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Andrew Gachkar
ILB #59
Height:
6-3
Weight:
240
Age:
26
College:
Missouri
Hometown:
Overland Park, Kan.
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2015 PRE):

TCKL
11
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 120 92 28 2.0 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 1 1
2014 SD 15 5 49 38 11 1.0 0 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2013 SD 16 3 33 24 9 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2012 SD 16 0 23 19 4 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2011 SD 16 0 15 11 4 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

A former seventh-round pick headed into his fourth NFL season, Gachkar is one of the team’s top special teams performers and a solid performer at inside linebacker.

Each season, Gachkar’s tackle totals on defense have gone up, topped by his 25 in 2013. He also made the first three starts of his career last season, filling in for an injured Donald Butler. The Chargers won two of three games with Gachkar starting at inside linebacker and his efforts included a career-high eight tackles in a 24-6 win in Jacksonville.

As a rookie, Gachkar tied for the team lead on special teams with 12 tackles and in his second year, he tied for fourth. Last season, his eight special teams stops tied for sixth.

Some may call the fact that he’s even playing football a miracle in  itself. Back in 2007, he overcame a life-threatening ailment that threatened more than just his football career. Back in ’07 after his freshman year at the University of Missouri, Gachkar was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He had developed a blood clot because his collarbone and rib cage were too close together to allow proper blood flow through his veins. As a result, he  had no choice but to undergo major surgery to remove one of his ribs, and a second surgery after another clot developed. Gachkar spent more than 20 hours in surgery and nearly a month in the hospital, all-the-while losing more than 30 pounds. The surgeries initially put his football future in doubt, but Gachkar was diligent in his rehabilitation and he made it back for the 2008 season without missing a game.

Gachkar and his high school sweetheart, Lauren  Nuckolls, were married in Missouri in March 2013.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Seventh-round pick (234), April 30, 2011...signed July 28.

2014: In starting lineup Sept. 28 vs. Jacksonville and collected first defensive tackles (six) and pressures (two) of season...teamhigh three tackles for loss among six stops Nov. 2 at Miami...paced squad with three special teams tackles in 13-6 win over Oakland Nov. 16... scored first career touchdown on 13-yard scoop-and-score following Corey Liuget sack and forced fumble for 20-10 third quarter lead over St. Louis Nov. 23...Bolts would go on to win, 27-24...injured knee late in Nov. 23 win over Rams...inactive Nov. 30 at Baltimore, ending streak of 59 straight games played...two-yard tackle for loss on 3rd-and-1 ended Denver’s first series of third quarter Dec. 14...sack for no yards among five tackles in Dec. 28 season finale at Kansas City.

2013: Started Oct. 14 vs. Indianapolis, Oct. 20 at Jacksonville and Nov. 3 at Washington... season-high eight tackles in 24-6 win over Jags...season-high three special teams stops Dec. 1 vs. Cincinnati.

2012: First-career sack Dec. 16 vs. Carolina...season-high six tackles in Dec. 30 season finale vs. Oakland. 2011: Season-high three special teams tackles Oct. 23 at New York Jets...two special teams stops each at Kansas City Oct. 31 and vs. Denver (Nov. 27) and Baltimore (Dec. 18).

COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-Big 12 by league’s coaches as senior...Missorui’s Special Teams Player of Year as freshman in 2007...finished career with 208 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles, five recoveries and two interceptions...played at Missouri from 2007-10...civil engineering major.

PERSONAL: Born in Overland Park, Kan....RB and LB at Blue Valley West HS in Overland Park.

A former seventh-round pick headed into his fourth NFL season, Gachkar is one of the team’s top special teams performers and a solid performer at inside linebacker.

Each season, Gachkar’s tackle totals on defense have gone up, topped by his 25 in 2013. He also made the first three starts of his career last season, filling in for an injured Donald Butler. The Chargers won two of three games with Gachkar starting at inside linebacker and his efforts included a career-high eight tackles in a 24-6 win in Jacksonville.

As a rookie, Gachkar tied for the team lead on special teams with 12 tackles and in his second year, he tied for fourth. Last season, his eight special teams stops tied for sixth.

Some may call the fact that he’s even playing football a miracle in  itself. Back in 2007, he overcame a life-threatening ailment that threatened more than just his football career. Back in ’07 after his freshman year at the University of Missouri, Gachkar was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He had developed a blood clot because his collarbone and rib cage were too close together to allow proper blood flow through his veins. As a result, he  had no choice but to undergo major surgery to remove one of his ribs, and a second surgery after another clot developed. Gachkar spent more than 20 hours in surgery and nearly a month in the hospital, all-the-while losing more than 30 pounds. The surgeries initially put his football future in doubt, but Gachkar was diligent in his rehabilitation and he made it back for the 2008 season without missing a game.

Gachkar and his high school sweetheart, Lauren  Nuckolls, were married in Missouri in March 2013.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Seventh-round pick (234), April 30, 2011...signed July 28.

2014: In starting lineup Sept. 28 vs. Jacksonville and collected first defensive tackles (six) and pressures (two) of season...teamhigh three tackles for loss among six stops Nov. 2 at Miami...paced squad with three special teams tackles in 13-6 win over Oakland Nov. 16... scored first career touchdown on 13-yard scoop-and-score following Corey Liuget sack and forced fumble for 20-10 third quarter lead over St. Louis Nov. 23...Bolts would go on to win, 27-24...injured knee late in Nov. 23 win over Rams...inactive Nov. 30 at Baltimore, ending streak of 59 straight games played...two-yard tackle for loss on 3rd-and-1 ended Denver’s first series of third quarter Dec. 14...sack for no yards among five tackles in Dec. 28 season finale at Kansas City.

2013: Started Oct. 14 vs. Indianapolis, Oct. 20 at Jacksonville and Nov. 3 at Washington... season-high eight tackles in 24-6 win over Jags...season-high three special teams stops Dec. 1 vs. Cincinnati.

2012: First-career sack Dec. 16 vs. Carolina...season-high six tackles in Dec. 30 season finale vs. Oakland. 2011: Season-high three special teams tackles Oct. 23 at New York Jets...two special teams stops each at Kansas City Oct. 31 and vs. Denver (Nov. 27) and Baltimore (Dec. 18).

COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-Big 12 by league’s coaches as senior...Missorui’s Special Teams Player of Year as freshman in 2007...finished career with 208 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles, five recoveries and two interceptions...played at Missouri from 2007-10...civil engineering major.

PERSONAL: Born in Overland Park, Kan....RB and LB at Blue Valley West HS in Overland Park.

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