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P.J. Fleck (Boat Rower, HC Minnesota Golden Gophers)

Discussion in 'College Football' started by Buckskin86, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator
  2. scooter1369

    scooter1369 Chief Toad Fart

  3. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    These quotes should also settle down the "Tressel's trying to learn about NIU by hiring Fleck" theories.

  4. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    Former NIU receiver now coaching for Buckeyes

    When the name P.J. Fleck is mentioned throughout Northern Illinois, much is said about his heroics on the football field, how personable he is and his enthusiasm for the game.
    Now the Northern Illinois University alum is hoping to add influential coach as a new description.
    After spending 21/2 years as a receiver with the San Francisco 49ers, Fleck was waived and now begins his new role in the game he loves, coaching for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
    Fleck recently started a position as an offensive graduate assistant coach for Ohio State. He will help oversee the Buckeyes' tight ends, special teams and wide receivers.
    "I'm really excited about it," Fleck said from Columbus, Ohio. "Coaching is something I have always wanted to do, and to get the opportunity to do it here for Ohio State is a dream come true for me."
    Playing in the NFL had always been Fleck's dream, but because of injuries, his career with the 49ers was cut short.
    Following a storied career at Northern Illinois in which he earned All-Mid-American Conference and academic All-American honors, Fleck entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent and spent the 2004 season on the 49ers' practice squad, playing in one late-season game against New England.
    Fleck had surgeries on his shoulders during his college career at NIU and then suffered a hamstring injury during a 2005 preseason practice with the 49ers. Fleck's shoulder injuries resurfaced in August 2005, placing him on the injured reserve list for the entire regular season.
    Northern Illinois coach Joe Novak said Fleck's injuries could partially be explained by his no-holds barred approach.
    "Part of his problem was that he goes full speed," Novak said. "A lot of those guys, once they get to the NFL, know how to pace themselves, and he didn't know how to pace himself.
    "P.J. probably felt like he needed to work that hard."
    After Fleck was waived by the 49ers in June of this year, he had a tryout with the Bears that "didn't go so well."
    "I knew I would have to look into other options than playing," said Fleck, who was determined not to let the injuries sever his ties with the sport.
    San Francisco coach Mike Nolan offered Fleck a spot on his coaching staff, but Fleck decided on Ohio State after being sought out by head coach Jim Tressel.
    With a degree in elementary education, Fleck is excited for the chance to work with developing players.
    "I think high school and college football are the purest forms of the sport," Fleck said. "I'm really excited to be around college players and help them understand the game, grow as players and accomplish their dreams."
    None of this comes as any surprise to two of Fleck's former coaches, both of whom Fleck referred to as "inspirational."
    "He's just a winner," Kaneland coach Joe Thorgesen said. "He's a great leader, he has great enthusiasm and he's a coach's dream. He has wonderful people skills and knowledge of the game."
    That knowledge soon will be put to the test against his alma mater. Northern Illinois visits Ohio State for the season opener Sept. 2.
    Novak said it will be a reunion for he and Fleck, but it's Fleck who probably will be more nervous.
    "It's going to be harder for P.J. I think," Novak said with a laugh. "I don't even think about those things. But it will be great to see him. I have as much confidence as anyone that he will be a terrific coach."
    Any chance Novak would hire Fleck if a coaching opportunity opened at NIU?
    "Without a doubt," Novak said. "I'd hire him on the spot."
  5. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    Fleck content at Ohio State

    The new rival | Former NIU receiver P.J. Fleck will be rooting against the Huskies this weekend as the new Ohio State receivers' coach.

    Article by: Sean Connor
    Sports Reporter

    Call it coincidence or fate, former NIU wide receiver P.J. Fleck was recently named an offensive graduate assistant for Ohio State.
    "Tracy - Fleck's wife - and I had to make a huge decision," Fleck said. "I didn't know what the future would hold for me, but it will be a great opportunity for me at OSU."
    So, why didn't Fleck come back to NIU?
    "This had been touched on a few years ago, but I talked to Tressel for P.J.," said NIU football coach Joe Novak. "Before P.J. was going to retire we offered him a job, but he said he still wanted to play. So, we went a different direction."
    Fleck spent the last two years playing wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers but was released after last season. Despite being offered a position on the 49ers coaching staff, Fleck still felt he could catch on with another team, and met with the Chicago Bears.
    "I didn't work out much for them," Fleck said. "I visited the facility, talked to offensive coordinator Ron Turner and watched practice. I thought it went well, but they didn't from a physical aspect."
    As a senior for NIU, Fleck caught 77 passes for 1,028 yards and six touchdowns over 12 games.
    Novak said if the chance comes around, he'd like Fleck to be back in red and black.
    "I decided to walk away and start the next aspect of my life," Fleck said. "But I'd love to come back and coach at NIU."

