Winston in November 2006
|No. -- Free Agent|
|Date of birth:November 17, 1983|
|Place of birth: Midland, Texas|
|High School: Midland (TX) Lee|
|Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||Weight: 302 lb (137 kg)|
|College: Miami (FL)|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66|
|Debuted in 2006 for the Houston Texans|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Eric Joseph Winston (born November 17, 1983) is an American football offensive tackle who last played for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football league (NFL). He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played the 2012 NFL season for the Kansas City Chiefs, and college football at the University of Miami.
Winston played high school football at Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, where he was ranked amongst the most talented high school tight ends in the country. He played alongside fellow NFL running back Cedric Benson, where the two helped win three Texas 5A State Titles.
At Miami, Winston majored in International Finance and Marketing and played offensive tackle. He initially was set to play tight end for the Hurricanes, but made the switch before his sophomore year. Winston was widely considered one of the best offensive tackles to enter the 2006 NFL Draft. However, an anterior cruciate ligament injury during his junior year made his draft stock drop, and several draft scouting organizations expressed slight worry over the possible implications of the injury and subsequent surgery on his play. Eric Winston was also a standout student, Winston graduated in 3 years with above a 3.5 GPA and was a 2005 All-America selection.
Winston was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He started the final seven games as a rookie at right tackle in 2006 and proceeded to start 87 games for them until 2011. He signed a contract extension prior to the 2008 season. The Texans released him on March 12, 2012.
Kansas City ChiefsEdit
Winston signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 17, 2012. On October 7, 2012, Winston called out the Kansas City Chiefs fans for cheering after an injury to QB Matt Cassel. In a post game interview, he claimed "this isn't the Roman Colosseum" and "it is hard economic times". He mentioned that he came to the understanding he probably won't live as long because he plays this game, but cheering over a player getting knocked out is "100% sickening".  He was released by the Chiefs on March 6, 2013.
- ↑ http://www.houstontexans.com/team/player.asp?player_id=210
- ↑ "KC Chiefs Eric Winston Rips Fans’ Cheering QB Injury". ABC. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/10/kc-chiefs-eric-winston-rips-fans-cheering-qb-injury/. Retrieved 11/13/2012.
- ↑ Jenny Winston diary: Visiting West Texas
- ↑ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/03/26/meetings/2.html
- Official Site
- Eric Winston on Twitter
- Eric Winston at University of Miami site
- Eric Winston at Houston Texans site