Rudy Niswanger

American football player (born 1982)
American football player
Rudy Niswanger
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Niswanger at a game in Denver in 2010
No. 64
Personal information
Born: (1982-11-09) November 9, 1982 (age 41)
Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:301 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school:Ouachita Christian
(Monroe, Louisiana)
Career history
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2006–2010)
  • Detroit Lions (2011)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:56
Games started:31
Player stats at PFR

Rudolph Nelson Niswanger (/ˈnzwɒŋər/ NYZE-wong-ər; born November 9, 1982) is a former American football center. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Louisiana State.

Early life

He is a native of Monroe, Louisiana, where he attended Ouachita Christian High School. 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. He played in five games at two different positions - guard and on special teams - in his first season.[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 on injured reserve the next day. Before 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 competed 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 team on September 3, 2011.

Personal life

Niswanger is married to Patricia Hodge of Monroe, Louisiana and they make their home in Monroe, Louisiana, and they have 5 children. He is CEO of Joe Gear Companies.


  1. ^ a b c "RUDY NISWANGER K.C Chiefs Biography". Archived from the original on December 20, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  2. ^ Teicher, Adam (March 25, 2009). "Pioli looks for specific qualities in free agents". Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on March 27, 2009. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
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