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AFC North: A Tribute to Josh Cribbs


Oct 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs (16) tries to avoid San Diego Chargers free safety Eric Weddle (32) during first the quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Since Josh Cribbs was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2005, the former Golden flasher has “flashed” his magnificent return skills on his way to three Pro Bowl berths and two All-Pro selections as a return man.

During his time with the Cleveland Browns, Cribbs returned eight kickoffs for touchdowns, which is tied for first in NFL history with Leon Washington. He also amassed 12,169 combined kickoff and punt return yards, becoming just the sixth player in NFL history to reach the 12,000-yard plateau. In the season finale against Pittburgh, he surpassed Dennis Northcutt to become the Browns’ all-time leader in punt return yardage with 2,154 yards.

He was named Cleveland’s Pro Athlete of the Year 2010(when LeBron James was still there), and entering this offseason, most believed Cribbs wouldn’t have any trouble finding a team to take his talents to.

It appeared for awhile that the Arizona Cardinals would be that team, but word came out today that he failed his physical with the team. He will be 30 in June of this year, and it appears as though there may be too much wear and tear on him after being pounded repeatedly by defenses both on offense and special teams.

If this is the end of Cribbs’ career, it was certainly a memorable one. Hopefully, he’s able to get healthy and continue his NFL career.

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