Orpheus Roye
No. 71, 96, 99
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1973-01-21) January 21, 1973 (age 51)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Springs (FL)
College:Florida State
NFL draft:1996 / Round: 6 / Pick: 200
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:4
Player stats at NFL.com

Orpheus Michael Roye (born January 21, 1973) is a former American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the 1996 NFL Draft. In 2009, he won Super Bowl XLIII with the Steelers, beating the Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Florida State.

Roye also played for the Cleveland Browns.

Amateur career

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He graduated from Miami Springs High School in Miami Springs, Florida. He played for the legendary coach Buddy Goins at Miami Springs. He first attended Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi, where he was named JC All-America, registering 76 tackles and 12 sacks. He then transferred to Florida State University.

Professional career

First stint with Steelers

Roye was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the 1996 NFL Draft.[1] He played for them from 1996 to 1999.

Cleveland Browns

Roye signed with the Cleveland Browns before the 2000 season. Orpheus was a mainstay for the Browns since 2000 with his reliable play and overall dependability. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on August 2, 2007. This is the same knee that caused his 2006 season to end early.[2] He played for the Browns from 2000 to 2007.

Second stint with Steelers

On August 17, 2008, Roye was re-signed by the Steelers after being released by the Browns. Coach Mike Tomlin called Roye, "a veteran defensive lineman, a guy who knows how to play the game, a professional."[3] He became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2008 season.


  1. ^ "1996 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  2. ^ http://www.bradenton.com/510/story/111593.html[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Bouchette, Ed (2008-08-18). "Steelers Notebook: Old familiar face joins defense". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-08-21.