Eric Ghiaciuc

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Eric Ghiaciuc
Eric Ghiaciuc.jpg
Free Agent
Center / Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-05-28) May 28, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth: Oxford, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 303 lb (137 kg)
Career information
College: Central Michigan
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 4 / Pick: 119
Debuted in 2005 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Free Agent
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Games played 48
Games started 42
Fumbles recovered 2
Stats at NFL.com

Eric M. Ghiaciuc [GUY-check] (born May 28, 1981) is an American football offensive lineman who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Central Michigan.

Ghiaciuc has also been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Florida Tuskers, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.

Early years[edit]

While attending Oxford High School, Ghiaciuc was a three-sport standout in football, wrestling, and track and field. In football, he won All-League, All-County, All-Metro, All-State honors, and he was ranked No.37 prospect by The Detroit News, and No.47 by the Detroit Free Press. In wrestling, he was the state heavyweight champion. Ghiaciuc is of Romanian descent.[1]

College career[edit]

At Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Ghiaciuc was part of an offensive line which generated 105 touchdowns in a three-year stint. He was redshirted in 2000, saw limited action in 2001, then took over as starting center in 2002, starting for the next 37 games for the Chippewas. He was an Industrial Education major who graduated with a 3.30 GPA.

Professional career[edit]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Ghiaciuc was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. Ghiaciuc's college teammate, Adam Kieft, was drafted in the fifth round. Paul Alexander, the Bengals' offensive line coach and assistant head coach, had also attended Central Michigan University. He made his NFL playing debut on October 9, 2005 at the Jacksonville Jaguars, getting the start. He played on to play in four more games in his rookie season as a reserve. In 2006, Ghiaciuc started 12 of the final 13 games of the season at center, following an injury to Rich Braham in Week 2. He played in 12 games, all starts, in 2007. He then started all 16 games for the Bengals in 2008.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

An unrestricted free agent after the 2008 season, Ghiaciuc signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on April 30. He was waived on September 4, 2009.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Ghiaciuc was signed by the San Diego Chargers on December 22, 2009 after center Scott Mruczkowski was placed on injured reserve. He was inactive for the final two games of the Chargers' regular season, as well as their playoff game against the New York Jets. He became a restricted free agent after the season but was not offered a tender by the Chargers.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Ghiaciuc was signed by the Cleveland Browns on April 8, 2010. He was released on June 16, 2010.

Florida Tuskers[edit]

Ghiaciuc was a member of the Florida Tuskers' (United Football League) minicamp roster in June 2010.

New England Patriots[edit]

Ghiaciuc was signed by the New England Patriots on August 4, 2010. He was released on September 3, during final cuts.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Ghiaciuc was signed by the Miami Dolphins on November 22, 2010 after placing Cory Procter On IR. Ghiaciuc was released on December 28, 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andy Hart (2010-04-08). "Grinding it out; Wednesday PM practice notes". patriots.com. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 

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