Cory Schlesinger has been a NFL running back since 1995. He was the 192nd pick at round six overall in the 1995 draft selected by the Detroit Lions. He played his college ball at Nebraska and was also named as the Nebraska Defensive Player of the year.
Schlesinger, who was a three-time Pro Bowl alternate (2002, 2003, 2004) played with the Lions from 1995-2006. Cory was awarded the Phillips 66 Academic All-Big Eight in 1994, the All-Madden Team in 1999 and also recognised with the Sports Illustrated All-Pro Team in 2001.
Although the running back has competed in 181 games over 12 seasons, he has been used mostly as a blocker. Schlesinger has scored a total of 14 touchdowns and gained a total of 473 yards. As a receiver, he’s caught 197 passes for a total of 1,445 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s fumbled seven times.
On March 11, 2007, he signed with the Miami Dolphins team anticipating that he would be the lead blocker for Ronnie Brown, another running back athlete. But, at the end of the training camp, he was released, losing out to Reagan Maula, another rookie at 6th round of the draft.
Schlesinger is a lead blocker, able to focus on and take out the necessary defender. He’s known as being a team player, totally focused and passionate about every play. His primary assignment on the field has been as a pass protector, special teams player and lead blocker. Highly respected and possessing a huge amount of experience, Schlesinger competes with intensity. But he lacks innate athletic ability and that, along with a body that’s been beaten over the years, has slowed him down. He’s injury prone also, making him tough to sign.
At present, Cory teaches computer-aided design and drafting subject to Allen High Park School students situated in Allen Park, Michigan.