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Chris Calloway
No. 88, 80     
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-03-29) March 29, 1968 (age 52)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 4 / Pick: 97
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Pittsburgh Steelers ( 1990 1991)
Career highlights and awards
Receptions     386
Receiving yards     5,497
Receiving TDs     30

Christopher Fitzpatrick "Chris" Calloway (born March 29, 1968) is a former American football player.

Calloway played professional football as a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons, including seven seasons for the New York Giants from 1992 to 1998. He was the Giants' leading receiver for four straight years from 1995 to 1998 and set a franchise record with a pass reception in 47 straight games from 1996 to 1998. At the end of his time with the Giants, his 334 catches ranked third in franchise history. He also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1990 to 1991, the Atlanta Falcons in 1999 and the New England Patriots in 2000.

A native of Chicago, Calloway played college football as a flanker for the University of Michigan from 1987 to 1989. He caught 56 passes for 826 yards and eight touchdowns at Michigan. He played on two Big Ten Conference championship teams and appeared in two Rose Bowl Games for the Wolverines.

Early yearsEdit

Calloway was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1968. He attended Mount Carmel High School in Chicago.[1]

University of MichiganEdit

Calloway enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1986 and played college football as a flanker for head coach Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1987 to 1989.[2] He started five games at the flanker position in 1987,[3] five games at flanker and one at split end in 1988,[4] and 12 games at flanker in 1989.[5] He won both the Meyer Morton Award and the Robert P. Ufer Award in 1989. In his three years as a receiver at Michigan, he caught 56 passes for 826 yards and eight touchdowns.[6]

Professional footballEdit

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Calloway was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round (97th overall pick) of the 1990 NFL Draft.[1] He was principally a backup receiver and special teams player for the Steelers. He appeared in 28 games, two as a starter, during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. He caught 25 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns with the Steelers.[1]

New York GiantsEdit

In March 1992, the New York Giants signed Calloway as a Plan B free agent.[7] Calloway spent seven seasons with the Giants, appearing in 112 games, including 86 as a starter. He caught 334 passes for 4,710 yards (14.1 yards per catch) and 27 touchdowns. He had his best seasons in 1997 (58 catches for 849 yards and eight touchdowns) and 1998 (62 catches for 812 yards and six touchdowns).[1] He was the Giants' leading receiver for four straight years from 1995 to 1998 and set a franchise record with a pass reception in 47 straight games from 1996 to 1998.[8] In 1998, Calloway's last season with the Giants, he led the team with 62 receptions for 812 yards and 6 touchdowns. His 62 receptions were the most by a Giant receiver since Lionel Manuel in 1988.[9] He was released by the Giants in February 1999,[9] a move which he said had surprised him after leading the team in receptions for the previous four consecutive seasons.[10] He was due just over $1 million and had a $300,000 bonus due on March 1.[11] At the end of his seven seasons with the Giants, his 334 catches ranked third in franchise history behind Frank Gifford (367 catches) and Joe Morrison (395 catches).[8]

Atlanta FalconsEdit

In February 1999, following a visit with the Washington Redskins[10] Calloway signed with the Atlanta Falcons, reuniting him with former Giants head coach Dan Reeves. Calloway's agent, Peter Schaffer, stated that Calloway's contract was for nearly $4 million.[12] Calloway appeared in 11 games for the Falcons, six as a starter, and caught 22 passes for 314 yards and one touchdown.[1] Calloway was released by the Falcons in May 2000

New England PatriotsEdit

In August 2000, Calloway signed with the New England Patriots,[8] bringing him back together with former Giants assistant and new Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick. He appeared in seven games, two as a starter, for the Patriots in 2000. He caught only five passes for 95 yards.[1]

Professional statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fmb Lst
1990 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 2 10 124 12.4 20T 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
1991 Pittsburgh Steelers 12 0 15 254 16.9 33T 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
1992 New York Giants 16 1 27 335 12.4 28 1 0 12 0.0 0 0 0 0
1993 New York Giants 16 9 35 513 14.7 47 3 0 0 0.0 6 0 0 0
1994 New York Giants 16 14 43 666 15.5 51T 2 8 77 9.6 20 0 1 1
1995 New York Giants 16 15 56 796 14.2 49 3 2 -9 -4.5 -3 0 0 0
1996 New York Giants 16 15 53 739 13.9 36 4 1 2 2.0 2 0 1 1
1997 New York Giants 16 16 58 849 14.6 68T 8 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 0 0
1998 New York Giants 16 16 62 812 13.1 36 6 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
1999 Atlanta Falcons 11 6 22 314 14.3 33 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2000 New England Patriots 7 2 5 95 19.0 28 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Career 158 96 386 5,497 14.2 68 30 12 69 5.8 20 0 3 3

Later yearsEdit

After retiring from football, Calloway bought a nightclub in Atlanta called "Fuel". He later became involved with an Atlanta businessman who Calloway claimed "nearly milked him dry in a treacherous Ponzi scheme."[7] As of 2009, he was living in Atlanta and working as an information technology recruiter for Associated Global Services.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Chris Calloway". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/C/CallCh00.htm.
  2. "All-Time Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/rosters/football.php.
  3. "1987 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1987fbt.htm.
  4. "1988 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1988fbt.htm.
  5. "1989 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1989fbt.htm.
  6. "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20071112175906/http://stats.ath.umich.edu/football/footstart.php.(to retrieve Calloway's statistics, enter "calloway" in the box for the player's last name)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Former New York Giants wide receiver Chris Calloway trying to hang on". New York Daily News. November 28, 2009. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/new-york-giants-wide-receiver-chris-calloway-hang-article-1.419552.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "82 Chris Calloway WR". New England Patriots. http://archive.patriots.com/alumni/index.cfm?ac=alumnibiosdetail&bio=5558.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Falcons Catch Chris Calloway". https://www.cbsnews.com/news/falcons-catch-chris-calloway/.
  10. 10.0 10.1 https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1999/02/25/calloway-visits-with-redskins/3a16ec89-ac56-43ea-a7fb-91bb19344496/
  11. By. "Bears, Simmons agree for two years, $4 million". https://journaltimes.com/sports/bears-simmons-agree-for-two-years-million/article_14c871d1-658f-5cb9-b510-5279d6c75575.html.
  12. "Falcons Catch Chris Calloway". CBS News. February 26, 1999. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/falcons-catch-chris-calloway/.
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