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Orpheus Roye

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Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-01-21) January 21, 1973 (age 47)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
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Career information
High school: Miami Springs (FL)
College: Florida State
NFL draft: 1996 / Round: 6 / Pick: 200
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Tackles: 363
Sacks: 18.5
Forced fumbles: 4
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Orpheus Michael Roye (born January 21, 1973) is a former American football defensive end who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

Roye also played for the Cleveland Browns.

College career

He first attended Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, MS, where he was named JC All-America, registering 76 tackles and 12 sacks. He then transferred to Florida State University. He graduated from Miami Springs High School in Miami Springs, Florida.

Professional career

First stint with Steelers

Roye was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played for them from 1996 to 1999.

Cleveland Browns

Roye signed with the Cleveland Browns before the 2000 season. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on August 2, 2007. This is the same knee that caused his 2006 season to end early.[1] He played for the Browns from 2000 to 2007.

Second stint with Steelers

On August 17, 2008, Roye was re-signed by the Steelers after being released by the Browns. Coach Mike Tomlin called Roye, "a veteran defensive lineman, a guy who knows how to play the game, a professional."[2] He became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2008 season.


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