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Ben Gottschalk
No. --     
Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-02-15) February 15, 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth: Santa Monica, California
Career information
College: SMU
Undrafted in 2014
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Kansas City Chiefs ( 2014)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2016
Games played     2
Games started     1

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 lifeEdit

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 Rivals.com and Scout.com 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 careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

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 BuccaneersEdit

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

San Francisco 49ersEdit

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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "49ers Waive/Injured OL Ben Gottschalk". http://www.49ers.com/news/article-2/49ers-WaiveInjured-OL-Ben-Gottschalk/b8787c9a-f503-4603-8c93-bc341c9378a5. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  2. "Jewish Football Players of the Year (and Sporty Rabbis) | Bloggish". Jewish Journal. January 28, 2014. http://www.jewishjournal.com/bloggish/item/jewish_football_players_of_the_year_and_sporty_rabbis. 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. http://blogs.dailynews.com/preps/2009/09/10/hs-foot-q-and-a-with-notre-dam/. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  4. "Notre Dame's Kasdorf is the new king of sling - latimes". November 1, 2008. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/nov/01/sports/sp-sondheimer1. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  5. "College Sports: Ex-SMU OL Ben Gottschalk signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers | SportsDay". http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/collegesheadlines/2015/04/09/ex-smu-ol-ben-gottschalk-signs-with-tampa-bay-buccaneers. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160315115959/http://www.smumustangs.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/gottschalk_ben00.html. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  7. "Ben Gottschalk, Tampa Bay, Pro-Style Quarterback". https://247sports.com/player/ben-gottschalk-4369. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  8. "Ben Gottschalk - CA Track and Field Profile". October 8, 2013. http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/Athlete.aspx?AID=1168681#/L0. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  9. Smith, Scott (April 9, 2015). "Buccaneers Add Two to Roster". http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-smith/Buccaneers-Add-Two-to-Roster/342f2c2a-e19e-483b-8caa-b13ec07cbcb9. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  10. "Football: Gabe Marks is on Jewish Sports Review's All-America team". http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/varsitytimesinsider/2013/03/football-gabe-marks-is-on-jewish-sports-reviews-all-america-team.html. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  11. Smith, Scott. "Buccaneers Add Two to Roster". http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-smith/Buccaneers-Add-Two-to-Roster/342f2c2a-e19e-483b-8caa-b13ec07cbcb9. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160315100730/http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/49ers-part-ways-ol-ben-gottschalk. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  13. "49ers Sign OL Ben Gottschalk And 2 More, Waive 2 Others « CBS Sacramento". June 16, 2015. http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/06/16/49ers-sign-ol-ben-gottschalk-and-2-more-waive-2-others/. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  14. "49ers, Ben Gottschalk agree to $56,118 injury settlement". Niners Nation. August 18, 2015. http://www.ninersnation.com/2015/8/18/9173607/49ers-ben-gottschalk-agree-to-56118-injury-settlement. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  15. Press, Associated (January 5, 2016). "Buccaneers sign 9 players to reserve/futures contracts" (in en-US). The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/buccaneers-sign-9-players-to-reservefutures-contracts/2016/01/05/f9c33020-b3f7-11e5-8abc-d09392edc612_story.html.
  16. Smith, Scott (September 3, 2016). "Bucs Trim Roster to 53". Archived from the original on August 7, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170807072107/http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-smith/Buccaneers-Trim-Roster-to-53/497131d1-73d4-477a-9857-dabc52dfaf49.
  17. Smith, Scott (September 5, 2016). "Bucs Form Practice Squad". Archived from the original on August 7, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170807073104/http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-smith/Buccaneers-Form-2016-Practice-Squad/886664da-3a04-4f34-abb4-4189c88e579a.
  18. Smith, Scott (November 12, 2016). "Gottschalk & Russell Promoted to Active Roster". Archived from the original on May 7, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180507085842/http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-smith/Gottschalk--Russell-Promoted-to-Active-Roster/f1f0c13f-5a9d-40f3-ac45-a38f79550862.
  19. Smith, Scott (November 22, 2016). "Josh Allen, Javien Elliott Promoted". Archived from the original on September 7, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170907075445/http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-smith/Josh-Allen-Javien-Elliott-Promoted/d14c5022-f76b-401b-b25c-da4eec3b9372.
  20. Smith, Scott (May 1, 2017). "Bucs' Rookie Free Agents Flesh Out Roster". http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-smith/Bucs-Rookie-Free-Agents-Flesh-Out-Roster/0bbae856-9641-489b-bc56-2349782ddfb7. Retrieved May 5, 2017.

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