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Will Svitek
T #76
Newbury Park, Calif.
Offensive Line
TOTAL 79 21
2014 TEN 5 3
2013 NE 13 2
2011 ATL 16 10
2010 ATL 16 0
2009 ATL 13 2
2007 KC 13 4
2006 KC 2 0
2005 KC 1 0

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      Ninth-year pro joins Bengals as a free agent in 2014 ... Played in 13 games with two starts for New England last season, and also played in both of the Patriots’ postseason games ... Has played in 74 NFL games with 18 starts in regular season and four games with two starts in postseason ... Prior to 2013, played with Kansas City (2005-07) and Atlanta (2009-12).
      Ninth-year pro joins Bengals as a free agent in 2014 ... Played in 13 games with two starts for New England last season, and also played in both of the Patriots’ postseason games ... Has played in 74 NFL games with 18 starts in regular season and four games with two starts in postseason ... Prior to 2013, played with Kansas City (2005-07) and Atlanta (2009-12).

    Career transactions: Selected by Kansas City in sixth round of 2005 NFL Draft (187th overall) ... Signed with Chiefs on 7-28-05 ... Chiefs contract expired after 2007 season ... Re-signed with Chiefs as restricted free agent on 4-18-08 ... Waived by Chiefs on 8-30-08 ... Signed with Atlanta as free agent on 2-12-09 ... Signed contract extension with Falcons on 3-1-11 ... Falcons contract expired after 2012 season ... Signed with New England as unrestricted free agent on 3-17-13 ... Patriots contract expired after 2013 season ... Signed with Cincinnati as free agent on 6-11-14.

    2013: Signed with New England as unrestricted free agent (from Atlanta) and helped Patriots to a 12-4 season and berth in AFC Championship game (lost to Denver) ... Inactive for Games 1-3 due to injury and played in last 13 regular-season games, plus both postseason contests ... Patriots were winners in his two starts at ROT as an injury replacement, averaging 30.5 points in wins Dec. 1 at Houston and Dec. 8 vs. Cleveland ... Also saw significant action at ROT in
34-31 win Nov. 24 vs. Denver.

    Previous seasons: 2005—Sixth-round Kansas City draft choice played in one game, Nov. 6 vs. Oakland, and was on roster as game day inactive for the other 15 contests ... Was converted to OL after playing DE in college. 2006—Played in spring for Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe, helping team to World Bowl championship and league rushing title ... Played in two games for Kansas City before being played on Reserve/Injured list with knee injury on Oct. 28. 2007—His four starts came in the season’s last four games, as an injury replacement ... First career start was Dec. 9 at Denver. 2008—Waived by Kansas City at conclusion of preseason ... Not with an NFL team in regular season. 2009—Signed with Atlanta as free agent and played in 13 games with two starts for 9-7 team. 2010—Played in all 16 games for Atlanta’s 13-3 NFC South championship team, and credited with a start in Divisional playoff vs. Green Bay when he took opening snap as an extra blocking TE. 2011—Played in every game, with 10 starts at LOT, for Falcons team that earned Wild Card playoff spot with 10-6 record ... Started at LOT in playoff at N.Y. Giants ... Took over as starting LOT as an injury replacement on Oct. 23 at Detroit and did not relinquish the spot, credited in coaches’ statistics with allowing only 1.5 sacks on 376 pass plays as a starter ... Aided QB Matt Ryan’s performance of 29 TD passes with just 12 INTs. 2012—Spent entire season on Atlanta’s Reserve/Injured list, due to arm injury.

    Tough road to U.S.: Svitek was born in 1982 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, then a Communist nation, and when he was two, his parents left the country in secret with him and his three brothers. Telling any questioners that they were on a “day hike,” the family walked 14 hours through mountainous country before reaching Austria. They then spent eight months in a refugee camp until being legalized to come to the United States. “My parents were hard-working immigrants who came here to achieve the American Dream and help their sons reach their full potential,” Svitek says. “I think they instilled it in me to do everything well.”

    College: Played 38 games at Stanford, primarily at DE ... Had 60 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one INT ... Also saw brief action at TE.

    Personal: Hometown is Newbury Park, Calif., 44 miles east of Los Angeles ... Attended Newbury Park High School, where he played DE and TE and earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior from USA Today ... Also as a prep senior, named Ventura County High School Athlete of the Year ... Won two Junior Olympics decathlon national championships as a high school athlete ... Traveled to Middle East in 2009 as part of NFL group visiting U.S. military ... Has participated in NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Programs at Harvard Business School, Wharton School of Business (at University of Pennsylvania), Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern) and Stanford Business School ... Last name is pronounced “SVEE-tek.”

    NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Svitek did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2008 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games that season.

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