Steve Scifres
No. 72, 77
Position:Guard
Personal information
Born: (1972-01-22) January 22, 1972 (age 50)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:Colorado Springs (CO) Mitchell
College:Wyoming
NFL Draft:1997 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:7
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR · ArenaFan.com

Steven William Scifres (born January 22, 1972) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints. He played college football at the University of Wyoming.

Early years

Scifres attended Mitchell High School and the Air Force Academy Prep School. In 1989, he was named the area's "Player of the Year" as a two-way tackle. He also practiced wrestling.

From 1990 to 1991, he studied at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School. He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Wyoming, where he became one of the greatest offensive linemen in school history. Playing in high scoring passing offenses, he only allowed four sacks (2 as a freshman) during his college career.

As a redshirt freshman, he started 12 games at left guard on a team that had an 8-4 record and won the WAC title, while receiving "Freshman of the Year" honors. The next year he was switched to right tackle, where he would remain in the following years.

He started every game of his college career (47), was voted two times to the first team All-WAC team, was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy and a second-team All-American in 1996. He was inducted into the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)

Scifres was selected in the third round (83rd overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. At 25 years old, he was expected to be more polished than most rookies, but he struggled in pass protection. His progress was also slowed in training camp, by the fact that he was being used at all three offensive line positions. He was released on September 1, 1998.[1]

Carolina Panthers

On October, 2, 1998, he signed with the Carolina Panthers. On November 5, he was waived to make room for linebacker Ernest Jones.[2]

Miami Dolphins

On November, 25, 1998, he signed with the Miami Dolphins.[3] He was released on December 15.

New Orleans Saints

On February 24, 1999, he signed with the New Orleans Saints, and was assigned to the Frankfurt Galaxy of the NFL Europe, where as a starter he was part of the league's championship team. He was cut by the Saints on September 5. He was added to the practice squad on November 11. He was released on November 23.

St. Louis Rams

On April 18, 2000, he was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Rams. He was assigned to the Scottish Claymores of the NFL Europe, as an injury replacement with five games remaining in the season. He became a starter and helped the team reach the 2000 World Bowl. He was released by the Rams on May 4.

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)

On August 1, 2000, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys, but was released before the season started on August 21.[4]

San Francisco Demons

In 2001, he signed with the San Francisco Demons of the XFL. He was a starter until the league folded at the end of its debut season.

Arena Football League

From 2001 to 2005, he played for five different AFL teams, that included the Arizona Rattlers, Indiana Firebirds, Buffalo Destroyers, Las Vegas Gladiators and New York Dragons.

References

  1. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Donnalley Misses Practice, Is Uncertain For Sunday". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2017.