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Chris Ivory
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Ivory with the New York Jets in 2015
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-03-22) March 22, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Longview, Texas
Career information
College: Tiffin / Washington State
Undrafted in 2010
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*New Orleans Saints ( 2010 2012)
Career highlights and awards
* Pro Bowl (2015)
  • PFWA NFL All-Rookie Team (2010)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing yards     5,237
Rushing average     4.3
Rushing touchdowns     29
Receptions     107
Receiving yards     948
Receiving touchdowns     3
Stats at NFL.com

Christopher Lee Ivory[1] (born March 22, 1988) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and has also played for the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Buffalo Bills. He played college football at Washington State and Tiffin.

Early yearsEdit

Ivory earned letters in both football and track and field in high school at Longview High School in Longview, Texas, playing on the Lobos team that included future NFL players Trent Williams, Malcolm Kelly, and Robert Henson.[2][3] He was listed as a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.[4][5]

College careerEdit

Washington StateEdit

Ivory played three years for Washington State from 2006–2008.[6] Limited by injuries, in 22 games he had 91 rushes for 534 yards and four touchdowns, as well as 23 kickoff returns averaging 22.8 yards.[7] When the coaches who had recruited him were replaced by a new coaching staff, Ivory found himself far down on the Cougars' depth chart.[2] In August 2009, he was dismissed from the Washington State team for violating team rules.[8]

StatisticsEdit

Chris Ivory Rushing Receiving
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2006 Washington State Pac-10 FR RB 9 3 85 28.3 1 0 0 0.0 0
2007 Washington State Pac-10 SO RB 8 60 313 5.2 2 13 50 3.8 0
2008 Washington State Pac-10 JR RB 5 28 136 4.9 1 2 1 0.5 0
Career Washington State 22 91 534 5.9 4 15 51 3.4 0

Tiffin UniversityEdit

Ivory then transferred to Tiffin University, a Division II school in Tiffin, Ohio, whose team was coached by Dave Walkosky, a former Washington State assistant coach. In Ivory's final year of college football, he had 39 rushes for 223 yards in five games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Walkosky attempted to obtain a medical redshirt exemption to allow Ivory to play another year, but this was unsuccessful. Despite his brief stint at Tiffin University, Ivory's performance and speed attracted attention from NFL scouts, and he was thought to have a chance of becoming the first Tiffin University player to be drafted by the NFL.[9] The Saints became interested in Ivory, despite his injuries, after one of their scouts was impressed by Walkosky's enthusiastic recommendations.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 0 in 222 lb 4.49 s 1.54 s 2.60 s 4.60 s 7.20 s 36 in 9 ft 11 in

New Orleans SaintsEdit

Ivory was not drafted during the 2010 NFL Draft, but he reached a deal with the Saints immediately after the draft,[10] and signed as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2010. He had an impressive performance in training camp and preseason games, highlighted by a strong performance against the San Diego Chargers that included a 76-yard touchdown on a swing pass.[11][12][13]

Early season injuries to Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas left Ivory as the Saints' starting running back. He had a breakout game in Week 6 against Tampa Bay Buccaneers: his 158 yards on 15 carries were the most by any Saints running back since Deuce McAllister rushed for 165 yards in a 2003 game, and the most by a Saints rookie since a 179-yard effort by Ricky Williams in 1999.[14][15] The performance earned him awards as both Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and FedEx Ground Player of the Week.[16] Another strong performance in Week 11, with 23 rushes for 99 yards in a 34–19 win over against the Seattle Seahawks, led Seahawks coach Pete Carroll to call Ivory "a freaking stud out there."[17] Ivory ended the regular season with 137 rushes for 716 yards, which led the team, and five touchdowns, but he also suffered repeated injuries during the year; after a foot injury in the Saints' last regular season game, he was placed on the injured reserve list and was unable to play in the postseason.[18][19][20]

Ivory spent the first six games of the 2011 season on the PUP list; after he was activated, he played in six games, with 79 rushes for 374 yards, and 22 carries for 70 yards in the Saints' two playoff games against the Detroit Lions in the Wild Card Round and the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round.[21][22][23] In May 2012, the Saints paid Ivory an additional signing bonus to make up for the income he lost on the PUP list. He became a restricted free agent after the 2012 season.[24] He appeared in six games in the 2012 season and recorded 40 carries for 217 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[25]

