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Craig Steltz biography

Date of birth : 1986-05-07
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Matairie, Louisiana
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-01-10
Credited as : Football player NFL, safety for the Chicago Bears, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Craig Joseph Steltz is an American football safety for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League.

NFL Career:

Has appeared in 23 games at safety and on special teams, spending most of his playing time on the special teams' unit over the last two seasons... Notched 23 career tackles (15 solo) and 1 INT... Credited with 20 special teams stops.

2009 SEASON: Played in 12 games, notching 2 starts at strong safety... Collected 12 tackles (7 solo)... Posted 7 special teams stops and recovered a fumble on special teams... Collected a career-high 6 tackels at MIN (12/28).

2008 - Saw action in 11 games, spending time at safety and playing on special teams... Finished sixth on the team with 13 special teams stops, despite not playing the first five games of the season... Added 11 defensive tackles (solo) and 1 INT... Returned his first career INT 44 yards vs. DET (11/2)... Blocked a punt vs. MIN (10/19) that was returned for a TD... Appeared in his first NFL game at ATL (10/12), recording a team-high 3 special teams stops.

College:

Four-year letterwinner at LSU (2004-2007), finished his career ranked fifth in school history in passes defended (34) and sixth in INTs (11)... Played in 44 games, including 20 starts... Tallied 184 tackles (114 solo), 7 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, 3 FF and 2 FR in his career, despite playing just one season as a full-time starter... Named 2007 first-team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation, Football Writer's, ESPN, CBSSports.com and Rivals.com... First-team all-SEC, Thorpe Award (top defensive back in college football) finalist and team captain as a senior... Member of LSU's 2007 National Championship team... Started all 14 games as a senior, leading LSU with 101 tackles (66 solo) and 6 INTs... The 6 INTs rank 7th in school history... Tied a school record with 3 INTs in the Tigers' season opener against Mississippi State... Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Ole Miss 12/17, hauling in 2 INTs to go along with 5 tackles... Posted career highs with 16 tackles against Florida and Arkansas... Missed part of the NCAA Championship Game with a stinger... Appeared in 13 games, including 3 starts as a junior... Tallied 4 INTs, becoming the first player in Tiger history to record a pick in four consecutive games, including a career-long 76-yard return against Tulane... Finished with 42 tackles (20 solo), 2 TFLs, 1.0 sack and 5 PBUs... Started final 2 games at strong safety, including LSU's Allstate Sugar Bowl win over Notre Dame... As a sophomore, started in the Tigers' nickel and dime packages, making 3 starts in 13 games played... Credited with 40 tackles (28 solo), 1 INT, 2 PBUs and 1 FR... Returned a blocked punt for a TD vs. Arizona State... Saw action in 4 games as a freshman.

Personal:

First-team all-state at Rummel H.S. and became the first player to have his number retired at the school... Also played running back and returned kicks... Parents are Keith and Linda Steltz... Older brother Kevin was the starting fullback at LSU for three years... Majored in management.


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