Michael Andrew Seidman (born February 11, 1981) is a former American football tight end. He was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at UCLA.
|Born:||February 11, 1981|
Westlake Village, California
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||261 lb (118 kg)|
(Thousand Oaks, California)
|NFL Draft:||2003 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Early life and high schoolEdit
Seidman was born in Westlake Village, California, and is Jewish. His mother is Jewish and his father is Catholic (his paternal grandfather had also been Jewish), and Seidman was raised with "little religion". He played youth football for the Westlake Braves. He played high school football at Westlake High School in Westlake Village, California, under head coach Jim Benkert (1995–98). His teammates included Zac Wasserman, a former Penn State quarterback recruit and USC long snapper, and fellow tight end Joe Boskovich (who was injured with an ACL tear during his and Seidman's senior season).
Seidman played college football at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he played mostly on special teams as a true freshman. He played in 10 out of 11 games his first year; he would not miss another game the rest of his college career. He led the team in yards-per-catch average in his junior year.
As a senior, he was one of the three finalists for the John Mackey Award, which is given to the best tight end in the nation. He was the team's MVP, made All-Pac-10 honors, and set a school record for most receiving yards by a tight end.
He returned from injury at the start of the 2004 NFL season, and scored the first two touchdowns of his career against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; the second came while lying on his back in the end zone.
He tore his ACL again in 2006, and was cut from the Panthers in the offseason. He then signed with the Colts on May 8, 2007. However, he was placed on the injured reserve on August 4, 2007.
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