Mark Schlereth Biography
Mark Schlereth born Mark Frederick Schlereth, is a former professional American football player and current television and radio sportscaster. He was born on January 25, 1966 and grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.
He graduated from Robert Service High School in 1984. As a college football prospect, Schlereth did not receive much attention. The only current FBS schools that offered him a scholarship were Idaho (I-AA at the time) and Hawaii. He accepted the scholarship offer from the University of Idaho from head coach Dennis Erickson. Erickson departed following the 1985 season, and Schlereth started at left guard on the Vandals’ offensive line for new head coach Keith Gilbertson, blocking for quarterbacks Scott Linehan and John Friesz.
Mark Schlereth Wife
Mark Schlereth has been married to Lisa Schlereth since 1991.
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He has three children; Alexandria, Avery, and Daniel.
Mark Schlereth Daughter
Mark’s daughter, Alexandria, was an actress featured on the MyNetworkTV series Desire.
Mark Schlereth Son
Mark’s son Daniel was selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball’s first year player draft. A relief pitcher at the University of Arizona, Daniel was drafted in the first round by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 26th overall selection. He is currently with the Miami Marlins organization. He has also previously been a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs organizations.
Mark Schlereth Career
He was inducted into the University of Idaho Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. He was selected in the 10th round (#263 overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He played 12 NFL seasons—six with Washington (1989–1994) and six with the Denver Broncos (1995–2000). He was a member of three Super Bowl championship teams (one with the Redskins and two with the Broncos) and was selected to the Pro Bowl for his performances in the 1991 and 1998 seasons.
Schlereth, nicknamed “Stink,” was selected by the Washington Redskins in the 10th round of the 1989 NFL Draft and enjoyed a 12-year professional career as a guard before retiring in 2001. He spent six seasons with Washington (1989-1994) and six with the Denver Broncos (1995-2000). Schlereth won three Super Bowls (XXVI with the Redskins; XXXII and XXXIII with the Broncos) and was named to the 1991 and 1998 Pro Bowl.
Multiple injuries finally forced Schlereth to retire from the NFL in April 2001, though, after undergoing 29 surgical procedures, 20 of which were performed on his knees (15 on left knee).
On April 18, 2001, Schlereth announced his retirement. He landed a job with ESPN soon after. After retirement, Schlereth hosted an afternoon sports talk radio show on Denver AM radio 760 The Zone with fellow former Broncos lineman David Diaz-Infante. Schlereth was a part-time analyst with ESPN for a time, commuting from Denver to Connecticut, before leaving 760 to go full-time with ESPN in 2004.
Mark Schlereth Net Worth
Mark has an estimated net worth of $6 million.
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Mark Schlereth knows from experience, Travis Frederick needs patience
Updated On: 24th August 2018
FRISCO, Texas – Former NFL offensive lineman Mark Schlereth has advice for Travis Frederick as the Dallas Cowboys’ Pro Bowl center deals with Guillain-Barré syndrome.
“I would say, ‘Hey, man, take your time, and make sure that you’re right because that’s the most important thing: to be right,’” Schlereth said. “’Don’t rush it. Listen to your body because ultimately we’re talking about your career and longevity and your overall health. Not just this year.’”
Schlereth knows better than anybody what Guillain-Barré, an auto-immune disease that affects the nervous system, can do to somebody.
In 1993, he was a 27-year-old guard with the Washington Redskins, coming off a Super Bowl season. In 1991, he played in his first Pro Bowl. In 1992, he was an alternate but did not play because of a knee surgery.
“I came into camp not feeling myself [in ’93], feeling a little lethargic, a little weak,” said Schlereth, who talked about his battle on his Stinkin Truth podcast.
Frederick dealt with what he thought were stinger issues with weakness and tingling in his arms. When the symptoms did not subside, he sought more opinions and testing when it was determined he was dealing with Guillain-Barré.
“I was fighting through it because that’s what you do, but there were a bunch of times where I’m blocking a guy and I’m feeling pretty good about where I’m at and then all of a sudden the guy is by me,” Schlereth said. “And I’m like, ‘What is going on?’ I felt like I’d forgotten how to play football. Like I suck. That’s kind of what I was going through: I suck, and I don’t know what’s happening.”
Frederick was beaten in one-on-one drills more than he had been in the past. He was on the ground more, too.
“You could tell something was bothering him,” coach Jason Garrett said. “You could tell something was not quite right.”
The Cowboys believe they diagnosed Frederick’s condition early. He said in a statement that the treatments he received made him feel better almost immediately. Schlereth started eight of the nine games he played in the regular season.
On a Wednesday practice leading into a game against the New York Giants, Schlereth said he felt numbness in his toes.
“I just assumed that my tape was too tight or something, and I woke up the next morning and then my whole foot was going numb,” Schlereth said. “And so now I was like, there’s something wrong. So after practice, I saw the doctors and they’re like, ‘We’re going to keep monitoring this,’ and Friday it was throughout my whole left foot and was in the right toes and my right foot. By Saturday it was in my hands and my fingers. And by Sunday, kickoff, we’re playing the Giants in the Meadowlands and both of my feet, from ankles down, were completely numb and both of my hands were completely numb.
“And I’m just this stupid that I ended up playing that game and I literally played one series and got seven plays. I thought I broke my leg because you had no feeling in my feet. I was falling down. I pulled myself out and said, ‘This is it. There is something dramatically wrong with me.’”
He checked into an Arlington, Virginia, hospital, where it took eight days for him to be diagnosed with Guillain-Barré.
“It was almost a relief when I found out, like, ‘Oh, s—, there is a reason that I suck. My signal is being interrupted. No wonder I’m falling down all the time.’”
The numbness spread up his legs to his knees and to his arms up to his elbows. One night, his face started to swell. His eyes swelled shut. He had difficulty breathing.
“Then for three months just kind of hung there and then it started to slowly dissipate,” Schlereth said. “But I bet it came on within a couple of days. Very slow. And every week or two I’d get another inch of my arm would get feeling in it.”
Even as he felt better, everyday tasks were difficult. There were times he would have to sleep for two hours after just making his kids’ school lunches.
The next April, he started to work out again. His weight had dropped from 295 pounds to 235. By the time training camp started the next summer, he was about 270 pounds. He did not feel right, but he felt better.
“It wasn’t until probably November of the ’94 season that I started to feel my strength come back [all the way] and I started feeling my reactions and my quickness started to get back to kind of normal,” he said. “It was a solid 17, 18 months of recovery.”
Frederick is out of the hospital but still has treatments to take. Garrett said he wasn’t sure whether Frederick would be at the game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. The relief Schlereth felt when he learned of the diagnosis in 1993 is the same relief the Cowboys and Frederick feel now.
But Schlereth still offers up caution.
“Even if your symptoms subside, it doesn’t mean internally your nervous system is working at full capacity. That’s the issue,” Schlereth said. “Your signal is being interrupted. [On the field,] you’re protecting big time, I mean, it’s the quarterback for crying out loud. My biggest issue was I’m knee-deep really blocking somebody and all of a sudden I’m not. There’s nothing worse than giving up hits and things like that when you know you’re better than that. So you may regain your strength, but what if you’re still having that signal interrupted? You’re not going to be effective.”
“Everybody should know it’s serious and it affects every person differently.”