|Date of birth:December 26, 1982|
|Place of birth: Scarsdale, New York|
|Undrafted in 2006|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Detroit Lions ( 2006)*|
|Career highlights and awards|
|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.  He was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He has two brothers, Alex and Ben.
- Two-time Class C Player of the Year selection at Edgemont Junior – Senior High School in New York.
- Played fullback, linebacker and tight end.
- Rushed for 1,885 yards and 25 scores as a junior.
- 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.
- Finished his career ranked third all-time in New York prep annals in scoring with 504 points.
- Con Edison Scholar-Athlete
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.
- Produced 53 touchdown-resulting blocks for a ground game that totaled 71 rushing touchdowns during his first three seasons at Wisconsin.
- Averaged 10 knockdown blocks per game and made 11 touchdown resulting blocks as a pass protector.
- Preseason All-American and All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report as a senior.
- Inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
- Started every game as a junior and finished third on the team with a career-high 300 rushing yards and a touchdown.
- Played in every game in 2003 as a sophomore and emerged as the starting fullback.
- Elroy Hirsch Football Scholarship.
- Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection as a redshirt freshman.
- Signed by the Lions as an undrafted free agent.
- ↑ "Former Badger gets taste of Israel"[dead link], Jerusalem Post, December 29, 2006
- ↑ "Philadelphia Soul Sign FB's Matt Bernstein and George Layne – AFL" Script error, The Raw Feed, January 18, 2007
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 4.0 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Profile of Bernstein on National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame web site.
- ↑ Badger Chalk Talk Script error, Fall 2002, Volume 02, Issue 3.
- Video highlights of Bernstein.
- "Leader of Edgemont High Team Runs Through the Competition", profile of Bernstein in New York Times, December 3, 2000, by Chuck Slater.