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Chad Rinehart
G #78
Height:
6-5
Weight:
321
Age:
30
College:
Northern Iowa
Hometown:
Boone, Iowa
Experience:
7
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 58 47
2014 SD 16 16
2013 SD 11 10
2012 BUF 7 2
2011 BUF 16 12
2010 BUF 4 3
2009 WAS 4 4
2008 WAS 0 0

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Bio

The Chargers and Rinehart agreed to a new two-year contract in March.

Rinehart endured a tough first year with the Chargers. The team’s starting left guard to open the season, Rinehart missed five games early on after suffering a painful toe injury during the Bolts’ Week 3 game in Tennessee. When he returned, injuries at other positions on the offensive line forced a bit of a reshuffling. Rinehart was called upon to start three games at right guard before returning to the left side for the team’s final four games of the regular season and the playoffs. Having Rinehart back at left guard late in the year paid dividends. The Chargers rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the last four regular-season games, capped off by a season-high 186 yards in the regular season finale against Kansas City that boosted the Bolts into the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Rinehart hails from the small town of Boone, Iowa (pop. 12,000) and he fits the mold of the stereotypical corn-fed midwestern offensive lineman. He worked on a corn farm as a youth, doing chores such as baling hay and detasseling corn. The son of a truck driver father and school teacher mother, Rinehart was being sought by the Naval Academy, but he instead enrolled at Northern Iowa as a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman. He had a stellar career for the Panthers, posting a career blocking consistency grade that was the highest of any NCAA Division I-AA player over the previous 15 years. He earned All-America and all-conference honors and was a finalist for the Draddy Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top scholar-athlete and community citizen.

Rinehart is still a popular figure in his native Iowa. He’s remained active in the community, supporting both the YMCA and the Boone Chamber of Commerce.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round pick (96) by Washington, April 27, 2008...signed with Redskins, July 15...waived Sept. 4, 2010...signed to New York Jets’ practice squad, Sept. 29...released Oct. 12...signed to Buffalo’s practice squad, Oct. 18 and signed to Bills’ active roster, Dec. 7...re-signed with Bills, April 23, 2012...contract expired March 12, 2013...signed with Chargers March 14...Re-signed with the Chargers on March 10, 2014.

2014: Started Games 1-16 at left guard...helped block for season-high 162 yards rushing in 31-0 win over New York Jets Oct. 5...helped Bolts rush for 116 yards and pass for 313 while line allowed just one sack in 35 passing plays in 31-28 win at Oakland Oct. 12...helped pass protect for 383 yards and three touchdowns in 34-33 win at Baltimore Nov. 30, including game-winning eight-play, 80-yard, 1:44 drive that started with 2:22 left in contest...part of line that allowed just two sacks in 56 passing plays during 38-35 overtime win Dec. 20 at San Francisco... made huge play to recover fumble after Philip Rivers was sacked on 3rd-and-2 play during late fourth-quarter game-tying touchdown drive...Chargers converted fourth down on following play and scored game-tying touchdown six plays later...in game Chargers made 21-point comeback, tied for greatest in franchise history, including overcoming 14-point deficit midway through fourth quarter.

2013: Started Weeks 1-3 at left guard...injured toe Sept. 22 vs. Tennessee and inactive Weeks 4-8...returned to starting lineup Nov. 17 at Miami, starting next three games at right guard...moved back to left guard Dec. 8 vs. New York Giants, starting there for last four regular-season games as well as Jan. 5 wild card playoffs at Cincinnati and Jan. 12 divisional playoffs at Denver.

2012: Saw reserve action first five games and started at right guard Oct. 14 at Arizona and Oct. 21 vs. Tennessee...injured ankle vs. Titans and placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Nov. 2.

2011: Took over for injured Kraig Urbik at right guard in second quarter Sept. 18 vs. Oakland and helped Bills rush for 217 yards while offensive line didn’t allow any sacks...started at right guard Sept. 25 vs. New England and Oct. 2 at Cincinnati...O-line allowed zero sacks and offense generated 448 total yards vs. Patriots...started Games 7-10 at left guard after Adam Levitre took over at left tackle for injured Chris Hairston...started final six games at right guard.

2010: Started season on practice squads of New York Jets and Bills...signed to Buffalo’s active roster Dec. 7 and played final four games, starting last three at right guard.

2009: First-career game and start Sept. 27 at Detroit...started four games, including Dec. 23 at Dallas when he suffered fractured fibula...placed on injured-reserve Nov. 24.

2008: Inactive Games 1-13...active but did not play Games 14-16.

COLLEGE: FCS first-team All-America as senior and second-team as junior...first-team All-Gateway Conference as sophomore, junior and senior...finalist for 2007 Draddy Award given by National Football Foundation to nation’s top scholar-athlete and community citizen...played in 47 games with 44 starts at left tackle...played at Northern Iowa from 2004-07... sports psychology major.

