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9 things you might not know about Randy Starks


Randy Starks is joining Tramon Williams as the newest member of the Cleveland Browns.

Here are nine things you might not know about the 31-year-old. 

1) Starks actually considered playing basketball in college after winning The Washington Post's Southern Maryland player of the year award after leading Westlake High School to a 23-3 record and banking 1,000 career points.

2) Recruiting heated up for Starks' services as a defensive lineman, though, and the University of Maryland beat out Penn State and Virginia Tech.

3) The Tennessee Titans drafted Starks in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft and he became a starter his second season in the AFC South.

4) Signing with the Dolphins in the 2008 offseason, Starks played all over the defensive line  as a 1-technique inside between the center and guard and as an outside defensive end. The Dolphins struggled to slow down running backs as a unit, but Starks is widely regarded as one of the preeminent run stuffers in the AFC.

5) From 2007-2013, Starks played in 111 consecutive games dating back to his days with the Titans and often fighting through minor injuries. This past season, a back injury forced Starks to the sidelines, a rare sight.

6) Starks is a veteran many younger players seek out. When Starks was released by the Dolphins to clear salary cap space, defensive lineman Anthony Johnson tweeted: "The first day I stepped off that plane in Miami @**starks94** took me under his wing and showed me the way thanks for being a great Big Brother."

7) The Dolphins found Starks to be such a valuable asset, they applied the franchise tag to the lineman back in 2013. Starks has been a three-down player nearly all of his career and MMQB wrote that Starks' ability to draw double teams helped Miami become a dominant defense.

8) Starks collects Jordan brand sneakers and often posts photos of them on Twitter.

9) Posts on his Instagram feed include lyrics by the rapper Drake, a recent vacation to Europe and photos on the golf course.

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