Andrew Sendejo

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Andrew Sendejo
No. 34 Minnesota Vikings
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-09-09) September 9, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: San Antonio, Texas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Spring Branch (TX) Smithson Valley
College: Rice
Undrafted: 2010
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles: 121
Sacks: 0
INTs: 1
Forced Fumbles: 1
Stats at NFL.com

Andrew Victor Sendejo (born September 9, 1987) is an American football strong safety for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Rice Owls. He was signed by the Sacramento Mountain Lions as a street free agent in 2010. He has also been a member of the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets.

Early years[edit]

Sendejo is a 2006 graduate of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, northeast of San Antonio, Texas. He was a two-time All-San Antonio area selection for coach Larry Hill. Also a two-time honorable mention All-State pick, and a two-time All-District 26-5A honoree. As a senior, he had 75 tackles (3 for loss), four interceptions, eight pass deflections, one forced and one fumble recovery, helping lead the Rangers to a 13-2 record and the Class 5A semifinals. He was named Comal County defensive player of the year for his senior season efforts. Sendejo selected Rice over Tulane, Army, North Texas, Northwestern and New Mexico.[1]

In addition to football, Sendejo also lettered in soccer, where he was twice a second team All-district selection and academic All-district pick, helping Smithson Valley to the district and bi-district championships. He also participated in track & field for the Rangers, where he was a regional finalist and academic All-district.

College career[edit]

At Rice, Sendejo saw his senior season come to an early conclusion after suffering a severe high ankle sprain at East Carolina that required surgery. He was a Preseason All C-USA pick by conference coaches and a three-year starter who opened the season as the national leader among active players in solo tackles and also ranked in the top 10 among active players in career total tackles, career interceptions and interception returns for touchdowns. He was a Second team All C-USA preseason selection by the media in a poll conducted by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He also earned an Honorable Mention All C-USA honors from league coaches even with a shortened senior season, and was named one of 12 finalist for the 2009 Wuerffel Trophy, which honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement. He was a three-time ESPN The Magazine District VI academic honoree as well as a three-time C-USA All Academic Football team with a 3.55 GPA in sports management.

2006[edit]

A starter from the first whistle of the season who went on to earn honorable mention freshman All-American recognition from The Sporting News and C-USA all-freshman honors from the media, Sendejo made 10 starts on the season in 11 played games, missing just the UAB game with an injury. He finished fifth on the team with 49 total tackles from the Spur position, tied for fourth on the squad with seven tackles for loss and was second on the team by forcing three fumbles. He forced one fumble and recovered a second to set up a touchdown for the Owls against Tulsa. He opened the season with a 13-yard sack of Kevin Kolb of Houston and closed it with a seven-yard sack of Justin Willis of SMU.

2007[edit]

As a sophomore in 2007, Sendejo led the team with 107 tackles and five interceptions. His five interceptions were the most by an Owl since Dan Dawson tied the school record with seven in 2000 and match the third-best total by an Owl in a season. He earned honorable mention All C-USA honors by the coaches and third-team All conference mention by Phil Steele. Also named Academic All-Conference and All-District VI for his work in the classroom as well. He closed the season strongly, registering back-to-back double figure tackle efforts against Tulane (11) and Tulsa (13). He posted four double figure games on the season, including a career-best 18-tackle day at Marshall, the most by an Owl since Jeff Vanover was credited with 18 against SMU in 2001. He was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week against Southern Miss after picking off a pair of passes, forcing a fumble, and registering seven tackles, becoming the first Owl to pick off more than one pass in a game since Dan Dawson picked off three vs. Hawaii back in 2000. He was credited with eight tackles, shared a tackle for loss, forced and recovered a fumble and broke up a pass at Houston. He returned his interception against SMU 31 yards for a score for his first career touchdown.

2008[edit]

Sendejo was an honorable mention All C-USA pick by the coaches, second team pick by the Houston Chronicle, while Phil Steele placed him on his first-team, All-conference unit. He led the Owls with 94 total tackles despite missing nearly three full games with a high ankle sprain. He also totaled 89 yards in returns, bringing back an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and returning a fumble 34 yards to set up a second score. That interception return was his second of his career for a score, with both coming against SMU. He was fifth in C-USA stats with 8.55 tackles per game (51st nationally) and 22nd in NCAA stats with 5.4 solo tackles per game. He opened the year by earning C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors for his game vs. SMU. He had back-to-back 13-tackle efforts at Memphis and Vanderbilt, then was credited with a season-high 17 tackles at Texas, one shy of his career-high of 18 set in 2007 at Marshall. He saw his streak of double-figure tackle games end at three when he was credited for three stops against North Texas. In that game, he made his debut as the Owls' punt returner, fielding a pair for no gain, then returned his third for a gain of 21- He got injured early in the Tulsa game and did not record a tackle. He missed the Southern Miss game, breaking a streak of 24 consecutive games played (23 starts). He also missed the Tulane game, and then returned to action against UTEP and led the Owls with eight tackles. He closed out the regular season by recording his fifth double-figure tackle game of the year with 13 vs. Houston. It was his ninth career double-figure tackle game.

2009[edit]

As a senior in 2009, Sendejo was named to Phil Steele's Midseason All C-USA Third team. He tied for sixth in the nation with 6.4 unassisted tackles per game at the time of his injury. He moved into a tie for second on the Owls' career tackle chart with nine stops at ECU, and jumped four spots on the tackling chart with 17 tackles vs. Navy, matching the second highest game total of his career. It was his 11th career double-figure tackle game. He was the NCAA career active leader with 216 career solo tackles (Sean Weatherspoon of Missouri was second with 199) before he got hurt. He ranked fourth in C-USA and 14th in the nation with an 14.3 yard average per punt return before his injury. He returned two punts for 65 yards vs. Vanderbilt, including a career best 47 yarder, the longest by an Owl since 1998 when LaDouphyous McCalla returned one 51 yards against Colorado State. He missed part of the Texas Tech game after injuring a wrist, but returned to finish the game. He recorded his 10th career double-digit tackle total in the opener at UAB with 15 stops.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 208 lb 4.65 s 1.56 s 2.62 s 4.04 s 6.87 s 34 in 10 ft 1 in 19 reps
All values from Pro Day[2]

Shortly after Sendejo went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, he was invited to participate in mini-camp for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they never signed him.

Sacramento Mountain Lions[edit]

Sendejo signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League (UFL), where he played the entire 2010 UFL season and tied for 2nd in the league in tackles.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On November 24, 2010, Sendejo was signed to the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad.[3] On November 29, 2010, Sendejo was promoted to the active roster.[4] He was moved from Dallas practice squad to the 53-man roster on 11/29.Played in a pair of game, notching a special teams tackle vs. the Washington Redskins (12/19). He played in his 1st NFL career game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles (12/12). He was released before the start of the 2011 season.

New York Jets[edit]

Sendejo was claimed by the New York Jets off waivers on September 4, 2011.[5] He was waived by the Jets on September 13. The Jets re-signed Sendejo to their practice squad on September 14, after he cleared waivers. He was waived on September 27.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

The Minnesota Vikings signed Sendejo on November 29, 2011 and started the last three games at safety. In 2012, he ranked 4th on team in special teams tackles. He started 10 games at strong safety in 2013 and on December 8, Sendejo picked off Joe Flacco getting the first interception of his career.[6]

Off the field[edit]

Sendejo took part in the Vikings annual Arctic Blast snowmobile rally during the 2014 offseason. He was teammates at Rice with Corey Frazier, son of former Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier. He earned a degree in sports management from Rice. He plays guitar in his free time and has an extensive background in martial arts as his father was an instructor.

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