Hebert has been a special teams standout for Bengals since signing in 2008 from Canadian Football League … Voted by teammates as 2009 special teams captain, and tied for second in tackles (12) while playing in 15 regular-season games and the Wild Card playoff … Led Bengals in ’08 with 23 special-teams stops … Saw his first NFL action at age 27 … Became an unsigned exclusive rights player when his contract expired after ’09 season, and re-signed with Cincinnati on 3-29-10.
2009 PARTICIPATION: Played in Games 1-12 and 14-16 … Inactive for Game 13, Dec. 13 at Minnesota, due to a knee injury.
2009 HIGHLIGHTS: Had nine tackles on defense … Selected by Bengals coaches as team’s special teams player for fans’ Pro Bowl ballot … Tied for team lead with two special-teams tackles Nov. 8 vs. Baltimore, and he downed a punt at Ravens one-yard line in second quarter … Led team with two special-teams tackles Dec. 27 vs. Kansas City … Saw time as an injury replacement Jan. 3 at N.Y. Jets, logging a personal season-high eight tackles on defense … Also at Jets, downed a punt at New York one-yard line in fourth quarter.
PREVIOUS NFL EXPERIENCE: 2008 - Signed with Bengals as free agent on Jan. 2 ... His 16 games played included starts in Games 13-14, as he subbed due to injuries ... Had a fumble recovery Sept. 14 vs. Tennessee, after Titans punter Craig Hentrich was unable to handle snap in third quarter ... Recorded four special-teams tackles Sept. 21 at N.Y. Giants ... Led team in special-teams tackles (three) Sept. 28 vs. Cleveland ... Led in special-teams tackles (three) Oct. 12 at N.Y. Jets ... Tied for lead in special-teams tackles (two) Oct. 19 vs. Pittsburgh, and led with three special-teams stops Nov. 16 vs. Philadelphia ... On Nov. 30 vs. Baltimore, recorded his first defensive statistics of season, with two tackles, and also had one special-teams tackle ... On Dec. 7 at Indianapolis, started at SS and tied for team lead in defensive tackles with 10, including a long sprint to catch Colts WR Marvin Harrison at four-yard line ... On Dec. 14 vs. Washington, registered six tackles in his second start, and tied team lead for special-teams tackles with two.
2005 - Signed Jan. 31 as free agent with Tampa Bay ... Waived by Bucs on March 2. 2004 - Not with an NFL team. 2003 - Re-signed with Houston on March 20, and waived (injury settlement) on July 29. 2002 - Signed with Minnesota as college free agent on April 25 ... Waived on Sept. 1 ... Signed Dec. 18 to Houston practice squad ... Signed Dec. 24 to Houston's 53-player roster, and was gameday inactive for season finale, Dec. 28 vs. Indianapolis.
CFL EXPERIENCE: 2007 - Had 53 tackles and three INTs for Winnipeg team that lost to Saskatchewan in Grey Cup game ... Also had five sacks for defense that ranked No. 2 in league in fewest yards allowed. 2006 - Acquired by Winnipeg on waivers on April 19 ... Did not join the team until season's fifth game, but started 12 of the final 14 contests ... Logged 34 tackles with two sacks, plus 23 special-teams tackles. 2005 - Led Ottawa with 66 tackles on defense and shared the league lead in special-teams stops (29) ... Also had three INTs, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one sack. 2004 - Played in all 18 games for Ottawa, recording 56 tackles on defense and 27 on special teams.
COLLEGE: Led Louisiana-Lafayette in tackles for each of his three seasons (1999-2001), posting totals of 99, 88 and 83 ... Played in every game over the three campaigns ... Made position switch from WR to FS during fall drills in 1999 ... Redshirted as a freshman in 1998.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Lafayette, La. … Attended Eunice High School, where he competed in football, basketball and track … Active in community service, he has worked to organize fundraisers for breast cancer research … Name is pronounced “KYE-riss AY-bear.”