    Sean Connor is an NIU football beat reporter for the Northern Star.
  6. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    NIU Football NIU alum Fleck returns as assistant coach

    January 23, 2007
    from staff reports
    DEKALB -- Northern Illinois University alumnus P.J. Fleck, a native of Sugar Grove who enjoyed a stellar career at wide receiver for the Huskies from 1999-2003 and went on to spend two seasons as a receiver with the San Francisco 49ers, has returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach.
    Fleck, who spent last season as a graduate assistant at Ohio State, will coach the Huskies wide receivers. He will begin his duties immediately.
  7. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    Fleck back in the fold at NIU

    January 23, 2007
    Hindsight really is 20/20.
    I can't believe we didn't dub him "Allstate" in his playing days. That's because the football was definitely "in good hands" when quarterbacks threw it P.J. Fleck's way.
    Combined with his great heart, work ethic and personality, it's how the 5-foot-10, 185-pound undrafted free agent, was able to catch on with the San Francisco 49ers and make their practice squad in 2004. He spent the 2005 season on injured reserve and was cut last year.
  8. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member


    New goal in mind

    [​IMG] Former Kaneland football player and Northern Illinois University star P.J. Fleck talks to kids at a football camp held Saturday morning at Kaneland High School in Maple Park.

    With rainy weather in the forecast, former Kaneland standout P.J. Fleck was worried about the turnout for his third annual Live Your Dream football camp Saturday in Maple Park. But only five of the 100 children who signed up for the event did not show up.

    ?That was amazing,? Fleck said. ?We were really excited about that. I thought it went great. The kids had a ball, and you know how kids are. They loved the rain.?

    Fleck got some help from former San Francisco 49ers teammate and current Cleveland Brown Ken Dorsey, former Naperville North standout Jay McCareins ? a former Arizona Cardinal who is the younger brother of Fleck?s former NIU teammate and current New York Jet Justin McCareins ? and several members of the coaching staffs at NIU and Kaneland.

    Folks around Kaneland can expect to see Fleck around more often. After spending last season as a graduate assistant for an Ohio State team that reached the national title game, Fleck begins his first season as the wide receivers coach at his alma mater, Northern Illinois University.

  9. BuckWrestler141

    BuckWrestler141 Junior '18 Bowl Mania Champ

    I was always a really big fan of P.J. Fleck, i'm sad to see we couldn't keep him one more year as a G.A.
  10. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Replacement for Hazell?

    GA at OSU in 2006.
    WR coach at Northern Illinois in 2007.
    WR coach at Rutgers in 2010.

    Might not want to move again after just taking the Rutgers job...supposedly has done great work recruiting Florida.
  11. OhioState001

    OhioState001 Tressel Loyalist

  12. DiamondBuck

    DiamondBuck Football is 100% physical, 100% mental.

    Sly Stallone awards WMU walk-on a scholarship, rows the boat

    Everyone loves videos of walk-ons receiving scholarships. They’re college football’s version of military family surprise reunions or lost pets finding their owners. They bring out the feels in all of us.

    The standard for creativity in these videos continues to grow, and no one does them better than Western Michigan and coach P.J. Fleck.
  13. LostLassie

    LostLassie Am I Allowed To Say That? '17 BPCFFB II Champ

    That is a very cool video. Fun to watch.
    SEREbuckeye, Wingate1217 and Thump like this.
  14. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Really interested in seeing who hires this guy.

    He and MacIntyre are my two favorite up-and-comers.
  15. buckeyebri

    buckeyebri It’s A Beautiful Day

    Not really sold on Fleck at this point. I could see him going to Purdue and flaming out....

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