Chris Slade (American football)

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Chris Slade
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-01-30) January 30, 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth: Newport News, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Tabb High School
Yorktown, Virginia
College: Virginia
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31
Debuted in 1993 for the New England Patriots
Last played in 2001 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2001
Games played 142
Games started 108
Tackles 665
Quarterback sacks 53.5
Forced fumbles 16
Touchdowns 2
Stats at
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Christopher Carroll Slade (born January 30, 1971) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for the University of Virginia, and earned All-American honors. A second-round pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers of the NFL. Slade was recognized as a Pro Bowl selection and All-Pro after the 1997 season.

Personal life[edit]

Slade was born in Newport News, Virginia.[1] He graduated from Tabb High School in Yorktown, Virginia,[2] where he played for the Tabb Tigers high school football team. Chris is married to Talisa Slade, a Global Health Consultant; he is the head football coach at Pace Academy, and she is the gymnastics and head cheerleading coach they have two children.

College career[edit]

While attending the University of Virginia on an athletic scholarship, Slade played for coach George Welsh's Virginia Cavaliers football team from 1989 to 1992. As a senior in 1992 and a junior in 1991, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.

Professional career[edit]

The New England Patriots selected Slade in the second round, as the 31st overall pick, of the 1993 NFL Draft,[3] and he played for the Patriots from 1993 to 2000.[4] During his final pro season in 2001, he was a member of the Carolina Panthers.[1] In nine NFL seasons, he played in 142 regular season games, started 108 of them, and compiled 665 tackles, 53.5 quarterback sacks, 16 forced fumbles, three interceptions and two touchdowns.[4]

Life after football[edit]

Slade is married to Talisa Slade, a Global Health Consultant; he is a head football coach. They have two children and reside in Atlanta, Georgia.


  1. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Chris Slade. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  2. ^, Players, Chris Slade. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1993 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  4. ^ a b, Players, Chris Slade. Retrieved February 16, 2012.