Cory Schlesinger


Cory Schlesinger : biography

June 23, 1972 –

Early years

Schlesinger was a two-time all-state selection at linebacker at Columbus High School in Columbus, Nebraska, leading the team in tackles as a junior and senior. He also played fullback as a senior in 1990, rushing for 1,514 yards and 23 touchdowns (including nine 100-yard games). He was named the Nebraska Defensive Player of the Year as a prep senior and played with a group of Nebraska football all-stars in the Down Under Bowl in Sydney, Australia following his senior campaign.

He also won the 189-pound wrestling state championship twice during his prep career.

College career

Schlesinger was a two-year starter for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. As a junior, he was the 1993 Husker Co-Lifter-of-the-Year with linebacker Donta Jones. During that season he finished as the team’s fifth-leading rusher with 48 carries for 193 yards and one touchdown.

He earned All-Big Eight Conference honorable mention honors in 1994 in a coaches poll and a Phillips 66 Academic All-Big Eight pick the same year with a 3.44 grade point average in industrial technology. Schlesinger scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the 1995 Orange Bowl in a 24–17 win over the Miami Hurricanes as a senior to secure Nebraska’s first national title under then-head coach Tom Osborne.

He would finish second on the team in rushing in 1994 with 456 yards and 4 TD including an impressive 7.2 YPC.


He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters. Schlesinger is currently a computer-aided design and drafting teacher at Allen Park High School in Allen Park, Michigan.

  • Spent parts of the 1995–1997 off-seasons as a student teacher at Park Middle School in Lincoln, Nebraska and taught at his alma mater during the 1998–1999 off-seasons.
  • Drove in demolition derbies for three years during high school.
  • He has recently toured with the Sons Of Thunder strength team performing various feats of strength i.e. brick and board breaking, bar bending.