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Robert Geathers
DE #91
Georgetown, SC
TOTAL 152 325 183 142 34 0 18 3 1 68 -- 36
2014 CIN 16 21 10 11 1 -- 3 1 0 2 2 2
2013 CIN 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 CIN 16 30 12 18 3 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 CIN 14 29 10 19 2.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2010 CIN 16 33 22 11 1 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2009 CIN 15 36 21 15 3.5 0 3 -- -- -- -- --
2008 CIN 11 38 22 16 2.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2007 CIN 16 47 25 22 3.5 -- 3 1 0 30 30 30
2006 CIN 16 42 28 14 10.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2005 CIN 16 33 24 9 3 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2004 CIN 14 16 9 7 3.5 0 4 1 1 36 36 36

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      Longest-tenured Bengal on roster, Geathers played in every game this season after missing nearly all of 2013 due to an elbow injury suffered in Game 2 ... A two-time team leader in sacks, he is one of eight Bengals to have 10 or more sacks in a season, having registered 10.5 in 2006 ... His 152 regular-season games as a Bengals DL ranks third in club history, behind Tim Krumrie (188) and Eddie Edwards (170).

      Longest-tenured Bengal on roster, Geathers played in every game this season after missing nearly all of 2013 due to an elbow injury suffered in Game 2 ... A two-time team leader in sacks, he is one of eight Bengals to have 10 or more sacks in a season, having registered 10.5 in 2006 ... His 152 regular-season games as a Bengals DL ranks third in club history, behind Tim Krumrie (188) and Eddie Edwards (170).

      Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fourth round of 2004 NFL Draft (117th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-30-04 ... Re-signed with Bengals as restricted free agent on 1-11-07 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-12-13.

      2014 highlights: Played in line rotation in Games 1-16 and had 21 tackles (two for-loss), one sack, an INT and three passes defensed ... Fourth on team in QB hits (five) ... Snagged his INT (third of his career) in second quarter Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, catching ball deflected by S George Iloka at Titans 19 and returning two yards to 17, setting up a TD for 19-0 Cincinnati lead ... Recorded three tackles (one for loss), including a seven-yard sack of Tom Brady, on Oct. 5 at New England ... Had two tackles and a pass defensed on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina ... Had two tackles Nov. 16 at New Orleans, and batted down a pass on third-and-four play from Bengals 13 in first quarter, forcing Saints to settle for FG ... Three tackles on Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay ... Two tackles on Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh.

