Brenden Michael Stai (born March 30, 1972) is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive guard in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s. He played college football for the University of Nebraska, and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft, and also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins of the NFL.
Stai aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) in 2016
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|Born:||March 30, 1972|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||312 lb (142 kg)|
|High school:||Anaheim (CA) Esperanza|
|NFL Draft:||1995 / Round: 3 / Pick: 91|
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He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and played for coach Tom Osborne's Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 1991 to 1994. As a senior in 1994, Stai was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American and was a member of the Cornhuskers' team that defeated the Miami Hurricanes 24–17 in the Orange Bowl to win a consensus national championship.
The Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round (91st pick overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft, and he played for the Steelers from 1995 to 1999. Stai earned an AFC Championship with Pittsburgh in 1995; the Steelers presented all players with a ring to commemorate the achievement. Stai's ring was stolen in 2000 during a move to Jacksonville; the ring was returned to Stai in 2009 after someone attempted to sell it to Cash4Gold.com.
In eight NFL seasons, Stai appeared in 105 regular season games and started 96 of them.
- National Football League, Historical Players, Brenden Stai. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1995 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
- Associated Press, "Stolen AFC ring returned to owner nine years later," ESPN (March 10, 2009). Retrieved February 6, 2012.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Brenden Stai. Retrieved February 6, 2012.