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Gabe Ikard
No. 61, 60, 65, 69     
Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-09-26) September 26, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Career information
College: Oklahoma
Undrafted in 2014
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Tennessee Titans ( 2014 2015)*
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (2013)

Gabe Ikard (born September 26, 1990) is a former American football center of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He played college football at Oklahoma and spent parts of four seasons on the active rosters of the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. Ikard is the radio host of “The Franchise Players” on 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City. He also co-hosts “Big 12 Today” on Big 12 Radio (SiriusXM channel 375).

High school careerEdit

Ikard attended Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He had 29 receptions for 542 yards and nine touchdowns as a tight end in 2008, and also recorded 68 tackles and two interceptions, including six sacks and one defensive touchdown. He was named district 4A-1 Defensive Player of the Year, and earned The Oklahoman Little All-City Defensive Player of the Year.[1]

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 15th best tight end prospect in the nation. He committed to Oklahoma over offers from Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and Stanford.

College careerEdit

After redshirting in 2009, Ikard would become the starting left guard for Oklahoma in the final 12 games of the season, while appearing in all 14. In 2011, he started the first three games at left guard before sliding over to center for seven games due to an injury, then returning to left guard for the final three games of the season. He was named a third team All-American by the Associated Press and first team All-Big 12. In 2012, he played in 12 games, starting all 12 at center, while earning first team All-Big 12 honours once again. In his final season in 2013, he started all 13 games while being named first-team All-Big 12 for the third consecutive season.

During his tenure, he was named an Academic All-American three times, and was named the Academic All-American of the Year in 2013.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP<th>Wonderlic</th>
6 ft 4 in 304 lb33 ⅛ in9 ⅝ in 5.10 s 1.81 s 2.95 s 4.37 s 7.30 s 26 in 8 ft 7 in 22 reps<td align="center">41</td>

Tennessee TitansEdit

Ikard signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve following a knee injury in the preseason. He was released during final roster cuts in 2015.[3]

Buffalo BillsEdit

On September 6, 2015, Ikard was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills.[4] On December 5, 2015, the Buffalo Bills released Ikard.[5]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On December 7, 2015, the Cleveland Browns claimed Ikard off waivers from the Buffalo Bills after placing offensive guard Joel Bitonio on injured reserve.[6] Ikard was waived on December 14, 2015 and was replaced by offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson.[7]

Detroit LionsEdit

On December 15, 2015, the Detroit Lions signed Ikard to the active roster after cutting right guard LaAdrian Waddle and placing tight end Brandon Pettigrew on injured reserve.[8] On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the Lions.[9]

Buffalo Bills (second stint)Edit

On September 5, 2016, Ikard was signed to the Bills' practice squad.[10] On September 15, 2016, Ikard was promoted to the Bills' active roster He was released on October 21, 2016.[11][12]

Cleveland Browns (second stint)Edit

Ikard was claimed off waivers by the Browns on October 24, 2016.[13] On August 28, 2017, Ikard was released by the Browns.[14]

Denver BroncosEdit

On October 26, 2017, Ikard was signed to the Denver Broncos' practice squad.[15] He was released on December 5, 2017.[16]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On December 20, 2017, Ikard was signed to the New Orleans Saints' practice squad.[17] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on January 16, 2018.[18]

On April 5, 2018, Ikard announced his retirement from professional football, citing discomfort with having to maintain a weight over 300 pounds (140 kg) and a general frustration with how his NFL career turned out.[19]

