Mike Seidman

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Mike Seidman
No. 82
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-02-11) February 11, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth: Westlake Village, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 261 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Thousand Oaks (CA) Westlake
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76
Debuted in 2003 for the Carolina Panthers
Last played in 2006 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Andrew "Mike" Seidman (born February 11, 1981) is a former American football tight end. He was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at UCLA.

Early life and high school[edit]

Seidman was born in Westlake Village, California, and is Jewish.[1][2][3][4][5][6] His mother is Jewish and his father is Catholic (his paternal grandfather had also been Jewish), and Seidman was raised with "little religion".[1][7][8] He played youth football for the Westlake Braves. He played high school football at Westlake High School in Westlake Village, California, under head coach Jim Benkert (1995–98). His teammates included Zac Wasserman, a former Penn State quarterback recruit and USC long snapper, and fellow tight end Joe Boskovich (who was injured with an ACL tear during his and Seidman's senior season).

College career[edit]

Seidman played college football at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he played mostly on special teams as a true freshman. He played in 10 out of 11 games his first year; he would not miss another game the rest of his college career. He led the team in yards-per-catch average in his junior year.

As a senior, he was one of the three finalists for the John Mackey Award, which is given to the best tight end in the nation. He was the team's MVP, made All-Pac-10 honors, and set a school record for most receiving yards by a tight end.

NFL career[edit]

Seidman was selected in the third round (76th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

He appeared in 12 games and registered five catches for 35 yards before tearing his ACL, and spent the rest of the 2003 season on injured reserve.

He returned from injury at the start of the 2004 NFL season, and scored the first two touchdowns of his career against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; the second came while lying on his back in the end zone.

Seidman was third on the tight end depth chart behind Kris Mangum and Michael Gaines at the end of the 2006 season.

He tore his ACL again in 2006, and was cut from the Panthers in the offseason. He then signed with the Colts on May 8, 2007. However, he was placed on the injured reserve on August 4, 2007.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rosen, Harvey (September 15, 2005). "Keep your eyes out for these pro-footballers". The Jewish Ledger. Retrieved June 2, 2010]
  2. ^ Bob Wechsler (2008). Day by day in Jewish sports history. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. ISBN 0-88125-969-1. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ Salvatore Caputo (January 25, 2008). "Jewish mother's guide to the Super Bowl". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Carin Davis (November 21, 2002). "Bruin Pair Ready to Battle Trojans". Jewish Journal. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Harvey Rosen (September 23, 2005). "NFL has Jewish year". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ Harvey Rosen (September 26, 2007). "Injuries ground familiar Jewish NFLers". The Canadian Jewish News. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ Bloom, Nate. "Interfaith Celebrities: Interfaith NFL-ers and Cole Hauser's Imp". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ Davis, Carin (November 21, 2002). "Bruin Pair Ready to Battle Trojans". Jewish Journal. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 

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