Nick Keizer
No. 82, 48
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1995-05-02) May 2, 1995 (age 26)
Portage, Michigan
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:251 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school:Portage Northern
(Portage, Michigan)
College:Grand Valley State
Undrafted:2018
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:6
Receiving yards:63
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Nick Keizer (born May 2, 1995) is a former American football tight end. He played college football at Grand Valley State.

Early years

Keizer was born to a family of Latvian descent,[1] and grew up in Portage, Michigan. He attended Portage Northern High School where he played baseball and football. As a senior, he had 19 receptions for 353 yards and three touchdowns on offense and 28 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and two sacks on defense and was named Division 2 All-State and selected to play in Michigan's East-West All Star Game.[2]

College career

Keizer was a member of the Grand Valley State Lakers, redshirting as a true freshman. As a redshirt senior, Keizer was named first team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) after leading tight ends in the conference with 29 receptions for 504 yards and nine touchdowns.[3] Keizer finished his collegiate career with 45 receptions for 734 yards and 11 touchdown receptions.[4]

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Keizer was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He was cut at the end of training camp but was re-signed to the team's practice squad. He signed a futures deal after the season, but was released.[5]

Kansas City Chiefs

Keizer was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on May 31, 2019.[6] He was waived during final roster cuts, but was re-signed to the practice squad and remained there for the rest of the season. He signed a futures contract with the team on February 4, 2020 and made the team coming out of training camp in 2020.[7][8] Keizer made his NFL debut in the season opener on September 10, 2020, against the Houston Texans, serving as the team's second tight end and making a tackle on special teams in a 34–20 win.[9]

Keizer re-signed to a one-year contract with the Chiefs on March 23, 2021.[10] He announced his retirement on August 8, 2021.[11]

References

  1. ^ @Latvia_USA (February 7, 2021). "In today's Super Bowl LV, Latvian Nick Keizer will play for the @Chiefs! 🏈 We are all rooting for you, Nick! #ChiefsKingdom #SuperBowl 🇱🇻" (Tweet). Retrieved June 10, 2021 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Wickliffe, Greg (June 20, 2013). "Portage Northern's All Star Nick Keizer plays the game with a physical edge". MLive.com. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Zadorozny, Chris (March 15, 2018). "Keizer shines at GVSU Pro Day". The Holland Sentinel. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  4. ^ Kerkhoff, Blair (May 31, 2019). "KC Chiefs sign tight end Nick Keizer, according to report". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  5. ^ "Ravens' Nick Keizer: Signs futures deal with Baltimore". CBSSports.com. January 8, 2019. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  6. ^ Goldman, Charles (May 31, 2019). "Report: Chiefs to sign TE Nick Keizer". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  7. ^ Goldman, Charles (February 4, 2020). "Report: Chiefs sign practice squad TE Nick Keizer". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  8. ^ Taylor, Nate (September 3, 2020). "After superb camp, Chiefs TE Nick Keizer appears set to make his NFL debut". The Athletic. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  9. ^ Goldman, Charles (September 11, 2020). "Chiefs snap counts, Week 1: Rookies dominate 2020 debut". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  10. ^ "Chiefs' Nick Keizer: Re-ups with Kansas City". CBSSports.com. March 23, 2021. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  11. ^ Alper, Josh (August 8, 2021). "Chiefs place Nick Keizer on retired list, sign Bryan Witzmann". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.