Jeff Grau

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Jeff Grau
No. 58, 47
Position:Long snapper / Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1979-12-16) December 16, 1979 (age 39)
Inglewood, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:257 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Loyola
(Los Angeles, California)
College:UCLA
NFL Draft:2002 / Round: 7 / Pick: 230
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played:27
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Jeffrey Alan Grau (born December 16, 1979) is a former American football long snapper and tight end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins. He played college football at UCLA.

Early years[edit]

Grau attended Loyola High School, where he didn't have a specific position in the football team. As a junior, he played quarterback and defensive tackle, while the next year, he played tight end and defensive end. As a senior, he posted 64 tackles, 6 sacks, 8 receptions for 68 yards. He helped his team become the CIF Division I runner-up and received All-League honors at defensive end.

In baseball, he played as a first baseman and pitcher, earning All-League honors three times and team MVP twice. As a sophomore, he tallied a .373 batting average. As a junior, he had an 8-1 record (1.52 ERA) and a .380 batting average. As a senior, he had a 4-0 record (1.23 ERA) and a .408 batting average.

College career[edit]

Grau walked-on at UCLA, becoming a four-year starter after earning the team's long snapper job during his freshman season.[1] He was awarded a football scholarship prior to his junior season.

Professional career[edit]

Washington Redskins[edit]

Grau was selected by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, to play as a long snapper. He was released on August 27.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

In 2002, the Dallas Cowboys spent resources to sign free agent Jeff Robinson to upgrade the long snapper position, but he tore his Anterior cruciate ligament during training camp. Needing a replacement, the team claimed Grau off waivers on August 28.[2] He played in all 16 games and posted 6 special teams tackles.

On August 6, 2003, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a conditional draft choice (not exercised).[3]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On August 24, 2003, he was released after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to keep Ryan Benjamin as the starting long snapper.[4]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

In 2003, after long snapper Ed Perry was lost for the season with a knee injury, the Miami Dolphins first tried to replace him with Sean McDermott, before signing Grau as a free agent on October 14.[5] He was cut on March 2, 2004, after the team signed William Delahoussaye to compete with Perry.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Redskins' Day 2 Picks". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Cowboys Claim Jeff Grau Off Waivers". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Bucs get Grau from Dallas". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Benjamin's Job Not So Secure". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Wannstedt Replaces Long Snapper Mcdermott". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Long Snapper Perry, Punter Turk Re-up". Retrieved February 19, 2018.

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