Andrew Gachkar

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Andrew Gachkar
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Gachkar in 2011.
No. 52 Dallas Cowboys
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-11-04) November 4, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth: Overland Park, Kansas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley
College: Missouri
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 7 / Pick: 234
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2015
Tackles: 120
Sacks: 2.0
Interceptions: 0
Force Fumbles: 1
Touchdowns: 1
Stats at

Andrew Gachkar (born November 4, 1988) is an American football linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Missouri.

Early life[edit]

Gachkar grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. He attended Blue Valley West High School, where he played both running back and linebacker.

College career[edit]

Gachkar, rated the number 12 overall prospect in the state of Kansas, chose to play collegiately at the University of Missouri. He was a 2 year starter for the Tigers, where he was coached by Dave Steckel. In 2009 he played at the strongside linebacker position, then moving to weakside linebacker in 2010 to replace All-American Sean Weatherspoon. He finished the 2010 season with 84 tackles.[1]

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Gachkar was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 234th overall pick in the 7th round of the 2011 NFL Draft. On July 28, 2011, he was signed to a four-year deal with the Chargers.[2]

Since being drafted by the Chargers, Gachkar has been one of the team's most valuable special team player. He also has played well as a reserve linebacker. Since coming to the league, he has never missed a game.[3] On November 23, 2014 Gachkar scored his first NFL touchdown against the Rams on a fumble recovery and score. Gachkar received more playing time due to injuries and John Paganos rotations a linebacker, he played 15 games for the 2014 season.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Gachkar signed with the Dallas Cowboys for a two-year, $5.5 million contract on March 15, 2015.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Gachkar overcame a life-threatening ailment to even be able to play football. In 2007, after his freshman year at Missouri, he was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.[5] He had developed a blood clot because his collarbone and rib cage were too close together to allow proper blood flow through his veins. As a result, he underwent major surgery to remove one of his ribs, and a second surgery after another clot developed. Gachkar spent more than 20 hours in surgery and nearly a month in the hospital and he lost 30 pounds. The surgeries initially put his football future in doubt, but Gachkar was diligent in his rehabilitation and he made it back for the 2008 season without missing a game.[6]

Gachkar married Lauren Nuckolls, a former Missouri Tiger volleyball player and his high school sweetheart, on March 23, 2013.[7]


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