Cardinals’ Bernhard Seikovits enjoys NFL ride with Austria backing him


GLENDALE — Arizona Cardinals tight end Bernhard Seikovits sent a shiver down the spine of reporters when he started his press conference Thursday speaking in his native language.

As well as making everyone in the room laugh, the joke showed just how comfortable the Austrian is in Year 2 after joining the franchise last season through the NFL’s International Player Pathway program.

“I think I’ve come quite far in just one year,” Seikovits said in English. “I feel a lot more confident, I know the calls, I know how people move. I certainly know the speed of the game and I feel more confident overall and I think that shows on the pitch as well.

Last season was a moment thrown into the fire for Seikovits, as the tight end was tasked with getting up to speed with the ins and outs of the NFL. He spent his entire first regular season on the practice squad and failed to register a catch during the preseason.

Everything changed last Friday, in week 1 of its second pre-season.

In Arizona’s 36-23 win over Cincinnati, Seikovits was finally able to mark that on his NFL checklist with a 13-yard reception.

It took a long time for the tight end, whose earliest NFL memories were created by staying up as late as he was allowed to watch games in Austria. He even asked his neighbor to record the matches on DVD so he could tune in the next day before YouTube made things a little easier.

“I think I’m on the right track,” Seikovits said. “Wherever it leads is fine. At the end of the day, you can only do your best every day and what comes out of it is what comes out of it.

In a very tight room, Seikovits has his work cut out for him if he hopes to earn regular season snaps in 2022.

Undisputed starter Zach Ertz is back on a new contract, Maxx Williams is working full speed again, rookie Trey McBride looks like the publicity and Stephen Anderson brings versatility to the group.

But regardless of playing time or number of snaps, the former Viking from Vienna knows he has a whole country rooted for him to succeed.

“I really feel like people support me at home. Obviously that’s a big problem with us,” Seikovits said. “Everyone knows me, knows how I do it and they support me.

“They enjoy the ride with me and it also gives me security. I’m not doing this alone, I have people on my back.

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