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Steven Charles Emtman (born April 16, 1970) is
a former professional football player. He played six
seasons as a defensive lineman in the NFL. He was the first overall
selection in the 1992 NFL Draft.
Emtman was born in Spokane, Washington, grew up in
nearby Cheney, and graduated from Cheney
High School in 1988. Lightly recruited, he accepted a football
scholarship to the University of Washington in Seattle to play for head coach Don James.
He redshirted in 1988, but soon became a star as a sophomore on
a resurgent defense in 1990. Washington went 10-2 and won the Rose Bowl for the
first time in 9 seasons. He was considered the best overall player
on the 1991 Husky undefeated national
championship team. A consensus All-American,
Emtman won the Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award,
was the Bill Willis Award winner and
the UPI Lineman of the
Year. He also was being named the Pac-10 Defensive
Player of the Year during his impressive junior year of 1991.
He finished fourth in the balloting for the Heisman
He was voted into the College Football Hall of
Fame in 2006.
He decided to forgo his senior year and declared himself
eligible for the 1992 NFL Draft. At 6'4" and 290 lb
(130 kg)., he was the first overall pick, selected by the Indianapolis
Colts. One of his most memorable plays was the game-sealing
90-yard interception return for a touchdown in the final minute of
an upset win at the Miami Dolphins in his rookie year.
Emtman's NFL career was marred by injuries. Playing a majority
of his games on Astroturf, he finished each of his three
seasons with the Colts on the injured reserve list.
Nine games into his rookie year, he blew out his left knee. The
following season, he tore the patellar tendon in
his right knee, an injury that no previous NFL player had ever returned
from. In October 1994, he beat the odds and made his
comeback at home against
the team he had grown up following, the Seattle Seahawks. On his first play,
he tackled Chris Warren for a
5-yard loss. However, in the second quarter, he ruptured a disc in his neck in a
collision with a teammate. Emtman continued to play, even though
after the game, he could not close his fists due to nerve damage
from the injury. He managed to play three more weeks until
continuing pain forced him to undergo season-ending surgery.
He later played for the Miami Dolphins and Washington
Redskins. His playing career ended following the 1997 season at
the age of 27.
Steve Emtman had a cameo appearance as himself in the 1994
feature film Little Giants, along with Bruce
Smith, Tim Brown, Emmitt Smith, and John Madden.
Emtman now volunteers as the defensive line coach for the af2's Spokane Shock.
Emtman now lives in Spokane Valley, Washington,
where he is a successful real estate developer.