By any standard, Seth Wand, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs in at 330 pounds, is a big guy. However, when Seth was recruited by former Northwest offensive line coach Bart Tatum from Springfield's Catholic High School, he was a "small" 240-pound defensive lineman.
But Tatum, now the head coach at Missouri Southern, saw something in this gentle giant that ultimately resulted in Seth being a third-round, 75th overall, NFL draft pick of the Houston Texans in 2003.
Tatum credits Seth with having feet like a ballerina and treating football like a craft. He quickly points out that his protégé is as nice, as gentle and as kind of a human being as you'll ever find, but he's also a physical specimen who's mentally and physically tough.
Seth has 53 games of NFL experience. He made 18 career starts and was the first Northwest graduate to have a starting position in the NFL. After spending 2003 to 2005 with the Texans, he played for the Tennessee Titans in 2006 and moved over to the Oakland Raiders organization in 2007 and 2008. He's now in his second season as a starting left tackle with the United Football League's Florida Tuskers. Last season, the inaugural season for the UFL, Seth and the Tuskers went 6-0 in the regular season before losing in the league's championship game.
Big number 75 gives the Tuskers a solid anchor at left tackle to create space for the running backs and protect UFL MVP quarterback Brooks Bollinger. And he's also prepared to protect the Tusker's back-up veteran quarterback who joins the team at the conclusion of the Arena Football League season - a man by the name of Chris Greisen, yes, that Chris Greisen who led the Bearcats to their first football national championship back in 1998.
While at Northwest, Seth was an offensive tackle for the Bearcats from 1999 to 2002 and graduated in 2003 with a degree in management information systems. He allowed only one sack at Northwest in his three seasons as a starter at left tackle and garnered many o-line accolades throughout his college career. He was named an All-American first team selection by the NFL Draft Report and competed in the 2003 Senior Bowl. He was named a first team all-MIAA offensive tackle, and twice he was named first team all-American by Co-Sida (the College Sports Information Directors of America) and the American Football Coaches Association. He was also an Associated Press Little All-American.
Seth Wand and his wife, fellow Bearcat Beth Reuter Wand, have three children, Pierce, Boston and Ian, and live in Kansas City.