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Matt Bernstein
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Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-26) December 26, 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth: Scarsdale, New York
Career information
College: Wisconsin
Undrafted in 2006
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2006)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Matt Bernstein (born December 26, 1982) is a former American football Fullback. He played college football at University of Wisconsin–Madison. He attempted to play in the Arena Football League after a stint in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions. [1][2] He was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He has two brothers, Alex and Ben.

High schoolEdit

  • Two-time Class C Player of the Year selection at Edgemont Junior – Senior High School in New York.[3]
  • Played fullback, linebacker and tight end.[4]
  • Rushed for 1,885 yards and 25 scores as a junior.[3]
  • Added 37 touchdowns and 2,002 yards on the ground and made 108 tackles with seven forced fumbles as a senior, earning the prep version of the Heisman Trophy for that performance.[3]
  • Finished his career ranked third all-time in New York prep annals in scoring with 504 points.[4]
  • Con Edison Scholar-Athlete[4]

CollegeEdit

As a junior, Bernstein, who is Jewish, fasted in observance of the religious holiday Yom Kippur prior to a game against Penn State. Bernstein recovered from the fast with a "pregame IV bag, and during the game, moved on to turkey slices, fruit and the Penn State defense", according to ESPN.[5][6]

  • Produced 53 touchdown-resulting blocks for a ground game that totaled 71 rushing touchdowns during his first three seasons at Wisconsin.[4]
  • Averaged 10 knockdown blocks per game and made 11 touchdown resulting blocks as a pass protector.[3]
  • Preseason All-American and All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report as a senior.[4]
  • Inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.[7]
  • Started every game as a junior and finished third on the team with a career-high 300 rushing yards and a touchdown.[4]
  • Played in every game in 2003 as a sophomore and emerged as the starting fullback.[4]
  • Elroy Hirsch Football Scholarship.[8]
  • Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection as a redshirt freshman.[4]
  • Signed by the Lions as an undrafted free agent.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Former Badger gets taste of Israel"[dead link], Jerusalem Post, December 29, 2006
  2. "Philadelphia Soul Sign FB's Matt Bernstein and George Layne – AFL" Script error, The Raw Feed, January 18, 2007
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Matt Bernstein Draft Profile". FoxSports.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20070930043920/http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/draft/prospect?contentId=5527532&year=2006. Retrieved September 1, 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 "44 Matt Bernstein". DetroitLions.com. Archived from the original on August 5, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20070805232642/http://www.detroitlions.com/bio.cfm?bio_id=391&season=8. Retrieved September 1, 2007.
  5. Mietkiewicz, Mark. "To play or pray: Yom Kippur and Jewish pro athletes". St. Louis Jewish Light. http://www.stljewishlight.com/news/article_002bdc6e-1b16-11e3-97c8-0019bb2963f4.html. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  6. Maisel, Ivan. "Bernstein feasted on Penn State after fasting". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=maisel_ivan&id=1889871. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  7. Profile of Bernstein on National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame web site.
  8. Badger Chalk Talk Script error, Fall 2002, Volume 02, Issue 3.

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