Matt Bernstein

Matt Bernstein
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-26) December 26, 1982
Place of birth: Scarsdale, New York
Career information
College: Wisconsin
Undrafted: 2006
Career history

Matt Bernstein (born December 26, 1982) is a former American football standout at University of Wisconsin–Madison, who is currently a free agent of the Arena Football League after a stint in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions. [1][2] Inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He has two brothers, Alex and Ben.

High school


As a junior, Bernstein, who is Jewish, fasted in observance of the religious holiday Yom Kippur prior to a game against Penn State. Bernstein recovered from the fast with a "pregame IV bag, and during the game, moved on to turkey slices, fruit and the Penn State defense", according to ESPN.[5][6]


  1. "Former Badger gets taste of Israel", Jerusalem Post, December 29, 2006
  2. "Philadelphia Soul Sign FB's Matt Bernstein and George Layne – AFL", The Raw Feed, January 18, 2007
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Matt Bernstein Draft Profile". Retrieved September 1, 2007.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "44 Matt Bernstein". Archived from the original on August 5, 2007. Retrieved September 1, 2007.
  5. Mietkiewicz, Mark. "To play or pray: Yom Kippur and Jewish pro athletes". St. Louis Jewish Light. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  6. Maisel, Ivan. "Bernstein feasted on Penn State after fasting". ESPN. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  7. Profile of Bernstein on National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame web site.
  8. Badger Chalk Talk, Fall 2002, Volume 02, Issue 3.
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