Robert Gallery

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Robert Gallery
Robert Gallery.JPG
No. 76, 72
Tackle / Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-07-26) July 26, 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth: Manchester, Iowa
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school: Winthrop (IA) East Buchanan
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Debuted in 2004 for the Oakland Raiders
Last played in 2011 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Games played 139
Games started 139
Fumbles recovered 4
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Robert J. Gallery (born July 26, 1980) is an American former college and professional football player who was a guard in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He played college football for the University of Iowa, and received All-American recognition. The Oakland Raiders selected him with the second overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, and he also played for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and briefly joined the New England Patriots.

Early years[edit]

Gallery was born in Manchester, Iowa. He attended East Buchanan High School in Winthrop, Iowa, and starred in football, basketball and track. In football, he played tight end and linebacker, and also handled punting and kickoff duties. He was an all-conference honorable mention selection as a sophomore before being named first-team all-conference as a junior and senior. Gallery helped his high school team to a three-year record of 24-8, including a 19-2 record in district play. He was a Des Moines Register Class 1A first-team all-state selection as a senior.

College career[edit]

Gallery went to the University of Iowa, and played for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from 1999 to 2003. His older brother, Nick, had been an All-Big Ten punter for the Hawkeyes, and his younger brother, John, later became a punter for the Hawkeyes. After red-shirting in 1999, Gallery had three catches for 52 yards as a starting tight end as a freshman before moving to the tackle position. He started six games at right tackle as a freshman.

As a sophomore, Gallery started every game at left tackle and made vast improvements throughout the year. He helped Iowa lead the Big Ten Conference in scoring in 2001 as Iowa qualified for their first bowl game in four years. As a junior in 2002, Gallery started all 13 games at left tackle and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. He helped lead Iowa to their first Big Ten title in 12 years and their first undefeated conference season in eighty years. He also won the team's Hustle Award.

In 2003, Gallery led Iowa to another ten-win season and was voted as Iowa's co-captain and co-MVP for the season. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the second straight year and named the Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American as a senior in 2003. He was awarded the 2003 Outland Trophy, making him the third offensive lineman from Iowa to win the award (Alex Karras and Cal Jones being the other two). He was also a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection at Iowa.

Gallery graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Iowa. As part of his pre-professional training, he taught at two local elementary schools, Lincoln and Weber.

Professional career[edit]

2004 NFL Draft[edit]

Regarded as "the best lineman to come out of college in years",[1] Gallery was selected with the second overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. With a perfect 9.0 Draft Prospect Rating, the highest for any offensive lineman, he became the second offensive lineman in University of Iowa history to be drafted in the first round.[2]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 7 in 323 lb 4.88 s 1.65 s 2.85 s 4.34 s 7.37 s 30 in 8 ft 9 in 34 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

In 2004, he started 15 games at right tackle and gave up 3 sacks. In 2005, he started all 16 games at right tackle and gave up 3.5 sacks. The Raiders moved him to left tackle at the beginning of the 2006 preseason. In the Raiders' first game of the 2006 regular season, Gallery was part of an offensive line that gave up nine sacks (at least 3 charged to him) to the San Diego Chargers. He played in 13 games during the season and gave up 10.5 sacks, placing him 4th in the league for most sacks given up, despite missing 3 games. In 2007, Oakland coaches moved Gallery to left guard.

Although Gallery had generally been considered a bust at the left tackle position for which he was drafted and had limited success at the right tackle position, he performed much better as a left guard.[4]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On July 27, 2011, Gallery agreed to join the Seattle Seahawks with a reported 1-year 7.3 Million dollar deal.[5]

New England Patriots[edit]

On March 19, 2012, Gallery signed with the New England Patriots on a 2-year 13 Million dollar deal.[6] Gallery announced his retirement from professional football on August 4, 2012.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ King, Peter (April 26, 2004), "In A League Of His Own", Sports Illustrated 
  2. ^ "Robert Gallery". The Official Site of the Oakland Raiders. Archived from the original on August 19, 2006. Retrieved September 3, 2006. 
  3. ^ NFL Draft Scout. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  4. ^ "Report: Patriots Sign OL Robert Gallery". WBZ website. March 19, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ Seahawks release Robert Gallery
  6. ^ Patriots add offensive line help, sign mammoth monster Robert Gallery
  7. ^ Reiss, Mike (Aug. 4, 2012). "Robert Gallery announces retirement". ESPNBoston. Retrieved Apr. 4, 2014. 

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