|No. 21, 35|
|Date of birth:October 8, 1982|
|Place of birth: Canton, Ohio|
|College: Ohio State|
|NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 3 / Pick: 80|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Minnesota Vikings ( 2005)*|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Dustin Erik Fox (born October 8, 1982 in Canton, Ohio) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State. He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills.
He is currently a radio host for Cleveland sports radio station WKRK-FM 92.3 The Fan, a color analyst for home radio broadcasts of the Cleveland Gladiators arena football team, and a pregame/postgame analyst for the Cleveland Browns Radio Network.
While attending GlenOak High School in Canton, Fox was named to the First-team Division I Associated Press All-Ohio selection on defense as a junior and senior. He gathered 12 interceptions on defense and ran for over 1,250 rushing yards with 12 touchdowns. He participated in the first ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl game on December 30, 2000.
Fox was also on the school's track team, where he competed as a sprinter and jumper, and was a member of the 4 x 100-meter relay squad. He placed 9th in the long jump at the 2001 Ohio State Championships, with a personal-best leap of 6.76 meters. He also ran the 100-meter dash in 10.83 seconds.
Fox was a 4-year starter for The Ohio State University, He helped lead the team to the BCS National Championship in 2002 at the Fiesta Bowl and was considered one of the Buckeyes most consistent players throughout his tenure at the school. He graduated with a Communications major.
Fox was drafted in the 3rd round (80th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Fox fractured the radius bone in his left arm in training camp while tackling running back Mewelde Moore, during the first session in full gear, and was released on September 2, 2006.
On September 4, 2006, Fox was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad, and was promoted to the 53-man roster on September 19. He was, however, released by the Eagles on October 4, and then re-signed to the practice squad the next day. On January 27, 2007, Fox was signed to a new contract by the Eagles.
Fox was signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad as a wide receiver, but was shortly moved back to the secondary. He was promoted to the 53-man roster of the Bills on November 23, 2007. On August 30, 2008 the Bills released Fox during final cuts.
Ten weeks into the 2008 season, Fox was re-signed to the Bills' practice squad on November 12. He was promoted to the active roster on November 21 after linebacker Marcus Buggs was placed on injured reserve.
Fox's brother, Derek Fox, played football for Penn State, the St. Louis Rams, and the Indianapolis Colts. Dustin also has four uncles who played football for The Ohio State Buckeyes. One of his uncles, Tim Fox, was also a co-captain of his 1975 senior year team along with Archie Griffin at Ohio State. Tim Fox also went on to play 12 years of Safety in the NFL for the New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, and the Los Angeles Rams.
Beginning in 2010 (following his retirement from the NFL), Fox was signed by Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS channel 5 to be their Ohio State Buckeyes football analyst. Fox also had been heard on WKNR AM 850's OSU pregame show during the 2010 college football season, and in 2011 moved to WKRK-FM 92.3 to co-host the afternoon drive show alongside Adam "the Bull" Gerstenhaber.
In 2012, he became the radio color analyst for home broadcasts of the Cleveland Gladiators Arena Football League team, following the team moving its games over to WKRK. And beginning in 2013, after WKRK-FM became a flagship station for the Cleveland Browns, Fox became a co-host for the postgame show on the Browns radio network. In 2014, Fox was also added to the network pregame show as well.
Awards and honorsEdit
- Two-time AP All-Ohio First Team (Defense) - 1999, 2000
- Stark County High School Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 2012)
- 2002 BCS National Championship as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes
- ↑ Rookie season redo
- ↑ Minnesota Vikings Transactions
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Transactions
- ↑ Ohio sports notebook: Bills activate former OSU standout
- ↑ Bills | Team waives 19 players
- ↑ "Archived copy". http://buffalonews.typepad.com/billboard/2008/11/fox-promoted.html.
- ↑ Scout.com
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 http://cleveland.cbslocal.com/personality/dustin-fox/
- ↑ http://cleveland.cbslocal.com/2012/03/21/gladiators-name-dustin-fox-as-radio-color-analyst Fox new Gladiators analyst
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/historical/410817
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 http://fridaynightohio.com/news/stark-hs-hall-fame-class-2012-dustin-fox-glenoak-1998-2000