Richard Seigler
No. 54, 95
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1980-10-19) October 19, 1980 (age 43)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:Chaparral (Las Vegas, Nevada)
College:Oregon State
NFL draft:2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 127
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Richard Joseph Seigler (born October 19, 1980) is the current defensive line assistant coach[1] of the Portland State Vikings college football team and former NCAA All-American[citation needed] and National Football League (NFL) linebacker. He was drafted out of Oregon State University in 2004 by the San Francisco 49ers.[2] In November 2005, he was acquired by the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing with them during their Super Bowl XL winning season. He finished up his playing years with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL before moving on to his coaching career. Seigler played under the tutelage of National Championship Head Coach Dennis Erickson and Mike Riley in the college ranks. In the NFL, he played under Super Bowl Championship coaches Mike Tomlin and Bill Cowher.

Early years

Seigler was born and raised in Las Vegas and attended Chaparral High School. Seigler was the oldest of 9 children, having 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Seigler was selected First-team All-Sunrise Conference as a Linebacker and Wide receiver as a senior.[3] Seigler was also a basketball player, and was selected All-Conference at Forward while leading his team in scoring and rebounding.[4] Commenting on Seigler's natural leadership ability and selection as an OSU Team Captain, Brooks Hatch of the Corvallis Gazette-Times wrote, "It's a rare honor for an underclassman. In the past 30-odd years only 4 other non-senior Beavers have earned that distinction."[5]

Career highlights and awards

College career statistics

2007 investigation

Although the case was dismissed and Seigler was innocent, in May 2007, a Las Vegas news affiliate learned that Seigler was under investigation in connection to a prostitution ring operating in the city. He was released from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Seigler surrendered himself to Pittsburgh police and U.S. Marshals and was accused of pandering and providing transportation for a prostitute.[20] All charges were dismissed in March 2008, and he expressed a desire to play in the NFL again. The Steelers did not reacquire Seigler after all charges were dropped. Seigler then ventured to play in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts and work his way back into the NFL. In 2010 Nigel Burton, Head Coach of the Portland State Vikings, offered Seigler a spot on the coaching staff. Burton told the Portland Tribune, "It's unfortunate his name got dragged through the mud. I believe in second chances, but to be honest, this isn't even a second chance for the guy. He is working hard. You can't kick him out of the office. He wants to be a great coach. He and I are a lot alike in that regard. We love a challenge. You question me and my character, I'll show you. You question my ability to coach, I'll show you. That's how he is. That's why I love him, and I'm glad he is here."[21]

References

  1. ^ "Portland State Hires New Assistant". Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  2. ^ "2004 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 6, 2023.
  3. ^ "Vegas Preps All-Conference Football Teams". November 25, 1998.
  4. ^ "Seigler Steelers Profile". Retrieved April 5, 2006.
  5. ^ "Passion, Compassion Gazette-Times".
  6. ^ "The Pac-10 All-Decade Team Selection".
  7. ^ "OSU All-Decade Selection". Retrieved January 20, 2010.
  8. ^ "OSU's top 10 players of the 2000s".
  9. ^ "OSU's Richard Seigler To Play In East-West Shrine Game".
  10. ^ "MLB Richard Seigler: Named team co-Most Valuable Player".
  11. ^ "Beavers 2003 Season Wrap Up".
  12. ^ "Seigler On Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List".
  13. ^ "#22 Beavers Look To Remain Unbeaten In Pac-10 Play". Retrieved October 12, 2003.
  14. ^ "OSU Beavers Team Captains Announced".
  15. ^ "Beavers On Trophy Watch List". Retrieved September 12, 2002.
  16. ^ "OSU Benny's Awards".
  17. ^ "Vegas Preps All-Conference Football Teams". November 25, 1998.
  18. ^ "OSU All-Decade Selection". Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  19. ^ "Oregon State Beavers Records Book".
  20. ^ "Charges Dismissed for NFL Linebacker Seigler". Retrieved March 11, 2008.
  21. ^ "Vikings Give Seigler a Shot at Coaching". Retrieved August 26, 2010.