Ben Gottschalk

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Ben Gottschalk
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1992-02-15) February 15, 1992 (age 27)
Santa Monica, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:293 lb (133 kg)
Career information
High school:Notre Dame
(Sherman Oaks, California)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2016
Games played:2
Games started:1
Player stats at

Ben Gottschalk (born February 15, 1992) is an American football center who is currently a free agent. He played college football at SMU, and subsequently played in the National Football League (NFL) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Early life[edit]

Gottschalk is Jewish, and is from Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California.[1][2] He has two older brothers, Adam and William.[3][4]

He was a three-star and prospect out of Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, California), Class of 2010.[5][6][7] He was ranked as the 94th-best player in California and the 14th-best center in the US by Rivals, was All-CIF Pac-5 Division First-Team, was a Serra League Most Valuable Lineman, and was a member of the 2008 GSP Super All-State Underclass Team.[6] He also threw the shot put in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.[8]

College career[edit]

Gottschalk played college football at SMU, playing in 47 games, with 24 starts (starting all the team's games his junior and senior years), on the offensive line[1][9] He was a member of the 2012 Jewish Sports Review college football All-American team.[10]

Professional career[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Gottschalk was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs on May 19, 2014.[1] On August 27, 2014, he was waived.[1]

On August 31, 2014, he was signed to the Chiefs' practice squad.[1] On September 9, 2014, he was waived.[1]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Gottschalk signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 9, 2015.[11] On May 28, 2015, he was waived.[1][12]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

On June 6, 2015, he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers to a two-year contract.[1][13] On August 6, 2015, while injured he was waived a few days after undergoing foot surgery.[1][12] On August 7, 2015, he was placed on injured reserve. On August 13, 2015, he was waived from injured reserve. The 49ers paid him an injury settlement worth $56,118.[14]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (second stint)[edit]

On November 25, 2015, Gottschalk was signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad. On January 5, 2016, he signed a reserve/future contract with the Buccaneers.[15]

On September 3, 2016, Gottschalk was released by the Buccaneers as part of final roster cuts.[16] The next day, he was signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad.[17] On November 12, Gottschalk was promoted to the Buccaneers active roster.[18] He suffered a knee injury in Week 11 and was placed on injured reserve on November 22, 2016.[19] On May 1, 2017, he was waived by the Buccaneers.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "49ers Waive/Injured OL Ben Gottschalk". Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "Jewish Football Players of the Year (and Sporty Rabbis) | Bloggish". Jewish Journal. January 28, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "HS FOOT: Q and A with Notre Dame offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk | Daily News High School Sports Spotlight". September 10, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "Notre Dame's Kasdorf is the new king of sling - latimes". November 1, 2008. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "College Sports: Ex-SMU OL Ben Gottschalk signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers | SportsDay". Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Ben Gottschalk, Tampa Bay, Pro-Style Quarterback". Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "Ben Gottschalk - CA Track and Field Profile". October 8, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  9. ^ Smith, Scott (April 9, 2015). "Buccaneers Add Two to Roster". Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "Football: Gabe Marks is on Jewish Sports Review's All-America team". Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  11. ^ Smith, Scott. "Buccaneers Add Two to Roster". Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "49ers Sign OL Ben Gottschalk And 2 More, Waive 2 Others « CBS Sacramento". June 16, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  14. ^ "49ers, Ben Gottschalk agree to $56,118 injury settlement". Niners Nation. August 18, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  15. ^ Press, Associated (January 5, 2016). "Buccaneers sign 9 players to reserve/futures contracts". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  16. ^ Smith, Scott (September 3, 2016). "Bucs Trim Roster to 53". Archived from the original on August 7, 2017.
  17. ^ Smith, Scott (September 5, 2016). "Bucs Form Practice Squad". Archived from the original on August 7, 2017.
  18. ^ Smith, Scott (November 12, 2016). "Gottschalk & Russell Promoted to Active Roster". Archived from the original on May 7, 2018.
  19. ^ Smith, Scott (November 22, 2016). "Josh Allen, Javien Elliott Promoted". Archived from the original on September 7, 2017.
  20. ^ Smith, Scott (May 1, 2017). "Bucs' Rookie Free Agents Flesh Out Roster". Retrieved May 5, 2017.

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