Eric Steinbach
G #65
Lockport, Ill.
Offensive Line
TOTAL 125 124
2010 CLE 16 16
2009 CLE 16 16
2008 CLE 14 14
2007 CLE 16 16
2006 CIN 16 16
2005 CIN 16 16
2004 CIN 16 15
2003 CIN 15 15

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Originally drafted by Cincinnati in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft… Signed by Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent on March 2, 2007.

Seasonal Reviews:

2010: Started all 16 games at left guard and did not miss an offensive snap for the second consecutive season… Also saw time as a tackle-eligible in goal line situations… Part of an offensive line that paved the way for five individual 100-yard rushing performances and a running game that averaged 4.0 yards per rush attempt… Helped Peyton Hillis rack up 1,177 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns, tied for the fourth-highest total in the AFC and sixth in the NFL… In addition, the line allowed either none or only one sack seven times over the course of the season.


2009: Started all 16 games at left guard and did not miss an offensive snap… Also saw time as a tackle-eligible… Key part of a running game that averaged 4.2 yards per carry and 130.4 rushing yards per game, including an individual club-record 286 yards rushing by Jerome Harrison at Kansas City (12/20)… Unit also allowed just 30 sacks, including only seven over the final seven games… The 30 total sacks tied for the 10th-lowest total in the NFL… Helped the team record four consecutive contests with more than 160 yards rushing, becoming the first Browns team to do that since 1968… Helped the running game rack up 351 yards, the second-highest total in franchise annals, as it averaged 7.2 yards per attempt at Kansas City (12/20)… Appeared in his 100th career regular season game, at Green Bay (10/25).


2008: Started all 14 games in which he played at left guard… Helped pave the way for Jamal Lewis to gain more than 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season… Was inactive (shoulder) at Baltimore (9/21), snapping a string of 65 consecutive starts in his career dating back to the 2004 season with Cincinnati.


2007: Started all 16 contests at left guard in his first season with the Browns… Was part of an offensive line that allowed only 19 sacks all season, which tied for third-fewest in the NFL and also ranked tied for third-fewest in franchise history… Helped pave the way for Jamal Lewis to rush for 1,304 yards and nine touchdowns and Derek Anderson to throw for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns… Part of an offensive unit that ranked eighth in the NFL with 25.1 points per game, while the 402 points scored and 5,621 net yards of offense both ranked third-best in franchise history.


2006: Started 14 contests at left guard, one at left tackle and another at center… Opened at left tackle vs. Cleveland (9/17), in place of the injured Levi Jones, while he started at center at Tampa Bay (10/15) for an injured Rich Braham… Helped block for Rudi Johnson, who rushed for 1,309 yards and 12 touchdowns and Carson Palmer who threw for 4,035 yards and 28 touchdowns.


2005: Started the first 15 games at left guard, and opened the regular season finale at left tackle for an injured Levi Jones… Also saw his first action at center, vs. Houston (10/2), filling in for injured center Rich Braham… Helped the offense set a franchise mark for the fewest number of sacks allowed in a season with 21.


2004: Played in all 16 games with 15 starts at left guard… Helped pave the way for Rudi Johnson’s club record of 1,454 rushing yards… Helped lead the offense to three consecutive games of 450-plus offensive yards, including 504 vs. Cleveland (11/28), 453 at Baltimore (12/5), and 478 at New England (12/12), the first such streak in team history… Did not start the season-opener at New York Jets (9/12), due to preseason elbow injury, however, played in the opener after center Rich Braham left with an injury.


2003: In his rookie season, started all 15 games in which he played at left guard… Helped lead the way for Rudi Johnson to rush for 957 yards, nine touchdowns and a 4.5-yard average per carry.


College: Played four years at the University of Iowa (1999-2002)… As a senior, earned All-America honors from Pro Football Weekly and the Walter Camp Foundation… His senior season also included Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors from league coaches… Went to Iowa as a tight end, but was moved to guard as a freshman in 1999, following 1998 redshirt year… Anchored line that allowed only 11 sacks in 12 regular season games… All-Big Ten as a junior in 2001… Majored in sports studies.


Personal: Hometown is Lockport, Ill… Played tight end and defensive end at Providence Catholic (New Lenox, Ill.) High School… Had school-record 26 sacks as a senior defensive end in high school, and also had 22 catches for six touchdowns as a tight end… Four-sport letterman in high school, including baseball, basketball and track… Helped lead Providence Catholic to 50 straight wins and three state titles as a tight end and defensive end… Started the Eric Steinbach ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) Foundation… Active in the Cleveland community, including hosting a ‘Shop with a Pro’ event…  He and his wife also are active in raising funds and awareness for Tay-Sachs disease… Married (Caroline) and has a son (Colton).

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