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|Date of birth:||September 22, 1971|
|Place of birth:||Harbor City, California|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Encino (CA) Crespi Carmelite|
|NFL draft:||1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Fauria attended Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California and lettered in football, track, and once in basketball. In football, as a senior, he was the team captain, the team Most Valuable Player, a first team All-Del Rey League honoree, and a first team All-CIF honoree. In his only season of high school varsity basketball, he averaged 16.0 points and 13.0 rebounds. Fauria graduated from high school in 1990.
Fauria attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he caught 98 passes for 1,458 yards (14.87 yards per rec.), and 12 touchdowns in a successful partnership with quarterback Kordell Stewart. He still holds the Big Eight Conference record for pass receptions by a tight end. As a senior, he was the team captain on an AP "top 3 team" that posted an 11-1 record, and was part of the offensive line that assisted Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam to a 2,000 yard season. In that year, Fauria was also a first team All-Big 8 choice, a third team Associated Press All-American choice, and he won the Derek Singleton Award, which is given to the University of Colorado football player who displays the most enthusiasm, dedication, and spirit. While in college, he appeared in an American version of Takeshi's Castle with other members of his family called "Storm the Castle" in 1993 and finished fifth. As stated in a broadcast of First Take, Fauria was involved in a fight during his senior year in college. He was attacked by a group of people and whilst defending himself, defeated the two attackers. However, this did not sit well with NFL teams who do not want their prospective draft picks "fighting." According to Fauria the situation cost him a First Round selection (Most Likely To Pittsburgh @ #27) and millions of dollars.
Drafted with the 39th pick, Fauria played seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, recording a career high 37 receptions in 1998. He then joined the New England Patriots in 2002 up until 2005, where he started and played for two Super Bowl champions (2004–2005). Some believed he was signed in 2002 to serve as a mentor to 1st round draft pick and fellow University of Colorado alumnus Daniel Graham, however Fauria earned the starting position during the season and recorded a career high of seven touchdowns for the year. On September 9th, 2002, in the Patriots season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Fauria caught the first touchdown of the game, a 4-yard pass by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the 1st quarter. This was the first touchdown pass ever caught at Gillette Stadium. During Super Bowl XXXVIII Fauria caught a pass in the back of the endzone that was ruled incomplete even though his feet seemed to be inbounds. This play was not challenged due to a penalty that gave the Patriots a new set of downs. Afterwards, this set up a 2-yard touchdown run from former Patriots running back Antowain Smith. After the Patriots, Fauria joined the Washington Redskins for one season. He was released on February 28, 2007 and signed with the Carolina Panthers on September 10, 2007 to play in his 13th and final season.
On November 18, 2007, Fauria and Quarterback Vinny Testaverde hooked up for a two-yard touchdown reception that entered the pair into the NFL record books as having the oldest combined age for a TD reception (over 80 years).
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Fauria was a studio analyst for College Football on CBS Sports Network. Fauria previously served as a College Football analyst for ESPN.
Fauria is now part of the WEEI-FM (Radio) Middays with MFB show with former Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni and Tim Benz. He also took part in a hockey goalie challenge for the Arlington Catholic HS girls & boys hockey team to prove his claim that anyone could play hockey goalie at a high level. This came about after the Florida Panthers were desperate for a goalie.
Fauria resides in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. He has four children. His nephew, Joseph Fauria, currently plays Tight End for the Detroit Lions following a collegiate career with the UCLA Bruins.
- "Christian Fauria Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 21 May 2014.