Brad Meester

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Brad Meester
Brad Meester in 2005.jpg
Meester in 2005.
No. 63
Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-03-23) March 23, 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth: Iowa Falls, Iowa
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 292 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school: Aplington-Parkersburg (IA)
College: Northern Iowa
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60
Debuted in 2000 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Last played in 2013 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Games played 209
Games started 209
Stats at NFL.com

Bradley Ryan Meester (born March 23, 1977) is a former American football center for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Northern Iowa.

Early years[edit]

Meester attended Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, Iowa, and was a good student and a letterman in football, basketball, baseball, and track & field. Meester was the South Butler FFA Chapter President. Brad Meester graduated from Aplington-Parkersburg High School in 1995 with a 3.80 grade point average.[citation needed]

College career[edit]

At Northern Iowa, Meester was a four-year starter at center and a three-time All-Gateway Conference first-team selection. He was named to the Division I-AA Associated Press and Coaches All-America team as a senior. He also made the 1999 GTE Academic All-America team.

Also an outstanding student, Meester graduated with a degree in business management and 3.76 GPA.

Professional career[edit]

2000 NFL Draft[edit]

Regarded as the No. 2 center available in the 2000 NFL Draft behind John St. Clair,[1] Meester was the first center chosen, selected with the 60th overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He tied with Michael Cheever (1996) as the highest-drafted centers ever by the team. Meester also was the highest Northern Iowa draftee since James Jones in 1991.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3½ in 295 lb 5.1 s 4.45 s 34 in 9 ft 2 in 25 reps
All values from NFL Combine[2]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Meester was drafted in the second round by the Jacksonville Jaguars where he started all 16 games in his rookie season. He was only the third rookie in Jaguars history to start all 16 games. In 2003, he moved from left guard to center following the departure of free agent John Wade. He is the only Jaguar to start his first 92 regular season games. His streak was ended on December 4, 2005 when he suffered a torn biceps tendon in a game against the Cleveland Browns.[3]

An unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Meester was re-signed by the Jaguars on February 27.

Meester became a free agent on March 12, 2013 and was re-signed by the team on March 19.

On December 18, 2013, Meester announced that he would retire after the 2013 season after playing his entire career with the Jaguars.[4] On December 22 in a game against the Tennessee Titans, Meester recorded his first career reception on a screen pass from Chad Henne for nine yards and a first down.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Breakdown by Position - C". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Brad Meester". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Brad Meester". Jacksonville Jaguars. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Oehser, John (December 18, 2013). "Open Locker Room: Meester to retire". Jacksonville Jaguars. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Newport, Kyle (December 22, 2013). "Jaguars Center Brad Meester Catches Pass in Final Home Game of His Career". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 

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