Steve Octavien

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Steve Octavien
No. 53, 95
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-11-25) November 25, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth: Belle Glade, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school: Naples (FL) Lely
College: Nebraska
Undrafted: 2008
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 16
Tackles: 9
Forced fumbles: 1
Player stats at
Career Arena statistics
Tackles: 36
Sacks: 6.5
Pass Breakups: 3
Player stats at PFR
Player stats at

Steven Octavien (born November 25, 1984) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns. He played college football at the University of Nebraska.

Early years[edit]

Octavien is of Haitian descent,[1] and attended Lely High School. He became a starter at linebacker as a sophomore. In his last 2 years he was used as a two-way player.

In his junior season, he won the state title in the discus throw and finished second as a senior. In 2003, his personal-best throw of 193-7 was the tenth-best prep mark in the nation.

College career[edit]

Octavien enrolled at Harper College. As freshman, he posted 124 tackles (15 for loss), 8 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 blocked field goals and one blocked punt, while contributing to a 10-1 record. In 2004, he played in only four games because of an injury.

He also was a track standout, running the second leg on the school’s 2004 national champion 4 × 400 metres relay team and winning the Division III junior college discus throw title with a mark of 164-7.

Octavien accepted a football scholarship from the University of Nebraska. In 2005, he was injured in the season opener against the University of Maine, and was lost for the year.

As a redshirt junior, he only played in 9 games after missing 4 four contests while rehabbing a leg injury. He posted 32 tackles (4 for loss), one sack, 2 passes defensed, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble, while contributing for a defense that ranked in the top 25 nationally in scoring defense.

In his last year, he became a starter at Will linebacker, leading the team with 92 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 9 quarterback hurries. He also had 3 passes defensed and 2 sacks. He was named the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Professional career[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Octavien was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent after not being selected in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was waived before the start of the season on August 30.

Washington Redskins[edit]

On November 20, 2008, he was signed by the Washington Redskins to their practice squad.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On November 30, 2008, the Dallas Cowboys signed Octavien from the Washington Redskins practice squad.

In 2009, he played in 14 games and tied for fourth on the team with 12 special teams tackles.[2] He was released on September 4, 2010.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On December 22, 2010, he was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Browns. He wasn't re-signed at the end of the season.

Omaha Nighthawks[edit]

In 2011, he was signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.[3] He played linebacker and special teams.

Tampa Bay Storm[edit]

On April 3, 2012, the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League signed him as a free agent.[4] His value showed during the season on the field and in the locker room, as a veteran who became a leader for younger teammates.

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

On February 16, 2013, he was signed by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League to a two-year contract.[5]

San Jose SaberCats[edit]

Octavien was assigned to the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League in June 2013. On August 2, he was placed on the inactive reserve.

LA Kiss[edit]

On December 26, 2013, he was selected in the AFL expansion draft by the LA Kiss of the Arena Football League.

Personal life[edit]

His sister Dayana, was a three-time track All-American in the hammer and discus throw at the University of South Florida and competed in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials.


  1. ^ "Chart: Haitian Americans in the NFL". Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cowboys sign Spears, Octavien". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ "NIGHTHAWKS SIGN FORMER HUSKER STEVE OCTAVIEN". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ "STORM ACQUIRE FORMER COWBOYS' LINEBACKER". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ "ALOUETTES WELCOME BACK BROWN, ADD OCTAVIEN". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 

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