Chris Respress

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Chris Respress
No. 37     Dayton Sharks
Personal information
Place of birth: Dayton, Ohio
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Meadowdale (OH)
College: Defiance
Undrafted in 2003
Debuted in 2007 for the Miami Valley Silverbacks
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2010 CIFL Champion
  • 2011 CIFL Defensive Player of the Year

Christopher Eugene Respress is currently a defensive back for the Dayton Sharks of the Continental Indoor Football League.[1]

Early life[edit]

Chris was a graduate of Meadowdale High School in Dayton, Ohio. He excelled in both football and track & field.

College career[edit]

Chris attended Defiance College, a NCAA Division III institution in Defiance, Ohio. He was a standout member of both the football and track & field teams.


While on the football team, Chris played under coaches Robert Taylor and Greg Pscodna.[2]

Track & Field[edit]

Chris' most outstanding school record places.

  • He's tied for 5th fastest 100 M Dash times in school history with - 10.83 (2001)
  • He owns the 4th fastest 200 M Dash time in school history with - 22.76 (2001)
  • Owns the 10th longest jump in the school's Long Jump history with - 20' 8" (2003)
  • Owns the 8th longest jump in the school's Triple Jump history with - 41' 8" (2001)[3]

Professional career[edit]

Miami Valley Silverbacks[edit]

In 2007, Respress quickly jumped at the opportunity to try out for the localindoor football team, the Miami Valley Silverbacks. He made the team and played 3 seasons for them starting as a cornerback, and occasionally returning kicks. He helped the team to their first ever playoff berth.[4] In 2008 he had 47 tackles and 5 interceptions.[5][6]

Cincinnati Commandos[edit]

In 2010, Respress left the more local Silverbacks, to join the newly founded Cincinnati Commandos. He contributed 16.5 tackles and three interceptions while starting in a defensive backfield that proved to the be the league's best, in route to CIFL Championship Game victory.[7]

Dayton Silverbacks[edit]

In 2011, he returned to the Silverbacks, as the team relocated to Dayton. Respress went on to have quite possibly the best season of his indoor football career posting 18.5 tackles, one sack and eight interceptions while leading the Silverbacks to an appearance in the CIFL Playoffs. He was named the 2011 CIFL Defensive Player of the Year,[8] while playing for Defensive Coordinator, Lorenzo Styles.[9][10]