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Sebastian Vollmer
No. 76     New England Patriots
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: July 10, 1984 (1984-07-10) (age 25)
Place of birth: Düsseldorf, Germany
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
College: Houston
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58
Debuted in 2009 for the New England Patriots
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Games played     14
Games started     8
Fumbles recovered     0
Stats at NFL.com

Sebastian Georg Vollmer (born July 10, 1984 in Düsseldorf, Germany) is an American football offensive tackle for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Houston.

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Early years

Born in Düsseldorf, Germany, Vollmer did not start playing American football until he was 14 years old. He attended Quirinus Gymnasium, a secondary school in Neuss, Germany. He played American football for the Düsseldorf Panthers and helped his team to a 25-0 record and two national Junior Bowl wins. After appearing in the 2004 Global Junior Championships in San Diego, California, he was recruited by college coaches as a 250-pound tight end.

College career

Vollmer was recruited to play college football by several schools, but chose to attend the University of Houston beginning in 2004. When Vollmer first arrived at Houston, he was a tight end who barely spoke English. He redshirted his freshman season in 2004, and appeared in eight games as a reserve tight end in 2005. After requiring back surgery as a sophomore, Vollmer switched to left tackle, where he started 25 straight games for Houston. At Houston, Vollmer's offensive line coach was Joe Gilbert, who had previously worked at the University of Toledo, where he coached another Patriots lineman, Nick Kaczur.[1] As a senior, he was named to the First Team All-Conference USA at left tackle.

Professional career

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Pre-draft

Vollmer was not invited to the NFL Combine, but did have a private workout with Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia prior to the 2009 NFL Draft.[1]

New England Patriots

2009 season

Vollmer was drafted by the Patriots in the second round (58th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. On July 17, he signed a four-year contract.[2]

Vollmer made his official NFL debut in the Patriots' first game of the season. He made his first start at left tackle, filling in for an injured Matt Light, in the Patriots' record-setting 59–0 victory in Week 6 against the Tennessee Titans, and started the next four games. After being sidelined for two weeks with a head injury, Vollmer made his sixth start of the season in Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers; Vollmer lined up at both left tackle and right tackle, in place of veteran tackle Nick Kaczur, during the game. Vollmer started the Patriots' next two games after Kaczur was injured, and when Kaczur returned in Week 17, Vollmer continued to start at right tackle, including the Patriots' playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

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