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|Date of birth:||February 27, 1979|
|Place of birth:||Rockford, Illinois|
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James M. "Jace" Sayler (born February 27, 1979) is a former professional American football defensive tackle. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football at Michigan State.
After Jace's career-ending back injury with the 49ers, he has undergone multiple operations over the years. While traveling for treatments and therapy for his back he met his wife Christine. Jace and Christine have two children and currently[when?] reside in the Midwest where they raise their family.
After graduating from high school, Sayler attended Michigan State University. Sayler switched to defensive tackle in his junior season of 1999, finishing with 46 tackles and three sacks. He started every game of his senior season in 2000, recording 53 tackles.
New England Patriots
Sayler was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots after going undrafted in the 2001 NFL Draft. Sayler made the Patriots' 53-man roster out of training camp and started the 2001 season opener in place of an injured Richard Seymour at nose tackle. He played in two games for the Patriots before being placed on injured reserve on October 5. He was re-signed by the Patriots following the season, but was released on September 1, 2002. He was signed to the Patriots' practice squad two days later, and released again on September 5. He spent the 2002 season out of football.
Sayler was signed by the Washington Redskins on January 2, 2003, and released from the team on July 25, 2003.
San Francisco 49ers
Sayler was signed by the San Francisco 49ers on August 15, 2003, and waived/injured on August 26, 2003 after suffering a back injury.