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Jewish Football Players of the Year (and Sporty Rabbis)

by Jeremy Fine

January 28, 2014 | 4:36 pm

Julian Edelman, photo credit: Jeffrey Beall

There were a few J-NFLers who had successful seasons (Brian De La Puente snapping to Drew Brees and Marc Trestman reinventing the Bears Offense). But one player had a legitimate standout season. With 105 catches, 1056 yards receiving, and 6 TDs.

2013 JNFL Player of the Year: Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots

With an injury or Pro Bowl holdout, we could see Edelman in the Pro Bowl with the NFL elite (my opinion he was snubbed). Mazel Tov!

And we also had several TGR College Football Players of the Year nominees. Shout outs to those considered:  Jake Bernstein (Vanderbilt), Ben Gottschalk (SMU), Adam Shapiro (New Mexico State), Jake Smith (Arizona), and Stephen Stein (Bowling Green).

This year's Co-Jewish NCAA Footballs Players of the Year

Washington State Sophomore Receiver - Gabe Marks

and

Iowa Junior Fullback - Mark Weisman

Marks hauled in 74 receptions for a total of 807 yards. He also grabbed 7 TDS for the Cougars. One of those TDs came in a loss in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

Weisman ran the ball 227 times for 975 yards. He got into the end zone 8 times for the Hawkeyes. Weisman also scored a TD in his team's loss in the Outback bowl.

Real solid production for two men who played for bowl teams.

Mazel Tov! Big expectations for both players next year.


And while we’re in the sports spirit, join me in finding the sportiest rabbis around!

Over the last few years there have been lists after lists of TOP RABBIS. There was Newsweek's Top 50 Rabbis in America, The Forward had a list of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis, and recently Jewrotica.com ran a list of Hottest Rabbis. We are getting into the action and looking for America's Top Sports Rabbis. This list is going to be broken down into two categories:

1) Rabbis who are/were actual athletes: Did your rabbi play in the Maccabi games? Did he play college baseball? Maybe she was All-State in Volleyball. We want to meet these Rabbis!

2) Rabbis who are sports enthusiastic: Does your rabbi have more sports autographs in his office then Torah commentary? Did she coach in the Maccabi games? Does he have season tickets to his local team?

To nominate your rabbi, it is simple. Simply pick the category and then send your rabbi's name, photo, and why you think s/he should be nominated to info@thegreatrabbino.com. Nominees are do March 1st and we hope to have our list by March Madness time.

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