Andy Katzenmoyer

American football player (born 1977)

American football player
Andy Katzenmoyer
No. 45, 59
Personal information
Born: (1977-12-02) December 2, 1977 (age 46)
Kettering, Ohio, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:Westerville South (Westerville, Ohio)
College:Ohio State
NFL draft:1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Career history
  • New England Patriots (1999–2001)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:24
Games started:14
Player stats at PFR

Andrew Warren Katzenmoyer (born December 2, 1977) is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the Patriots in the first round (28th overall) of the 1999 NFL draft. He played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes, and became the first Buckeye to win the Butkus Award. His playing career was shortened due to a neck injury.

Early life

Katzenmoyer was born in Kettering, Ohio. He and his family moved to Westerville, Ohio when he was 5. He attended Westerville South High School, and played high school football for the Westerville South Wildcats. Katzenmoyer won the Mr. Football Award and was selected as the national defensive player of the year his final year of high school. [citation needed]

College career

Katzenmoyer attended Ohio State University, where he played for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 1996 to 1998. In the first game of his college career, he became the first true freshman to ever start at linebacker for the Buckeyes. As a freshman he recorded 12 sacks including three in the 1997 Rose Bowl.[1] As a sophomore in 1997, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, and won the Dick Butkus Award and Jack Lambert Trophy. Katzenmoyer was a three time first-team all-Big Ten selection. He started 37 consecutive games and finished his college career with 256 tackles, 50 tackles-for-loss, 18 sacks and six Interceptions. In 2009, he was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall Of Fame.[citation needed] Notably, he was the last player at Ohio State to wear number 45.

Professional career

The New England Patriots selected Katzenmoyer in the first round (28th pick overall) of the 1999 NFL draft.[2]

In Week 6 of the 1999 season, Katzenmoyer became the second rookie in NFL history to record 2.0+ sacks and a touchdown in a single game, the first being Todd Shell.[3] He had intercepted a pass from Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino in the first three minutes of the first quarter, and returned it for 57 yards. As of 2023, only 1 other rookie, Devon Witherspoon, had achieved this statistic afterwards.

He suffered a neck injury during his first season with the Patriots. After playing in 24 games with 14 starts throughout his career, he was eventually forced to have surgery and miss half of the 2000 season.[4] During training camp in 2001, Katzenmoyer walked out, citing concern about a feeling in his neck. He was placed on injured reserve for the entire 2001 season.

On June 14, 2002, the Patriots released Katzenmoyer.[5]

Life after football

Katzenmoyer is now selling property and casualty insurance and is the President of the NFL Alumni of Central Ohio. [citation needed]


  1. ^ William Nack, "Born to be a Buckeye," Sports Illustrated (November 25, 1996). Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  2. ^ "1999 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  3. ^ Farrar, Doug. "Seahawks rookie CB Devon Witherspoon makes NFL history with massive game". USA TODAY. Retrieved October 3, 2023.
  4. ^ Felder, Michael. "Whatever Happened To: Andy Katzenmoyer, the Big Kat". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 3, 2023.
  5. ^ "Patriots release LB Andy Katzenmoyer". Retrieved October 3, 2023.

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