Brian Hartline

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Brian Hartline
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Hartline with the Cleveland Browns in 2015
Free agent
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-11-22) November 22, 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth: Canton, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Canton (OH) GlenOak
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 108
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Receptions: 344
Receiving yards: 4,766
Receiving touchdowns: 14
Player stats at

Brian Jack Hartline[1] (born November 22, 1986) is an American football wide receiver who is a free agent in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State, and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

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, he 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 forgo his final season of eligibility to enter the 2009 NFL Draft.[4]

Hartline was also on the GlenOak track team, and he was the 2005 state champion in the 110 metres hurdles and the 300 metres hurdles.

Professional career[edit]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Hartline with the Miami Dolphins in 2009

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, Hartline 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 statistics 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]

Despite struggling with injuries and illnesses during the off-season and training camp,[7] 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 Dolphins franchise record for receiving yards in a game with 253. He called the record "bittersweet".[8] 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.[9]

2013 season[edit]

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

Hartline suffered a torn PCL in 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 1,000 receiving yards.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Hartline signed with the Cleveland Browns on March 9, 2015.[10]

On May 23, 2016, Hartline was released by the Browns after they drafted four receivers in the 2016 NFL Draft.[11]

Personal life[edit]

His younger brother, Mike Hartline, is a former quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots.

Hartline owns and operates two convenience stores with a partner in Columbus that he works at during the off season.[12]


  1. ^ "Brian Hartline Pro Football Reference Profile". 
  2. ^ Ohio State Buckeyes bio
  3. ^ a b "Brian Hartline Stats College". ESPN. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ Down to the Wire Underclass Declarations, January 14, 2009 Archived January 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Brian Hartline – Wide Receive". RotoWorld. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Brian Hartline Stats". ESPN. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Brian Hartline took painful path to become NFL's leading receiver
  8. ^ Chuck Schilken (October 1, 2012). "Brian Hartline not thrilled after setting Miami receiving record". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ George Richards (December 17, 2012). "After passing 1,000 yards, Brian Hartline joins select company among Miami Dolphins wide receivers". The Miami Herald. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ Hanzus, Dan. "Brian Hartline agrees to deal with Cleveland Browns". Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Patra, Kevin (May 23, 2016). "Brian Hartline released by Cleveland Browns". Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  12. ^

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