For the defensive end of the same name, see Chris Canty (defensive lineman).
Chris Canty
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-03-30) March 30, 1976 (age 44)
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
High School: Eastern High School
Voorhees Township, New Jersey
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: Kansas State
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Debuted in 1997 for the New England Patriots
Last played in 2008 for the Rio Grande Valley Dorados
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2000
Games played     61
Games started     12
Kick return yards     313
Punt return yards     236
Tackles     123
Stats at
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Christopher Shawn Patrick Canty (born March 30, 1976) is a former American college and professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) and Arena Football League. He played college football for Kansas State University, and was a two-time All-American. A first-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints of the NFL, and Las Vegas Gladiators and Rio Grande Valley Dorados of the arena league.

Early yearsEdit

Canty was born in Long Beach, California.[1] He attended Eastern High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey,[2] and played for the Eastern Vikings high school football team.

College careerEdit

Canty attended Kansas State University, where he played for the Kansas State Wildcats football team from 1994 to 1996. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American as a sophomore in 1995 and junior in 1996, and won the Jack Tatum Award as a junior. He decided to forgo his final season of college eligibility and entered the NFL Draft.[3]

Professional careerEdit

The New England Patriots selected Canty with the twenty-ninth overall pick in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft.[4] Over four NFL seasons, he played for the Patriots as well as the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks.[1] In 58 career games for those three NFL teams, he had four interceptions and 126 tackles.[5]

He finished his pro career playing for the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Rio Grande Valley Dorados of af2.

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References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 National Football League, Historical Players, Chris Canty. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  2., Players, Chris Canty. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  4. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1997 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  5., Players, Chris Canty. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
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