Cory Schlesinger

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Cory Schlesinger : biography

June 23, 1972 –

Cory Schlesinger (born June 23, 1972 in Columbus, Nebraska) is a former American football fullback of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska.

Professional career

Detroit Lions


Schlesinger was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round (192nd overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. He started two of the team’s first three games during his rookie season at fullback blocking for Barry Sanders, but playing time in backfield diminished soon thereafter when offense began employing three-receiver sets on almost every play from scrimmage. He finished second on the team with 15 special teams tackles.


Schlesinger was primarily used on special teams in 1996, leading club in with 13 special teams stops on the year. He started one game at fullback—at the Chicago Bears on November 24—but did not record a carry or reception. Also had a 89 yard touchdown for the season opener record long.


Splitting time at fullback with Tommy Vardell in 1997, Schlesinger saw more action there than in previous years with Lions with the team moving to a predominantly two-back set. He again played role as one of the team’s most valuable special teams members, finishing second on team with 27 tackles. He caught career-long 33-yard pass at the Green Bay Packers on November 2 on fourth-and-one on a misdirection route, advancing Lions to the Packers’ one-yard line with a touchdown occurring on the next play. He also made several blocks against the Minnesota Vikings on November 16, helping spring Vardell for three one-yard touchdown runs and a 41-yard run. Schlesinger scored his first career touchdown (one yard) at the Minnesota Vikings on December 14 on play-action pass on goal line.


Schlesinger was the backup fullback to Tommy Vardell at most times during 1998, but saw significant action in the backfield. He served as one of squad’s most productive special teams players for fourth consecutive season, with his 18 tackles ranking fifth on the Lions. On offense, he was part of team’s “jumbo” package at goal-line and in short-yardage with he and Vardell sharing the backfield.His daughter Natalie Rae Schlesinger was born.


In 1999, Schlesinger became the Lions’ full-time starting fullback. In the season opener at the Seattle Seahawks, he set career highs in rushes (10) and rushing yards (50). His third career touchdown reception (three yards) came on a play-action pass on fourth-and-one against the St. Louis Rams on November 7. He also finished third on the team with 15 special teams tackles. Schlesinger was named as a member of the 1999 All-Madden team and filmed a sketch for the show in a Lincoln, Nebraska grocery store where he repeatedly crashed into other shoppers with his cart.


Schlesinger played in all 16 games for fifth time in six NFL seasons and second year as Lions’ starting fullback. His 15 special teams tackles tied for fifth on squad as well.His daughter Leah Kate Schlesinger was born.


In 2001, the Lions named Marty Mornhinweg head coach and the team moved away from a power rushing attack to the west coast offense. The fullback, in addition to rushing and blocking responsibilities, can also be more involved in the passing game. Schlesinger finished the 2001 season with single-season career highs in rushing attempts (47), rushing yards (154), rushing touchdowns (three), receptions (60) and receiving yards (466). He reeled in career highs with five receptions for 37 yards at the Cleveland Browns on September 23. The first rushing touchdown of his career came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 11, as he also posted then-career highs in receptions (five) and receiving yards (54). Against the Green Bay Packers on November 22, he led the team with career-high six receptions (41 yards), along with five rushes for 39 yards, including a career-long 26-yard run off a fake punt. He set career-highs with 11 receptions for 67 yards against the Chicago Bears on December 30. On the year Schlesinger rushed for 16 first downs—the only season of his career he has accumulated a double-digit total in the category.