|No. -- Free Agent|
|Center / Guard|
|Date of birth:May 28, 1981|
|Place of birth: Oxford, Michigan|
|Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||Weight: 303 lb (137 kg)|
|College: Central Michigan|
|NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 4 / Pick: 119|
|Debuted in 2005 for the Cincinnati Bengals|
|Roster status: Free Agent|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2009|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Eric M. Ghiaciuc [GUY-check] (born May 28, 1981) is an American football offensive lineman who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Central Michigan.
While attending Oxford High School, Ghiaciuc was a three-sport standout in football, wrestling, and track and field. In football, he won All-League, All-County, All-Metro, All-State honors, and he was ranked No.37 prospect by The Detroit News, and No.47 by the Detroit Free Press. In wrestling, he was the state heavyweight champion. Ghiaciuc is of Romanian descent.
At Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Ghiaciuc was part of an offensive line which generated 105 touchdowns in a three-year stint. He was redshirted in 2000, saw limited action in 2001, then took over as starting center in 2002, starting for the next 37 games for the Chippewas. He was an Industrial Education major who graduated with a 3.30 GPA.
Ghiaciuc was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. Ghiaciuc's college teammate, Adam Kieft, was drafted in the fifth round. Paul Alexander, the Bengals' offensive line coach and assistant head coach, had also attended Central Michigan University. He made his NFL playing debut on October 9, 2005 at the Jacksonville Jaguars, getting the start. He played on to play in four more games in his rookie season as a reserve. In 2006, Ghiaciuc started 12 of the final 13 games of the season at center, following an injury to Rich Braham in Week 2. He played in 12 games, all starts, in 2007. He then started all 16 games for the Bengals in 2008.
Kansas City Chiefs
San Diego Chargers
Ghiaciuc was signed by the San Diego Chargers on December 22, 2009 after center Scott Mruczkowski was placed on injured reserve. He was inactive for the final two games of the Chargers' regular season, as well as their playoff game against the New York Jets. He became a restricted free agent after the season but was not offered a tender by the Chargers.
Ghiaciuc was signed by the Cleveland Browns on April 8, 2010. He was released on June 16, 2010.
New England Patriots
Ghiaciuc was signed by the New England Patriots on August 4, 2010. He was released on September 3, during final cuts.
- Andy Hart (2010-04-08). "Grinding it out; Wednesday PM practice notes". patriots.com. http://www.patriots.com/news/index.cfm?ac=generalnewsdetail&pid=43841&pcid=41&rss=1. Retrieved 2010-06-13.