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Zach Wiegert
Date of birth: August 16, 1972 (1972-08-16) (age 37)
Place of birth: Fremont, NE
Career information
Position(s): Offensive guard
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 2 / Pick 38
Organizations
 As player:
1995-1998
1999-2002
2003–2006
St. Louis Rams
Jacksonville Jaguars
Houston Texans
Career highlights and awards
Awards: Outland Trophy (1994)
UPI Lineman of the Year (1994)
Jim Parker Trophy (1994)
First-team All-America (1994)
Second-team All-America (1993)
All-Big Eight Conference (1992, 1993, 1994)
Playing stats at NFL.com

Zach Wiegert (born August 16, 1972 in Fremont, Nebraska) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent in the NFL. He started 37 consecutive games at right tackle for the Cornhuskers, helping the University of Nebraska to a national championship as a senior.

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College career

He was the winner of the 1994 Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top interior lineman, First-team All-America and First-team All-Big Eight Conference selection as a senior. Wiegert led NU to its 11th NCAA rushing title (The Huskers averaged 340 yards per game on the ground) and first national title since 1971. In addition to winning the Outland, he was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, a consensus All-American, the UPI Lineman of the Year and the Touchdown Club of Columbus Offensive Lineman of the Year.

In his 46-game career, Wiegert, a three-year starter at right tackle, gave up just one sack en route to earning All-Big Eight honors in 1992, 1993, and 1994, and earned Second-team All-America honors in 1993, helping Nebraska to an undefeated regular season and an Orange Bowl appearance. His No. 72 jersey was retired before the 1995 season.

Professional career

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St. Louis Rams

Wiegert was drafted in the 1995 NFL Draft in the second round (38th selection overall) by the St. Louis Rams. He played with the Rams for four seasons from 1995 to 1998. As a rookie in 1995 he played in five games and started two. He was inactive for first seven games with a left ankle injury suffered in final preseason game. In 1996 he started 16 games at right tackle after lining up at left guard throughout training camp. The next year, under new coach Dick Vermiel, Wiegert moved to right guard and started 15 games. He caught one-yard pass to give Rams a first down on game-winning drive that resulted in Jeff Wilkins’ 25-yard FG with four seconds remaining at Washington (11/30/1997). He also scored first-career TD after recovering Jerald Moore’s fumble in the end zone at Carolina (12/20/1997). He was granted free agency on February 13, 1998, and re-signed with Rams on June 17, 1998. In 1998 he started 13 games at right guard for St. Louis. He missed three games with a knee injury. He was designated by Rams as transition player on February 12, 1999, and was re-signed by the Rams on March 24, 1999. He was released by Rams on April 28, 1999, after had become expendable since Rams had signed Adam Timmerman to play right guard.

Jacksonville Jaguars

He played four more seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1992 to 2002. He signed as a free agent May 5, 1999, with the Jaguars in 1999. That season he played in 16 games with 12 starts at right guard for 14-2 Jaguars. In 2000 he started eight games at right tackle before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in left knee. He had allowed only four sacks in eight games. He was placed on injured reserve on October 14, 2000. In 2001 he came back from injury to start all 16 games at right guard, the first time he had been able to do so since 1996. Wiegert played and started in seven games in 2002 before being placed on injured reserve on 11/6/2002. He made his first NFL start at left tackle versus Indianapolis and started four more games at left tackle before starting two games at right tackle. He was granted unconditional free agency on February 28, 2003.

Houston Texans

He spent the 2003-2006 seasons with the Houston Texans. He signed by Texans on March 1, 2003. In 2003 he played in 15 games, starting 14 at right guard. In 2004 he started 13 games at right guard and helped offense set then-club records in first downs (300), total yards (5,128), rushing yards (1,882), passing yards (3,246), completion percentage (60.7), touchdowns (37), and points (309). In 2005 he started 12 games (five at right guard, seven at right tackle). The following season, 2006, he played in and started nine games at right tackle. On February 28, 2007, the Texans released Wiegert.

Preceded by
Rob Waldrop
Outland Trophy Winners
1994
Succeeded by
Jonathan Ogden

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