Rudy Niswanger
At a game in Denver in November, 2010.
No. 64     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-11-09) November 9, 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth: Monroe, Louisiana
Career information
College: Louisiana State
Undrafted in 2006
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Kansas City Chiefs ( 2006 2010)
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-SEC (2005)
Games played     56
Games started     31
Stats at

Rudolph Nelson Niswanger (/ˈnzwɒŋər/ nyze-WONG-ər; born November 9, 1982) is a former American football center. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Louisiana State.

Early yearsEdit

He is a native of Monroe, Louisiana, where he attended Ouachita Christian High School. He led his team to a 2A State Championship title in Football.[1]

College careerEdit

During his college career, he started at least one game in every offensive line position. As a senior, he was team captain and was elected as Second Team All-SEC.

Professional careerEdit

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

In 2006 season, Rudy signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs and played in five games at two different positions guard, and on special teams in his first season in the league.[1] During the 2007 season, Niswanger appeared in 12 games, including five games as a reserve guard. His season ended on December 2 in a game against the San Diego Chargers when he injured his right knee.[1] He was placed in injured reserve the next day. During the 2008 season, Niswanger became the starting center in the preseason. He started in 15 games, missing one game against the Chargers in Week 15.

A restricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Niswanger re-signed with the Chiefs on April 24. During the offseason, the Chiefs signed veteran Mike Goff, who competed with Niswanger for the starting center position.[2]

Detroit LionsEdit

Niswanger signed with the Detroit Lions on August 10, 2011. Niswanger was cut by the Lions on September 3, 2011

Personal lifeEdit

Niswanger is married to Patricia Hodge of Monroe, Louisiana and they make their home in Monroe, Louisiana, and they have 5 children. He is CEO of Joe Gear Companies.


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