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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 (2014):

TCKL
47
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 118 91 27 1.0 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 1 1
2014 SD 14 5 47 37 10 0.0 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 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @ARI L 17-18 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 SEA W 30-21 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @BUF W 22-10 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 JAC W 33-14 5 4 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 NYJ W 31-0 4 3 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @OAK W 31-28 3 1 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 KC L 20-23 4 2 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @DEN L 21-35 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 @MIA L 0-37 5 5 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 OAK W 13-6 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 STL W 27-24 4 3 1 -- 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
13 @BAL W 34-33 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 NE L 14-23 6 5 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 DEN L 10-22 8 6 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 @SF W 38-35 1 1 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.

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.

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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