Chris Culliver

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Chris Culliver
Chris Culliver signs autograph in 2009.jpg
Culliver signs an autograph in 2009 while with South Carolina
No. 29     San Francisco 49ers
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-08-17) August 17, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Garner (NC)
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
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 life[edit]

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 eleven years younger. In 1996, Culliver's stepfather and a cousin were shot to death, and his mother was wounded, in a Philadelphia bar fight.[2] Culliver graduated from Garner Magnet High School of Garner, North Carolina in 2007.[3]

College career[edit]

Culliver chose to attend the University of South Carolina over the University of Florida and North Carolina State University. At South Carolina, Culliver majored in sport and entertainment management and played on the South Carolina Gamecocks football team from 2007 to 2010.[4]

As a freshman in 2007, Culliver was a kickoff returner with 34 returns for 809 yards, the second most single-season kick return yards in school history. Culliver started one game as a wide receiver.[3]

Culliver became the starting free safety in addition to kick returner in 2008. With 12 starts, Culliver made 60 tackles, including 4.5 for losses, as well as three interceptions, three passes deflected, and two forced fumbles.[3]

In February 2009, Culliver almost died from complications following routine shoulder surgery.[2] Culliver returned for his junior season with 12 starts and was the team's third top tackler with 62 and returned 26 kickoffs for 585 yards. Culliver was a second-team All-SEC pick for 2009.[3]

Culliver became cornerback as a senior in 2010. Before a season-ending pectoral muscle injury, Culliver started 7 games and had 34 tackles (including 2.5 tackles for loss), 1 sack, a forced fumble, 2 passes deflected, and 12 kick returns for 261 yards.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 199 lb 4.40 s 4.08 s 6.88 s 38.5 in 10 ft 3 in 15 reps
All values from the NFL Combine,[6] except bench press from Pro Day.[7]

Projected to be a third- or fourth-round pick,[7] Culliver was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft as the 80th overall pick. As a rookie, Culliver played all 16 games of the regular season and finished with a total of 35 combined tackles, 7 pass defensed, and 1 interception for 23 yards.[8] Culliver also played both games of the postseason.[9]

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.[10] San Francisco advanced to Super Bowl XLVII, but lost 34–31 to the Baltimore Ravens. Culliver 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.[11][12]

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.[13] Culliver later apologized for his "ugly comments" that were "not what I feel in my heart".[14][15][16] In a reversal, he said he would welcome a gay teammate: "I treat everyone equal."[14] He added that he loved San Francisco, which has a large gay community.[14]

In April 2013, he made offensive comments about women on Instagram. The 49ers stated the matter was "being handled internally."[17]

On August 1, 2013, Culliver tore his ACL in team drills at training camp with the 49ers. He will undergo surgery and is out for the entire 2013 season.[18] On August 27, 2013, the 49ers placed Culliver on injured reserve.[19]

On March 28, 2014, he was arrested for misdemeanor hit and run, misdemeanor driving on a suspended license, and felony possession of brass knuckles after allegedly hitting a bicyclist with his car.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chris Culliver South Carolina DB the newest 49er
  2. ^ a b Branch, Eric (September 23, 2012). "49ers: Chris Culliver's brush with death". Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Chris Culliver". South Carolina Gamecocks. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chris Culliver Profile - South Carolina Official Athletic Site". Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2012 49ers player bios: Chris Culliver". pp. 37–39. 
  6. ^ Combine player profiles: Chris Culliver, NFL, retrieved March 18, 2013 
  7. ^ a b
  8. ^ "Chris Culliver: Career Stats". NFL. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
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  10. ^ "Chris Culliver issues apology". January 30, 2013. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Alper, Chris (February 4, 2013). "Chris Culliver had a 'tough one'". Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ Rogers, Martin (April 18, 2012). "Report: Niners CB says openly gay players would not be welcomed on the team". Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c "Chris Culliver sorry for 'ugly' remarks". January 31, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  15. ^ Wesseling, Chris (January 30, 2013). "Chris Culliver apologizes for anti-gay comments". National Football League. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ Breech, John (January 30, 2013). "49ers' Chris Culliver: Openly gay player not welcome". Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
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  18. ^ Schefter, Adam. "Source: Chris Culliver tears ACL". Retrieved 8/2/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  19. ^ Inman, Cam (August 27, 2013). "49ers roster moves: Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham stay on PUP list". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  20. ^ Alexander, Curtis (March 29, 2014). "49ers' Culliver arrested on hit-run, brass-knuckle charges". Retrieved May 14, 2014. 

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