New York JetsEdit

Ivory was traded to the New York Jets on April 26, 2013 during the 2013 NFL Draft for the Jets' fourth round draft pick (106th overall).[26] He signed a three-year contract worth $10 million.[27] He made his Jets debut in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[28] On October 20, against the New England Patriots, he had 34 carries for 104 yards.[29] On October 3, he had 139 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown against the New Orleans Saints.[30] Overall, in the 2013 season, he had 833 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, and ten receiving yards.[31]

On September 7, 2014, he had a 71-yard touchdown run as part of a 102-yard performance against the Oakland Raiders in the season opener.[32] It was the second longest touchdown run in Jets history; Bruce Harper ran for 78 yards in 1983. On October 16, against the New England Patriots, he had 107 rushing yards and a touchdown.[33] Ten days later, he had his lone two-touchdown performance of the season against the Buffalo Bills.[34] Overall, he finished the 2014 season with 821 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns, and 18 receptions for 123 yards and a receiving touchdown.[35]

In the 2015 season opener against the Cleveland Browns, Ivory had 91 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 31–10 victory.[36] On October 4, 2015, during an NFL International Series matchup against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium, Ivory rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown, setting a career-high in rushing yards.[37] He followed that up with 146 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown against the Washington Redskins.[38] Ivory won the AFC rushing title in the 2015 season beating Latavius Murray by four yards, finishing the year with 1,070 rushing yards and his first Pro Bowl selection.[39] He was ranked 78th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[40]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Ivory signed a three-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars on March 10, 2016.[41]

On October 16, 2016, Ivory had 11 carries for 32-yards and scored his first rushing touchdown with the team as the Jaguars defeated the Chicago Bears by a score of 17–16.[42] On November 6, he had 107 rushing yards against the Kansas City Chiefs.[43] Overall, he finished the 2016 season with 439 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, 20 receptions, and 186 receiving yards.[44]

Ivory entered the 2017 season second on the depth chart behind rookie Leonard Fournette.[45] He played in 14 games with three starts, rushing for 382 yards and one touchdown.[46]

On February 23, 2018, Ivory was released by the Jaguars.[47]

Buffalo BillsEdit

On March 6, 2018, Ivory signed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Bills for $5.5 million, with $3.25 million guaranteed.[48] He rushed for 385 yards and one touchdown along with 13 receptions for 205 yards in 2018.[49]

On March 27, 2019, Ivory was released by the Bills.[50]

Career awards and highlightsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Season Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2010 NO 12 4 137 716 5.2 55T 5 1 17 17.0 17 0 4 2
2011 NO 6 2 79 374 4.7 35T 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2012 NO 6 2 40 217 5.4 56T 2 2 15 7.5 13 0 0 0
2013 NYJ 15 6 182 833 4.6 69 3 2 10 5.0 12 0 2 0
2014 NYJ 16 10 198 821 4.1 71T 6 18 123 6.8 23 1 2 1
2015 NYJ 15 14 247 1,070 4.3 58 7 30 217 7.2 36 1 4 2
2016 JAX 11 1 117 439 3.8 42 3 20 186 9.3 37 0 5 3
2017 JAX 14 3 112 382 3.4 34 1 21 175 8.3 29 1 2 2
2018 BUF 13 1 115 385 3.3 21 1 13 205 15.8 55 0 1 0
Total 108 43 1,227 5,237 4.3 71 29 107 948 8.9 55 3 20 10

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Les Carpenter, "RB Ivory goes from nowhere to New Orleans", Yahoo! Sports, December 16, 2010.
  3. "Former TXHSFB Players in the 2016 Pro Bowl – Texas HS Football" (in en-US). Texas HS Football. January 29, 2016. http://texashsfootball.com/former-txhsfb-players-in-the-2016-pro-bowl/.
  4. "Chris Ivory Recruiting Profile". Rivals.com. https://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Chris-Ivory-36431. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  5. "Chris Ivory Recruiting Profile". Scout.com. http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=8&c=1&nid=1809724. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
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