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Chris Gamble
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Gamble in 2012
No. 20     
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-03-11) March 11, 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth: Boston, Massachusetts
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2004 2012)
Career highlights and awards
* BCS National Champion (2003)
Total tackles     508
Forced fumbles     4
Fumble recoveries     4
Pass deflections     96
Interceptions     27
Defensive touchdowns     3
Stats at NFL.com

Chris Lee Gamble (born March 11, 1983) is a former American football cornerback who played nine seasons for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State.

High school careerEdit

He attended Nova High School in Davie, Florida. He left Nova to join Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2000.

College careerEdit

Gamble played cornerback, wide receiver, and all phases of special teams at Ohio State University. He was an integral part of the 2002 National Championship team, which went 14-0. Gamble played all 3 ways at Ohio State, earning 1st Team All-Big Ten honors, and 3rd Team All-America honors for cornerback. Gamble had 4 interceptions for the 2002 season, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Gamble was known for his game-breaking ability in all facets of the game, including defense, offense, and kick returning.

In 38 games, he started 18 times on defense and 12 times on offense (started on both offense and defense in five contests in 2002). Recorded 65 tackles (51 solos) with three stops behind the line of scrimmage, seven interceptions and 21 pass deflections. Also caught 40 passes for 609 yards (15.2 avg.), rushed six times for 68 yards (11.3 avg.) with a touchdown, returned 60 punts for 467 yards (7.8 avg.) and had 18 kickoff returns for 384 yards (21.3 avg.).

Gamble majored in sports and leisure studies while at Ohio State.

Professional careerEdit

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 198 lb 4.52 s 4.25 s 6.89 s 39 1/2 in 16 reps

Carolina PanthersEdit

The Carolina Panthers selected Gamble in the first round (28th overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft. Gamble was the fourth cornerback drafted in 2004.

Head coach John Fox named Gamble the starting cornerback to begin the regular season, alongside Ricky Manning.[1] In 2004, Chris became the first rookie defensive player in Carolina Panthers history to start all 16 games, and earned Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie honors after establishing a Panthers rookie record with six interceptions, placing him in third in the NFL in interceptions.

In 2005, Gamble led the Panthers once again with 7 interceptions, ranking him fourth in the NFL.

In 2006, Gamble once again led the team in interceptions. He tied teammates Ken Lucas and Richard Marshall with three interceptions each.[2]

In 2007, he finished the year with 50 tackles with only 1 interception.

In 2008, he finished the year with 3 interceptions and he also tied for third in the NFL in passes defended with 19.

Through Gamble's career milestones, the Panthers rewarded him on November 28, 2008 to a six-year $53 million contract with $23 million guaranteed, making him one of the highest paid defensive backs in the league.

On March 8, 2013, Gamble was released by the Panthers. He played nine seasons in Carolina and holds the franchise record for interceptions with 27.[3] On March 11, 2013 Gamble retired.[4]

Panthers franchise recordsEdit

As of 2017's NFL off-season, Chris Gamble held at least 3 Panthers franchise records, including:

  • Interceptions: career (27)
  • Int Ret Yds: season (157 in 2005), game (101 on 2005-11-06 @TAM)

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2004 CAR 16 74 68 6 0.0 1 0 0 6 15 3 13 0 14
2005 CAR 15 75 65 10 0.0 1 1 0 7 157 22 61 1 12
2006 CAR 15 66 53 13 1.0 0 0 0 3 31 10 18 1 12
2007 CAR 15 47 42 5 0.0 1 1 0 1 2 2 2 0 6
2008 CAR 16 93 83 10 0.0 1 2 0 3 23 8 19 0 18
2009 CAR 16 58 50 8 0.0 0 0 0 4 55 14 41 0 12
2010 CAR 11 35 32 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
2011 CAR 15 45 37 8 0.0 0 0 0 3 43 14 24 0 12
2012 CAR 4 15 8 7 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Career 123 508 438 70 1.0 4 4 0 27 326 12 61 2 96
[5]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

ReferencesEdit

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Preceded by
Jonathan Wells
Ohio State Buckeyes
Football Season MVP

2002 (with Craig Krenzel)
Succeeded by
Michael Jenkins
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