LSU's Rudy Niswanger
LSU's Rudy Niswanger
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Niswanger Signs Free Agent Contract With Chiefs
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Published: May 03, 2006, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:20 AM (CT)
by (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BATON ROUGE -- LSU's Rudy Niswanger has signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, the club announced on Wednesday.

Niswanger, an offensive lineman from Monroe, becomes the 13th senior from last year's LSU football team to either be drafted or sign a free agent contract with an NFL team. Niswanger is expected to play both the guard and center positions for the Chiefs.

Niswanger, the most decorated student-athlete in LSU football history, goes to the Chiefs after spending the past two seasons in the starting lineup for the Tigers. Niswanger started 12 games at center for the Tigers in 2005 after starting all 13 games for LSU in 2004.

During his career, Niswanger earned ESPN the Magazine First-Team Academic All-America honors twice, while also being named the recipient of the Draddy Award, the Wuerffel Trophy and most recently, the McWhorter Award as the Southeastern Conference's top male student-athlete.

Niswanger said he will attempt to make an NFL roster before turning his attention to medical school. Niswanger, who graduated from LSU with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, has already been accepted to the LSU Medical School in Shreveport.

The following is a list of LSU's 2005 seniors and where they are headed for the 2006 NFL season.





Selection (Overall Pick)

Joseph Addai


Indianapolis Colts

First Round (30)

Andrew Whitworth


Cincinnati Bengals

Second Round (55)

Claude Wroten


St. Louis Rams

Third Round (68)

Skyler Green


Dallas Cowboys

Fourth Round (125)

Kyle Williams


Buffalo Bills

Fifth Round (134)

Melvin Oliver


San Francisco 49ers

Sixth Round (197)

Bennie Brazell


Cincinnati Bengals

Seventh Round (231)

David Jones


Cincinnati Bengals

Free Agent

E.J. Kuale


New Orleans Saints

Free Agent

Nate Livings


Cincinnati Bengals

Free Agent

Rudy Niswanger


Kansas City Chiefs

Free Agent

Ronnie Prude


Baltimore Ravens

Free Agent

Cameron Vaughn


Denver Broncos

Free Agent

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