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Tuesday - 12/18/2001
- Age: 24
- College: Arizona
- Birthdate: June 14, 1977 in Pasadena, CA.
- Chris was named to Football Digestís second team All-Pro in 2000. In the playoffs last year, Chris had 17 tackles and one of the teamís 10 interceptions. He raced 98 yards for a touchdown last Dec. 24 against the Jets, the longest interception return in team history.
Chrisí father, James, was a first-team All-American running back at UCLA in 1972-73 and later played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.
On his personality:
ďMy personality is tricky. There are days when I wake up and I am the happiest guy in the world. There are days when I wake up and I am still the happiest guy in the world, but I may not have that same energy from the previous day. I can come in on some days and talk to everybody and slap high fives. But then the next day I may come in and just say wassup, and keep on moving without saying anything else for the rest of the day. I am the same guy, but I just donít always carry the same energy. People sometimes wonder if there is something wrong, but nothing is wrong, I just may be in deep thought that day.Ē
On his confidence:
ďI am very confident. People mistake my confidence for arrogance all the time. My confidence comes from my faith in my God-given ability to play this game.Ē
On what his father taught him about playing professional football:
ďThe most important thing my father taught me was that this game moves and it doesnít wait for anybody. You have to be able to adjust to it as you grow older and know that the things you did in your rookie year, you may not be able to do after six or seven years.Ē
What legendary players would he compare himself to:
ďI feel I am a combination of two current guys. You take Rod Woodson in his prime and Deion in his prime and I think I am in between both. You take the physical play of Rod Woodson and the speed, quickness and agility out of Deion. Deion told me himself that he feels I am as good as any corner out there, but you just donít hear about me.Ē
On Trash Talking:
ďIt is a part of the game. If I donít talk trash, I donít feel as though I am having fun. That is how I keep myself in tune to what is going on. I can tell when a guy is affected by my trash talking. Once he starts talking back and takes it further by getting personal, then Iíve won. I want my opponent to start thinking about things other than the game. I donít talk because I donít like a guy. I just want to see if I can change their whole thought process. Every time a guy sees me, he is thinking about what I just said to him instead of what his adjustment will be for the next coverage.Ē
On Peter Warrick:
ďHe runs great routes. He has great moves and great body control. He is in and out of his routes and breaks faster than a lot of people Iíve played in the NFL.Ē