Craig Bingham (American football)

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Craig Bingham
No. 54, 59
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-09-29) September 29, 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Stamford High School
College: Syracuse
NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 6 / Pick: 167
Debuted in 1982 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Last played in 1987 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Roster status: retired
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 1987
Games Played 40
Games Started 4
Fumbles recovered 1
Kick returns / Yds 1 / 15
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Craig Marlon Bingham (born September 26, 1959) is a former American football linebacker who played five seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Diego Chargers.

Early life[edit]

Bingham was born in Kingston, Jamaica and attended Stamford High School in Stamford, Connecticut.[1]

He matriculated at Syracuse University.[1] His college teammates included future Hall of Famer Art Monk as well as several other future NFL players: Gary Anderson, Joe Morris, Jim Collins, Craig Wolfley, Andrew Gissinger and Bill Hurley.[2]

Football career[edit]

Bingham was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the 1982 NFL Draft.[1] Over the first two seasons of his career he was used primarily as a special teams player by the Steelers.[3] Early in the 1983 season he suffered a knee injury which was significantly exacerbated in a playoff loss to the Oakland Raiders.[3][4] The injury was initially thought to be career-ending, but after three surgeries and significant rehab, Bingham was back in time for the 1984 season.[3][4]

Bingham got his first chance to start in week 14 of the 1984 season against the Houston Oilers[3] due to an injury to Bryan Hinkle. That would turn out to be the only non-strike start of his career.[5]

Bingham was released by the Steelers in September 1985. He was among the team's final cuts in training camp.[6] He was picked up by the San Diego Chargers with whom he was active for eight games in 1985.[5]

Bingham finished his professional career as a replacement player for the Steelers during the 1987 NFL players strike. He started in all three replacement games, but was once again released once the strike was settled.[5][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Craig Bingham bio". databaseFootball. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Corio, Ray (February 2, 1987). "Question Box". New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Utterback, Bill (November 17, 1984). "A Wild and Crazy Guy: Bingham can't wait to release weekday frenzy on Oilers". The Beaver County Times. pp. B1. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Clayton, John (July 18, 1984). "Bingham in uphill job battle" (in Pittsburgh Press). pp. D1. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Craig Bingham bio". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Bouchette, Ed (September 3, 1985). "Steelers Cut Bingham, Corley, 3 Others". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 11. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Hubbard, Steve (October 20, 1987). "Noll: Malone is the starter if his arm is OK". Pittsburgh Press. pp. D3. Retrieved 24 February 2010.