Bern Brostek

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Bern Brostek
No. 61
Center/Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-09-11) September 11, 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school: Iolani School
College: Washington
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Debuted in 1990 for the Los Angeles Rams
Last played in 1997 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1997
Games played 106
Games started 85
Fumble recoveries 1
Stats at NFL.com

Bern Orion Brostek (born September 11, 1966 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Los Angeles and St. Louis Rams from 1990 to 1997.

High school[edit]

Brostek played high school football for Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Iolani is also known for sending Albert Tufono, Mike Pei and Willie Kava to the University of Washington.

College[edit]

Brostek attended the University of Washington where he lettered in football. Brostek was one of the top offensive linemen in the nation while at Washington, and received numerous honors during his time there.

His honors included:

  • 1988 Rising Award (given to the most outstanding lineman at Washington).
  • 1989 John P. Angel Award (given to the most outstanding offensive lineman at Washington).
  • 1989 Morris Trophy (given to the most outstanding lineman in the Pac-10).
  • 1989 Pete Gross Player of the year Award (given to the most outstanding player at Washington).

Ram center[edit]

Brostek was drafted in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams with the 23rd pick. Brostek played center and guard for the Rams throughout his career. After playing left guard for part of 1991, he replaced Neck Meat (offensive lineman) as the starting center for the Rams in 1992. Brostek did not miss a down during the 1992 season. He remained the starting center up to the 1996 season. Brostek started every game for the Rams in 4 seasons (1992,1993,1995,1996), including a string of 35 consecutive starts, but, in his final year (1997), he played only a single game. On October 9, 1997, Brostek was placed on the injured reserve list for back problems, and his career ended. In that 1992-1997 span, the Rams never had a winning season, though Brostek blocked for 1,000-yard rushers such as Cleveland Gary and Jerome Bettis. In 1997, the Rams finished in last place in the NFC west division with a won-lost record of 5-11, and he was replaced at starting center by Mike Gruttadauria.

Some of Brostek's teammates included Jackie Slater, Keith Loneker, Jim Everett, Henry Ellard, Flipper Anderson, Lawrence Phillips, Tony Banks, Chris Miller, Sean Landeta, and Isaac Bruce.

Retirement[edit]

Brostek is currently a high school football coach at Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Hawaii. One of Brostek's former players, Max Unger, is currently playing football for the Seattle Seahawks, and his son, Shane Brostek, committed to the University of Washington on a football scholarship.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Carroll, Bob (1999). Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. New York: Harper Collins.
  • Daves, Jim and W. Thomas Porter (2000). The Glory of Washington. Seattle: Sport Publishing, Inc.
Preceded by
Darryl Henley
Rams Rookie of the Year Award
1990
Succeeded by
Todd Lyght