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Kory Lichtensteiger

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Lichtensteiger at Redskins 2011 training camp.
No. 78 Washington Redskins
Position: Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-22) March 22, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth: Van Wert, Ohio
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Career information
High school: Convoy (OH) Crestview
College: Bowling Green
NFL draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 108
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
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Games played: 85
Games started: 67
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Kory Adam Lichtensteiger (born March 22, 1985) is an American football center for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Bowling Green State University.

Lichtensteiger has also played for the Minnesota Vikings.

Early years

Lichtensteiger played high school football at Crestview High School in Convoy, Ohio where he was a four-year scholar athlete in both basketball and football. During his time at Crestview, he was named a first-team All-Northwest Conference offensive and defensive lineman. His other awards included conference Lineman of the Year in his junior and senior seasons, and First-Team All-Ohio on both his junior and senior year.

College career

Lichtensteiger became a member of the Bowling Green State University football team in 2003. In his 5 years with the team he received numerous honors including being chosen as a team captain and being named to All-MAC, Academic All-MAC and national All-American lists.

He was redshirted his freshman year and played center on the scout team.

During his second year on the team, Lichtensteiger was moved to offensive guard. He started all 12 games that season and was named Second Team All-MAC and a Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American.

In his sophomore season, Lichtensteiger started all 11 games and was once again named Second Team All-MAC. As a junior, he was shifted back to center and started 12 games. On the field he was named First-Team All-MAC and Co-MVP of the team. Off the field he was named to the Academic All-MAC team.

In his final season with the Falcons, he was named pre-season First-Team All-MAC. He started 13 games and was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy and a semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy.[1] [2]

Kory graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree.

Professional career

2008 NFL Draft

<td colspan="20" align="center">All values from NFL Combine[3][4]</td>
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 310 lb 5.25 s 1.75 s 2.98 s 4.56 s 7.60 s 23.0 in 8 ft 8 in – reps

Lichtensteiger was considered the No. 4 center available in the 2008 NFL Draft.[5] He was selected by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round (108th overall).

Denver Broncos

On Monday, July 21, 2008, Lichtensteiger signed a four-year contract with the Broncos. He joined the team as a backup center who could also fill in at guard.[6]

The Broncos waived Lichtensteiger on September 4, 2009.

Minnesota Vikings

Lichtensteiger was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings on September 6. He was waived on September 29.

Washington Redskins

Lichtensteiger signed a future contract with the Washington Redskins on January 12, 2010.[7] He was reunited with head coach Mike Shanahan, whom he played for in his rookie season with the Broncos. In his first season with the Redskins, he became the starting left guard of the offensive line.

In the 2011 season, Lichtensteiger would be put on injured reserve after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles.[8]

On March 3, 2012, the Redskins tendered an original round qualifying contract to Lichtensteiger, which would allow the Redskins to receive an additional fourth round pick if he were to sign with another team.[9][10] On March 20, he signed his one-year, $1.26 million restricted free agent tender.[11] Despite his ACL being fine, he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to clean out floating particles in the knee on July 30 and missed the entire 2012 preseason.[12][13] After missing the entire preseason, he was able to play and start in the season opener win against the New Orleans Saints. On December 18, the Redskins named him the winner of the 2012 Ed Block Courage Award for how well he recovered from his ACL tear in the previous season.[14]

Set to become a free agent for the 2013 season, Lichtensteiger agreed to a five-year deal with the Redskins on March 9, 2013.[15][16] After the Redskins released Will Montgomery on March 14, 2014, they announced plans to shift Lichtensteiger from guard to center for the 2014 season.[17][18]


  1. "Draft Player Profiles - Kory Lichtensteiger". Archived from the original on 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  2. "Player Bio: Kory Lichtensteiger". Bowling Green State University Athletic Department. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  3. NFL Combine Profile
  4. NFL Draft Scout Profile
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  6. "Lichtensteiger gets four-year deal with modest signing bonus". Denver Post. July 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  7. "Redskins Sign Offensive Lineman Kory Lichtensteiger". Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  8. "Eagles Vs. Redskins Injury Update: Kory Lichtensteiger Has Torn ACL, MCL, Out For Year". Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  9. "Redskins Tender Contract to Lichtensteiger". Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  10. "Redskins to make TE Fred Davis their franchise player". Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  11. "Redskins G Kory Lichtensteiger signs his restricted free agent tender". Retrieved 2012-03-20. [dead link]
  12. Jones, Mike (July 30, 2012). "Redskins’ injuries: Jonathan Goff is done for the season, Kory Lichtensteiger has knee surgery". Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  13. Tinsman, Brian (July 30, 2012). "Lichtensteiger Likely To Miss Preseason". Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  14. Tinsman, Brian (December 18, 2012). "Lichtensteiger Named Ed Block Award Winner". Redskins. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  15. Jones, Mike (March 9, 2013). "Guard Kory Lichtensteiger agrees to terms on new deal". Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  16. Wesseling, Chris (March 9, 2013). "Kory Lichtensteiger, Washington Redskins reach deal". Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  17. Jones, Mike. "Redskins release center Will Montgomery". Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  18. Keim, John (April 30, 2014). "Kory Lichtensteiger likes switch to center". Retrieved 2014-05-10. 

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