Former North Dakota two-sport athlete in NFL

Updated: October 15, 2003, 6:00 PM ET

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Former University of North Dakota standout Chad Mustard was hoping he could make it to next Saturday's football clash between UND and North Dakota State.

Those plans changed when he was signed to the Cleveland Browns' active roster.

Mustard, a two-sport athlete at UND, played in his first NFL game last Sunday, when Cleveland beat the Oakland Raiders 13-7. He has been on the Browns practice squad since Oct. 1, after a season in Europe.

Mustard, a 272-pound tight end, was on the field for 12 plays against Oakland, including the Browns' final scoring drive that ended with a 32-yard Phil Dawson field goal late in the fourth quarter.

"It's been pretty exciting," Mustard. "Just being on the same field as (Oakland's) Jerry Rice and Tim Brown is pretty amazing.

"It's still one week at a time for me," he said. "But after watching game film and talking to my coach, I feel confident enough that I'll be around for our next game."

Mustard played when the Browns went to a three tight-end formation.

"I was lucky," he said. "I was blocking a safety. That should be a mismatch, and I started taking advantage."

The Columbus, Neb., native played basketball at UND for four years before playing football for the Sioux in 2000 and 2001.

Mustard is one of four former North Central Conference players with the Browns. The others are starting tight end Steve Heiden of South Dakota State, running back Jamel White of South Dakota and offensive lineman Chuck Klabo of North Dakota State. Klabo is on the team's injured list.

Cleveland's special teams coordinator, Jerry Rosburg, played for NDSU in the 1970s.

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