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Chris Conte
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Conte during his tenure at Cal in August 2009
No. 47     Chicago Bears
Free Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-02-23) February 23, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
High School: Los Angeles (CA) Loyola
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 93
Debuted in 2011 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First Team All-Pac-10 (2010)
  • All-Rookie Team as selected by PFW and PFWA (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     98
Sacks     0
INTs     3

Christopher Michael Conte (born February 23, 1989) is an American football free safety for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bears in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at California.

High school careerEdit

Conte attended Loyola High School, and graduated in 2007. During his time at Loyola, Conte played both safety and wide receiver. Conte was named to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep, and posted 58 tackles with 4 INTs and caught 43 passes for 614 yards and 4 touchdowns in his senior year, as well as helping his team to the CIF Division I title as a junior, collecting 38 tackles and 2 INTs.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Chris Conte
Safety
Los Angeles, California Loyola High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Feb 7, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 68
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 65   Rivals: 22
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College careerEdit

Conte expressed interest in UCLA, but ultimately committed to California on February 7, 2007.[1] Conte played in 50 games, with 17 starts during his four seasons at Cal, and compiled career totals of 157 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (-13 yards), two interceptions (for no return yards), 11 pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, three kick returns for a total of 55 yards (18.3 ypr) and one blocked punt that he returned six yards for a touchdown against the Arizona State Sun Devils.[2] In his senior year, Conte earned first team all-Pac-10 honors.

StatsEdit

Defensive
Year Tackles Interceptions Fumbles Passes Broken
2007 32 0 1 0
2008 28 1 0 7
2009 25 0 0 1
2010 72 1 3 3
Total 157 2 4 11
Source: Chicago Bears[3]

Professional careerEdit

2011 NFL DraftEdit

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16px Video of Conte's NFL Combine workouts
Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 208 lb 4.53 s 4.19 s 7.01 s 35.5 in 10 ft 7 in 18 reps

In the NFL Scouting Combine, Conte was one of the top performers at the broad jump, as he finished 4th compared to other prospects.[4]

Chicago BearsEdit

Conte was selected by the Chicago Bears in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year contract with the Bears on July 29, 2011. In a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Wembley Stadium, Conte recorded his first career interception after stripping the ball from Buccaneers receiver Mike Williams at the goal line.[5] He was placed on injured reserve on December 19 due to a foot sprain suffered in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks on December 18.[6] Conte was eventually placed on the 2011 All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America.[7]

In the second game of the 2012 preseason against the Washington Redskins, Conte separated his shoulder.[8] Despite this, Conte started against the Indianapolis Colts in the season opener,[9] and intercepted an Andrew Luck pass that was deflected by Tim Jennings.[10] After the Week 8 win over the Carolina Panthers, Conte was fined $21,000 for hitting Brandon LaFell, a defenseless player, in the head.[11]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On March 12th, 2015 Conte signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. [12]

StatsEdit

Defensive
Year Tackles Interceptions Fumbles Passes Broken
2011 23 1 0 2
2012 52 2 0 9
2013 73 3 2 7
2014 32 3 0 3
Total 180 9 2 21
Source: Chicago Bears[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Chris Conte - Yahoo! Sports". Rivals.yahoo.com. http://rivals.yahoo.com/cal/football/recruiting/player-Chris-Conte-55114;_ylt=ApNQa4HfdGia8SxnVnmEelMOrZB4#college_choices. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
  2. "Cal Bears Rout Arizona State, 50-17 « CBS San Francisco". Sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com. 2010-10-23. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2010/10/23/cal-bears-rout-arizona-state-50-17/. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  3. "Roster". Chicago Bears. http://www.chicagobears.com/team/roster/Chris-Conte/714e27ce-493a-456a-b562-a29cf41f3362. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  4. "NFL Events: Combine Top Performers". Nfl.com. http://www.nfl.com/combine/top-performers#year=2011&workout=BROAD_JUMP&position=CB. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  5. "Yet another safety combo gets job done for Bears". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2011-10-23. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-10-23/sports/ct-spt-1024-bears-safeties--20111024_1_chris-conte-major-wright-bears. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  6. McClure, Vaughn and Brad Biggs (December 19, 2011). "Conte placed on IR; Bears add to roster". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-conte-placed-on-ir-20111219,0,6706580.story. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  7. "Conte named to All-Rookie team". Csnchicago.com. 2012-01-24. http://www.csnchicago.com/blog/bears-talk/post/Conte-named-to-All-Rookie-team?blockID=637652. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
  8. Jensen, Sean. "Chris Conte separated shoulder; plans to be ready by season opener - Inside the Bears". Blogs.suntimes.com. http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2012/08/chris_conte_separated_shoulder.html. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
  9. "Bears-Colts Inactives: Podlesh, Conte Will Play « CBS Chicago". Chicago.cbslocal.com. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/09/bears-colts-inactives-podlesh-will-play/. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  10. Mayer, Larry. "Jennings plays takeaway in Bears victory". Chicagobears.com. http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Jennings-plays-takeaway-in-Bears-victory/a699dd3a-11ad-45d4-8e74-51ad9b52b184. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  11. Mayer, Larry (2012-11-02). "Jeffery feels former college teammate's pain". Chicago Bears. http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Jeffery-feels-former-college-teammates-pain/9ee3e268-b6aa-4e06-8901-024af8fdd9e2. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  12. http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-smith/Bucs-Get-Defensive-Sign-Melton-Conte/0f379180-4ac6-49df-8b16-381e30122f65
  13. "Roster". Chicago Bears. http://www.chicagobears.com/team/roster/Chris-Conte/714e27ce-493a-456a-b562-a29cf41f3362. Retrieved 2012-08-03.

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