Orlondo Steinauer

Orlondo Steinauer
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Date of birth (1973-06-09) June 9, 1973
Place of birth Seattle, Washington
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status International
Position(s) DC
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 182 lb (83 kg)
College Western Washington
High school Lynnwood
Career history
As coach
20102011 Toronto Argonauts (DBC)
2011 Toronto Argonauts (DC)
2012 Toronto Argonauts (DBC)
2013–present Hamilton Tiger-Cats (DC)
As player
1996 Ottawa Rough Riders
19972000 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
20012008 Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007
CFL East All-Star 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
  • named Argos' Defensive Player of 2002
  • Second in CFL History for All-Time Interception Return Yards
Career stats

Orlondo Steinauer (born June 9, 1973, in Seattle, Washington) is a former professional Canadian football safety who is currently the defensive coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. As a player, he played professional football for 12 seasons with the Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts from 1996 to 2008. He finished his career second all-time in CFL history for interception return yards with 1178 yards. Steinauer was a two-time Grey Cup champion as a player after winning in 1999 with the Tiger-Cats and in 2004 with the Argonauts. He has also won a championship as a coach, winning the 100th Grey Cup as the defensive backs coach for the Toronto Argonauts in 2012.

High school career

At Lynnwood High School in Lynnwood, Washington, Steinauer lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated in 1991.

College years

Steinauer starred in football at Western Washington University and finished his career with 20 interceptions, 160 tackles, a forced fumble, and 89 punt returns for 965 yards (10.84 yards per punt ret. avg.) and a touchdown. In 1995, his final year, he was a consensus first-team All-American and the CFA Defensive Player of the Year leading the United States in pass interceptions with 10 and ranked ninth nationally with an 11.6 yards punt return average.[1]

In 1999, he was named to Western Washington University's All-Century team and was the only player named to two first-team positions, at cornerback and punt returner.[2]

Canadian Football League

Steinauer joined the Ottawa Rough Riders of the CFL in 1996, but saw minimal playing time prior to the team's dissolution at the end of that season. In 1997, with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, he emerged as a defensive star, earning a spot on the East Division All-Star team. He was also a punt returner. Steinauer's performance in Hamilton (1997–1999) and Toronto (2001–2008) was well regarded; he was named a divisional All-Star six times and CFL All-Star five times.

Toronto released him on August 25, 2008, prior to the ninth game of the season. As a CFL player with more than six years experience, playing more than eight games would have guaranteed his salary for the remainder of the year.[3][4][5][6]

Post-playing career

After being released by the Argonauts, he was approached by Rogers Sportsnet to work as a football analyst for their broadcasts. Steinauer says that, as a player, football reporters told him he'd make a good broadcaster but he never thought about it until the opportunity presented itself.[6] In 2009, he did analysis for Sportsnet's television broadcasts and the radio Fan 590.[6]

Steinauer is also an entrepreneur and a partner in a logistics firm.[6]

On February 19, 2010, Steinauer was hired by the Argonauts as their defensive backs coach. On August 4, 2011, Steinauer was promoted to defensive co-ordinator of the Argonauts after the firing of Chip Garber from that position.[7] On December 8, 2011, new head coach Scott Milanovich announced that Steinauer would be retained as the team's defensive backs coach.[8]

On January 3, 2013, Steinauer was named the defensive coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[9]

Personal life

As of 2011, Steinauer lives year round in Oakville, Ontario with his wife and three girls aged 15,9,8.


  1. "Orlondo Steinauer - College Career". Toronto Argonauts Football Club. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  2. Carberry, Jim (1999-09-04). "WWU All-Century Football Team" (PDF). Western Washington University Sports Information Office. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  3. "Toronto Argonauts release veteran safety Orlondo Steinauer". The Canadian Press. 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  4. Masters, Mark (2008-08-25). "Argos' Steinauer makes emotional departure". National Post. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  5. Ralph, Dan (2008-08-27). "Money monster grips its teeth on CFL stalwarts". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
  6. 1 2 3 4 Zelkovich, Chris (2009-09-07). "Orlando Steinauer's new game plan working on TV". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  7. "Argonauts fire Garber, promote Steinauer - CFL.ca". cfl.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  8. http://www.cfl.ca/article/steinauer-mcadoo-retained-as-argos-coaches Steinauer, McAdoo retained as Argos coaches
  9. "Steinauer named Ticats' new Defensive Coordinator". cfl.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-15.

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