Paul Melicharek

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Paul Melicharek
No. 33  Lehigh Valley Steelhawks
Position: Defensive Line
Personal information
Place of birth: Glen Rock, New Jersey
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Glen Rock (NJ)
College: Bridgewater State
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • NEFC All-Star
  • Beyond Sports Network D-III All-American
  • Joe Zablinski Award

Paul Melicharek is a professional football defensive lineman for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL). He was signed to the team on May 29, 2013 as a free agent.[1]

College career[edit]

Melicharek played high school football for Glen Rock High School in Glen Rock, New Jersey.[2] Melicharek led Glen Rock to the 2008 New Jersey State Finals in his senior year. He played college football at Bridgewater State University, a Division 3 college located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Melicharek was a 4-year stater for the Bears and was a 3-time All-New England Football League 1st Team All-Star. He led the Bears to a 9-1 record his senior year, and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament, losing in the first round. Melicharek was chosen as a 2012 D3Football.com All-East Region 3rd Team All-Star, and a 2012 Beyond Sports Network D-III Football Honorable All-American his senior year.[3] He was also chose as the 2012 Joe Zablinski Award by the Greater Boston Gridiron Club, which is given annually to New England's best Division 2 & 3 college football players.[4] Melicharek was also chosen to play in the Aztec Bowl in Monterrey, Mexico and the All-American Bowl in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[5]

Professional Career[edit]

Melicharek was not highly regarded as an NFL prospect out of college due to his small size and playing for a Division 3 college. He participated in an NFL Regional Combine in New York/New Jersey, but was not signed by any teams. Melicharek was signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League on May 29, 2013.[6]

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