Joshua Cribbs (born June 9, 1983 in Washington, D.C.) is an American football player who currently plays wide receiver and special teams for the National Football League's Cleveland Browns. He played collegiately for Kent State University.
High School career
Cribbs played quarterback
at Dunbar High School
in Washington, D.C. As a senior in the 2000 season, he was named a first-team All-Met selection by the Washington Post
. While attending, he played and lettered in baseball
in addition to football
Cribbs played quarterback at Kent State University
, where he is the all-time total offense leader with 10,839 yards. He is one of only four players in NCAA
history to record both 1,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in as many as two different seasons, the others being Beau Morgan of Air Force
, Vince Young
, and Pat White
of West Virginia
. Cribbs, in fact, accomplished the feat three times. In his career, he passed for 55 touchdowns and ran for 38 more. His 38 rushing touchdowns are a Kent State record. In addition, he holds the Kent State school record for career pass completions (616), pass attempts (1,123), passing yardage (7,169), touchdowns scored (41), and points scored (246).
Cribbs is also the only player in NCAA history to lead his team in both rushing and passing in four different seasons.
Cribbs played quarterback opposite former Cleveland Browns teammate Charlie Frye who attended the University of Akron, Kent's chief rival and Pittsburgh Steelers signal caller Ben Roethlisberger of Miami University of Ohio.
He was a pre-business major.
Cribbs was not chosen in the 2005 NFL Draft
; however, he was signed as an undrafted free agent
by the Cleveland Browns on April 29, 2005. He made the Browns roster for the 2005 season
, and made an impact as a kick returner
. He averaged 24.5 yards per return, and his total of 1,094 return yards set a franchise record. In a game against the Detroit Lions
, he returned a kick 90 yards for his first NFL touchdown. He made his NFL debut versus the Cincinnati Bengals
on September 11.
Cribbs, in 2006
, signed a 6-year contract extension with the Cleveland Browns, and returned another kickoff 92 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also set a new franchise record for most kickoff yardage in a season, breaking the record he set himself the previous year.
After returning yet another kickoff for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders
in Week 3 of the 2007 season
, Cribbs had one kick-return touchdown in each of his first three years in the NFL. Cribbs recorded his fourth kickoff-return touchdown with a 100-yarder against the Steelers in Week 10 of the 2007 season, as well as a 90 yard return earlier in the game. Cribbs continued his season with 245 return yards and 61 punt return yards in the Browns overtime victory over the Ravens in week 11. Cribbs was voted to the 2008 Pro Bowl
as a kick returner for the AFC. Cribbs also had a 76 yard punt return for a touchdown against the 49ers. Cribbs had another returned for 94 yards for another score but was called back on a holding penalty by Lennie Friedman.
He lives in North Royalton, Ohio
and has a T.V. show called Josh's Cribbs