|Date of birth:||June 17, 1977|
|Place of birth:||Marshfield, Wisconsin|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||315 lb (143 kg)|
|NFL draft:||2000 / Round: 7 / Pick: 224|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Mark Tauscher (//; born June 17, 1977) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin. He now provides studio commentary for NFL coverage on Sky Sports in Britain.
While attending Auburndale High School (Auburndale, Wisconsin), Tauscher won three varsity letters in football and baseball along with two varsity letters in basketball, and went to state for basketball in 1992-93. In football, he was a two-time All-Conference honoree, while earning Honorable Mention All-State and team MVP honors as a senior. In basketball, he won All-Conference honors. He was also a member of the National FFA Organization.
Tauscher made the University of Wisconsin–Madison team as a walk-on in 1995. After seeing little action his first two years, Tauscher earned a letter in 1998 and became a starter at right tackle the following year. He contributed significantly as a blocker to Ron Dayne's Heisman Trophy-winning season in 1999. He considered not returning for his 5th year.
Green Bay Packers
During the 2000 NFL Draft, Tauscher was selected by the Packers in the seventh round with the 224th choice overall. He became a starter early in his rookie season, when long-time starter Earl Dotson suffered a back injury at Buffalo.
During the second game of the 2002 season, Tauscher suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament and a torn anterior cruciate ligament. As a result, he underwent surgery and missed the rest of the season. He made a successful comeback, however, and started every game since his return in 2003. However, his streak would come to an end during the 13th game of the 2008 season vs the Houston Texans. Tauscher suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and missed the remaining three games of the season.
After the 2008 season was over, Tauscher became an unrestricted free agent. Tauscher worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs but the Packers eventually re-signed him four games into the 2009 season due to the Packers offensive line struggling to protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He became a free agent after the season again, but re-signed with the Packers on March 14, 2010.
Tauscher started at Right Tackle in the Packers' first four games of the 2010 season until he suffered a shoulder injury in a Week 4 matchup against the Detroit Lions. He was placed on injured reserve on November 12, 2010.
He was released by Green Bay on July 29, 2011.
Tauscher provides commentary and analysis on both the Wisconsin Badgers football radio network and the Green Bay Packers radio network. He appears twice weekly on WKTI radio in Milwaukee during the football season.
Tauscher founded the Trifecta Foundation which stands for Tauscher's Reading Initiative for Every Child to Achieve. He states that he found reading to be very challenging as a young child and credits a third grade teacher and a Pizza Hut "Book It" program with helping build his confidence.
Tauscher married Sarah Helgeson, a biologist at Covance, in early 2009. The couple resides in Madison, Wisconsin.
Tauscher plays USTA tennis for the Madison Area League Tennis (MALT) division.
- Tauscher: 'It has been a lot of fun'
- Don Walker (Oct. 12, 2009) "Packers sign Tauscher". Journal Sentinel
- Packers bring back tackle Tauscher
- "Spencer Havner back with Packers, Mark Tauscher on I.R.". Fox11online.com.
- Packers Ed Block Courage Award
- "End of the line: Tauscher released". ESPN. Retrieved February 12, 2015
- "Trifecta Foundation". Retrieved 11 September 2012.
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