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Orlondo Steinauer
Date of birth: June 9, 1973 (1973-06-09) (age 36)
Place of birth: Seattle, Washington
Career information
Status: Free agent
CFL status: Import
Position(s): S
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 182 lb (83 kg)
College: Western Washington
 As player:
Ottawa Rough Riders
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007
  • Third place Argos’ all-time interception return yards
Playing stats at

Orlondo Steinauer (born June 9, 1973, in Seattle, Washington) is a former professional Canadian football safety in the Canadian Football League and current sports commentator.


High school career

At Lynnwood High School in Seattle, Washington, Steinauer lettered in football, basketball, and baseball.

College years

Steinauer starred in football at Western Washington University and finished his career with 20 interceptions, 160 tackles, a forced fumble, and 89 punt returns for 965 yards(10.84 yards per punt ret. avg.) and a touchdown. In 1995, his final year, he was a consensus first-team All-American and the CFA Defensive Player of the Year leading the United States in pass interceptions with 10 and ranked ninth nationally with a 11.6 yards punt return average.[1]

In 1999, he was named to Western Washington University's All-Century team and was the only player named to two first-team positions, at cornerback and punt returner.[2]

Canadian Football League

Steinauer joined the Ottawa Rough Riders of the CFL in 1996, but saw minimal playing time prior to the team's dissolution at the end of that season. In 1997, with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, he emerged as a defensive star, earning a spot on the East Division All-Star team. Steinauer's performance in Hamilton (1997-2000) and Toronto (2001-2008) was well-regarded; he was named a divisional All-Star six times and league All-Star at Safety four times.

Toronto released him on August 25, 2008, prior to the ninth game of the season. As a CFL player with more than six years experience, playing more than eight games would have guaranteed his salary for the remainder of the year.[3][4][5][6]

Post-playing career

After being released by the Argonauts, he was approached by Rogers Sportsnet to work as a football analyst for their broadcasts. Steinauer says that, as a player, football reporters told him he'd make a good broadcaster but he never thought about it until the opportunity presented itself.[6] He now does analysis for Sportsnet's television broadcasts and the radio Fan 590.[6]

Steinauer is also an entrepreneur and a partner in a logistics firm.[6]


  1. ^ "Orlondo Steinauer". Toronto Argonauts Football Club. 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-26.  
  2. ^ Carberry, Jim (1999-09-04). "WWU All-Century Football Team". Western Washington University Sports Information Office. Retrieved 2008-08-26.  
  3. ^ "Toronto Argonauts release veteran safety Orlondo Steinauer". The Canadian Press. 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2008-08-26.  
  4. ^ Masters, Mark (2008-08-25). "Argos' Steinauer makes emotional departure". National Post. Retrieved 2008-08-26.  
  5. ^ Ralph, Dan (2008-08-27). "Money monster grips its teeth on CFL stalwarts". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2008-08-27.  
  6. ^ a b c d Zelkovich, Chris (2009-09-07). "Orlando Steinauer's new game plan working on TV". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-09-07.  

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