Nick Sundberg

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Nick Sundberg
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Sundberg at Redskins training camp in 2012.
No. 57     Washington Redskins
Long snapper
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-07-29) July 29, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Phoenix, Arizona
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 264 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Phoenix (AZ) North Canyon
College: California
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2010 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Games played 45
Tackles 6
Stats at NFL.com

Nick Sundberg (born July 29, 1987) is an American football long snapper for the Washington Redskins in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of California. He signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

He was also a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Early life[edit]

Sundberg was born in Phoenix, Arizona and played high school football at North Canyon High School. He played left tackle until his junior season, when the coaches moved him to center. Since the previous long snapper had graduated, his coaches also made him the long snapper that season. It was at this point, that Sundberg began training with Ben Bernard. Ben Bernard was Sundberg's offensive and defensive line coach at North Canyon. [1] Sundberg also trained under him to become a better long snapper. They trained 5-6 days a week including lifting weights after Sundberg's senior season.[2] Under Bernard's tutelage, Nick was able to earn a full scholarship to the University of California Berkeley. Sundberg continues to train with Bernard every of season in Phoenix and now assists him in the training of younger long snappers.[3]

During his senior year, Sundberg was the team's captain and was named All-region honorable mention.

Sundberg also participated in wrestling and track and field at North Canyon.

College career[edit]

Sundberg attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he played in 52 consecutive games and served as the long snapper for his entire four-year college career. He won the starting job in preseason as a true freshman and served as the long snapper on field goals and punts in all 13 games all four years at Cal.[4]

Sundberg graduated with a degree in legal studies in three-and-a-half years.

Professional career[edit]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Sundberg was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Carolina Panthers on April 28, 2009. He was waived by the Panthers on August 7, 2009.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Sundberg was signed to the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens on December 23, 2009.[5]

Washington Redskins[edit]

On January 29, 2010, Sundberg signed a futures contract with the Washington Redskins.[6] By the start of the 2010 season, he beat out Pro Bowl long snapper Ethan Albright, who was released early in the preseason, and free agent acquisition, James Dearth, for the team's long snapper position.[7]

In the 2012 season opener win against the New Orleans Saints, Sundberg broke his left arm late in the first half of the game and continued to play throughout the second half.[8][9] On September 11, 2012, he was placed on the injured reserve list, but was designated to return and the Redskins signed Justin Snow to replace him.[10][11] On November 6, the Redskins activated Sundberg from injured reserve list.[12]

Originally set to become a restricted free agent for the 2013 season, Sundberg agreed to a four-year contract to stay with the Redskins on March 10, 2013.[13] In the Week 6 game against the Dallas Cowboys, he tore the meniscus in his right knee and was placed on injured reserve the next day.[14]

Personal[edit]

Sundberg still resides in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona during the offseason.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Somers, Kent. "Ben Bernard's long snapping program going strong". AZ Central. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Murphy, Brian (December 14, 2011). "Nick Sundberg Loves Life as a Long Snapper". Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Yanda, Steve (August 12, 2012). "Redskins training camp: Long snapper Nick Sundberg has no competition". Washington Post. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Player Bio: Nick Sundberg". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  5. ^ "Ravens Sign Second Long Snapper". Baltimore Ravens. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  6. ^ Fitzgerald, Gary (January 29, 2010). "Redskins Sign Long Snapper Sundberg to Roster". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  7. ^ Fitzgerald, Gary (August 17, 2010). "Redskins Sign Dearth to Compete At Long Snapper". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  8. ^ Klempko, Robert (September 10, 2012). "Redskins long snapper plays half with broken arm". USAToday.com. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  9. ^ Jones, Mike (September 9, 2012). "Nick Sundberg plays with broken arm". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  10. ^ Maske, Mark (September 11, 2012). "Redskins expected to place Nick Sundberg on injured reserve". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  11. ^ Tinsman, Brian (September 11, 2012). "Redskins Shuffle Roster, Practice Squad". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  12. ^ Tinsman, Brian (November 6, 2012). "Redskins Activate Sundberg, Clear Brown". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  13. ^ Jones, Mike (March 10, 2013). "Long snapper Nick Sundberg agrees to deal with Redskins". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  14. ^ Jones, Mike (October 14, 2013). "Redskins lose Kehl, Sundberg for the year with knee injuries". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  15. ^ Odeen, Domingo (September 22, 2012). "Washington Redskins Long Snapper became media darling after playing with broken arm". AZ Central. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 

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