Former Brown Eric Steinbach Retires

The Cleveland Browns were rocked a year ago when Eric Steinbach got injured and were forced to push Jason Pinkston into action as a rookie. It is a testament to the solid play that Steinbach brought to the table for the Browns over the years. Most recently, Steinbach was attempting a comeback with the Miami Dolphins.1

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin opened up his Wednesday press conference by announcing that Steinbach has decided to retire after nine seasons in the NFL. The news likely doesn’t come as much surprise to Hard Knockswatchers since they saw the guard tell Philbin that he wasn’t playing as well as he used to during this week’s installment.

Football is a cruel sport in that respect. While some guys get storybook endings to their careers, it seems more times than not, guys are forced to retire when their physical abilities fail them. In the case of Eric Steinbach his back seems to be the final culprit. His time in Cleveland will not be forgotten by most Browns fans because of his solid play and because the Browns signed him away from the division rival Bengals.

Just be happy that the Browns have an up and coming second-year player in Jason Pinkston. Miami is facing a future with Richie Incognito and / or Artis Hicks.

[Related: Browns Banking on Shawn Lauvao to Help Make Weeden and Richardson a Success]

  1. You’ll probably see it chronicled on HBO’s Hard Knocks TV show next week. []

  • bossman09

    You mean he wasn’t ready to play the day after surgry and H&H were not trying to destroy his career? I’m shocked.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    One of the few guys on that team I actually liked from the day he was signed as a free agent, yea one of those guys, enjoy the retirement Eric!

  • Harv 21

    Answers the question why Heckert was so lukewarm about bringing him back.

    The best FA signing I can remember them making since ’99 (I don’t count kickers). Couch might have had half a chance to develop if he had Steinbach and some semblance of a left tackle. Hope Steinbach’s leaving with enough left in his body to enjoy his kids and the fortune he made.

  • mgbode

    he certainly turned out the best (albeit for only 4 seasons). Loved the signing at the time. I hope that his back is in good enough shape for him to enjoy his post-football career.

  • BrownsFanSF

    a real person has the name Richie Incognito…

  • DontbringLBJback

    I was all about bringing Steiny back for a chance at a spot… guess I was wrong on that one! Well done Shurmur, H&H. Based on the videos of him easily flipping 250 lb monster truck tires, I think he’s physically doing just fine… just not football shape.


    Anyone that has a beer named after him (in a positive light) at GLBC is good in my book!

  • Yeah I seem to remember tons of posters on PD website saying how he could play last year and Browns did him wrong

  • Yeah, supposedly everyone was out to get he and Tony Pashos. Their agents were indignant…turns out there was no cause for them to spout off

  • Vindictive_Pat

    In my opinion, the most unsungly awesome name in the NFL.