74 Facts About Andrew Sendejo


Andrew Victor Sendejo was born on September 9,1987 and is an American football free safety who is a free agent.

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Andrew Sendejo played college football for the Rice Owls, and was signed by the Sacramento Mountain Lions of The United Football League as a free agent in 2010.

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Andrew Sendejo is a 2006 graduate of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, northeast of San Antonio, Texas.

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Andrew Sendejo was a two-time All-San Antonio area selection for coach Larry Hill.

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Andrew Sendejo was named Comal County defensive player of the year for his senior season efforts.

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Andrew Sendejo selected Rice over Tulane, Army, North Texas, Northwestern and New Mexico.

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At Rice, Andrew Sendejo saw his senior season come to an early conclusion after suffering a severe high ankle sprain at East Carolina that required surgery.

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Andrew Sendejo was a Preseason All C-USA pick by conference coaches and a three-year starter who opened the season as the national leader among active players in solo tackles and ranked in the top 10 among active players in career total tackles, career interceptions and interception returns for touchdowns.

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Andrew Sendejo was a Second-team All C-USA preseason selection by the media in a poll conducted by the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

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Andrew Sendejo earned an Honorable Mention All C-USA honors from league coaches even with a shortened senior season, and was named one of 12 finalist for the 2009 Wuerffel Trophy, which honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.

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Andrew Sendejo was a three-time ESPN The Magazine District VI academic honoree as well as a three-time C-USA All Academic Football team with a 3.

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Starter from the first whistle of the season who went on to earn honorable mention freshman All-American recognition from The Sporting News and C-USA all-freshman honors from the media, Andrew Sendejo made 10 starts on the season in 11 played games, missing just the UAB game with an injury.

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Andrew Sendejo finished fifth on the team with 49 total tackles from the Spur position, tied for fourth on the squad with seven tackles for loss and was second on the team by forcing three fumbles.

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Andrew Sendejo forced one fumble and recovered a second to set up a touchdown for the Owls against Tulsa.

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Andrew Sendejo opened the season with a 13-yard sack of Kevin Kolb of Houston and closed it with a seven-yard sack of Justin Willis of SMU.

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Andrew Sendejo earned honorable mention All C-USA honors by the coaches and third-team All conference mention by Phil Steele.

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Andrew Sendejo closed the season strongly, registering back-to-back double figure tackle efforts against Tulane and Tulsa.

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Andrew Sendejo posted four double figure games on the season, including a career-best 18-tackle day at Marshall, the most by an Owl since Jeff Vanover was credited with 18 against SMU in 2001.

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Andrew Sendejo was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week against Southern Miss after picking off a pair of passes, forcing a fumble, and registering seven tackles, becoming the first Owl to pick off more than one pass in a game since Dan Dawson picked off three vs Hawaii back in 2000.

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Andrew Sendejo was credited with eight tackles, shared a tackle for loss, forced and recovered a fumble and broke up a pass at Houston.

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Andrew Sendejo returned his interception against SMU 31 yards for a score for his first career touchdown.

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Andrew Sendejo was an honorable mention All C-USA pick by the coaches, second-team pick by the Houston Chronicle, while Phil Steele placed him on his first-team, All-conference unit.

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Andrew Sendejo led the Owls with 94 total tackles despite missing nearly three full games with a high ankle sprain.

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Andrew Sendejo totaled 89 yards in returns, bringing back an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and returning a fumble 34 yards to set up a second score.

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Andrew Sendejo opened the year by earning C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors for his game vs SMU.

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Andrew Sendejo had back-to-back 13-tackle efforts at Memphis and Vanderbilt, then was credited with a season-high 17 tackles at Texas, one shy of his career-high of 18 set in 2007 at Marshall.

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Andrew Sendejo saw his streak of double-figure tackle games end at three when he was credited for three stops against North Texas.

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Andrew Sendejo missed the Southern Miss game, breaking a streak of 24 consecutive games played.

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Andrew Sendejo missed the Tulane game, and then returned to action against UTEP and led the Owls with eight tackles.

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Andrew Sendejo closed out the regular season by recording his fifth double-figure tackle game of the year with 13 vs Houston.

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Andrew Sendejo was able to play in only 7 games, after his season was cut short by a high ankle injury that required surgery.

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Andrew Sendejo moved into a tie for second on the Owls' career tackle chart with nine stops at ECU, and jumped four spots on the tackling chart with 17 tackles vs Navy, matching the second highest game total of his career.

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Andrew Sendejo was the NCAA career active leader with 216 career solo tackles before he got hurt.

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Andrew Sendejo ranked fourth in C-USA and 14th in the nation with a 14.

