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Eric Steinbach biography

Date of birth : 1980-04-04
Date of death : -
Birthplace : New Lenox, Illinois
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-11-19
Credited as : Football player NFL, guard for the Browns, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Eric Steinbach is an American football guard who currently plays for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League.
Originally drafted by Cincinnati in the second round, 33rd overall, in the 2003 NFL Draft…Signed by Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent on March 3, 2007.

Career Highlights
Paved the way for RB Rudi Johnson to log three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons from 2004-06…Started in 62 of 63 games during his four-years in Cincinnati.

2009
Started all 16 games at left guard and did not miss an offensive snap… Also saw time as a tackle-eligible… Part of a line that led a running game which averaged 4.2 yards per rush attempt, including a 4.4-yard mark by Jerome Harrison… 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 this year. Game 1 vs. Minnesota 9/13: Started at left guard… Also appeared on special teams… Game 2 at Denver 9/20: Opened at left guard and also saw time on special teams… Game 3 at Baltimore 9/27: Started at left guard… Game 4 vs. Cincinnati 10/4: Started at left guard… Also saw time as a tackle-eligible in goal-line situation… Game 5 at Buffalo 10/11: Opened at left guard… Part of a line that led a running game which racked up 171 yards rushing (4.2 avg.) and allowed only one sack… Game 6 at Pittsburgh 10/18: Started at left guard… Game 7 vs. Green Bay 10/25: Opened at left guard in what marked the 100th regular season game of his career… Game 8 at Chicago 11/1: Started at left guard, marking the 100th starting assignment of his NFL career… Game 9 vs. Baltimore 11/16: Started at left guard… Game 10 at Detroit 11/22: Opened at left guard… Game 11 at Cincinnati 11/29: Started at left guard… Game 12 vs. San Diego 12/6: Opened at left guard and helped lead a running game that averaged a season-high 5.2 yards per rush attempt … Game 13 vs. Pittsburgh 12/10: Started at left guard and helped to lead a running game that racked up 171 yards, tied for a season high, while the unit allowed only one sack… Game 14 at Kansas City 12/20: Started at left guard as the unit had a banner day in which it led a running game that racked up 351 yards, the second-highest total in franchise annals, as it averaged 7.2 yards per attempt… This included a club-record 286 yards rushing by Jerome Harrison… The unit also did not allow a sack for the first time in 2009… Game 15 vs. Oakland 12/27: Started at left guard and played the entire contest… Key part of a line that led a running game which accumulated 164 yards, including 148 by Jerome Harrison… The unit also allowed only two sacks for three yards in losses… Game 16 vs. Jacksonville 1/3: Opened at left guard and played the entire contest… Part of a line that helped the running game accumulate 214 yards and a 4.4-yard average per carry… Total included 127-yard effort by Jerome Harrison as he became the first Brown to have three straight 100-yard rushing games since Lee Suggs in 2004… In addition, as a team, it was the fourth consecutive contest with more than 160 yards rushing, the first Browns team to do that since 1968… Line did not allow a sack for the second time in three weeks.

2008
Game 1 vs. Dallas 9/7: Started at LG…Game 2 vs. Pittsburgh 9/14: Started at LG…Game 3 at Baltimore 9/21: Inactive (shoulder)…Snapped a string of 65 consecutive starts in his career dating back to the 2004 season with Cincinnati…Game 4 at Cincinnati 9/28: Started at LG and was part of an offensive unit that helped the club rush for 134 net yards, including RB Jamal Lewis to rush for 79 yards and 1 TD, in a 20-12 road victory…Game 5 vs. N.Y. Giants 10/13: Started at LG and was part of an offensive effort that produced a season-high 35 points, 454 net yards of offense, including 144 net yards rushing, and did not allow a sack of QB Derek Anderson and gave him time to throw for 310 yards and 2 TDs…Game 6 at Washington 10/19: Started at LG…Game 7 at Jacksonville 10/26: Started at LG and helped pave the way for RB Jamal Lewis to run for 80 yards and 1 TD and time for QB Derek Anderson to throw for 246 yards and 1 TD…Game 8 vs. Baltimore 11/2: Started at LG…In the 3rd quarter, suffered a rib injury and did not return and was replaced by Seth McKinney…Game 9 vs. Denver 11/6: Inactive (ribs)…Replaced at LG by Seth McKinney…Game 10 at Buffalo 11/17: Started at LG and was part of an offensive line that paved the way for a season-high 161 net yards rushing and 2 rushing TDs in a 29-27 road victory…Game 11 vs. Houston 11/23: Started at LG…Game 12 vs. Indianapolis 11/30: Started at LG…Game 13 at Tennessee 12/7: Started at LG…Game 14 at Philadelphia 12/15: Started at LG…Game 15 vs. Cincinnati 12/21: Started at LG… Game 16 at Pittsburgh 12/28: Started at LG.

