Jared Veldheer

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Jared Veldheer
Jared Veldheer.JPG
At a game in Denver in October 2010.
No. 68 Arizona Cardinals
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-06-14) June 14, 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight: 321 lb (146 kg)
Career information
High school: Grand Rapids (MI) Forest Hills Northern
College: Hillsdale
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • AFCA first-team All-America honors (2009)
  • AFCA first-team All-Region honors (2009)
  • Sporting News Division II Preseason All-American honors (2009)
  • First-team All-GLIAC honors (2008)
  • Hillsdale's Offensive Lineman of the Year (2008, 2007)
  • Offensive Player of the Week (Week of September 21, 2008)
  • Second-team All-GLIAC honors (2007)
  • Offensive Freshman of the Year honors (2006)
  • All-Conference honors (2005)
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 53
Games started: 48
Stats at NFL.com

Jared Veldheer (born June 14, 1987) is an American football offensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hillsdale.

Early life and college[edit]

Veldheer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Jim and Mary Veldheer. He has two siblings, one older brother (Aaron Veldheer) and a younger sister (Meghan Veldheer). Jared graduated from Forest Hills Northern High School in 2005. In high school, Veldheer was named Most Valuable Lineman and played two years of varsity basketball, and his high school football coach Brent Myers graduated from Hillsdale College, the NCAA Division II college that Veldheer would attend. In 2008, Veldheer was co-captain of the Hillsdale Chargers football team. After the 2009 season, the American Football Coaches Association named him First-Team All-American. Veldheer is an alumnus of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Veldheer was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round (69th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. At the conclusion of the 2010 preseason, he was named Oakland's starting center, beating out veteran Samson Satele.[2] However, after the first game, Veldheer was moved back to offensive tackle, replaced at center by Satele for the rest of the season, and began sharing time with veteran Mario Henderson.[3] By midseason, Veldheer had supplanted Henderson to become the Raiders' full-time starting left tackle.[4] On opening day of the 2011 NFL season, he started at left tackle next to rookie Stefen Wisniewski and the offensive line cleared the way for 190 rushing yards and a victory over the Denver Broncos.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On March 11, 2014, Veldheer signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals.[5]


  1. ^ "#66 Jared Veldheer". Hillsdale College. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ Corkran, Steve (September 4, 2010). "Jared Veldheer gets call as Raiders' starting center". Mercury News. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  3. ^ Corkran, Steve (September 22, 2010). "Raiders notebook: Coach Tom Cable will continue to rotate Mario Henderson, rookie Jared Veldheer at left tackle". Mercury News. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  4. ^ Corkran, Steve (October 22, 2010). "Raiders notebook: Injured quarterback Bruce Gradkowski misses seventh straight practice". Mercury News. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  5. ^ Gantt, Darin. "Cardinals land their left tackle in Jared Veldheer". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Jared Veldheer at Wikimedia Commons