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Rich Seubert
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Seubert on July 28, 2007 the first day of New York Giants training camp at the University of Albany
No. 69     
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-03-30) March 30, 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth: Stratford, Wisconsin
Career information
College: Western Illinois
Undrafted in 2001
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants ( 2001 2010)
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLII)
Games played     104
Games started     88
Stats at NFL.com

Richard T. "Rich" Seubert (/ˈsɔɪbərt/; born March 30, 1979) is a former American football guard who played his entire career with the New York Giants of the National Football League.

High school careerEdit

Seubert was born in Stratford, Wisconsin[1] attended Columbus Catholic High School in Marshfield, Wisconsin, and was a standout in football, basketball, and baseball. He helped lead his football and basketball teams to two state championships each.[2]

College careerEdit

Seubert attended Western Illinois University and played tight end as a freshman. In his sophomore year he moved to tackle[citation needed] and was a first team All-Gateway honoree as a senior.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Seubert joined the New York Giants as an undrafted Free Agent in 2001.[4] He made an impression on the Giants, and in his second season, he started at left guard for every game.

Seubert was at the center of an officiating controversy in the 2002 NFC playoffs, where the Giants faced the San Francisco 49ers. The Giants, who had led by a score of 38-14, were trailing 39-38 when Matt Bryant had a chance to kick a game-winning field goal. When Trey Junkin botched the snap, Seubert, an eligible receiver on the play, went out to try to catch holder Matt Allen's pass. Allen underthrew Seubert, who was grabbed and pulled down by Chike Okeafor, apparently drawing a pass interference penalty. Instead, an illegal man downfield penalty was called on Seubert, ending the game. The next day the NFL revealed that Seubert had checked in prior to the play, but one of his downfield teammates, Tam Hopkins, had not. Okeafor's interference call and the Hopkins call would have offset the penalties and forced a replaying of the down. The NFL drew a fair amount of criticism for the non-call on Seubert's play.[5] The NFL later issued an official apology to the Giants in the offseason.[6] The play ended up on NFL Top 10's Top Ten Meltdowns[7] at #10 and #7 on Top Ten Controversial Calls.[8]

During a game against Philadelphia in October 2003, Seubert was blocking when his opponent N. D. Kalu stepped on the back of his right leg, breaking Seubert's tibia, fibula, and ankle.[9] After 5 surgeries,[10] he returned to play in 2005, mainly on special teams, or filling in for injured players, as Chris Snee had taken over as the starter.[4] In December, he made his first start since the injury, helping Tiki Barber rush for a team-record 220 yards.[11] His starting job was given back to him in the 2007 season.

The Giants began to use Seubert as a tight end in 2006, but due to his jersey number (69), he must be announced over the public address system by the referees as an eligible receiver when he plays in that position. He was announced in this way roughly 20 times per game.[4]

On March 24, 2008, he signed a 3-year extension through 2012.[12]

Seubert started 16 games for the Giants in 2010, playing both guard and center. Seubert received praise for his solid performance from GM Jerry Reese, who remarked he was the MVP of the team.

On July 28, 2011, the Giants announced they released Seubert.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Seubert is married and has three children. Hailey (Youngest), Isaac (Middle), and Hunter (Oldest). They live in Warren, New Jersey where he coaches football at Watchung Hills Regional High School.[14] Seubert has been a deer hunter since childhood.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Rich Seubert NFL Profile". nfl.com. http://www.nfl.com/players/richseubert/profile?id=SEU065571. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
  2. Canavan, Tom (January 17, 2008). "Tickets, family, cold, brauts: Rich Seubert on the NFC title game". USA Today. Associated Press. https://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/2008-01-17-890910363_x.htm. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  3. Carlson, Nathan (November 10, 2004). "Life in the Fast Layne". Western Courier. http://media.www.westerncourier.com/media/storage/paper650/news/2004/11/10/Sports/Life-In.The.Fast.Layne-799739.shtml. Retrieved June 6, 2010.[dead link]
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Branch, John (December 8, 2006). "As a Tight End, Seubert Makes a Grand Entrance". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/08/sports/football/08giants.html?fta=y. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  5. "Giants-49ers game ended with missed interference penalty". CNNSI.com. Associated Press (CNN/Sports Illustrated). January 6, 2003. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2003/playoffs/news/2003/01/06/niners_error_ap/. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  6. Thiel, Art (January 8, 2003). "Blown call leads to great one". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. http://www.seattlepi.com/thiel/103211_thie08.shtml?dpfrom=thead. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  7. "NFL Videos: Top 10 meltdowns in NFL history". Nfl.com. July 23, 2012. http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-top-ten/09000d5d82ac35eb/Top-10-meltdowns-in-NFL-history. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  8. "NFL Videos: Top 10 controversial calls". Nfl.com. June 3, 2010. http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d8187af4c/Top-10-controversial-calls. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  9. SportsNetwork. "Giant's OL Seubert Placed on IR". WCVB-TV website. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120125004352/http://www.thebostonchannel.com/nfl/2568242/detail.html. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
  10. RIEBER, ANTHONY (January 25, 2008). "SUPER BOWL XLII: GIANTS VS PATRIOTS Time is on his side Two-week layoff gives Seubert chance to recover from injur". Newsday: p. A75. https://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/newsday/access/1418119011.html?dids=1418119011:1418119011&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Jan+25,+2008&author=ANTHONY+RIEBER&pub=Newsday+(Combined+editions)&desc=SUPER+BOWL+XLII:+GIANTS+VS+PATRIOTS+Time+is+on+his+side+Two-week+layoff+gives+Seubert+chance+to+recover+from+injury&pqatl=google. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
  11. Gleason, Kevin (December 18, 2005). "Seubert returns to plow way for Barber". Times Herald-Record. http://archive.recordonline.com/archive/2005/12/18/nfl666.htm. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
  12. Vergara, Norman. "Starting Guard Seubert, Giants Sign 3-Year Contract Extension". All Headline News. Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080509123115/http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7010438918. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  13. Mike Garafolo/The Star-Ledger. "Giants to release offensive lineman Rich Seubert". NJ.com. http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/07/giants_to_release_offensive_li.html. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  14. Loftus, Tom (October 3, 2011). "Tears and cheers at HOF gala". The Western Courier. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150201205451/http://www.westerncourier.com/sports/tears-and-cheers-at-hof-gala/article_cc91bbb4-eded-11e0-a1e6-001a4bcf6878.html. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  15. Viera, Mark (November 28, 2010). "From 8-Point Bucks to a 3-Point Stance". New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/sports/football/28giants.html. Retrieved May 11, 2013.

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