Hjalte Froholdt
No. 77 – Houston Texans
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born: (1996-08-20) August 20, 1996 (age 25)
Svendborg, Denmark
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:306 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school:IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
College:Arkansas
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 4 / Pick: 118
Career history
Roster status:Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
  • Second team All-SEC (2018)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2020
Games played:8
Games started:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Hjalte Froholdt (YELL-duh FROH-holt;[1] born August 20, 1996) is a Danish professional American football guard for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Early years

Froholdt began playing football in his native Denmark for the Svendborg Admirals. After spending his sophomore year as an exchange student at a high school in Warren, Ohio, he returned to Denmark and played for the Søllerød Gold Diggers during his junior year.[2] He then attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, his senior year before signing to play with the University of Arkansas.[3]

College career

Froholdt was recruited to Arkansas by then–head coach Bret Bielema, who in 2019 was the defensive line coach for the New England Patriots.[3]

In 2015, Froholdt played as a defensive lineman for the Razorbacks before switching to the offensive line in 2016. He played 13 games at left guard in 2016 and another 12 in 2017, not allowing a sack in 2017. He played three games at center in 2018 before moving back to left guard.[3]

In 2019, Froholdt worked Super Bowl LIII as a broadcaster for the Danish media.[3]

Professional career

New England Patriots

Froholdt was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. He is only the second native of Denmark to be drafted by an NFL team (the first was kicker Morten Andersen in 1982).[4]

On August 31, 2019, he was placed on injured reserve as a result of a shoulder injury he sustained in Week 4 of preseason against the New York Giants.[5]

On November 21, 2020, Froholdt was waived by the Patriots.[6]

Houston Texans

On November 23, 2020, Froholdt was claimed off waivers by the Houston Texans.[7] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on December 17, 2020,[8] and activated on January 13, 2021.[9]

On August 31, 2021, Froholdt was waived by the Patriots and re-signed to the practice squad.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ "Hjalte Froholdt". Arkansas Razorbacks. May 8, 2015. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Cox, Zack (April 27, 2019). "Meet Hjalte Froholdt, Patriots' Most Interesting 2019 NFL Draft Pick". NESN.com. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Hass, Trevor (April 27, 2019). "5 things to know about Patriots draft pick Hjalte Froholdt". Boston.com. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "NFL draft 2019: Patriots draft OG Hjalte Froholdt with the 118th pick". Pats Pulpit. April 27, 2019.
  5. ^ Alper, Josh. "Patriots put Hjalte Froholdt, Derek Rivers on injured reserve". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  6. ^ "Patriots make a series of roster transactions". Patriots.com. November 21, 2020.
  7. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (11-23-20)". HoustonTexans.com. November 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (12-17-20)". HoustonTexans.com. December 17, 2020. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  9. ^ "Texans' Hjalte Froholdt: Activated from COVID list". CBSSports.com. January 13, 2021. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  10. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (8-31-2021)". HoustonTexans.com. August 31, 2021.
  11. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (9-1-2021)". HoustonTexans.com. September 1, 2021.