Josh Cribbs has made quite an impact on not only the Cleveland Browns, but also on the NFL as one of the league's all-time best kick returners. If anyone anticipated what kind of pro player Cribbs would be, it apparently wasn't any of the NFL talent scouts in 2005 when Cribbs, Kent State's four-year starting quarterback, went undrafted. In his eight seasons with the Browns, Cribbs rewrote the kickoff and punt return sections of the Browns record book. And his name dots the league's all-time leaders lists. Cribbs and Leon Washington are tied for the all-time lead in career touchdowns on kickoff returns with eight. Cribbs is fifth in NFL history in career kickoff return yardage (10,015) and combined kickoff and punt return touchdowns (11), and sixth in combined kickoff and punt return yardage (12,169). Cribbs has also caught 107 passes for 1,161 yards and seven touchdowns with the Browns; and rushed for 753 yards and two touchdowns in 128 carries. More importantly, he has excelled on kickoff and punt-return coverage teams. Here, we include several videos of Cribbs' kickoff and punt-return touchdowns, and links to statistical information via Pro-Football-Reference.com. Beginning with the next paragraph, we link to Plain Dealer stories on the Browns games in which Cribbs scored return touchdowns, via cleveland.com's Browns History Database. Click onto the highlighted number for the stories. Nos. 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9-10 are stories or columns specifically about Cribbs. No. 1: 90-yard kickoff return. Detroit Lions 13, Browns 10. Oct. 23, 2005 at Browns Stadium. No. 2: 92-yard kickoff return. Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Browns 10. Nov. 19, 2006 at Browns Stadium.
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