Eiben signing an autograph along the sidelines.
|Date of birth:September 28, 1979|
|Place of birth: Delta, British Columbia|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|Roster status: Retired|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kevin Eiben (born September 28, 1979) is a professional Canadian football linebacker who is currently retired. Eiben most recently played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted 26th overall by the Toronto Argonauts in the 2001 CFL Draft and spent the first 11 years of his career with the team. He played college football for the Bucknell Bison.
Early years Edit
Eiben grew up in Delta, British Columbia with parents Laraine and Larry Eiben, and three siblings. He now resides in Oakville, Ontario. Eiben comes from a football family. His father played strong safety at the University of Cincinnati and his uncle, George, played fullback at the University of Nebraska His brother, L.J., was a third round draft choice of the Argonauts in the 1996 CFL Draft played for the BC Lions.
Eiben attended Vancouver College high school, lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He was named all-league football player three times, voted Provincial Offensive Most Valuable Player at quarterback in football his final year, and also made 102 tackles at the safety position. In addition, he was named to the all-league in basketball his senior year.
Eiben went on to Bucknell University, where he majored in business management. He was a Dean’s List student and member of the Patriot League Academic Honour Roll. In his 4 years playing for the Bucknell Bison football team, Eiben started 33 of 43 games playing at either strong or free safety position. He holds a number of school records, including sharing the single-game interception record of 4. In 1999, he received the Clarke Hinkle Award as the Bison's outstanding linebacker or defensive back. He led the Patriot League in 2000 with eight interceptions and, in 2001, was named an American Football Coaches Association All-American, a second team AP Division I-AA All-American, was a first team All-Patriot League selection, a first team ECAC All-Star, the Patriot League’s Scholar-Athlete, and the Bison's MVP.
After his first year with the Argos, he went to Florida State in the off-season to do his Masters in Sports Management.
Professional career Edit
Eiben was selected by the Toronto Argonauts as the 26th pick in the 2001 CFL Draft and spent time on both the practice and active rosters in the 2001 CFL season. In the 2002 CFL season, he led the Argos with 19 special teams tackles and 4 fumble recoveries.
On February 13, 2003, Eiben became a free agent and re-signed with the Argos on February 20. He played in all 18 games and two playoff games of the 2003 CFL season, primarily on special teams and as a backup linebacker and led the league with 33 special teams tackles. He also achieved his first career quarterback sack and his first career interception.
He extended his contract with the Argos on February 14, 2009. Eiben was a player representative as a part of the Reebok 'Rediscover' campaign in 2010. He became a free agent on February 15, 2012 and then signed with Hamilton Tiger-Cats on February 18, 2012.
After one season with the Ticats Eiben announced his retirement via twitter on March 4, 2013. Eiben retired having played 11 season with the Argonauts and one season with the Tiger-Cats. Throughout his career Eiben amassed 722 tackles, 15 sacks, 10 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries.
Kevin Eiben is a franchise owner of Sport Specific Training (SST) with a location in Oakville, Ontario. They offer training to highschool teams, league teams, and on an individual basis in a variety of sports including football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and many others.
Kevin enjoys travelling, and took a trip to Australia with former teammate Ray Mariuz, and leaguemate Mike Botterill after winning the Grey Cup with the Argonauts in 2004. Eiben has two dogs, Blade - an Australian Shepherd x Black Lab, and Rex - a Puggle(Pug x Beagle). He is getting married this off-season (2012) in Oakville, Ontario. Eiben is an avid tweeter and can be followed: @keiben