Winston in the 2013 preseason.
|No. 73 Cincinnati Bengals|
|Date of birth:||November 17, 1983|
|Place of birth:||Midland, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight:||302 lb (137 kg)|
|High school:||Midland (TX) Lee|
|NFL draft:||2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Eric Joseph Winston (born November 17, 1983) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Winston played in college at the University of Miami. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Winston has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals. Winston is the current president of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).
Winston played high school football at Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, where he was ranked amongst the most talented high school tight ends in the country. He played alongside fellow NFL running back Cedric Benson, and the two helped win three Texas 5A state championships.
Winston chose to attend college at the University of Miami after being heavily recruited by several other schools. At Miami, Winston majored in International Finance and Marketing and played offensive tackle. He initially was set to play tight end for the Hurricanes, but made the switch before his sophomore year. Winston was widely considered one of the best offensive tackles to enter the 2006 NFL Draft. However, an anterior cruciate ligament injury during his junior year made his draft stock drop, and several draft scouting organizations expressed slight worry over the possible implications of the injury and subsequent surgery on his play.
National Football League
Winston was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He started the final seven games as a rookie at right tackle in 2006 and proceeded to start 87 games for them until 2011. He signed a contract extension prior to the 2008 season. The Texans released him on March 12, 2012.
Kansas City Chiefs
Winston signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 17, 2012. On October 7, 2012, Winston spoke out about Kansas City Chiefs fans, who he thought were cheering an injury to QB Matt Cassel. In a post game interview, he claimed "this isn't the Roman Colosseum" and "it is hard economic times". He mentioned that he came to the understanding he probably won't live as long because he plays this game, but cheering over a player getting knocked out is "100% sickening". He was released by the Chiefs on March 6, 2013.
NFL Players Association
In March 2014, Winston was elected president of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), succeeding Domonique Foxworth. Prior to being elected president, Winston had been involved with the NFLPA in other capacities, including being elected as a co-alternate NFLPA representative for the Houston Texans in 2010 and serving on committees for agent discipline and finance. He was also vocal during the 2011 NFL lockout. Winston has stated that his first priorities for his presidency will be player health and safety, financial literacy, and workplace conditions, especially in the locker room.
- "KC Chiefs Eric Winston Rips Fans’ Cheering QB Injury". ABC. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- Cardinals Get Eric Winston, John Abraham
- "Eric Winston signs with Seattle Seahawks". NFL.com.
- "Cincinnati Bengals sign NFLPA president Eric Winston". NFL.com.
- Josh Katzowitz (19 March 2014). "NFLPA elects new president Eric Winston". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Tom Pelissero (19 March 2014). "Eric Winston elected president of NFL Players Association". USA TODAY Sports. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Eric Winston elected NFLPA president". Miami Herald. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Veteran tackle Winston elected NFLPA president". Associated Press. Yahoo! Sports. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- Josh Weinfuss (11 April 2014). "Winston draws praise as NFLPA president". ESPN.com. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Jenny Winston diary: Visiting West Texas