Joel Bitonio

Joel Michael Bitonio is a offensive guard for the Cleveland Borns. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 35th overall pick of the 2nd Round in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bitonio was considered one of the top offensive tackle prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Nevada from 2009 to 2013 and started 39 consecutive games from his redshirt sophomore to senior seasons. As a senior, he was an All-Mountain West Conference selection. Bitonio was born in San Pedro, California and is the son of Mike and Debbie Bitonio. He is one of three children and has a brother Lucas, and a sister, Kate. His late father was a mixed martial arts barebuckle fighter in the early 1990’s. He is the only offensive rookie voted to PFWA All-AFC team in 2014 and was inducted to the Woodrow Wilson Classical High School athletic hall of fame in 2015. He has volunteered for numerous community opportunities in the Cleveland area, including Browns Play 60 clinics, participating in several ‘Shop with a Pro’ events, visits to local hospitals and schools and supporting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank as well as being named the American Legion Man of the Year in 2015. He likes going to the beach and visiting Lake Tahoe, enjoys reading sports and war novels, and likes watching the Food Network. Bitonio also hosts a segment on Browns television where he visits Cleveland-area restaurants, interacts with celebrity chefs and participates in cooking challenges.

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