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Get to know offensive lineman Pat Elflein

Pat Elflein

The O.G. Panther

Elflein went to Pickerington High School North, the home of the Panthers, or just "North" to those in Pickerington, Ohio. He was an All-State performer in football, wrestling, and track & field.

Elflein was also high school teammates with free agent tight end Jake Butt (most recently with the Broncos). When it came time for their college decisions, the two friends made quite a departure, with Elflein heading to Ohio State and Butt choosing rival Michigan.

Position Flexibility

At Ohio State, Elflein started off at left guard, moved to right guard, and then finished his senior campaign as a center, winning the Rimington Award for best college center in 2016.

He then took the opposite track in the NFL, starting off as a center for the Vikings and then transitioning to left guard in 2019 and right guard in 2020. In his first season, he earned PFWA All-Rookie honors and helped the Vikings rank second in the NFL in completion percentage.

Big Game Experience

In Elflein's career, he's played in a number of big games. At Ohio State from 2013-16, he saw action in the Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, two College Football semifinals and one national championship game, winning a title in 2014.

He then played in four playoff games with the Vikings, including the "Miracle in Minneapolis" win over the Saints, and 2017 NFC Championship game.


Unfortunately, Elflein had to battle through some physical issues during his time in Minnesota. He injured his ankle in the second half of the 2017 NFC Championship game and had to miss two games to start the next season in 2018.

Then in 2020, he suffered a thumb injury at the start of the season and was placed on IR. After eventually getting cleared in November, the Vikings waived him and he finished the season with the Jets, playing in just seven total games last season.

Competing with the T-Mo spike?

In 2020, it became a tradition for Panthers right tackle Taylor Moton to spike the ball after nearly every touchdown. Does Moton have some competition on the horizon? Look at this form!

View photos of offensive lineman Pat Elflein during his years with Minnesota (2017-20) and the New York Jets (2020).

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