From his pre-Bar Mitzvah stuttering days to exceeding all expectation after being drafted 241st (out of 252) in the 2008 NFL draft, Geoff Schwartz has overcome adversity to succeed in life. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA on July 11th, 1986, Geoff’s three decades have been characterized by hard work, mental toughness, a commitment to his Judaism and a passion to succeed, regardless of the bumps thrown in his way.
Geoff attended elementary, middle and high schools in West Los Angeles. Palisades High School, the alma mater of several well-known sports and entertainment figures, is where Geoff began to realize what life had in store for him. He was a three-sport star, culminating in being honored as the school’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2004. (The only honoree in the 50+ year history of the award to have played and succeeded in three sports.) His football success led to a scholarship at the University of Oregon.
A three-year starter at Oregon, Geoff had his share of ups and down. Injuries, included back surgery, did not keep him out of the starting lineup. He and his Ducks had a run at the National Championship in 2007. He was named 2nd Team All PAC-10 after his senior season in 2007.
Next up was the NFL. Drafted almost as an afterthought, Geoff worked through several debilitating injuries to complete an 8-year career, where the average tenure of a player is only 3-1/2 years. He played for the Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants, signing a 4-year deal to become a starting guard on the Eli Manning-led team. Geoff retired from the NFL in February 2017.
To his credit, Geoff realized early on that football isn’t forever, so he began laying the foundation for what he hoped would come next . . . broadcasting, media and motivational speaking. Two years and change into this second career, Geoff is off and running. He has appeared on several ESPN shows, including their hallmark SportsCenter. He regularly guests on national shows hosting by top radio personalities Colin Cowherd, Rich Eisen and Clay Travis.
Geoff can be heard daily on Sirius XM Radio 373 hosting PAC-12 Today and is a stand in on the PAC-12 This Morning Show. He regularly writes as their NFL Contributor to websites such as SB Nation and The Athletic and appears routinely on sports radio talk shows throughout the country offering his insights on football and a wide variety of other topics.
Along with his brother Mitchell, starting right tackle of the Kansas City Chiefs, Geoff co-authored Eat My Schwartz, a book chronicling their lives from early childhood to their tenure in the NFL, discussing NFL football, food, family and their faith.
Wanting to give back to the community in recognition of his great fortune, Geoff has participated in activities/ spoken at various charitable events for organizations such as Chai Lifeline, Huntington’s Disease and Holocaust Survivors.
Geoff now resides in beautiful Charlotte, NC with his wife Meridith and their two wonderful children, Alex and Emmy.
Puts on football pads for the first time.
Commits to attend Oregon
Senior – honored as Palisades High Senior Male Athlete of the Year for 2004
Plays first college game
Named to 2nd Team All Pac-10
Drafted #241 by Carolina Panthers
Signed by Minnesota Vikings
Signed with Kansas City Chiefs
KC plays Cleveland Browns with Mitchell on team. First time in 90 years Jewish brothers played in the same game.
First playoff game against Indianapolis
Signs with New York Giants
Honored by Chai Lifeline, along with Mitchell, with their Championship of Hope Award
Presentation at Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County 2015 Gala honoring county Holocaust survivors
First appearance on ESPN SportsCenter
Formal NFL retirement announcement
First appearance on Sirius radio’s daily “PAC-12 Today” show as co-host
Inducted into Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Attended Chai Lifeline Camp Simcha in Catskills
First game as commentator
Appearance on ESPN radio – post draft day shows with Freddie Coleman
First appearance on “The Herd,” Colin Cowherd’s show
First appearance on Rich Eisen show
Presentation to Major Pharmaceutical Company