Geoffrey Isaiah Schwartz (born July 11, 1986) is a former American football offensive guard in the National Football League and author. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and played for them from 2008-11. He has also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and Detroit Lions. Schwartz played college football at the University of Oregon, for the Oregon Ducks. He started for three years at right tackle, and in his senior year was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection.
Schwartz with the Carolina Panthers in 2010
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|Born:||July 11, 1986|
Los Angeles, California
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||340 lb (154 kg)|
|High school:||Palisades Charter|
(Pacific Palisades, California)
|NFL Draft:||2008 / Round: 7 / Pick: 241|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Schwartz is Jewish, and was raised in Conservative Judaism, observing all the Jewish holidays. He attended Hebrew school and synagogue Adat Shalom in West Los Angeles. His Hebrew name is Gedalia Yitzhak. When he is on the road during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, he carries a menorah with him and lights its candles in his hotel room.
Schwartz did not start playing football until age 13. Firstly, he was too heavy for the weight requirements of the local youth program. Secondly, his parents wanted him to instead focus on studying for his Bar Mitzvah.
Schwartz attended Palisades Charter High School. There, he was the starting center on the basketball team. He was also an All-League pitcher in baseball, throwing in the upper-80s miles-per-hour. As a pitcher, he had a 13–6 record with a 1.30 ERA, 4 saves, and 130 strikeouts in his last two years.
In addition, he played football for the high school team, on both the offensive line and the defensive line. He played tackle and guard on offense, and nose guard, defensive end, and defensive tackle on defense. He was rated first-team All-City and All-Westside by the L.A. Times, California's 5th-best offensive line recruit by Tom Lemming, among the top 75 prep prospects in California by Super Prep, 36th on the Rivals.com list of the nation's top offensive tackle prospects, and included among the Tacoma News Tribune's Western One-hundred selections.
Schwartz played college football at the University of Oregon. His major was political science. He started for three years at right tackle, playing in 41 games (36 starts). He had the team's best record in the squat strength training exercise, at 505 pounds (229 kg).
In 2005, as a sophomore, he started all 12 games and allowed only three sacks. In 2006, as a junior, he played in 12 games with 11 starts. In 2007, as a senior he started all 13 games and helped the team lead the Pac-10 in rushing for a second consecutive year. He was a second-team 2007 All-Pac-10 selection. Schwartz holds the Pac-10 record for rushing by a right tackle, at 3 yards.
Carolina Panthers (2008–11)Edit
In 2009, he played in all 16 games with 3 starts at right tackle. In 2010, he started all 16 games (the first 5 at right tackle, and the last 11 at right guard), and played 1,016 snaps. In 2011, he was projected to start at right guard again, but suffered an injured right hip consisting of a hip impingement (a bone spur in his femur that tore his hip cartilage) during practice. He spent the season on the injured reserve list, and had hip surgery in September 2011.
Minnesota Vikings (2012)Edit
On March 21, 2012, Schwartz signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings. He played right guard in parts of 13 games for the team in 2012, and helped running back Adrian Peterson rush for 2,097 yards, just 9 yards short of the NFL single-season record.
Kansas City Chiefs (2013)Edit
Schwartz was expected to compete either with Donald Stephenson to start at right tackle, or with Jon Asamoah and Jeff Allen for playing time at guard. On October 27, Geoff played against his brother, Mitchell, for the first time.
He played in all 16 games for the Chiefs, starting 7 of them, moving into the starting lineup at right guard in the latter part of the season. He received a plus-18.6 Pro Football Focus grade in 549 snaps, the highest grade of any Chiefs offensive lineman, and was rated as the top free-agent guard by the site. Pro Football Focus wrote:
"Schwartz has played as well as any [guard] not named Evan Mathis on a per-snap basis the last two years.... has an overall grade of +24.1 in 792 snaps (full season is typically 1000+ snaps) since he missed the whole 2011 season with a hip injury. While he had a superb year in pass protection with a pass blocking efficiency of 97.3 (ranked 11th), Schwartz’ calling card is his run blocking. He has elite power at the point of attack, but he also rarely gets beat cleanly. He had the sixth-lowest percentage of run snaps that took a downgrade among all guards."
New York Giants (2014–15)Edit
On March 12, 2014, Schwartz signed a four-year, $16.8 million deal with $6.2 million guaranteed with the New York Giants. ESPN reported that he was in line to start, most likely at left or right guard, for the Giants. PFF and Rotoworld had rated him the #1 free agent guard. In the Giants' third preseason game against the New York Jets, Schwartz suffered a broken toe and missed the first eleven weeks of the regular season. After his return, he started against the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars. In the game against the Jaguars, he suffered a broken ankle and was ruled out for the rest of the season.
On November 29, 2015, Schwartz sustained a broken left leg in the Week 12 loss to the Washington Redskins. During the 2015 season, Schwartz started 11 games at guard for the Giants before missing the final five games due to injury. On December 1, 2015, Schwartz was placed on season-ending injured reserve. On February 10, 2016, Schwartz was released by the Giants.
Detroit Lions (2016)Edit
On February 21, 2017, Schwartz announced his retirement from the NFL.
Schwartz married in March 2014. Schwartz was co-author of Eat My Schwartz: Our Story of NFL Football, Food, Family, and Faith with his brother, Mitchell. It was published on September 6, 2016. He currently works as a writer for SB Nation and hosts his own podcast titled Block'em Up.
His brother, offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz, was a second-round pick and currently plays in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs. Geoff is the older of the two, an inch taller, and 20 pounds heavier. Geoff credits an excess of matzah ball soup and latkes for their size.
Schwartz is "proud to be a role model to young Jewish kids and athletes, letting them know it's possible for them to reach their goals." “We can’t have a minyan,” referring to the Jewish requirement of 10 Jewish adults to conduct a service. Geoff and Mitchell are the first Jewish brothers to play in the NFL since Ralph Horween and Arnold Horween in 1923.
I started out worrying that they were going to get hurt, but then I realized it was the other players I should be worrying about. They were like trucks hitting small cars. And I started to kind of feel like maybe this was their destiny.
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- Pennington, Bill (November 30, 2015). "Giants Lose Geoff Schwartz for Season as Injuries Pile Up". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
- Kratch, James (December 1, 2015). "Giants place Geoff Schwartz on season-ending injured reserve, bring back Adam Gettis". NJ.com. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
- Orr, Conor (February 10, 2016). "Giants release Beatty, Schwartz; Jon Beason retires". NFL.com. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
- "Lions sign free agent OL Geoff Schwartz". Detroit Lions. March 30, 2016. Archived from the original on March 31, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
- "Detroit Lions start first wave of cuts, release Geoff Schwartz". freep.com. August 29, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
- Schwartz, Geoff (February 21, 2017). "I'm retiring from the NFL with no regrets". SBNation.com.
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- Tony Grossi (June 8, 2012). "Rookie Mitchell Schwartz is fitting in perfectly at right tackle". ESPN. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- "When the Browns play the Chiefs it will be the Schwartz-bowl for two brothers". WaitingForNextYear. October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Randy Covitz (October 23, 2013). "Chiefs' Schwartz balances football and his Jewish faith". KansasCity.com. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Barnathan, Lee (April 25, 2012). "Nothing trivial about these Jews on the gridiron". Jewish Journal. Retrieved March 15, 2013.