Eric Winston
Winston in November 2006
No. --     Free Agent
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-11-17) November 17, 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth: Midland, Texas
High School: Midland (TX) Lee
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 302 lb (137 kg)
Career information
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
Debuted in 2006 for the Houston Texans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Games played     108
Games started     103
Fumble recoveries     3
Stats at

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.

Early yearsEdit

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.

He chose to attend college at the University of Miami after being heavily recruited by several other schools. During his time at Miami, he joined the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

College careerEdit

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.

Professional careerEdit

Houston TexansEdit

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.[1] 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". [2] He was released by the Chiefs on March 6, 2013.


Winston is married[3] and has one son.[4]


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