Mike Kiselak
No. 63, 71
Position:Center / Guard
Personal information
Born: (1967-03-09) March 9, 1967 (age 55)
North Tarrytown, New York
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:295 lb (134 kg)
Career information
High school:Pine Bush (NY)
College:Maryland
Undrafted:1990
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played:15
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Michael John Kiselak (born March 9, 1967 in North Tarrytown, New York) is a former American football guard in the Canadian Football League for the Sacramento Gold Miners, San Antonio Texans and Toronto Argonauts. He also was a member of the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League, San Antonio Riders in the World League of American Football and San Francisco Demons in the XFL. He played college football at the University of Maryland.

Early years

Kiselak attended Pine Bush High School, where he played as a two-way player (defensive and offensive tackle).[1] He also practiced baseball.

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Maryland to play under head coach played for Bobby Ross. He began his college career playing on defense as a defensive tackle. As a sophomore, he registered 16 tackles, one interception and one quarterback sack at nose guard.[2]

As a junior, he was converted into a guard to improve the offensive line depth and started the last seven games.[3] He was a regular starter as a senior and after his game against Wake Forest University, he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week.[4]

Professional career

Kiselak was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs after the 1990 NFL Draft on May 1st,[5] and was waived on August 27.[6]

In 1991, he was selected by the San Antonio Riders in the fourth round of the WLAF Draft, playing in the inaugural season of World League of American Football. He started as an offensive tackle protecting the future Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.[7] On July 16, 1991, he signed with the Houston Oilers. He was released on August 19.[8]

In 1992, he signed with the Riders and was named the starter at offensive tackle. On June 2, 1992, he was signed by the New York Giants.[9] He was cut on August 24.

On April 7, 1993, he signed with the Sacramento Gold Miners of the CFL, where he was converted into a center.[10][11] After two years he signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Texans and played with them until the team folded. He was selected by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 1996 CFL Dispersal Draft. On April 4, 1996, he was traded before the season started to the Toronto Argonauts in exchange for offensive tackle John Terry.[12]

Kiselak played center for the Argonauts, where he protected Doug Flutie and helped the team win two Grey Cups. He was an All-Star and received the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award in consecutive years.[13]

In 1998, he seized the opportunity and moved to the NFL to play for the Dallas Cowboys. He made the team as a 31-year-old rookie, after showing he could play three different positions. He passed Clay Shiver on the depth chart, starting the last 7 games at center. In 1999, he was placed on the injured reserve list, after suffering a career threatening left knee injury (tore his lateral meniscus, anterior cruciate, medial cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments) during the first full-team workout on July 30.[14]

In 2001, he came back from his knee injury and was selected in the 14th round of the XFL supplemental draft by the San Francisco Demons.[15] He was a starter at center until the league folded.[16]

Personal life

Since 2007, Kiselak has been one of the board of directors for Kids Matters International, a children's charity organization. Where he has helped clothe thousands of children in need through the organizations local outreach called "Around the Block". Michael and his wife since 1992, Kim, have been involved in clothing kids since his playing days in Dallas in 1998.[17] He is also a church minister under Church on the Rock- International and a motivational speaker.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Bushmen manage tie with Ellenville". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Terrapins Leave Unfulfilled". Washington Post. November 17, 1989. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Terrapins Finish Spring Hoping To Plug Holes". Washington Post. April 25, 1988. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Tech Players Honored". The Rock Hill Herald. October 17, 1989. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Chiefs sign eight players". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "'Dice graduate Sither happy to be a Rider". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Three Players Sign On With the Giants". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  11. ^ "Gold Miners to make history again in 2nd season". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  12. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  13. ^ "Former Argo Kiselak KEEPING Busy After Football". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "Injuries Mount For Cowboys". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  15. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "Man of God among Demons". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2010-09-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2010-09-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)