CAREER TRANSACTIONS Will Svitek
was signed by the New England Patriots as a free agent on March 18, 2013 … Originally drafted by Kansas City in the sixth round (187th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft … Released by Kansas City (8/31/08) … Signed by Atlanta (2/12/09). SEASONAL REVIEWS 2013 (11/2, 2/0)
2012 (0/0, 0/0 – Atlanta)
- Plays mainly on field goals and extra points.
- Was inactive for the first three games due to injury.
- Made his fist appearance in a Patriots uniform at Atlanta (9/29), appearing on field goals and extra points against his former team.
- Stepped in at right tackle vs. Denver (11/24) after Marcus Cannon left with an injury in the first half and did not return.
- Made his first start as a Patriot at Houston (12/1) in place of an injured Marcus Cannon.
- Spent the entire 2012 season on Injured Reserve with an arm injury.
2011 (16/10, 1/1 – Atlanta):
- Played in all 16 games with 10 starts at left tackle.
- Started at left tackle in the playoff game at N.Y Giants (1/8).
- Started for an injured left tackle Sam Baker at Detroit (10/23) and never relinquished the starting role, allowing 1 1/2 sacks in 376 pass attempts as a starter.
- Protected QB Matt Ryan's blind side, who threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns at Carolina (12/11).
- Part of an offensive line that powered RB Michael Turner to 172 rushing yards and two touchdowns vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).
2010 (16/0, 1/1 – Atlanta):
- Appeared in all 16 regular season games and started at tight end in a Divisional playoff game vs. Green Bay (1/15).
2009 (13/2 – Atlanta):
- Signed with Atlanta after spending the 2008 season out of football and played in 13 games with two starts.
2007 (13/4 – Kansas City):
- Played in 13 games with four starts.
2006 (2/0, 0/0 – Kansas City):
- Played in two games, appearing on special teams vs. Cincinnati (9/10) and as a reserve at both tackle positions vs. San Francisco (10/1) before being placed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury (10/28).
- Started 10 regular season games for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe as part of an offensive line that helped the team lead the league in rushing yards; started at left tackle in the team's World Bowl XIV victory (5/27).
2005 (1/0 – Kansas City):
- Played in one game, appearing on special teams vs. Oakland (11/6).
- Was converted to the offensive line after spending his college career as a defensive lineman.
- Was inactive for 15 games.
- Played in 38 games at defensive end at Stanford, with 18 starts, and registered 60 tackles, 4 1/2 tackles of loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and one interception.
- Competed at tight end and defensive end as a sophomore.
- Was a three-sport athlete at Newbury Park High School in Newbury Park, Calif., earning All-America honorable mention honors from USA Today as a senior after recording 87 tackles, nine sacks and five forced fumbles as a defensive end and catching 48 passes for 624 yards and four touchdowns at tight end.
- Named the Ventura County High School Athlete of the Year and California Division II Athlete of the Year by Cal-Hi Student Sports.
- Was born in Prague, Czech Republic on Jan. 8, 1982.
COMING TO AMERICA
- Has a two-time National Decathlon Champion and league shot put champion with a throw of 59'3".
- Traveled to the Middle East for the 2009 Super Bowl with the NFL in an effort to boost morale with the troops.
- During the offseason, he attended all four NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial Programs at Harvard Business School, the Wharton School of Business at Penn, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Stanford Business School.
Was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. When he was 2, his parents took him and his three brothers out of the communist country. They left in secret with no money and only the clothes on their backs. Saying they were on a day hike, they walked 14 hours through the mountains ended up in Austria. The family spent eight months in a refugee camp until being legalized to come to the United States. “My parents were hard-working immigrants who came here to achieve the American Dream and help their sons reach their full potential,” said Svitek. “I think they instilled it in me to do everything well. I am competitive person on the field and in the classroom and I don't think you can just turn that switch off.”