Mark Schlereth

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Mark Schlereth
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Mark Schlereth
No. 69
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-01-25) January 25, 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth: Anchorage, Alaska
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 287 lb (130 kg)
Career information
High school: Robert Service (AK)
College: Idaho
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 10 / Pick: 263
Debuted in 1989 for the Washington Redskins
Last played in 2000 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 156
Games started 140
Fumble recoveries 3
Stats at NFL.com

Mark Frederick Schlereth (/ˈʃlɛrɨθ/; born January 25, 1966) is an American former professional football player and current television and radio sportscaster. Schlereth played guard in the NFL for 12 seasons (19892000) with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos. He is currently a football analyst for ESPN on NFL Live, Sportscenter, and other programs. He also co-hosts Sedano & Stink with Jorge Sedano from 7-10 p.m. ET on ESPN Radio.

He has also begun a career in acting, appearing on the soap opera Guiding Light, and 2012's Red Dawn remake. His nickname is "Stink."

Early life and college[edit]

Schlereth was born and grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and struggled with dyslexia as a youth — he did not learn to read until he was seven.[1] He graduated from Robert Service High School in 1984. Growing up in Alaska, Schlereth did not receive much attention as a college football prospect; the only current FBS schools that offered him a scholarship were Idaho (I-AA at the time) and Hawaii. He accepted the scholarship offer from the University of Idaho from head coach Dennis Erickson. Erickson departed following the 1985 season, and Schlereth started at left guard on the Vandals' offensive line for new head coach Keith Gilbertson, blocking for quarterbacks Scott Linehan and John Friesz. He was inducted into the University of Idaho Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Schlereth was selected in the tenth round (#263 overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He played twelve NFL seasons; six with Washington (1989–1994), and six with the Denver Broncos (1995–2000). He was a member of three Super Bowl championship teams (one with the Redskins and two with the Broncos) and was selected to the Pro Bowl for his performances in the 1991 and 1998 seasons.

Before ending his playing career Schlereth endured 29 surgeries. Twenty of those surgeries were performed on his knees (15 left, 5 right). After the 13th procedure on his left knee on July 24, 2000, Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan stated, "He has a great pain threshold. I think the doctors said that it was the worst knee that they've ever seen." Schlereth would have two more procedures on his left knee during the 2000 season, his last in the NFL. His injuries are documented on Athlete 360, the new sports medicine television show hosted by Schlereth's former Redskins teammate, Dr. Mark Adickes.

On April 18, 2001, Schlereth announced his retirement. "The reason I came out here today was to announce that I have just signed a six-year, $42 million contract to extend my career with the Denver Broncos. The truth of the matter is, after going through my 15th operation on my left knee last November, it became painfully obvious that I couldn't sign a six-year contract for $42 worth of Tupperware. I started to realize in the last three months of free agency that there is not a lot of market for a 6'3", 245-pound guard that is 35 years old and beat to a pulp." He landed a job with ESPN soon after.

Television career[edit]

After retirement, Schlereth hosted an afternoon sports talk radio show on Denver AM radio 760 The Zone with fellow former Broncos lineman David "Doc" Diaz-Infante. The show was frequently referred to as the "Stink and Doc" show. Schlereth was a part-time analyst with ESPN for a time, commuting from Denver to Connecticut, before leaving 760 to go full-time with ESPN in 2004. Besides regularly hosting NFL Live, Schlereth is a frequent guest and fill-in host for Mike Golic on Mike and Mike in the Morning, as well as an analyst on NFL Live and Sportscenter. He has also filled in for Jim Rome on Jim Rome is Burning.

Schlereth revealed on the Mike and Mike in the Morning show that he was considering a career in acting, mainly on soap operas, under the name Roc Hoover.[3] Schlereth originally chose the name Rock Hoover, however after cybersquatters took several domain names pertaining to that name he dropped the k from Rock and became Roc Hoover.[3] He announced on May 4, 2007, that he was cast as Detective Roc Hoover, a recurring role, on the soap opera, Guiding Light.[4]

Schlereth is also a featured athlete on Athlete 360, a new sports medicine television show. Schlereth formerly co-hosted a radio show in Denver on 104.3FM the Fan with former Broncos teammate Alfred Williams.

After the 2011 NFC Championship Game, Schlereth was one of the critics of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, writing "As a guy who had 20 knee surgeries you'd have to drag me out on a stretcher to leave a championship game!"[5]

In 2012 Schlereth appeared on the Discovery Channel show American Guns. He worked with the staff at Gunsmoke gun shop to find a suitable firearm he could use on a hunting trip with his son.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Mark is the father of three children, Alexandria, Avery, and Daniel. Mark's daughter, Alexandria, was an actress featured on the MyNetworkTV series Desire.

Mark's son Daniel was selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball's first year player draft. A relief pitcher at the University of Arizona, Daniel was drafted in the first round by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 26th overall selection and is currently with the Detroit Tigers organization. He has also previously been a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike and Mike in the Morning, ESPN, air date January 11, 2007.
  2. ^ "2008 Hall of Fame - University of Idaho Athletics Official Site — GoVandals.com". Admin.xosn.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  3. ^ a b Mike and Mike in the Morning, ESPN, air date May 15, 2007.
  4. ^ Mike and Mike in the Morning, ESPN, air date May 4, 2007.
  5. ^ Andrew Seligman (January 25, 2011). "Bears Fire Back At Jay Cutler's Critics". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  6. ^ "American Guns show schedule". Discovery Channel website. 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 

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