Brian Hartline

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Brian Hartline
Brian Hartline.jpg
Hartline with the Dolphins in 2009
No. 82     Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-11-22) November 22, 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth: Canton, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Canton (OH) GlenOak
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 108
Debuted in 2009 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Miami Dolphins single game receiving yds record (253)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Receptions 259
Receiving yards 3,769
Average Ys/R 14.6
Receiving TDs 10
Stats at NFL.com

Brian Jack Hartline[1] (born November 22, 1986) is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He is the brother of Mike Hartline, a former quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts & New England Patriots.

Hartline attended GlenOak High School, where he both played football and ran track for four years. He began his football career as a quarterback, but in the fourth game of his sophomore year switched positions to wide receiver.[2]

College career[edit]

Hartline redshirted his freshman year, but played in all 13 contests in 2006. In 2007, Hartline played an integral part in getting the Buckeyes to the 2008 BCS National Championship Game, averaging 13.3 yards per reception with 52 catches for 694 yards.[3] In 2008, his final season, Hartline averaged 22.8 yards per reception with 21 catches for 479 yards.[3]

He graduated from Ohio State in June 2009 with a degree in Communications, but elected to forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2009 NFL Draft.[4]

Track and field[edit]

Hartline was a standout athlete for the Canton (OH) GlenOak track team, and he was the 2005 state champion in the 110 metres hurdles and the 300 metres hurdles.

He also ran indoor track for one semester for the Ohio State track team, and finished seventh in the 60 metres hurdles at the conference championships, and posted a personal best of 8.19 seconds.

Professional career[edit]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

2009 season[edit]

Hartline was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. On October 4, 2009, Hartline caught his first career touchdown on a 2 yard pass from Chad Henne. Hartline finished his rookie season with 31 receptions and 506 receiving yards with three touchdown receptions plus a rushing touchdown on a 16-yard play against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although he finished third on the team in receiving yards, he led the team in receiving touchdowns.

2010 season[edit]

After a solid rookie season in which he started every game, in the 2010 season Hartline started only 12 games, although despite this, he had a better season statistically, with 43 receptions for 615 yards and 1 touchdown. He also rushed for 27 yards on 2 carries.[5]

2011 season[edit]

After the release of Ted Ginn Jr. in the 2011 off season, Hartline cemented his place as a starter, again starting in every game of the season, like in his rookie year.[6] He recorded stats of 549 yards from 35 receptions, thrown by Chad Henne at the start of the season, but after the former Michigan QB's injury, backup Matt Moore took over, leading to Henne's release in 2012.

2012 season[edit]

"Are you shitting me?".

Hartline, after learning from a reporter how many yards (253) he got against the Cardinals in his record breaking performance.[7]

Despite struggling with injuries and illnesses during the off-season and training camp,[8] Hartline played in the season opener against the Houston Texans and became the team's number one receiver with Brandon Marshall's trade. In a Week 4 loss against the Arizona Cardinals, he broke the franchise record for receiving yards in a game with 253. He called the record "bittersweet".[9] After that week 4 performance, Hartline led the NFL in receiving yards. Hartline eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards, becoming the eighth receiver in Dolphins franchise history to accomplish the milestone.[10]

2013 season[edit]

During the offseason, Hartline stayed with the Dolphins, signing a 5-year, $31 million contract, with $12.5 million guaranteed.

Overall, Hartline had a good year, but suffered a torn PCL on the last regular season game against the New York Jets, which forced him to end his season. He led the team in receptions with 76, which is also a career high, and finished his second consecutive year with over 1000 receiving yards.

Dolphins franchise records[edit]

Outside Football[edit]

Hartline owns and operates two convenience stores with a partner in Columbus that he works during the off season.[11]

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