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Nick Sundberg (born July 29, 1987) is an American football long snapper for the Washington Redskins in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of California. He signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He was also a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Nick Sundberg
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Sundberg in 2017
No. 57 – Washington Redskins
Position:Long snapper
Personal information
Born: (1987-07-29) July 29, 1987 (age 32)
Phoenix, Arizona
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school:Phoenix (AZ) North Canyon
College:California
Undrafted:2009
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:120
Tackles:13
Player stats at NFL.com

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Early lifeEdit

Sundberg was born in Phoenix, Arizona and played high school football at North Canyon High School. He played left tackle until his junior season, when the coaches moved him to center. Since the previous long snapper had graduated, his coaches also made him the long snapper that season. It was at this point, that Sundberg began training with Ben Bernard. Ben Bernard was Sundberg's offensive and defensive line coach at North Canyon.[1] Sundberg also trained under him to become a better long snapper. They trained 5–6 days a week including lifting weights after Sundberg's senior season.[2] Under Bernard's tutelage, Nick was able to earn a full scholarship to the University of California Berkeley. Sundberg continues to train with Bernard every off-season in Phoenix and now assists him in the training of younger long snappers.[3]

During his senior year, Sundberg was the team's captain and was named All-region honorable mention.

Sundberg also participated in wrestling and track and field at North Canyon.

College careerEdit

Sundberg attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he played in 52 consecutive games and served as the long snapper for his entire four-year college career. He won the starting job in preseason as a true freshman and served as the long snapper on field goals and punts in all 13 games all four years at Cal.[4]

Sundberg graduated with a degree in legal studies in three-and-a-half years.

Professional careerEdit

Carolina PanthersEdit

Sundberg was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Carolina Panthers on April 28, 2009. He was waived by the Panthers on August 7, 2009.

Baltimore RavensEdit

Sundberg was signed to the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens on December 23, 2009.[5]

Washington RedskinsEdit

 
Sundberg at Redskins training camp in 2012

On January 29, 2010, Sundberg signed a futures contract with the Washington Redskins.[6] By the start of the 2010 season, he beat out Pro Bowl long snapper Ethan Albright, who was released early in the preseason, and free agent acquisition, James Dearth, for the team's long snapper position.[7]

In the 2012 season opener win against the New Orleans Saints, Sundberg broke his left arm late in the first half of the game and continued to play throughout the second half.[8][9] On September 11, 2012, he was placed on the injured reserve list, but was designated to return and the Redskins signed Justin Snow to replace him.[10][11] On November 6, the Redskins activated Sundberg from injured reserve list.[12]

Originally set to become a restricted free agent for the 2013 season, Sundberg agreed to a four-year contract to stay with the Redskins on March 10, 2013.[13] In the Week 6 game against the Dallas Cowboys in 2013, he tore the meniscus in his right knee and was placed on injured reserve the next day.[14]

On January 23, 2017, Sundberg signed a four-year contract extension with the Redskins.[15][16]

On December 15, 2018, Sundberg was placed on injured reserve with a back injury.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Sundberg resides in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona during the offseason.[18] Sundberg, with the Redskins Charitable Foundation, helped fund and start the Loads of Love program in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. [19] The program aims to boost school attendance by installing washers and dryers in schools and homeless shelters that focus on families with young children. Sundberg was the Redskins nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2017.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Somers, Kent. "Ben Bernard's long snapping program going strong". AZ Central. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  2. ^ Murphy, Brian (December 14, 2011). "Nick Sundberg Loves Life as a Long Snapper". Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Yanda, Steve (August 12, 2012). "Redskins training camp: Long snapper Nick Sundberg has no competition". Washington Post. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "Player Bio: Nick Sundberg". University of California, Berkeley. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
  5. ^ "Ravens Sign Second Long Snapper". Baltimore Ravens. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
  6. ^ Fitzgerald, Gary (January 29, 2010). "Redskins Sign Long Snapper Sundberg to Roster". Redskins.com.
  7. ^ Fitzgerald, Gary (August 17, 2010). "Redskins Sign Dearth to Compete At Long Snapper". Redskins.com. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  8. ^ Klempko, Robert (September 10, 2012). "Redskins long snapper plays half with broken arm". USAToday.com. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  9. ^ Jones, Mike (September 9, 2012). "Nick Sundberg plays with broken arm". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  10. ^ Maske, Mark (September 11, 2012). "Redskins expected to place Nick Sundberg on injured reserve". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  11. ^ Tinsman, Brian (September 11, 2012). "Redskins Shuffle Roster, Practice Squad". Redskins.com. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  12. ^ Tinsman, Brian (November 6, 2012). "Redskins Activate Sundberg, Clear Brown". Redskins.com. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  13. ^ Jones, Mike (March 10, 2013). "Long snapper Nick Sundberg agrees to deal with Redskins". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  14. ^ Jones, Mike (October 14, 2013). "Redskins lose Kehl, Sundberg for the year with knee injuries". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  15. ^ Czarda, Stephen (January 23, 2017). "Redskins Re-Sign Long Snapper Nick Sundberg". Redskins.com.
  16. ^ Keim, John (January 23, 2017). "Kirk Cousins headed to Pro Bowl; Nick Sundberg re-signs". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  17. ^ "Redskins Sign Matt Flanagan, Joshua Holsey, Andrew East; Waive Kapri Bibbs, Marcus Smith". Redskins.com. December 15, 2018.
  18. ^ Odeen, Domingo (September 22, 2012). "Washington Redskins Long Snapper became media darling after playing with broken arm". AZ Central. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  19. ^ https://www.facebook.com/dan.steinberg.311. "Redskins' Nick Sundberg's Loads of Love program aims to wash away absenteeism". Washington Post. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  20. ^ "Nick Sundberg Named Washington Redskins Nominee For Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year Award". www.redskins.com. Retrieved December 29, 2018.

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