Alex Stepanovich

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Alex Stepanovich
No. 71, 69
Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-09-25) September 25, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth: Berea, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 296 lb (134 kg)
Career information
High school: Berea (OH)
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 100
Debuted in 2004 for the Arizona Cardinals
Last played in 2008 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
*Off-season and practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Games played 46
Games started 34
Fumble recoveries 0
Stats at NFL.com

Aleksandar Stepanovich (/stɛˈpɑːnɵvɪ/ ste-PAHN-o-vich; born September 25, 1981) is a former American football center. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at Ohio State. He has several lifetime achievement awards for contributions to community, wrestling and football. He has been a motivational speaker, and coach. He lists as one of his greatest achievements being a college graduate more than anything.

Stepanovich has also played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Early years[edit]

In 2000, Stepanovich graduated from Berea High School in Berea, Ohio. He was also an accomplished wrestler in high school, winning the heavyweight state championship in 2000 and runner-up in 1999. Nationally ranked wrestler throughout high school, multiple MVP's in national and state tourneys along with two Pioneer Conference MVP's. One of the best OL in the country during his junior and senior years, made numerous All-American teams along with being well decorated with numerous awards throughout his career.

College career[edit]

Well respected amongst his teammates, known for his work ethic and toughness, regarded as one of the top centers in college football during 2001 and 2002 at The Ohio State University, he shifted to guard in his senior campaign and started 26 games during his college football career. All-Big Ten and All-American performer. 4 year lettermen while at OSU, his career culminated with a Buckeye tree being planted in his honor in Buckeye Grove joining all other first team All-Americans at OSU.

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

The Cardinals selected him in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft and Stepanovich moved into the starting lineup.[1] He started every game for the Cardinals in 2004 without missing a single offensive snap and mad several All-Rookie teams, along with being the 1st rookie center in franchise history to start all 16 games..[1] He continued as a starter for much of 2005 and 2006 before going on injured reserve.

The Cardinals elected not to tender him an offer for 2007, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

In March, the Cincinnati Bengals signed Stepanovich to a one-year deal for 2007. Played in all 16 games and started 5.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On March 10, 2008, Stepanovich was signed by the Atlanta Falcons. He was released on June 17, 2009. Signed a lucrative 3yr deal in 2008.

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Stepanovich signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 10, 2009. He was waived on August 31. Injuries forced his time in Pittsburgh and career short.

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