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Joel Michael Bitonio (born October 11, 1991) is an American football guard for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nevada.

Joel Bitonio
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Bitonio in 2018 preseason.
No. 75 – Cleveland Browns
Position:Guard
Personal information
Born: (1991-10-11) October 11, 1991 (age 27)
San Pedro, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Woodrow Wilson Classical
(Long Beach, California)
College:Nevada
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:63
Games started:63
Player stats at NFL.com

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Early yearsEdit

Bitonio attended Long Beach Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, where he was a three-sport star. He was named to the Long Beach Press Telegram's Dream Team for football and basketball as a senior. In football, he was a two-time All-league selection and was the Moore League Lineman of the Year. He was a first-team All-conference selection and was named second-team All-state by MaxPreps.com. Bitonio also lettered in track & field as a senior. He led the league in the shot put, recording a top-throw of 15.39 meters at the 2009 CIF Southern Section Division 1 Prelims.[1]

College careerEdit

Bitonio attended the University of Nevada from 2009 to 2013. He started 39 consecutive games from his redshirt sophomore to senior seasons. As a senior, he was an All-Mountain West Conference selection.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Bitonio was considered one of the top offensive tackle prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.[3][4] He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round (35th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[5]

On December 7, 2015, Bitonio was placed on injured reserve.[6]

On October 14, 2016, Bitonio was again placed on injured reserve after sustaining a foot injury in Week 5.[7]

On March 9, 2017, Bitonio signed a five-year contract extension with the Browns through the 2022 season.[8][9] He was named to his first Pro Bowl and was named second-team All-Pro after starting all 16 games at left guard.

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Mike Bitonio, was a mixed martial arts fighter. He died at the age of 45 in 2010.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://ca.milesplit.com/meets/54157/results/92411
  2. ^ Pack's OT Joel Bitonio, DE Brock Hekking, P Chase Tenpenny earn All-MWC honors
  3. ^ NFL Draft Scout
  4. ^ Nevada OL Joel Bitonio a name to know ahead of Senior Bowl
  5. ^ 2014 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Pick OT Joel Bitonio at No. 35 Overall
  6. ^ "Browns claim Gabe Ikard; place Joel Bitonio on injured reserve". ClevelandBrowns.com. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Browns sign FB Dan Vitale; place OL Joel Bitonio on injured reserve". ClevelandBrowns.com. October 14, 2016.
  8. ^ Gribble, Andrew (March 9, 2017). "Browns sign OL Joel Bitonio to contract extension". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  9. ^ Orr, Conor (March 9, 2017). "Joel Bitonio receiving 6-year, $51.2M Browns extension". NFL.com.
  10. ^ Wolf Pack's Joel Bitonio uses father's inspiration to become a dominant player

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