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 ] Inducted into the [2 ] National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He has two brothers, Alex and Ben.
College highlights [ edit ]
Bernstein is Jewish, and decided to fast right to honor
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.” [3 ]
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.
[5 ] 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.
[6 ] 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.
[7 ] Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection as a redshirt freshman.
[4 ] Signed by the Lions as an undrafted free agent.
High school highlights [ edit ]
Two-time Class C Player of the Year selection at
Edgemont High School in New York. [5 ] Played fullback, linebacker and tight end.
[4 ] Rushed for 1,885 yards and 25 scores as a junior.
[5 ] 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.
[5 ] Finished his career ranked third all-time in New York prep annals in scoring with 504 points.
[4 ] Con Edison Scholar-Athlete
External links [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Former Badger gets taste of Israel", Jerusalem Post, December 29, 2006
^ "Philadelphia Soul Sign FB's Matt Bernstein and George Layne – AFL", The Raw Feed, January 18, 2007
^ Mietkiewicz, Mark. "To play or pray: Yom Kippur and Jewish pro athletes". St. Louis Jewish Light . Retrieved September 14, 2013.
^ 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.
^ a b c d "Matt Bernstein Draft Profile". FoxSports.com . Retrieved September 1, 2007.
^ Profile of Bernstein on National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame web site.
^ Badger Chalk Talk, Fall 2002, Volume 02, Issue 3.