He was named to the NFL’s All Decade Team [2000’s], and he’s the League’s all-time leader in kickoff returns for touchdowns [eight]—hard to believe for an undrafted free agent quarterback out of Kent State University.
True, he owes his pro stardom to special teams, but Josh Cribbs has always been a return man. Give the man an opportunity, and he will not only run with it, he will give back a whole lot more in return. It’s been his M.O. throughout his football career.
Like when he took over the QB reins as a sophomore at Washington, D.C. football powerhouse Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. The inexperienced [or so they said] Cribbs led the Crimson Tide to three consecutive D.C. Interscholastic Association championships.
As a QB, Cribbs made more plays with his feet than his arm, and some big-time college programs recruited him to play wide receiver or safety. Unfortunately for them, Cribbs wanted to remain at QB, and he was granted his wish at Kent State in rural Ohio.
Over the course of the coming weeks, STACK will chronicle the story of the record-setting QB who became the NFL’s most-feared special teamer. In Part 1, Cribbs talks about the golden opportunity he found in committing to a Kent State football program that had long been the doormat of the MAC Conference.
Be sure to make your return to the STACK blog next week for Part 2 of the Cribbs series.