With only 15 days until the Michigan football season begins, we look back at wide receiver and punt returner, Steve Breaston. The Pennsylvania native came to Michigan and had an impressive college career before moving to the NFL. Below are his highlights and achievements:
- Breaston is Michigan’s all-time leading punt returner with 126 returns for 1,599 yards and 81 kickoff returns for 1,993 yards.
- He is one of the best return players in Michigan football history and his 156 career receptions are fifth most in Michigan history.
- 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 returns and punt return yardage marks are also Big Ten Conference records.
- Breaston ranks seventh in conference in kickoff returns and kickoff return yardage.
- Breaston had ten games in his U-M career in which he had more than 200 all-purpose yards.
- On January 1, 2005, Breaston set a Rose Bowl record with 315 all-purpose yards
- In 48 career games, he had 1,696 yards receiving with 156 catches, averaging 10.9 yards per catch and 10 touchdowns.
- In his career, he averaged 12.6 yards and 81 kick returns for 1,993 yards, averaging 24.6 yards with one touchdown.
Awards and Honors
- 2006 Maxwell Award watchlist
- 2006 Walter Camp Award watchlist
- 2006 Biletnikoff Award watchlist
- 2003 Big Ten Freshman of the Year (coaches)
- 2006 Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award Honoree
- Four-time Big Ten Football Special Teams Player of the Week
- was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the 142nd pick 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.
- On July 29, 2011 Breaston signed a five-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. In a week 5 game against the Colts, Breaston played an important role by catching 2 touchdowns to lead the Chiefs to a 28-24 comeback victory. Breaston finished the year with 785 receiving yards and two touchdowns. In 2012 he only had 74 yards. He was released by the Chiefs on February 19, 2013.
- August 5, 2013, Breaston signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. On August 19, 2013, he was released by the Saints.
- In his professional career, he played 85 games with 255 receptions for a total of 3,387 yards, nine touchdowns and averaged 13.3 yards per reception.
Breaston was definitely one of the most exciting players to play at wide receiver and returns for Michigan.