September 26, 2010; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns lineman Eric Steinbach (65) during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M

Dolphins Eric Steinbach Calls It Quits

One day after having his conversation with Joe Philbin broadcast to a nation on HBO’s Hard Knocks regarding his contemplation on retirement, Eric Steinbach called it a career.  Steinbach was featured on the first episode of Hard Knocks when he was seen working out for coach Joe Philbin and his coaching staff as well as GM Jeff Ireland.

Steinbach was signed to the squad and was seen running a sprint saying all he needed was a “cold tub and cigarette”.

Steinbach has had a long NFL career and retires at the age of 32 with aching knees as he told coach Philbin.  Today, Philbin made the announcement official and told reporters that Steinbach had a good career and should be proud of it.  As seen in episode one, Steinbach was brought in and un-drafted rookie Derek Dennis was released after completing the conditioning drills.

Steinbach and Philbin share time together as coach and player at the University of Iowa.  Steinbach missed all of last season with a back injury.  He was a second round pick in 2003.

On episode 3 of Hard Knocks, Steinbach informed coach Philbin that he simply wasn’t playing at a level that he was comfortable with.

For now, the Dolphins will have Artis Hicks anchored on the right side and it’s likely that they will look to the free agent market to find a back-up or wait until rosters shake down in the coming weeks.

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