Curtis Enis

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Curtis Enis
No. 39, 44
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-06-15) June 15, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth: Union City, Ohio
Career information
High school: Union City (OH) Mississinawa Valley
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Debuted in 1998 for the Chicago Bears
Last played in 2000 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 1,497
Rushing average 3.3
Touchdowns 4
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Curtis D. Enis (born June 15, 1976) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons. He played college football for Penn State University, and earned All-American honors. Enis was a first-round pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the NFL's Chicago Bears.

Early years[edit]

Enis was born in Union City, Ohio. He attended Mississinawa Valley High School in Union City, where he was named a Parade magazine high school All-American, and voted Ohio's Mr. Football Award by the Associated Press. He was a three-time all-state selection at linebacker, and Most Valuable Player of the 1994 Big 33 Football Classic. He spent one year at The Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania.

College career[edit]

Enis attended Pennsylvania State University, where he majored in recreational management and played for coach Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 1995 to 1997. Following his junior season in 1997, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. A minor gift acceptance scandal ended his Penn State career before his final bowl game.

His rushing stats at Penn State were:

  • 1995–113 attempts, 683 yards, 4 Touchdowns
  • 1996-224 Attempts, 1210 yards, 13 Touchdowns
  • 1997-228 attempts, 1363 yards, 19 Touchdowns

Professional career[edit]

Enis initially held out and ended up missing 26 days of training camp and 2 exhibition games[1] after being drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 5th overall pick.

Injuries hit his career almost immediately as he made just one start before tearing a ligament in his left knee in November 1998.[2] By 2000, Enis had been supplanted by James Allen and was being utilized as a FB.[3] His career in Chicago was largely defined by struggling to stay on the field as a result of injuries.

He played 36 games accumulating just 1,497 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns.

He signed a 1-year deal with the Cleveland Browns[4] before being forced to retire at the age of 24 in 2001 due to a degenerative condition in his left knee.[5]

Post-playing career[edit]

Enis was head football coach at Bradford High School in Bradford, Ohio from 2010 to 2013.[6] He resigned from that position in August, 2014.[7]

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