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American Football Database
Chris Bordano
No. 56, 55     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-12-30) December 30, 1974 (age 46)
Place of birth: San Antonio, Texas
Career information
College: Southern Methodist
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 6 / Pick: 161
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New Orleans Saints ( 1998 1999)
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-SWC (1994)
  • All-WAC (1996, 1997)
  • WAC defensive player of the year (1997)
Games played     33
Tackles     131
Sacks     1
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Christopher E. Bordano (born December 30, 1974) is a retired American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played for the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons.

Early years

Bordano was born in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Southwest High School. He accepted a football scholarship from Southern Methodist University. As a sophomore, he became the starter at middle linebacker and was considered the best player on the defense. In 1995, he was injured during fall drills and was lost for the season. The next year, he returned to lead his team and rank fifth in tackles in the Western Athletic Conference.[1]

In 1997, he led the team with 120 tackles and was named the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division Defensive Player of the Year. He left ranked fifth in the SMU's career tackles list (420) and became just the tenth player in school history to be named to three All-conference teams.[2]

Professional career

New Orleans Saints

Bordano was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round (194th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft. He started 6 games as a rookie at middle linebacker and made 62 tackles, while playing mostly on special teams.

In 1999, although he was considered slow for the position, he showed enough athletic ability to start 12 games at middle linebacker and register 59 tackles.[3] On April 26, 2000, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for cornerback Kevin Mathis.[4]

Dallas Cowboys

In 2000, the Dallas Cowboys had a lot of turnover at linebacker and one of the moves made to improve the depth was trading for Bordano.[5] He was passed on the depth chart by rookie Orantes Grant and was released to make room for cornerback Phillippi Sparks on August 28.[6]

Atlanta Falcons

On September 7, 2000, he was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Falcons.[7] He appeared in 2 games as a backup, before fracturing a neck vertebra and being placed on the injured reserve list on September 19.[8] He retired after being told by doctors that another injury on the neck could be life-threatening.