Honors & Awards
A three-year letterman for the Huskers, Schlesinger finished his senior season with 456 yards and four touchdowns on just 63 carries for 7.2 yards per tote. He added 48 yards and two scores on six attempts in the Orange Bowl.
Following his senior season, Schlesinger was chosen in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He proved to be a brilliant pick for the Lions, as he spent the next 12 seasons pounding away in the Detroit backfield.
From 1995 to 2006, Schlesinger played 181 games for the Lions, carrying 167 times for 473 yards and five touchdowns. He was even more dangerous as a receiver, hauling in 197 receptions for 1,445 yards and nine scores in his career in Detroit.
He enjoyed his best season in 2001 when he posted 60 receptions for 466 yards, while adding 47 carries for a career-best 154 yards on the ground.
Schlesinger was on the Miami Dolphins roster in 2007, but he did not play in a game for the Dolphins.
Schlesinger's first score against the Hurricanes came on a 15-yard burst with 7:38 left in the game, and was followed by Tommie Frazier's two-point conversion pass to tight end Eric Alford to tie the score at 17.
Less than five minutes later, Schlesinger ripped off a nearly identical 14-yard run to produce the national championship-winning score with 2:46 left in the game.
The honorable-mention All-Big Eight selection finished his senior season with 456 yards and four touchdowns on 63 carries, before adding his Orange Bowl totals. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry on the season and 38 yards per game.
Schlesinger rushed for a career-high 84 yards on six carries in the win over Texas Tech, including a career-long 41-yard burst. He added 65 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown run, on a season-high eight carries in the victory over Colorado. He also rushed for 51 yards and a career-best two touchdowns on just three carries in a win over Pacific. Against the Tigers, he scored two first-quarter touchdowns, including a 39-yard scamper to stake NU to a 28-0 lead in a 70-21 blowout. He was just the sixth NU fullback in history to score two touchdowns in the same game.
Overall, Schlesinger reeled off five runs of 25 or more yards in 1994, including a 40-yard touchdown run against Kansas. He added 31 yards on eight carries in the season-opening win over West Virginia in the Kickoff Classic.
Solid in the classroom, Schlesinger added first-team academic All-Big Eight honors as a senior industrial technology major.
He dashed for a season-long 16-yard run against North Texas, before adding his lone touchdown of the year on a 13-yard sprint against Kansas State. He carried six times for 29 yards against the Wildcats.
He produced a season-high 30 yards on a career-best 10 carries against Colorado. Schlesinger also played a key role on special teams, producing five tackles. He played in the 1994 Orange Bowl national championship game against Florida State, but he did not have a carry or a tackle.
A standout on special teams, Schlesinger notched nine tackles, including four solos. He played in the 1993 Orange Bowl, but did not record a carry.
Redshirt Season (1991)
Columbus High School
Schlesinger played with fellow Husker Joel Wilks (Hastings High School) and a group of Nebraska high school stars in the Down Under Bowl in Sydney, Australia. He was also a two-time 189-pound state wrestling champion and toured with an all-star wrestling team in Quebec, Canada.
Schlesinger's Career Statistics
Year G/S Att. Yds. Y/A Y/G Long TDs Totals 34/17 127 706 20.8 41 vs. Texas Tech 6
41 vs. Texas Tech
Tackles: 7 UT, 8 AT, 15 Total; 4 UT, 5 AT, 9 TT in 1992; 2 UT, 3 AT, 5 TT in 1993: 1 UT, 0 AT, 1 TT in 1994