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Andrew Sendejo returned two punts for 65 yards vs Vanderbilt, including a career best 47 yarder, the longest by an Owl since 1998 when LaDouphyous McCalla returned one 51 yards against Colorado State.

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Andrew Sendejo missed part of the Texas Tech game after injuring a wrist, but returned to finish the game.

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Andrew Sendejo recorded his 10th career double-digit tackle total in the opener at UAB with 15 stops.

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Andrew Sendejo finished his college career with 318 tackles, 9 interceptions, 2 sacks and 7 forced fumbles.

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Andrew Sendejo went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, and did not receive any offers to sign as an undrafted free agent.

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Andrew Sendejo attended rookie minicamp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but did not receive a contract offer upon completion.

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Andrew Sendejo attended a tryout with the New Orleans Saints, but did not receive any further interest from the team.

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Andrew Sendejo started at safety for the Mountain Lions and finished the 2010 UFL season with 48 combined tackles, seven pass breakups, and two interceptions in eight games and eight starts.

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Andrew Sendejo tied for the second most tackles in the league during the 2010 season and led the Mountain Lions in total tackles and interceptions.

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Andrew Sendejo finished his rookie season with one tackle in two games.

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Andrew Sendejo's signing was marred in minor controversy as it was speculated the New York Jets signed him in a bid to gain intelligence of the Dallas Cowboys' defense.

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The following day, Andrew Sendejo was signed to the Jets' practice squad after clearing waivers.

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Andrew Sendejo was inactive as a healthy scratch the following week before appearing in the last two regular season games.

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Andrew Sendejo finished the 2011 season with three combined tackles in three games and zero starts.

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Andrew Sendejo entered training camp and competed for a roster spot as a backup safety against Jamarca Sanford, Robert Blanton, and Eric Frampton.

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Andrew Sendejo missed another two games after aggravating his ankle injury.

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Andrew Sendejo played primarily on special teams in 2012 and finished the season with six solo tackles in 13 games and zero starts.

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Andrew Sendejo became an exclusive rights free agent in 2013 and was required to re-sign with the Vikings if he was offered a contract.

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On September 29,2013, Andrew Sendejo earned his first career start in place of Jamarca Sanford, who was inactive due to a hamstring injury.

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Andrew Sendejo intercepted a pass by quarterback Joe Flacco that was originally intended for tight end Ed Dickson in the fourth quarter.

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Andrew Sendejo finished 2013 with a career-high 84 combined tackles, two pass deflections, and an interception in 16 games and ten starts.

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Andrew Sendejo competed against Robert Blanton and Antone Exum to be the starting strong safety.

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Andrew Sendejo finished the season with 27 combined tackles and a forced fumble in 16 games and three starts.

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Head coach Mike Zimmer named Andrew Sendejo the starting strong safety to start the regular season, opposite free safety Harrison Smith.

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Andrew Sendejo was sidelined for the Vikings' Week 4 loss at the Denver Broncos due to a knee injury.

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Andrew Sendejo sacked quarterback Nick Foles for an eight-yard loss with teammate Linval Joseph in the third quarter.

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Andrew Sendejo finished the 2015 season with 74 combined tackles, three passes defensed, and one interception in 13 games and 13 starts.

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Andrew Sendejo ranked 78th among the 88 qualified safeties in 2015 from Pro Football Focus.

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Andrew Sendejo was inactive for the Vikings' Week 8 loss at the Chicago Bears after injuring his ankle the previous week.

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On December 31,2016, the Minnesota Vikings placed Andrew Sendejo on injured reserve due to a knee injury he sustained in practice.

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Andrew Sendejo finished the 2016 season with 69 combined tackles, four pass deflections, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, and was credited with half a sack in 14 games and 14 starts.

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Andrew Sendejo entered training camp slated as the starting strong safety.

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Andrew Sendejo was inactive during a Week 6 win against the Green Bay Packers due to a groin injury.

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In Week 7, Andrew Sendejo accidentally delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit while tackling wide receiver Mike Wallace which caused Wallace to exit the game a due to a concussion.

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The next day, Andrew Sendejo was suspended one game for violating the league's player safety rules.

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Andrew Sendejo completed the 2017 season with 80 combined tackles, seven passes defensed, and two interceptions in 13 games and 13 starts.

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Andrew Sendejo intercepted a pass attempt thrown by quarterback Drew Brees in the first quarter that was originally intended for wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.

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In 2018, Andrew Sendejo started the first five games before suffering a groin injury in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Andrew Sendejo was inactive the next six games before being placed on injured reserve on November 27,2018.

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On March 27,2020, Andrew Sendejo signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.

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