PERSONAL: Born in Boone, Iowa...two-time second-team all-state and first-team all-district lineman at Boone High School...state qualifier in discus.

The Chargers and Rinehart agreed to a new two-year contract in March.

Rinehart endured a tough first year with the Chargers. The team’s starting left guard to open the season, Rinehart missed five games early on after suffering a painful toe injury during the Bolts’ Week 3 game in Tennessee. When he returned, injuries at other positions on the offensive line forced a bit of a reshuffling. Rinehart was called upon to start three games at right guard before returning to the left side for the team’s final four games of the regular season and the playoffs. Having Rinehart back at left guard late in the year paid dividends. The Chargers rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the last four regular-season games, capped off by a season-high 186 yards in the regular season finale against Kansas City that boosted the Bolts into the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Rinehart hails from the small town of Boone, Iowa (pop. 12,000) and he fits the mold of the stereotypical corn-fed midwestern offensive lineman. He worked on a corn farm as a youth, doing chores such as baling hay and detasseling corn. The son of a truck driver father and school teacher mother, Rinehart was being sought by the Naval Academy, but he instead enrolled at Northern Iowa as a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman. He had a stellar career for the Panthers, posting a career blocking consistency grade that was the highest of any NCAA Division I-AA player over the previous 15 years. He earned All-America and all-conference honors and was a finalist for the Draddy Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top scholar-athlete and community citizen.

Rinehart is still a popular figure in his native Iowa. He’s remained active in the community, supporting both the YMCA and the Boone Chamber of Commerce.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round pick (96) by Washington, April 27, 2008...signed with Redskins, July 15...waived Sept. 4, 2010...signed to New York Jets’ practice squad, Sept. 29...released Oct. 12...signed to Buffalo’s practice squad, Oct. 18 and signed to Bills’ active roster, Dec. 7...re-signed with Bills, April 23, 2012...contract expired March 12, 2013...signed with Chargers March 14...Re-signed with the Chargers on March 10, 2014.

2014: Started Games 1-16 at left guard...helped block for season-high 162 yards rushing in 31-0 win over New York Jets Oct. 5...helped Bolts rush for 116 yards and pass for 313 while line allowed just one sack in 35 passing plays in 31-28 win at Oakland Oct. 12...helped pass protect for 383 yards and three touchdowns in 34-33 win at Baltimore Nov. 30, including game-winning eight-play, 80-yard, 1:44 drive that started with 2:22 left in contest...part of line that allowed just two sacks in 56 passing plays during 38-35 overtime win Dec. 20 at San Francisco... made huge play to recover fumble after Philip Rivers was sacked on 3rd-and-2 play during late fourth-quarter game-tying touchdown drive...Chargers converted fourth down on following play and scored game-tying touchdown six plays later...in game Chargers made 21-point comeback, tied for greatest in franchise history, including overcoming 14-point deficit midway through fourth quarter.

2013: Started Weeks 1-3 at left guard...injured toe Sept. 22 vs. Tennessee and inactive Weeks 4-8...returned to starting lineup Nov. 17 at Miami, starting next three games at right guard...moved back to left guard Dec. 8 vs. New York Giants, starting there for last four regular-season games as well as Jan. 5 wild card playoffs at Cincinnati and Jan. 12 divisional playoffs at Denver.

2012: Saw reserve action first five games and started at right guard Oct. 14 at Arizona and Oct. 21 vs. Tennessee...injured ankle vs. Titans and placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Nov. 2.

2011: Took over for injured Kraig Urbik at right guard in second quarter Sept. 18 vs. Oakland and helped Bills rush for 217 yards while offensive line didn’t allow any sacks...started at right guard Sept. 25 vs. New England and Oct. 2 at Cincinnati...O-line allowed zero sacks and offense generated 448 total yards vs. Patriots...started Games 7-10 at left guard after Adam Levitre took over at left tackle for injured Chris Hairston...started final six games at right guard.

2010: Started season on practice squads of New York Jets and Bills...signed to Buffalo’s active roster Dec. 7 and played final four games, starting last three at right guard.

2009: First-career game and start Sept. 27 at Detroit...started four games, including Dec. 23 at Dallas when he suffered fractured fibula...placed on injured-reserve Nov. 24.

2008: Inactive Games 1-13...active but did not play Games 14-16.

COLLEGE: FCS first-team All-America as senior and second-team as junior...first-team All-Gateway Conference as sophomore, junior and senior...finalist for 2007 Draddy Award given by National Football Foundation to nation’s top scholar-athlete and community citizen...played in 47 games with 44 starts at left tackle...played at Northern Iowa from 2004-07... sports psychology major.

PERSONAL: Born in Boone, Iowa...two-time second-team all-state and first-team all-district lineman at Boone High School...state qualifier in discus.

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