the team up until 2013.

Archbishop Bergan High School

Archbishop Bergan High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Fremont, Nebraska, United States. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha.

Fremont, Nebraska

Fremont is a city in Dodge County in the eastern portion of the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The population was 26,397 at the 2010 census. Fremont is the county seat and the home of Midland University.

Todd Fordham

Lindsey Todd Fordham (born October 9, 1973) is a former American football player who is currently retired. Fordham played as an offensive tackle/offensive guard for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers of the NFL for ten seasons. He played college football at Florida State University.

UPI Lineman of the Year

The United Press International Lineman of the Year award was given annually by United Press International (UPI) to the lineman of the year in college football. With the demise of UPI in 1997, the award was discontinued. Offensive and defensive linemen were eligible, including offensive ends, with one, Howard Twilley, winning in 1965. Like all UPI college awards at the time, it was based on the votes of NCAA coaches. Ross Browner of Notre Dame was the only two-time winner.

Wiegert

Wiegert is the surname of:

Gerald Wiegert - automobile designer and manufacturer

Zach Wiegert - American football player

Paul A. Wiegert - Canadian astronomer

Kevin Wiegert - Swedish beslutfattare

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