Russell Bodine (born June 30, 1992) is an American football center for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina.

Russell Bodine
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Bodine with the Bengals in 2017.
Detroit Lions
Personal information
Born: (1992-06-30) June 30, 1992 (age 27)
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Fork Union Military Academy (Fork Union, Virginia)
College:North Carolina
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 111
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Reserve/Future
Career highlights and awards
  • All-ACC Honorable Mention (2013)
  • Rimington Trophy Watch List (2013)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:74
Games started:74
Player stats at

High school careerEdit

A native of Scottsville, Virginia, Bodine attended Fork Union Military Academy, where he was named first-team all-state at the highest of three private school divisions for two straight seasons. He was teammates with Morgan Moses, Austin Pasztor, Terrance West, and Carlos Hyde.

Regarded as a three-star recruit by, Bodine was listed as the No. 8 center prospect in his class.[1]

College careerEdit

As a sophomore, Bodine started all 12 games at center, having eventual NFL players Travis Bond and Jonathan Cooper lined up on each side of him.

Bodine in college.

As a junior, he primarily played center again, but also was moved along the offensive line. On December 30, 2013, he announced his decision to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Bodine registered 42 repetitions in the 225-pound (102 kg) bench press, for best in his class.

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
310 lb
(141 kg)
32 12 in
(0.83 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
5.18 s 4.66 s 8.26 s 29 in
(0.74 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
42 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3]

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Bodine in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was the fifth center and 13th interior offensive linemen selected in 2014.[4]

On May 23, 2014, the Cincinnati Bengals signed Bodine to a four-year, $2.67 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $456,456.[5]

Throughout training camp, Bodine competed against Trevor Robinson for the job as the starting center after it was left vacant after the departure of Kyle Cook. He received first-team reps at center from the beginning of training camp and was officially named the starter by head coach Marvin Lewis to start the regular season.[6] He made his first career start and made his professional regular season debut in the Cincinnati Bengals' season-opening 23-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. He started all 16 regular season games as the Cincinnati Bengals went 10-5-1 and made the AFC playoffs.

In his first four years in Cincinnati, Bodine started all 16 games at center in each season for the Bengals.

Buffalo BillsEdit

On March 19, 2018, Bodine signed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.[7] He was named the backup center to start the 2018 season behind Ryan Groy.[8] He took over the starting role in Week 3 following struggles from Groy. He started the next 10 games before suffering a broken fibula in Week 13. He was placed on injured reserve on December 4, 2018.[9]

New England PatriotsEdit

On August 30, 2019, Bodine was traded to the New England Patriots for a sixth-round pick.[10] He was released on September 6, 2019.[11]

Detroit LionsEdit

On December 31, 2019, Bodine signed a reserve/future contract with the Detroit Lions.[12]


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  2. ^ North Carolina's Russell Bodine announces he'll enter NFL draft
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  4. ^ "2014 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  5. ^ " Russell Bodine contract". Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "Bengals say rookie Russell Bodine opening day starter". August 18, 2014.
  7. ^ Brown, Chris (March 19, 2018). "Bills sign free agent C Russell Bodine".
  8. ^ "Buffalo Bills name Ryan Groy starting center". September 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Brown, Chris (December 4, 2018). "Bills release WR Kelvin Benjamin in a series of roster moves".
  10. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Patriots trading for Bills center Russell Bodine". Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  11. ^ Buchmasser, Bernd. "Patriots release Russell Bodine, re-sign James Ferentz". Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  12. ^ "Lions report 3 Reserve/Future signings". December 31, 2019.

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