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|Date of birth:October 19, 1980|
|Place of birth: Las Vegas, Nevada|
|College: Oregon State|
|NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 127|
|Debuted in 2004 for the San Francisco 49ers|
|Last played in 2008 for the Toronto Argonauts|
Career NFL statistics
Richard Joseph Seigler is the current defensive line assistant coach of the Portland State Vikings college football team and former NCAA All-American and NFL Linebacker. He was drafted out of Oregon State University in 2004 by the San Francisco 49ers. In November 2005, he was acquired by the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing with them during their Super Bowl XL winning season. He finished up his playing years with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL before moving on to his coaching career. Seigler played under the tutelage of National Championship Head Coach Dennis Erickson and Mike Riley in the college ranks. In the NFL, he played under Super Bowl Championship coaches Mike Tomlin and Bill Cowher.
Seigler was born and raised in Las Vegas and attended Chaparral High School. Seigler was the oldest of 9 children, having 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Seigler was selected First-Team All-Sunrise Conference as a Linebacker and Wide receiver as a senior. Seigler was also a basketball player, and was selected All-Conference at Forward while leading his team in scoring and rebounding. Commenting on Seigler's natural leadership ability and selection as an OSU Team Captain, Brooks Hatch of the Corvallis Gazette-Times wrote, "It's a rare honor for an underclassman. In the past 30-odd years only 4 other non-senior Beavers have earned that distinction."
Career highlights and awards
- Super Bowl XL Champion
- Oregon State Beavers Co-MVP (along with Dwan Edwards and Steven Jackson)
- 1st Team Defense All-Star LB (Pac-10)
- Surpassed All-American Inoke Breckterfield to become OSU's All-Time Defensive Point Record Holder with 1,344
- Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List
- Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List
- Las Vegas Bowl Champion
- OSU Football Team Captain
College career statistics
- 356 tackles (#4 Best Mark Ever at Oregon State)
- 53 Tackles-For-Loss Career (7 TFL in a single game against Arizona State 10/20/2001. #1 on Oregon State All-Time List)
- 7 sacks
- 4 recovered fumbles
- 17 pass breakups
- 9 interceptions (1 INT returned for 65-yard Touchdown)
- 49 Consecutive Starts (2nd All-Time at Oregon State)
Although the case was dismissed and Seigler was innocent, in May 2007, a Las Vegas news affiliate learned that Seigler was under investigation in connection to a prostitution ring operating in the city. He was released from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Seigler surrendered himself to Pittsburgh police and U.S. Marshals and was accused of pandering and providing transportation for a prostitute. All charges were dismissed in March 2008, and he expressed a desire to play in the NFL again. The Steelers did not reacquire Seigler after all charges were dropped. Seigler then ventured to play in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts and work his way back into the NFL. In 2010 Nigel Burton, Head Coach of the Portland State Vikings, offered Seigler a spot on the coaching staff. Burton told the Portland Tribune, "It’s unfortunate his name got dragged through the mud. I believe in second chances, but to be honest, this isn’t even a second chance for the guy. He is working hard. You can’t kick him out of the office. He wants to be a great coach. He and I are a lot alike in that regard. We love a challenge. You question me and my character, I’ll show you. You question my ability to coach, I’ll show you. That’s how he is. That’s why I love him, and I’m glad he is here."
- "Portland State Hires New Assistant". Retrieved 2010-08-03.
- "Vegas Preps All-Conference Football Teams".
- "Seigler Steelers Profile". Retrieved 2006-04-05.
- "Passion, Compassion Gazette-Times".
- "The Pac-10 All-Decade Team Selection".
- "OSU All-Decade Selection". Retrieved 2010-01-20.
- "OSU's top 10 players of the 2000s".
- "OSU's Richard Seigler To Play In East-West Shrine Game".
- "MLB Richard Seigler: Named team co-Most Valuable Player".
- "Beavers 2003 Season Wrap Up".
- "Seigler On Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List".
- "#22 Beavers Look To Remain Unbeaten In Pac-10 Play". Retrieved 10-12-2003. Check date values in:
- "OSU Beavers Team Captains Announced".
- "Beavers On Trophy Watch List". Retrieved 2002-09-12.
- "OSU Benny's Awards".
- "Vegas Preps All-Conference Football Teams".
- "OSU All-Decade Selection". Retrieved 2010-08-03.
- "Oregon State Beavers Records Book".
- "Charges Dismissed for NFL Linebacker Seigler". Retrieved 2008-03-11.
- "Vikings Give Seigler a Shot at Coaching". Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- Vikings Football Coach Profile
- Vikings Give Seigler a Shot
- Dee Andros taught Beavers importance of the rivalry
- Steelers reserve Kemoe'atu is "just happy to be here"
- Steelers Visit WWE SmackDown
- Oregon State Football Team Accolades
- They Always Have Answers
- Toronto Argonauts profile page
- Chaparral product Seigler starting strong with 49ers
- Bronko Nagurski Watch List 2003-2004
- Steelers Motivate Troops Overseas from Super Bowl XL Media Day
- Duty Calls For This Blue Collar Beaver
- 95.5 The Game Radio Interview