Chris Culliver
No. 29     San Francisco 49ers
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-08-17) August 17, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
High School: Garner (NC)
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
College: South Carolina
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 80
Debuted in 2011 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* NFC champion (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     82
Interceptions     3
Passes defensed     21
Stats at

Chris Culliver (born August 17, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the 49ers in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at South Carolina.

Early lifeEdit

Culliver had a difficult start in life. His mother, although she would eventually graduate from Temple University, was single and only 16 years old when he was born. Culliver has a brother four years his junior and twin siblings, a boy and a girl, who are eight years younger. In 1996, Culliver's stepfather and a cousin were shot to death, and his mother was wounded, in a Philadelphia bar fight. In college, a 20-year-old Culliver almost died from complications following routine shoulder surgery.[2]

College careerEdit

Culliver chose to attend South Carolina over Florida and NC State. He majored in sport and entertainment management.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Chris Culliver was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He finished the season with a total of 35 combined tackles, 7 pass defensed, and 1 interception for 23 yards.[4]

In the 2012 season, Culliver was the 49ers' primary nickelback, and he had a key interception against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game.[5] San Francisco advanced to Super Bowl XLVII, but lost 34–31 to the Baltimore Ravens. Culiver had a tough game after being targeted often by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. He was beaten badly on a 56-yard touchdown by Jacoby Jones. He was also flagged for pass interference in the fourth quarter on third-and-nine play during drive which Baltimore kicked a field goal to extend its lead to 34–29.[6][7]

Prior to the Super Bowl during Media Day , Culliver had some strong words for gay players in the NFL. Asked by comedian/radio host Artie Lange, Culliver stated, "No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do.... Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can't be…in the locker room man. Nah." He also opined that any gay players should wait 10 years after retiring before coming out.[8] Culliver later apologized for his "ugly comments" that were "not what I feel in my heart".[9][10][11] In a reversal, he said he would welcome a gay teammate: "I treat everyone equal."[9] He added that he loved San Francisco, which has a large gay community.[9]


  1. Chris Culliver South Carolina DB the newest 49er
  2. Branch, Eric (September 23, 2012). "49ers: Chris Culliver's brush with death". Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  3. "Chris Culliver Profile - South Carolina Official Athletic Site". Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  4. "Chris Culiver: Career Stats". NFL. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  5. "Chris Culliver issues apology". January 30, 2013. Archived from the original on Fenruary 4, 2013.
  6. Strauss, Chris (February 4, 2013). "49ers CB Chris Culliver's controversial Super Bowl week ends in misery". USA Today. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013.
  7. Alper, Chris (February 4, 2013). "Chris Culliver had a 'tough one'". Archived from the original on February 4, 2013.
  8. Rogers, Martin (April 18, 2012). "Report: Niners CB says openly gay players would not be welcomed on the team". Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Chris Culliver sorry for 'ugly' remarks". January 31, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  10. Wesseling, Chris (January 30, 2013). "Chris Culliver apologizes for anti-gay comments". National Football League. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  11. Breech, John (January 30, 2013). "49ers' Chris Culliver: Openly gay player not welcome". Retrieved January 30, 2013.

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