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Chris Gocong
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Gocong in 2007 with the Philadelphia Eagles
No. --     Free agent
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-11-16) November 16, 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth: Lancaster, California
High School: Carpinteria (CA)
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
College: Cal Poly
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 71
Debuted in 2007 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles     314
Sacks     9.5
INTs     0
Stats at NFL.com

Christopher Andrew "Chris" Gocong (born November 16, 1983) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at D-IAA Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Early yearsEdit

Gocong attended Carpinteria High School in Carpinteria, California and was a letterman in football as a quarterback and linebacker. He also lettered in track and field. In football, as a linebacker, he posted 330 tackles over two years. In track and field, he was a two-time All-League honoree in the discus and shot put and set the school record in the discus (183'3") in his junior year. Gocong was a two-time All-Tri-Valley League linebacker in football and a two-time All-CIF-Southern Section linebacker.

College careerEdit

Gocong played college football at Cal Poly where he won the Buck Buchanan Award as college football's best I-AA defensive player . He saw limited action in six games during the 2001 season at Cal Poly, recording six tackles (three solo). He redshirted in 2002 and then started the 2003 campaign as the team's nose guard. Gocong totaled 37 tackles (20 solo) with a sack and eight stops for losses that year.

In 2005, Gocong set a Division 1-AA season-record with 23.5 sacks and led the nation with 31 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He recorded a career-high 98 tackles, caused four fumbles, recovered two others and deflected four passes. He was voted a unanimous All-American and recipient of the Buchanan Award.

In 41 games with the Mustangs, Gocong started 35 times. He recorded 212 tackles as he set an NCAA career-record with 42 sacks for minus 284 yards. His 61.5 stops for losses of 330 yards rank fourth in Division 1-AA history. He recovered three fumbles and caused six others. He also intercepted a pass, deflected eight others and blocked a kick.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in 263 lb 4.70 s 1.61 s 2.74 s 4.09 s 7.06 s 3812 in 10 ft 3 in 28 rep

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Gocong was drafted in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, but missed the entire 2006 season due to an injury suffered before the preseason. He made his NFL debut on September 9, 2007, where he started at the "Sam" linebacker position. He alternated snaps at DE and LB and recorded his first career sack (quarterback Tom Brady) on November 25, 2007, in the Eagles' road game at the New England Patriots. In all, Gocong played in all 16 games serving as the team's SAM linebacker, and recorded 92 tackles, 1 sack, 4 hurries and 2 KDs. His 7 TFLs ranked 2nd on the team. Also logged 11 special teams tackles. During the 2007 season, Gocong was the host of the "Chris Gocong Show" on ESPN 1450. The show was hosted by Mike Gill, live from Chickie's and Pete's in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

In 2008 he finished t-3rd on the team in special teams tackles (19). He also had 61 total tackles, two sacks, four passes defensed a forced fumble and a fumble recovery as the Eagles starting strongside linebacker.

In the first seven games of the 2009 season, Gocong started at his normal position at "Sam" linebacker. He was inactive in week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys due to a hamstring injury suffered the week before against the New York Giants. Due to injuries at the middle linebacker position, Gocong started his first game at middle linebacker against San Diego in week 9. In week 14, he lost his starting "Sam" linebacker job to rookie Moise Fokou.

He was re-signed to a one-year contract on March 30, 2010.[2]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On April 2, 2010, Gocong was traded, along with cornerback Sheldon Brown to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for linebacker Alex Hall, and 4th and 5th round draft picks in the 2010 NFL Draft.[3] On August 4, 2012, during a training camp practice, Gocong was lost for the 2012 season due to a right Achilles tendon rupture that will require surgery.[4]

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