There are nine Jewish players in the NFL. In honor of Passover today, one of those players, offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, who just left the Vikings to sign with the Chiefs (and often tweets about his love of the Oregon Ducks, San Francisco Giants and food) is here with his list of "Ten Random Facts About being A Jewish Athlete."
1. Along with my brother, Mitchell, who is on the Browns, we represented more than 20 percent of the Jews in the NFL in 2012. I'm proud to be a role model to young Jewish kids and athletes, letting them know it's possible for them to reach their goals.
2. We are also the first Jewish brothers to play in the NFL since 1923.
3. No, I don't keep kosher. I love bacon, cheeseburgers and pork chops.
4. My agent is NOT Jewish, nor is my financial adviser, but my CPA is.
5. I carry my personal Menorah and have lit Chanukah candles in the hotel rooms the night before games. Last season when in St. Louis my Jewish coach joined me for the lighting.
6. Most of my peers are knowledgeable about the religion. However, I have gotten some interesting questions, such as, "Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?. Yes, we do. It's an American holiday.
7. There is a lack of Jewish groupies. Where are all the tall Jewish blonde women?
8. Latkes are the most delicious treat ever, especially when homemade. If you've never had one before, head over to your local deli for some.
9. People are often shocked to learn that I don't miss Santa Claus or having a Christmas tree. How can you miss something you've never had? However…
10. I love Christmas when it falls on a Wednesday or Thursday (our heavy work days). It changes a full day to a half day. I'm all about the Christmas spirit then!
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