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Cory SchlesingerFB
Nebraska
Years with the Lions: 1995-2006Seasons: 12
Height: 6-1Weight: 247
Cory Schlesinger
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FB Cory Schlesinger spent his entire 12-year NFL career with the Detroit Lions. Schlesinger, from the University of Nebraska, was a hard-nosed fullback who made a living clearing holes and protecting Lions running backs and quarterbacks.

In 1997, he helped pave the way for Hall of Famer Barry Sanders to become just the third running back, at the time, to ever rush for over 2,000 yards, piling up 2,053. Schlesinger finished his career with 14 touchdowns (five rushing and nine receiving), but will be forever known as one of the finest fullbacks during his era. He was a Pro Bowl alternate three times during his career 2003, 2004, and 2005. He was selected by his teammates as the recipient of the Bobby Lane Offensive MVP in 2003 as well as the Mike Utley Spirit award in 2002 and 2003.

Schlesinger also won the Yale Lary Special Teams MVP in 1997. His 181 games played as a Lion ranks fifth all-time in team history. It is said that Schlesinger broke over 200 of his own face masks throughout his 12-year career because of his intense style of play.

During his time with the Lions, Schlesinger spent time during the offseason early in his career as a substitute teacher at Park Middle School in Lincoln, Neb. (1995-97), and as teacher at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska, from 1998-99. Later during his career, he pursued a master’s degree in vocation educations through Nebraska. He is currently a CAD (computer-aided design) and drafting teach at Allen Park (Mich.) High School.

Schlesinger's Career Lions' Stats
 RushingReceiving 
YearTmGSAttYdsAvgLgTDRecYdsAvgLgTDSTT
1995Det162111.010122.02015
1996Det161000.0-0000.0-013
1997Det1627111.64056913.833127
1998Det1525173.4503165.38118
1999Det1611431242.9160211517.225115
2000Det168133.03011706.413015
2001Det1613471543.3263604667.838015
2002Det1614491392.8172352637.54307
2003Det16109161.840342477.333t27
2004Det1311471.82010919.13032
2005Det118111.0108313.9813
2006Det145000.0-08364.5600