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Leonard Lebrecht Friedman (born October 13, 1976, in Livingston, New Jersey)[1][2] is a former American football offensive lineman.

He played college football at Duke. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft. Friedman has also played for the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, and Cleveland Browns.

Early years

Friedman attended West Milford High School in West Milford, New Jersey, where he played football and was also co-captain on a track and field team that went undefeated all four years.[1] In high school he also played in the Maccabi Youth Games.[3]

College career

At Duke University, Friedman was a three-year starter at left guard, and as a senior, he won first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors from the Sporting News. He earned a degree in psychology.

Professional career

Denver Broncos

He was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round (61st overall) in the 1999 NFL Draft. He saw no action in his rookie season as he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament during pre-season.

He was allocated to NFL Europe where he played for the Barcelona Dragons. He returned to training camp and during the season played in all 16 games including eight starts. He made his first NFL start at the Cincinnati Bengals on October 22.

During the 2001 season Friedman played in 15 games and made 14 starts at the left guard position. He only played in two games for the Broncos in 2002.

Washington Redskins

He signed for the Washington Redskins as an unrestricted free agent on March 5. He played in all 16 regular season games and made eight starts. He made his first career start at center versus the Seattle Seahawks on November 9.

He played in five games for the Redskins in 2004 and made two starts. Friedman played in the opening ten games for the Redskins, but was waived on November 23.

Chicago Bears

He was signed by the Chicago Bears as a free agent on November 29 and played in one game at the Minnesota Vikings on January 1. Friedman was traded by the Bears to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a conditional draft choice on August 24, 2006.

Cleveland Browns

In 2006, Friedman played in all 16 games and made two starts. He played a number of positions including guard and center as well as making contributions to special teams. In 2007, Friedman played in all 16 games for the Browns; also used as an extra linemen in goal line packages.

Honors

In 2004, he was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.[3][4]

Post-NFL career

Friedman is enrolled in the MBA program at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 2009.[2]

Personal

Friedman is Jewish.[5] He and his wife, Katie, have three children and make their off-season home in North Carolina.

References

  1. ^ a b "Lennie Friedman player profile". National Football League Players Association. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved December 17, 2008.  "Hometown: Livingston, NJ...Friedman was a Super Prep Top 17 and All-New Jersey pick at West Milford (N.J.) High School. He started three years on both sides of the ball, winning all-conference honors as a junior defensive tackle—setting a school record with 111 tackles—and as a senior offensive tackle."
  2. ^ Rosen, Harvey. "Jewish players, owner score in pro football", Cleveland Jewish News, October 20, 2005. Accessed February 24, 2011. "The Livingston, N.J., native, who has his bachelor’s degree in psychology, earned three letters in football, two in basketball, and three in track and field."
  3. ^ a b "Offensive landsman". Cleveland Jewish News. December 21, 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Inductees/Honorees". National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved December 17, 2008. 
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