2007
Game 1 vs. Pittsburgh 9/9: Made his Browns debut by starting at LG…Game 2 vs. Cincinnati 9/16: Started at LG and was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack of QB Derek Anderson and provided time for him to throw for 326 yards and 5 TDs, and RB Jamal Lewis to rush for 216 yards and 1 TD…Part of an offense that established 554 net yards (3rd highest in club history) of offense and scored 51 points (T-4th in franchise history) and 226 net yards rushing…Game 3 at Oakland 9/23: Started at LG…Game 4 vs. Baltimore 9/30: Started at LG and was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack and allowed QB Derek Anderson to throw for 204 yards and 2 TDs…Left the game late in the 2nd quarter (stinger) for three plays and returned for the start of the 3rd quarter…Game 5 at New England 10/7: Started at LG…Game 6 vs. Miami 10/14: Started at LG and was part of an offensive line that helped the offense to 41 points, 384 net yards of offense and allowed QB Derek Anderson time to throw for 245 yards and 3 TDs…Game 7 at St. Louis 10/28: Started at LG and was part of an offensive line that helped the offense to 368 net yards and provided QB Derek Anderson time to throw for 248 yards and 3 TDs…Game 8 vs. Seattle 11/4: Started at LG and was part of an offensive line that helped the offense to 428 net yards of offense and allowed QB Derek Anderson to throw for a career-high 364 yards passing and RB Jamal Lewis to rush for a career-high 4 rushing TDs in a 33-30 overtime win…Game 9 at Pittsburgh 11/11: Started at LG and was part of an offensive line that held the Steelers defense without a sack and provided QB Derek Anderson time to throw for 3 TDs…Game 10 at Baltimore 11/18: Started at LG and was part of an offensive line that helped the offense to 380 net yards of offense in a 33-30 (OT) road win…Game 11 vs. Houston 11/25: Started at LG and was part of an offensive line that helped RB Jamal Lewis rush for 134 yards and 1 TD and gave QB Derek Anderson time to throw for 253 yards and 2 TDs as the offense rolled to 397 net yards of offense…Game 12 at Arizona 12/2: Started at LG and was part of an offensive line the allowed QB Derek Anderson to throw for 304 yards and 2 TDs…Game 13 at N.Y. Jets 12/9: Started at LG and was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack of QB Derek Anderson and allowed him time to throw for 185 yards and 2 TDs, and also paved the way for RB Jamal Lewis to rush for 118 yards and 1 TD in a 24-18 road win…Game 14 vs. Buffalo 12/16: Started at LG and was part of an offensive line that paved the way for RB Jamal Lewis to rush for 163 yards and the offense generated 304 net yards of offense in blizzard-like conditions…Game 15 at Cincinnati 12/23: Started at LG and was part of an offense that totaled 380 net yards of offense, including 136 net yards rushing…Game 16 vs. San Francisco 12/30: Started at LG and was part of an offensive line that paved the way for RB Jamal Lewis to rush for 128 yards and the offense overall to generate 358 total net yards of offense.

2006
Versatile four-year lineman who earned second alternate Pro Bowl status, started all 16 regular season games...Started 14 contests at left guard, and started at left tackle vs. Cleveland on Sept. 17, for the injured Levi Jones, and started at center at Tampa Bay on Oct. 15, for injured Rich Braham…Helped block for RB Rudi Johnson to rush for 1,309 yards and 12 TDs and QB Carson Palmer throw for 4,035 yards and 28 TDs…Paved the way for RB Rudi Johnson to rush for 96 yards at Kansas City on Sept. 10…Helped the offense produce 481 net yards vs. Cleveland on Sept. 17, including Johnson’s 145 yards rushing…Helped Cincinnati earn a road win against the defending Super Bowl champions at Pittsburgh on Sept. 24…Aided an offensive line effort that produced 101 rushing yards for Johnson vs. Carolina on Oct. 22…Helped the offense produce a season-high 545 yards and a career-high 440 yards passing from Carson Palmer vs. San Diego on Nov. 12…Part of an offensive line effort which produced 385 yards, including 111 rushing yards from Johnson, while only allowing 1 sack at New Orleans on Nov. 19…Aided an output of 388 net yards and threw key block on a Johnson 1-yard TD run on fourth-and-goal for game’s first score at Cleveland on Nov. 26…Was part of offensive line effort which did not allow a sack and blocked for 117 rushing yards from Johnson vs. Oakland on Dec. 10…Supported 129-yard rushing game by Johnson at Denver on Dec. 24.

