Rudy Niswanger

Rudy Niswanger

Rudy Niswanger
At a game in Denver in November, 2010.
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-11-09) November 9, 1982
Place of birth: Monroe, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 301 lb (137 kg)
Career information
College: Louisiana State
Undrafted in 2006
Debuted in 2006 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
* Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Games played 46
Games started 31
Stats at

Rudolph Nelson "Rudy" Niswanger ( ; born November 9, 1982 in Monroe, Louisiana) is a former American football Center (American football). He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Louisiana State.

Early years

He is a native of Monroe, Louisiana, where he attended Ouachita Christian School where he led his team to a 2a State Championship title in Football.[1]

College career

During his college career he started at least one game in every offensive line position. As a senior, he was team captain and was elected as Second Team All-SEC.

Professional career

Kansas City Chiefs

In 2006 season, Rudy signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs and played in five games at two different positions guard, and on special teams in his first season in the league.[1] During the 2007 season, Niswanger appeared in 12 games, including five games as a reserve guard. His season ended on December 2 in a game against the San Diego Chargers when he injured his right knee.[1] He was placed in injured reserve the next day. During the 2008 season, Niswanger became the starting center in the preseason. He started in 15 games, missing one game against the Chargers in Week 15.

A restricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Niswanger re-signed with the Chiefs on April 24. During the offseason, the Chiefs signed veteran Mike Goff, who is expected to compete with Niswanger for the starting center position.[2]

Detroit Lions

Niswanger signed with the Detroit Lions on August 10, 2011. Niswanger was cut by the Lions on September 3, 2011


Niswanger is married to Patricia Hodge of Monroe, Louisiana and they make their home in Overland Park, Kansas, has 4 children (a daughter and twins, one boy and one girl, and a young baby boy). He is CEO of Joe Gear Companies and lives in West Monroe, LA


  1. ^ a b c "RUDY NISWANGER K.C Chiefs Biography". Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  2. ^ Teicher, Adam (March 25, 2009). "Pioli looks for specific qualities in free agents".  

External links

  • Kansas City Chiefs bio
  • LSU Tigers bio