Matt Bernstein

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Matt Bernstein
Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-26) December 26, 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth: Scarsdale, New York
Career information
College: Wisconsin
Undrafted in 2006
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history

Matt Bernstein (born December 26, 1982) is a former American football standout at University of Wisconsin–Madison, who is currently a free agent of the Arena Football League after a stint in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions. [1][2] Inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He has two brothers, Alex and Ben.

High school[edit]

  • Two-time Class C Player of the Year selection at Edgemont Junior – Senior High School in New York.[3]
  • Played fullback, linebacker and tight end.[4]
  • Rushed for 1,885 yards and 25 scores as a junior.[3]
  • Added 37 touchdowns and 2,002 yards on the ground and made 108 tackles with seven forced fumbles as a senior, earning the prep version of the Heisman Trophy for that performance.[3]
  • Finished his career ranked third all-time in New York prep annals in scoring with 504 points.[4]
  • Con Edison Scholar-Athlete[4]

College[edit]

As a junior, Bernstein, who is Jewish, fasted in observance of the religious holiday Yom Kippur prior to taking on Penn State. Bernstein then rehydrated after his fast – according to an ESPN story, “The Wisconsin junior feasted on a pregame IV bag, and during the game, moved on to turkey slices, fruit and the Penn State defense.”[5][6]

  • Produced 53 touchdown-resulting blocks for a ground game that totaled 71 rushing touchdowns during his first three seasons at Wisconsin.[4]
  • Averaged 10 knockdown blocks per game and made 11 touchdown resulting blocks as a pass protector.[3]
  • Preseason All-American and All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report as a senior.[4]
  • Inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.[7]
  • Started every game as a junior and finished third on the team with a career-high 300 rushing yards and a touchdown.[4]
  • Played in every game in 2003 as a sophomore and emerged as the starting fullback.[4]
  • Elroy Hirsch Football Scholarship.[8]
  • Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection as a redshirt freshman.[4]
  • Signed by the Lions as an undrafted free agent.[4]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Badger gets taste of Israel", Jerusalem Post, December 29, 2006
  2. ^ "Philadelphia Soul Sign FB's Matt Bernstein and George Layne – AFL", The Raw Feed, January 18, 2007
  3. ^ a b c d "Matt Bernstein Draft Profile". FoxSports.com. Retrieved September 1, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "44 Matt Bernstein". DetroitLions.com. Archived from the original on August 5, 2007. Retrieved September 1, 2007. 
  5. ^ Mietkiewicz, Mark. "To play or pray: Yom Kippur and Jewish pro athletes". St. Louis Jewish Light. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Maisel, Ivan. "Bernstein feasted on Penn State after fasting". ESPN. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Profile of Bernstein on National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame web site.
  8. ^ Badger Chalk Talk, Fall 2002, Volume 02, Issue 3.