2005
In his third season with Cincinnati, started all 16 games, including one postseason contest…Started the first 15 games at left guard, and started the regular season finale at left tackle for an injured Levi Jones…Also saw his first action at center vs. Houston on Oct. 2, filling in for injured center Rich Braham…Helped the offense set a franchise mark for the least number of sacks allowed in a season with 21 sacks allowed (24 sacks allowed, 1972 and 1973)…In the regular season opener, helped pave the way for 420 yards net offense, including 126 rushing yards by RB Rudi Johnson at Cleveland on Sept. 11…Helped the offense produce 504 yards vs. Minnesota on Sept. 18, including no sacks of QB Carson Palmer…Started at left guard vs. Houston on Oct. 2, but moved to center in the 2nd quarter after Rich Braham and Larry Moore went out of the game with knee injuries and contributed to a net offense of 371 yards…Had a key block helping free Tab Perry on eight-yard TD run with a shovel pass vs. Baltimore on Nov. 6, and saw brief action at left tackle during a 4th quarter TD drive when Levi Jones was temporarily sidelined with an injury…Helped key a line performance vs. Indianapolis on Nov. 20, as the offense totaled 492 yards with Palmer sacked only once by league’s leading pass rush…Supported a 324-yard offensive effort in a Bengals’ win at Pittsburgh on Dec. 4, with Palmer sacked just once…Supported a season-high 185 team rushing yards vs. Cleveland on Dec. 11, including a season-high and individual total of 169 yards by Johnson…Paved the way for the offense’s 426 net yards in division-clinching win at Detroit on Dec. 18, including Johnson’s second straight 100-yard rushing performance and Palmer’s three TD passes…Supported the offense’s 327-yard output in the AFC Wild Card playoff game vs. Pittsburgh on Jan. 8, 2006, with a 56 percent third-down efficiency (9-of-16).

2004
Second-year versatile lineman played in all 16 regular season games, including 15 starts…Started 15 games at left guard and helped paved the way for Rudi Johnson’s club record of 1,454 rushing yards…Helped the line fuel three consecutive games of 450-plus offensive yards vs. Cleveland on Nov. 28, at Baltimore on Dec. 5, and at New England on Dec. 12, the first such streak in team history…Did not start the season opener at N.Y. Jets on Sept. 12, due to preseason elbow injury, however, played in the opener after center Rich Braham left with an injury and helped protect QB Carson Palmer to post a 105.2 passer rating…Had a key block on Johnson’s 36-yard TD run in 2nd quarter of Monday night win vs. Denver on Oct. 25, and helped Johnson total 119 yards on 24 carries for the game…Supported Johnson’s 202-yard rushing day vs. Cleveland on Nov. 28.

2003
In his rookie season, started 15 games at left guard…Contributed to a line performance of no sacks allowed at Cleveland on Sept. 28, as QB Jon Kitna posted a 125.1 passer rating…Had a key block on a 16-yard TD run by RB Rudi Johnson at Buffalo on Oct. 5…Aided a 412-yard output, including 194 yards rushing in victory vs. Seattle on Oct. 26…Had a key block on a Johnson 2-yard TD run in 1st quarter at Arizona on Nov. 2…In a victory vs. Houston on Nov. 9, had a key block on 17-yard Rudi Johnson TD run, and pulled to make another key block on a one-yard Johnson TD run which gave the Bengals’ a 31-27 lead in 4th quarter, as the offense produce 422 total yards and a season-high 240 yards rushing with no sacks allowed…Supported the offense as it produced a second straight 422-yard total vs. Kansas City on Nov. 16, including 200 yards rushing…Supported a season-high 444-yard total offense effort at San Diego on Nov. 23, including a third straight game of 200 or more rushing yards (210)…Supported a 393-yard net offensive effort vs. San Francisco on Dec. 14, including 174 rushing yards by Johnson and 225 by the team, which was the team’s fourth 200-yard game in the last six contests.

College Highlights
Rated as the top guard available in the 2003 Draft after an Iowa career culminated by 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…Came to Iowa as a tight end, but was moved to guard as a freshman in 1999, following 1998 redshirt year…Helped lead Iowa to 11-2 record and an Orange Bowl berth…Credited with eight TD-producing blocks as a senior, and anchored line that allowed only 11 sacks in 12 regular season games…All-Big Ten as a junior in 2001.

Personal
Hometown is Lockport, Ill…Played tight end and defensive end at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Ill…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…Recently started the Eric Steinbach ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) Foundation…Married (Caroline).

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