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|Date of birth:May 18, 1980|
|Place of birth: Evergreen Park, Illinois|
|High school: Orlando Park (IL) Sandburg|
|Undrafted in 2003|
|Debuted in 2003 for the New York Giants|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com|
Jeffrey Alan Roehl (born May 18, 1980 in Evergreen Park, Illinois) is an American football offensive lineman who is most known for his time spent playing for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He is currently a DJ and producer in the Chicago area, also known by his stage name Xonic.
High school career
Jeff Roehl attended Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois. In 1997, the Roehl-led Eagles set the school record for both total yards in a season and total rushing yards in a season. Roehl was a two-year varsity starter and finished his career rated as the 98th best football prospect in the USA by Tom Lemming of the Prep Football Report.
Roehl originally attended the University of Notre Dame in 1998 on a full football scholarship. After one season at Notre Dame, he transferred to Northwestern University and sat out the 1999 season (due to NCAA transfer regulations). Beginning the following season, he was named a starter at offensive guard and began a streak of 35 consecutive starts which continued through his final game of eligibility in the 2002 season. The Northwestern Wildcats won the Big Ten Conference Championship and played in the Alamo Bowl in 2000 while he was a starter. Prior to the 2002 season, Roehl was rated as the No. 12 guard in the nation by the Sporting News. He was selected to play in the 2003 East-West Shrine Game in San Francisco, California. Roehl played under the late Randy Walker at Northwestern and cites Walker as one of his heroes. He graduated in 2003 with a degree in organizational communication with a minor in economics.
An undrafted free agent out of Northwestern University, Roehl signed with the New York Giants and entered the 2003 training camp as a long shot to make the team. He outplayed several NFL veterans to earn a spot on the 53-man active roster at the start of the regular season. Roehl saw his first game action in the first quarter of the first game, substituting for Luke Petitgout at left tackle and playing against Grant Wistrom of the St. Louis Rams. He performed admirably and was named a starter for the Monday Night Football game vs. the Dallas Cowboys on September 15, 2003. During the rest of the season, Roehl played in twelve games, starting one more. During the 2003 season, Roehl was featured on "Hey Rookie, Welcome to the NFL", an ESPN documentary profiling the life of a few select NFL first-year players.
During the 2004 offseason, the Giants made a coaching change from Jim Fassel to Tom Coughlin. This coaching change coincided with an untimely injury for Roehl, and as a result his career with the New York Giants was over. Roehl went on to be claimed off the waiver wire by the Seattle Seahawks in 2004. In 2005, he spent most of the year on the roster of the New England Patriots and in 2006, he was a full-time starter in NFL Europa for the Amsterdam Admirals. After the 2006 NFL Europe season, Roehl briefly signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, and then spent some time out of football. In late June 2009, Roehl signed with the Kentucky Horsemen of the Arena Football 2 League and was placed on the active roster in early July, starting at the offensive line position for the duration of the regular season and the playoffs. In 2010, Roehl signed with the Chicago Rush of Arena Football 1.
- 1996 All Conference (SICA Blue)
- 1996 All Area (Star Newspapers)
- 1997 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete
- 1997 IHSA Academic All-State
- 1997 Conference MVP (SICA Blue)
- 1997 All Conference (SICA Blue)
- 1997 All Area (Star Newspapers, Chicago Sun-Times)
- 1997 All State (H.S. Coaches, Chicago Tribune, Champaign News-Gazette)
- 1997 "Best of the Midwest" Team (Detroit Free Press)
- 1997 Third Team All America (Prep Football Report)
- 2000 Honorable Mention All America (Football News)
- 2000 Mid-Season All America (CNN/SI)
- 2000 Honorable Mention All Big Ten
- 2000 Academic All Big Ten
- 2000 Offensive Newcomer of the Year (NGN)
- 2001 Honorable Mention All Big Ten
- 2001 Academic All Big Ten
- 2001 Rashidi Wheeler Award
- 2002 2nd Team All Big Ten
- 2002 Academic All Big Ten
- 2002 Academic All District
- 2002 Carnig Minisian Citizenship Award
Roehl has spent time as a commercial real estate broker, as a trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, as the youth director for PSPS, has worked with local police and fire departments on youth and community-based initiatives and programs, is currently involved with music management, production, and festival planning.
- Player Bio: Jeff Roehl :: Football
- NFL Players
- Jeff Roehl - Official New England Patriots Biography
- Disbato, Pat. "NFL / Roehl living out a dream", The Star (Tinley Park), February 1, 2004. Accessed October 6, 2008. "'I lived in New Jersey, a little town called West New York,' said Roehl, who calls teammate Jeremy Shockey one of his closest friends."