Chris Naeole

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Chris Naeole
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-12-25) December 25, 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth: Kailua, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 328 lb (149 kg)
Career information
High school: Honolulu (HI) Kahuku
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Debuted in 1997 for the New Orleans Saints
Last played in 2007 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 154
Games started 150
Fumbles recovered 5
Stats at
Stats at

Christopher Kealoha Naeole ([nəeˈolɛ]; born December 25, 1974) is an American football coach. He currently serves as offensive line coach at the University of Hawaii.[1] During his playing career, Naeole was a guard in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for the University of Colorado, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 1997 NFL Draft, Naeole played professionally for the Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Naeole was born in Kailua, Hawaii. He attended Kahuku High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, and earned two letters in football and one in wrestling. In football, he was a high school All-America first-team selection by Prep Football Report, and received second-team accolades from Blue Chip Report and an honorable mention from USA Today as a senior. As a two-way tackle, he made 56 tackles, five sacks, eight passes deflected, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a senior.

College career[edit]

Naeole attended the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he was a three-year starter for the Colorado Buffaloes football team at right guard. In three seasons, he allowed only one sack. As a senior in 1996, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American and was an All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection. Naeole was the recipient of the John Mack Award, given to team's Most Outstanding Offensive Player. He graduated from the university with a degree in sociology and a 3.0 grade point average.

Professional career[edit]

1997 NFL Draft[edit]

Naeole was drafted tenth overall in the 1997 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.[2] He was highest selected guard since Eric Moore in 1988, and the first Colorado offensive lineman selected in the first round since Stan Brock in 1980.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On July 17, 1997, Naeole signed a five-year, $8 million deal with the New Orleans Saints, and soon afterwards bought a 4,000-square-foot house in Metairie, Louisiana.[3]

He played for the team through 2001. He was a starter throughout.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Naeole was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in 2002. In Week 8 of the 2007 season he suffered a torn quadriceps tendon and was placed on injured reserve. Until this injury, Naeole had missed only one game in his 11 years as a pro, and had started 150 of 154 games in his pro career.[4]

On March 3, 2008, he was released by the Jaguars. He was re-signed on September 17 but did not play again.

Naeole has indicated that he has retired from professional football.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Naeole was hired as an assistant football coach for ʻIolani School in Honolulu.[5] He began his duties in the 2010 season. After three years with 'Iolani, Naeole was named the offensive line coach for the Hawaii Warriors.[6]


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  2. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1997 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "Kahuku’s Naeole signs for $8 million". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. July 17, 1997. 
  4. ^ Chris Naeole Jacksonville Jaguars bio
  5. ^ a b Tsai, Stephen (June 18, 2010). "Naeole returns home, retired, set for new role". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ Tsai, Stephen (2013-02-13). "Naeole joins UH staff". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 

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