NFL Pro Bowler Josh Cribbs to be 2016 Homecoming Grand Marshal

Screenshot of Kent State graduate and three-NFL Pro Bowler Josh Cribbs announcing he will be the 2016 Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal set for Oct. 1 in a YouTube video posted by the Kent State University Alumni Association on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. 

Alex Delaney-Gesing

A Kent State alum and three-time NFL Pro Bowler has been announced as this year’s Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal.

Josh Cribbs, a 2010 graduate, will return for the university’s homecoming ceremonies on Oct. 1.

“I’m going home. Come home with me for Kent State Homecoming 2016,” he said in a video posted on YouTube by the Kent State University Alumni Association.

In the video, Cribbs wears a white ‘Kent State Football’ shirt and holds up a yellow Kent State jersey with his last name printed on the back.

Cribbs played quarterback for Kent State’s football team from 2001 to 2004. He was inducted into the Kent State Varsity “K” Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.

As the all-time total offense leader in school history—with 10,839 yards —Cribbs holds the records for rushing rushing touchdowns, 38, touchdowns scored, 41, single-season completions, 216, and single-season completion percentage, 64.3 percent, according to an Aug. 1 university news release.

“I feel like it’s a job well done on my part to be able to have this accomplishment, to be asked to be in a position to represent Kent State in this fashion,” he said in the news release. “I love giving back to, not just the community, but my alma mater.”

Following his football career at Kent State, Cribbs signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2005 as a free agent. He was with the team for eight seasons before playing for the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts.

He is currently tied with fellow free agent Leon Washington for the NFL record of the most career kickoff return touchdown-—eight—according to the news release.

Cribbs will partake in the Homecoming parade at 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 1, as well as a ‘Welcome Home Party’ after, at 11 a.m., at the Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement.

He will attend the 3:30 p.m. football game, where the Flashes will compete against the University of Akron Zips for the Wagon Wheel.

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