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Steve Breaston

Steve Breaston on September 7, 2008 versus the San Francisco 49ers
No. 15     Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver/Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: August 20, 1983 (1983-08-20) (age 26)
Place of birth: North Braddock, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 178 lb (81 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 142
Debuted in 2007 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Receptions     85
Receiving Yards     1,098
Total Return Yards     2,690
Total TDs     4
Stats at NFL.com

Steven William Breaston (born August 20, 1983 in North Braddock, Pennsylvania) is an American football wide receiver, kick returner, and punt returner who plays for the Arizona Cardinals. He was drafted by Arizona in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft after playing for the Michigan Wolverines. There has been some speculation as to the correct pronunciation of his last name as many broadcasters throughout his collegiate career referred to him as Steve "BREEZ-TUN." However, once entering the NFL, this changed, and now all parties pronounce his name as Steve "BREAST-TON."

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High school career

Breaston attended Woodland Hills High School in suburban Pittsburgh, PA and was a letterman in football and track and field.

College career

Breaston played for the Michigan Wolverines for four seasons (2003-2006). He is the most prolific return man in school history and his 156 career receptions are fifth most in Michigan history.

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Records

Breaston is Michigan's all-time leading punt returner (127 returns for 1,599 yards) and kickoff returner (81 returns for 1,993 yards). He returned four punts for touchdowns, which ties him with Gene Derricotte and Derrick Alexander for the school record, and one kickoff for a score. His combined total of five returns for touchdowns is a Michigan record. Breaston's punt return and punt return yardage marks are also Big Ten Conference records. Breaston ranks seventh in conference annals in kickoff returns and kickoff return yardage. On January 1, 2005, Breaston set a Rose Bowl record with 315 all-purpose yards.

National awards

Conference honors

200-yard games at Michigan

Breaston had ten games in his U-M career in which he had more than 200 all-purpose yards, as follows:

Rank Opponent Date Rush Yds Rec Yds Kick Ret Yds Punt Ret Yds Total Yds TDs Score
1 Texas 2005-01-01 15 77 221 2 315 1 37-38
2 Northwestern 2004-11-13 32 49 79 112 272 2 42-20
3 Penn State 2005-10-15 3 110 128 28 269 0 27-25
4 Minnesota 2005-10-8 0 45 186 0 231 1 20-23
5 Indiana 2006-11-11 0 103 45 83 231 2 34-3
6 Nebraska 2005-12-28 -2 8 146 72 224 0 28-32
7 Ball State 2006-11-04 11 50 133 22 216 0 43-26
- - Career 321 1696 1993 1559 5569 17 -

Statistics

    Receiving   Rushing   Punt Returns   Kickoff Returns
Season Team GP Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD KR Yds Avg Lng TD
2003 Michigan 13 38 444 11.7 37 3 12 65 5.4 21 2 45 619 13.8 74 2 9 191 21.2 34 0
2004 Michigan 11 34 291 8.6 50 3 10 76 7.6 20 0 24 292 12.2 67 1 28 689 24.6 53 0
2005 Michigan 11 26 291 11.2 52 2 10 101 10.1 30 0 29 356 12.3 72 0 23 646 28.1 95 1
2006 Michigan 13 58 670 11.6 62 2 10 79 7.9 26 0 29 332 11.4 83 1 21 467 22.2 64 0
Career totals 48 156 1,696 10.9 62 10 42 321 7.6 30 2 127 1,599 12.6 83 4 81 1,993 24.6 95 1

Professional career

Pre-draft

Pre-draft measureables[1]
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-0⅜ * 193 * 4.41 * 1.49 * 2.56 * 4.29 * 6.63 * 33" * 10'04" * x x
* represents NFL Combine **represents Michigan Pro Day

Breaston was drafted by Arizona in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. In the fourth game of the 2007 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Breaston took a punt back 73 yards for a touchdown, which proved to be the key score, as the Cardinals went on to win the game. Through Week 13 of the 2007 season, Breaston had 1,462 return yards for the Cardinals.[1]

Breaston had a breakout year in 2008. Following a serious injury to perennial Pro Bowl receiver Anquan Boldin, Breaston was inserted into the Cardinals' starting line-up at wide receiver. Breaston notably refused to participate in pre-game introductions at home games due to his opinion that he was still a backup, keeping a seat warm for the usual starter Anquan Boldin. Breaston finished the year with 1,006 yards, and he, Boldin, and Larry Fitzgerald became the 5th 1,000 yard receiving trio in NFL history.

Statistics

Accurate as of January 2, 2009

Year Team G GS Rec Yards Avg Lng TD
2007 ARI 16 0 8 92 11.5 22 0
2008 ARI 16 7 77 1,006 13.1 58 3
Tot. ARI 32 7 85 1,098 12.9 58 3

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