Chris Myers (American football)

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Chris Myers
No. 55     Houston Texans
Center / Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-09-15) September 15, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami (FL) Palmetto
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 200
Debuted in 2005 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2013
Games played 134
Games started 109
Stats at NFL.com

Christopher Myers Jr. [1] (born September 15, 1981) is an American football center for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Miami, and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Myers is a graduate of Miami Palmetto High School. Coming out of high school Myers was ranked the 47th best prospect in the state of Florida by SuperPrep. The Miami Herald also named him to the Class 6A-5A All-Dade first team. [2]

College Career[edit]

Myers attended the University of Miami and was a part of some of the school's most successful teams during his time there. He redshirted during the 2000 season. In the 2001 national championship season Myers played as a reserve on the offensive line in seven games. During the 2002 season Myers became a starter at right guard. Myers was part of an offensive line that protected and blocked for Heisman Trophy finalist Ken Dorsey. Myers was also part of an offensive line that paved the way for Willis McGahee who enjoyed a breakout season in 2002. McGahee rushed for 1,753 yards in 2002 and led the NCAA in rushing touchdowns with 28. Like Dorsey, McGahee was also a Heisman finalist.[3] The offensive line that season only allowed 11 sacks and Myers was only personally responsible for one of those sacks. The line also blocked for a running game that averaged 183 yards per game.[2]

During the 2003 season Myers once again started at right guard, however towards the end of the season he started three games at center. His efforts were good enough for him to be named to the All Big East second team. Once again Myers only gave up one sack and led the offensive line in least sacks given up.[2] With McGahee gone the Hurricanes used a stable of three running backs in the 2003 season. Jarrett Payton, Tyrone Moss, and Frank Gore collectively rushed for 1,964 yards and the Miami rushing attack was ranked 33rd in the nation.

As a senior in 2004 Myers switched positions and became the starter at right tackle.

Professional career[edit]

Denver Broncos[edit]

He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2005 NFL Draft in the sixth round, 200th overall.

In the 2007 season, Myers showed his versatility by starting the season as an offensive guard before shifting to center, replacing an injured Tom Nalen.

Houston Texans[edit]

A restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, Myers was involved in a sign-and-trade on March 17. The Broncos signed him to a four-year, $11 million contract with $3 million guaranteed and then traded him to the Houston Texans in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. He is now considered to be one of the best centers in the league if not the best.[4] Myers play at center has been one of the biggest reasons for teammate Arian Foster's success at running back. As the starting center for the Texans in 2010 he anchored an offensive line that helped Arian Foster lead the league in rushing.[5] Myers play at center was key to the Texans success in 2011. The Texans had the second ranked rushing attack in the league and made their first playoff appearance in the franchise's history.[6] After the 2011 season Myers was rewarded with a four year 25 million dollar contract with 14 million guaranteed. Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said that resigning Myers after the 2011 season was a priority for the team because of Myers' importance to the offense. Smith said that “Chris really is the beginning of everything that we do up front" and said that it was important to bring Myers back because he played an important role in Foster's success at running back.[7]

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