Dustin Fox
No. 21, 35
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1982-10-08) October 8, 1982 (age 41)
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:GlenOak (Canton)
College:Ohio State
NFL draft:2005 / Round: 3 / Pick: 80
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:7
Player stats at NFL.com

Dustin Erik Fox (born October 8, 1982) is an American former professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was selected in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills.

He is currently a radio host for Cleveland sports radio station WKRK-FM (92.3 The Fan) and a pregame/postgame analyst for the Cleveland Browns Radio Network. He is also a college football color commentator for ESPN.

Early years

Fox was born in Canton, Ohio. He attended GlenOak High School, where he played football and was a First-team Division I Associated Press All-Ohio selection on defense as a junior and senior. He had 12 interceptions and ran for over 1,250 rushing yards with 12 touchdowns. He participated in the first ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl game on December 30, 2000. Fox was also on the school's track team, where he competed as a sprinter and jumper, and was a member of the 4 x 100-meter relay squad. He placed 9th in the long jump at the 2001 Ohio State Championships, with a personal-best leap of 6.76 meters. He also ran the 100-meter dash in 10.83 seconds.

College career

Fox was a four-year starter for Ohio State University, who won the BCS National Championship in 2002 by winning the Fiesta Bowl. He graduated with a degree in communications.

Professional career

Minnesota Vikings

Fox was drafted in the third round (80th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.[1] Fox fractured the radius bone in his left arm in training camp while tackling running back Mewelde Moore, during the first session in full gear,[2] and was released on September 2, 2006.[3]

Philadelphia Eagles

On September 4, 2006, Fox was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad, and was promoted to the 53-man roster on September 19.[4] He was, however, released by the Eagles on October 4, and then re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[4] On January 27, 2007, Fox was signed to a new contract by the Eagles.[4] He played in one regular season game for the Eagles.[5]

Buffalo Bills

Fox was signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad as a wide receiver, but was shortly moved back to the secondary. He was promoted to the 53-man roster of the Bills on November 23, 2007.[6] On August 30, 2008 the Bills released Fox during final cuts.[7]

Ten weeks into the 2008 season, Fox was re-signed to the Bills' practice squad on November 12. He was promoted to the active roster on November 21.[8]

A restricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Fox was re-signed by the Bills on February 26 and waived on August 12.

Fox played in a total of 11 games for the Bills over two seasons, registering 6 tackles.[5]

Broadcast career

Beginning in 2010 (following his retirement from the NFL), Fox was signed by Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS channel 5 to be their Ohio State Buckeyes football analyst. Fox also had been heard on WKNR AM 850's OSU pregame show during the 2010 college football season, and in 2011 moved to WKRK-FM 92.3 to co-host the afternoon drive show alongside Adam "the Bull" Gerstenhaber.[9]

He was the radio color analyst for home broadcasts of the Cleveland Gladiators Arena Football League team when the games aired on WKRK.[10] Beginning in 2013, after WKRK-FM became a flagship station for the Cleveland Browns, Fox became a co-host for the postgame show on the Browns radio network. He is also a contributor to the pregame show.

Personal life

Fox's brother, Derek Fox, played football for Penn State, the St. Louis Rams, and the Indianapolis Colts. Dustin also has four uncles who played football for Ohio State;[11] one of them, Tim Fox, also played in the NFL.

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ "2005 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2023-05-07.
  2. ^ Rookie season redo
  3. ^ Minnesota Vikings Transactions
  4. ^ a b c Transactions
  5. ^ a b "Dustin Fox Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  6. ^ Ohio sports notebook: Bills activate former OSU standout[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Bills | Team waives 19 players
  8. ^ "Fox promoted - BillBoard - the Buffalo News". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  9. ^ a b "CBS News - Breaking news, 24/7 live streaming news & top stories".
  10. ^ http://cleveland.cbslocal.com/2012/03/21/gladiators-name-dustin-fox-as-radio-color-analyst Fox new Gladiators analyst
  11. ^ Scout.com
  12. ^ a b "Dustin Fox, Ohio State, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com". www.cbssports.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  13. ^ a b "Stark HS Hall of Fame Class of 2012: Dustin Fox, GlenOak, 1998-2000 | FridayNightOhio.com". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-05-27.