|Position:||Guard / Center|
|Date of birth:||September 9, 1972|
|Place of birth:||St. Henry, Ohio|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||299 lb (136 kg)|
|High school:||St. Henry (OH)|
|NFL draft:||1996 – 1st round – 23rd pick|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
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|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Jeffrey Alan Hartings (born September 9, 1972) is a former American college and professional football player who was a center in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for Penn State University, and earned all-American honors. A first-round pick of the Detroit Lions in the 1996 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a member of the Steelers' Super Bowl championship team in 2005, and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection.
Hartings was born in St. Henry, Ohio. He attended St. Henry High School, and was a letterwinner in football as a two-way starter and in track and field. In football, he was a two-time all-conference selection, helped lead his team to the state championship as a senior, and compiled 23 sacks and 200 tackles. After his senior season, he participated in the Ohio North-South Game.
Hartings attended Penn State University, where he played for coach Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 1992 to 1995. He was a first-team All-American in 1994 and 1995, garnering consensus first-team honors in 1995. he graduated from Penn State with a bachelor of science degree in marketing in 1995 and was twice honored as an Academic All-American.
He was a first round draft pick (23rd pick overall) of the Detroit Lions in the 1996 NFL Draft, and he played for the Lions from 1996 to 2000. He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent in 2001, where he moved from right guard to center. He has been selected to represent the AFC at the Pro Bowl twice (after the 2004 and 2005 seasons). Hartings retired following the 2006 season, citing recurring knee problems as one of the reasons for his decision.
Hartings is one of ten children. A born-again Christian, he has performed missionary work in Nicaragua and helped to start a new non-denominational church with former Detroit Lions teammate Luther Elliss. Since his retirement, he and his wife Rebecca live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with their eight children.
Jeff Hartings was a high school teammate and graduating classmate of former Ohio State, Philadelphia Eagle, and Oakland Raider quarterback Bobby Hoying at St. Henry High School, a school with an average graduating class of about 100 students. St. Henry High School also produced accomplished former NFL offensive tackle Jim Lachey.
- NFL Football News[dead link]
- Harris, John (2006-12-31). "Steelers center Jeff Hartings maintains perspective, faith". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2010-12-24.