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|Guard / Center|
|Date of birth:February 18, 1963|
|Place of birth: San Francisco, California|
|High school: San Ramon Valley High School|
|College: Sacramento State|
|NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 10 / Pick: 265|
|Debuted in 1987 for the Los Angeles Raiders|
|Last played in 1995 for the Washington Redskins|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com|
John Christian Gesek, Jr. (born February 18, 1963 in San Francisco, California) is a former American football offensive lineman who played nine seasons in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Raiders, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Sacramento State University and was drafted in the tenth round of the 1987 NFL Draft.
After attending San Ramon Valley High School, he moved on to Diablo Valley College, before selecting Sacramento State University during its non-scholarship Division II years, where he started at offensive tackle.
He was inducted into the Sacramento State Football Hall of Fame and the school also created the annual "John Gesek Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award" in his honor.
Los Angeles Raiders
Gesek was selected by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 10th round of the 1987 NFL Draft and got chance to start one game as a rookie at right guard, before being placed on the injured reserve list on September 7. The next season after Charley Hannah suffered a season ending knee injury, he started 6 games between left guard and center, but again was placed on the injured reserve list on November 30.
In 1989, he was a full-time starter at left guard. After the Raiders signed Max Montoya in Plan B free agency, on September 3, 1990, Gesek became expendable and was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a fifth round draft choice
In 1993, he was beaten out by Kevin Gogan and remained in a reserve role, until Mark Stepnoski suffered a knee injury against the Minnesota Vikings in the 13th game of the season. After trying Frank Cornish as the replacement at center, the team settled on Gesek for the playoffs run and Super Bowl XXVIII.
Gesek was the starting center during the first two years of Norv Turner as the head coach of the team. In 1995, Gesek didn't start until the fifth game because of a bulging disk in his neck, that eventually forced him to retire. In 1996, he was waived injured and was replaced with a platoon of Jeff Uhlenhake and Cory Raymer.
Gesek became real estate agent and financial planner.
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