Eric Winston

Not to be confused with Eric Winstone.
Eric Winston

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Winston with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013
No. 73Cincinnati Bengals
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-11-17) November 17, 1983
Place of birth: Midland, Texas
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight: 302 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school: Midland (TX) Lee
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Games played: 141
Games started: 123
Player stats at

Eric Joseph Winston (born November 17, 1983) is an American football offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). Winston played in college at the University of Miami. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Winston has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals. Winston is also the current president of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).

Early years

Winston played high school football at Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, where he was ranked amongst the most talented high school tight ends in the country. He played alongside fellow NFL running back Cedric Benson, and the two helped win three Texas 5A state championships. [1]

College career

Winston chose to attend college at the University of Miami after being heavily recruited by several other schools. At Miami, Winston majored in International Finance and Marketing and played offensive tackle. He initially was set to play tight end for the Hurricanes, but made the switch before his sophomore year. Winston was widely considered one of the best offensive tackles to enter the 2006 NFL Draft. However, an anterior cruciate ligament injury during his junior year made his draft stock drop, and several draft scouting organizations expressed slight worry over the possible implications of the injury and subsequent surgery on his play.

Winston was also a standout student, graduating in three years with a GPA above 3.5, and he was a 2005 All-America selection. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Professional career

National Football League

Houston Texans

Winston was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He started the final seven games as a rookie at right tackle in 2006 and proceeded to start 87 games for them until 2011.[2] He signed a contract extension prior to the 2008 season. The Texans released him on March 12, 2012.

Kansas City Chiefs

Winston signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 17, 2012. On October 7, 2012, Winston spoke out about Kansas City Chiefs fans, who he thought were cheering an injury to quarterback Matt Cassel. In a post game interview, he claimed "this isn't the Roman Colosseum" and "it is hard economic times". He mentioned that he came to the understanding he probably won't live as long because he plays this game, but cheering over a player getting knocked out is "100% sickening".[3] It's just too bad that he completely misinterpreted what was meant by the fans. He was released by the Chiefs on March 6, 2013.

Arizona Cardinals

Winston signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals on July 25, 2013.[4]

Seattle Seahawks

Winston signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks on July 29, 2014.[5] Winston failed to make the final 53-man roster, and was released on August 30, 2014.

Cincinnati Bengals

Winston signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on December 2, 2014.[6]

On March 9, 2016, the Bengals re-signed Winston to a one-year, $1.09 million contract.[7]

NFL Players Association

In March 2014, Winston was elected president of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), succeeding Domonique Foxworth.[8] Prior to being elected president, Winston had been involved with the NFLPA in other capacities, including being elected as a co-alternate NFLPA representative for the Houston Texans in 2010 and serving on committees for agent discipline and finance.[9][10][11] He was also vocal during the 2011 NFL lockout.[10] Winston has stated that his first priorities for his presidency will be player health and safety, financial literacy, and workplace conditions, especially in the locker room.[12]


Winston is married,[13] and has two daughters and one son.[14] He also does volunteer work for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.[11]


External links

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