    Previous seasons: 2004—Rookie ranked fourth on Bengals in sacks (3.5) and led line in passes defensed (five) ... Made key plays in four wins in season’s second half ... In win Nov. 7 vs. Dallas, had a sack and forced fumble, a key pass defensed, and a QB pressure that led to an intentional grounding penalty ... Had 1.5 sacks in win Nov. 28 vs. Cleveland ... On Dec. 26 vs. N.Y. Giants, his deflection of an Eli Manning pass led to Carl Powell’s game-clinching INT with less than a minute to play ... Continued his big-play ways Jan. 2 at Philadelphia, intercepting a Jeff Blake swing pass in the third quarter and returning it 36 yards for TD that gave Bengals a 24-3 lead. 2005—Started every game at RDE, including Wild Card playoff ... His 52 tackles included three sacks ... In crucial win Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, forced a Hines Ward fumble in second quarter that Bengals recovered at their 25. 2006—His 10.5 sacks were at the time the most by a Bengal since 1983 ... In win Sept. 24 at Pittsburgh, recorded four tackles, including two sacks of Ben Roethlisberger ... Two sacks of Aaron Brooks on Dec. 10 vs. Oakland. 2007—Led team in sacks (3.5) ... Started 12 games at LDE, and started four games (Games 5-8) at SLB, aiding injury-depleted LB corps ... Second on line in tackles (69), and was one of four Bengals to log an entry in every column of defensive stat sheet ... Played dominant role in season-opening win Sept. 10 vs. Baltimore, with line-leading eight tackles, an eight-yard sack, an INT with a 30-yard return, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. 2008—Started Games 1-11 at LDE, but suffered knee injury Nov. 20 at Pittsburgh (Game 11) ... Placed Nov. 24 on Reserve/Injured list, ending streak of 74 straight games played ... Despite missed time, led team in QB hurries (12) and finished second on line in tackles (56) ... On Nov. 16 vs. Philadelphia, executed a sack-and-strip against Donovan McNabb in first quarter to set up a Cincinnati FG (Bengals recovered fumble). 2009—Started 15 games plus Wild Card playoff at LDE ... Led D-line in tackles (56), including 3.5 sacks, and for the second straight season, he led team in coaches’ compilation of QB pressures (13) ... Inactive for Game 16 at N.Y. Jets, resting a knee strain, but returned to start Wild Card playoff on 1-9-10 vs. Jets, in which he logged six tackles ... Had line-leading eight tackles in Sept. 27 win vs. Pittsburgh, including a shared sack of Ben Roethlisberger on third down in fourth quarter, forcing Steelers punt that preceded Bengals’ game-winning drive ... On Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, had nine-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger on first-and-goal from Bengals’ eight in second quarter, helping hold Steelers to a FG. 2010—On Sept. 26 at Carolina, his recovery of a Jonathan Stewart fumble and return to Panthers’ 37 set up fourth-quarter drive for TD that iced the game ... Three tackles Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh, including nine-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger ... Line-leading six tackles, a QB pressure and a pass defensed in Dec. 26 win that knocked San Diego from playoff contention. 2011—No. 1 on depth chart at LDE, and played in 14 games with 13 starts ... Also started in Wild Card playoff ... Suffered shoulder injury Sept. 11 at Cleveland, rendering him inactive in Games 2-3 ... Had 44 tackles, including 2.5 sacks and two passes defensed ... On Nov. 13 vs. Pittsburgh, had 1.5 sacks, six total tackles (tied for line lead), one tackle-for-loss on a rushing play and an additional QB pressure ... Led line in tackles (seven) Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland, including a four-yard sack of Colt McCoy ... Four tackles in Wild Card playoff on 1-7-12 at Houston. 2012—Started all 16 games at LDE, totaling 45 tackles and three sacks ... Fourth on team with 18 QB pressures ... Four tackles Oct. 14 at Cleveland, including four-yard sack of Brandon Weeden on a third-and-one in Bengals red zone, forcing Browns to settle for FG ... Three tackles Oct. 21 vs. Pittsburgh, with a shared sack ... Four tackles Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, including team-high 1.5 sacks against Eli Manning ... Led D-line in tackles (seven) Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, and his two tackles for-loss included a shared stop of FB Owen Schmitt on fourth-and-one at Bengals 45 ... Two tackles and two QB pressures Dec. 13 at Philadelphia ... Five tackles Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh ... Five tackles in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—Played in Games 1-2, recording one tackle ... Left game on Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh with an elbow injury, which forced his placement two days later on Reserve/Injured list.
    Ed Block winner: The Bengals named Geathers as the team recipient of the 2013 season Ed Block Courage Award. The award honors one player from each NFL team who shows “commitment to the values of sportsmanship and courage.”
    The veteran defensive end’s 2013 season was cut short, when in Game 2, Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, he suffered a torn triceps muscle. He had season-ending surgery in September, but is projected to be ready for most if not all of the team’s 2014 offseason work. “Robert has been a pleasure to work with since he arrived in 2004,” said Bengals head athletic trainer Paul Sparling. “He’s a guy who plays hard and plays every game that he possibly can, and the two times in his career when he’s had a serious injury, he has responded like a true pro.” Geathers played in 74 straight games before a knee injury requiring surgery that ended his season in late 2008. He picked up where he left off in 2009 and played in 52 of the next 55 games before being sidelined in 2013.

    Take the fumble and run: Geathers holds the team record for fumble return yards in a season, with 113 in 2009. He went 75 yards for a TD at Cleveland, tying LB Ray Bentley for Bengals’ longest single fumble return, and he added a 38-yard return at Oakland.

    College: Entered NFL Draft after junior season at Georgia ... Started all 14 games as junior in 2003 as Bulldogs posted 11-3 record ... Played 39 games over three seasons (2001-03), but was not full-time starter until ’03 ... Had 81 tackles, five sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 22 QB pressures and two INTs for career.

    Personal: Hometown is Georgetown, S.C. ... Attended Carvers Bay High School, where he had 100 tackles and nine sacks as senior and 130 tackles with 14 sacks as junior ... Married (wife Adria), with son Robert III and daughter Nina ... Sports studies major at Georgia ... Enjoys family time and speaking to youth groups, and favorite hobby is traveling ... Last name is pronounced as “gathers.”

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  • Geathers primed for another run with same cast

    Posted Jan 13, 2014

    While his torn right triceps shelved him for the entire season, Robert Geathers's teammates knew he would have come back if allowed and voted him the club's Ed Block Courage Award.

  • Another chapter for defense

    Posted Apr 22, 2013

    You have to remember that Robert Geathers was 20 when the Bengals drafted him nine years ago, so he's grown up with this Bengals defense and on Monday coordinator Mike Zimmer's men looked as poised as ever to take over the AFC North after claiming one of the division's most dominant players over the past decade.

  • D-line Geathers for another stand

    Posted Mar 12, 2013

    The Bengals defensive line, the unquestioned strength of Cincinnati's back-to-back playoff teams, is coming back all but intact for 2013 when veteran left end Robert Geathers signed what is believed to be a three-year deal.

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