Radio careerEdit

In summer of 2017, before he was signed to the Denver Broncos, Gabe Ikard joined the "Franchise Players" radio show on local Oklahoma City radio station 107.7 The Franchise with fellow Sooner Kelly Gregg [20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Harper, Justin (December 26, 2008). "Little All-City defensive player of the year: ‘Crazy’ 2008 for Ikard" (in en-US). NewsOK.com. http://newsok.com/little-all-city-defensive-player-of-the-year-crazy-2008-for-ikard/article/3333041.
  2. "Ikard Academic All-American of the Year" (in en). OU Athletics. December 5, 2013. http://www.soonersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&ATCLID=209332774.
  3. Wolf, Jason (September 6, 2015). "Titans add 2 linebackers off waivers" (in en). The Tennessean. http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/nfl/titans/titansinsider/2015/09/06/titans-add-2-linebackers-off-waivers/71812946/.
  4. Rodak, Mike (September 6, 2015). "Bills claim center Gabe Ikard off waivers from Titans". http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/177905/bills-claim-center-gabe-ikard-off-waivers-from-titans. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  5. "Bills promote RB Mike Gillislee to 53-man roster". December 5, 2016. https://www.buffalobills.com/news/bills-promote-rb-mike-gillislee-to-53-man-roster-16435089. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  6. "Browns claim Gabe Ikard; place Joel Bitonio on injured reserve". https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/browns-claim-gabe-ikard-place-joel-bitonio-on-injured-reserve-16452873. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  7. "Browns place DB Joe Haden on injured reserve, add 2 to roster". https://web.archive.org/web/20170903031954/http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/article-5/Browns-place-DB-Joe-Haden-on-injured-reserve-add-2-to-roster/f0e21efd-7a26-418c-b54d-a176e820525d. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  8. Katzenstein, Josh (December 15, 2015). "Lions waive RT LaAdrian Waddle". Detroit News. http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2015/12/15/lions-waive-rt-laadrian-waddle/77381970/. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  9. "Lions establish 53-man roster". September 3, 2016. Archived from the original on October 15, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171015012008/http://www.detroitlions.com/news/article-1/Lions-establish-53-man-roster/436b48fc-7f92-4d4a-8c0f-05664a3afe93.
  10. "Bills sign four to practice squad". September 5, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20180224052908/http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/Bills-sign-four-to-practice-squad/a34f0d03-676e-4a4d-9a95-79b9fb7da2f4.
  11. "Bills call OL Ikard up from practice squad; release LB Albright". September 15, 2016. https://www.buffalobills.com/news/bills-call-ol-ikard-up-from-practice-squad-release-lb-albright-17691663.
  12. Brown, Chris (October 21, 2016). "Shaq Lawson added to active roster; to make NFL debut Sunday". https://web.archive.org/web/20180301104139/http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/Shaq-Lawson-added-to-active-roster-to-make-NFL-debut-Sunday/bed63901-8ddf-46bf-890a-05e3981077bc.
  13. "Browns claim QB Joe Callahan, OL Gabe Ikard". October 24, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20180519221927/http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/article-5/Browns-claim-QB-Joe-Callahan-OL-Gabe-Ikard/39ce6340-a049-4cf8-b320-a1270d8b6689.
  14. "Browns release OL Gabe Ikard". August 28, 2017. https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/browns-release-ol-gabe-ikard-19272480.
  15. Kelberman, Zack (October 25, 2017). "Broncos sign OL Gabe Ikard to practice squad". https://247sports.com/nfl/denver-broncos/Bolt/Broncos-sign-OL-Gabe-Ikard-to-practice-squad-109457839.
  16. DiLalla, Aric (December 5, 2017). "Broncos place Derek Wolfe on IR, make pair of practice squad moves". https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-place-derek-wolfe-on-ir-make-pair-of-practice-squad-moves-19913722.
  17. Katzenstein, Josh (December 20, 2017). "Saints sign center Gabe Ikard to practice squad: source". http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2017/12/gabe_ikard_saints.html#incart_river_index.
  18. Teope, Herbie (January 16, 2018). "Saints sign 10 players, including De'Vante Harris, to reserve/future contracts". http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/01/saints_sign_10_players_includi.html.
  19. Katzenstein, Josh (April 10, 2018). "Saints offensive lineman Gabe Ikard announces retirement". http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/04/gabe_ikard_retire_saints.html.
  20. Threadgill, Jacob (January 11, 2018). "Franchise Players pairs sports analysis with fun" (in en). https://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/franchise-players-pairs-sports-analysis-with-fun/Content?oid=2993592.

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