For a time in the NFL, the only player more electric on special teams than Josh Cribbs was Devin Hester, who very may well enter the Hall of Fame as a returner. In his prime, Cribbs was one of the few bright spots on disappointing Cleveland Browns teams.
Two 100-yard kick-return TDs… Before the game even hit halftime.@JoshCribbs16 was NASTY!!
— NFL Throwback (@nflthrowback) October 31, 2018
Cribbs recently had a sit-down interview on the Pat McAfee show and was asked about his damage of his brain that he found out at age 32.
Here’s what he had to say:
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) October 16, 2020
“They called me in to do these extra test and were like, we don’t know what to call this,” Cribs says about his talks with doctors at a Cleveland clinic. “He basically was like ‘you’re brain is like what a 58-year-olds brain looks like that has been through something, and you’re only 32-years-old’”.
A college quarterback at Kent State, Cribbs is one of only two true freshmen in NCAA history to pass and rush for 1,000 yards in one season. He still went undrafted, but the Browns took him on as a kick returner.
Cribbs scored eight kick return touchdowns in his first five seasons and added two punt returns for scores in that time.
Cribbs earned $16.5 million in his career, according to Spotrac.