Jeff Christy

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Jeff Christy
No. 62
Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-02-03) February 3, 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth: Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
Weight: 284 lb (129 kg)
Career information
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 4 / Pick: 21
(By the Phoenix Cardinals)
Debuted in 1993
Last played in 2002
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 148
Games started 139
Fumble recoveries {{{statvalue3}}}
Stats at NFL.com

Jeffrey Allen Christy (born February 3, 1969) was an American football center for the Arizona Cardinals, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He now helps coach for the Apollo-Ridge High School football team.

Early life[edit]

Christy was a starter during all four of his years at the Freeport Senior High School, playing as a fullback, linebacker, kicker and punter. During this time, he rushed for 2,842 total yards, made 340 career tackles, and scored 337 points. He also set nine school records, including the most points in a season (208, which was also a state record) and career, most touchdowns in a season (26) and career (45), and most field goals in a season (6).

Christy attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received all-Big East first-team honors as a senior.

On September 21, 2007, the Freeport Senior High School retired Jeff Christy's number, 40. It was the first ever number retirement in the school's history.

Jeff Christy is now married to Kristen, with two daughters, Nicolette and Kennedy and a son, Mac. He currently resides in Saxonburg, PA[1]

Professional career[edit]

In 1992, Christy was drafted with the 91st overall pick in the 4th round by the Phoenix Cardinals. He was cut by the team and would miss the entire 1992 season. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 1993 and played there until 1999. During this span he selected to both the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams in 1998 and 1999. Christy signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2000. Jeff Christy was filling a major need for Tampa Bay, who was trying to improve an offensive line that ranked 28th of 31 teams that previous season.[2] That season, he was selected to a third Pro Bowl and started every game, including Super Bowl XXXVII against the Oakland Raiders. Throughout his career, Jeff started 139 out of 148 of his games played.[3] In August in 2001, Jeff Christy injured his medial collateral ligament (MCL)and kept him sidelined for three to five weeks.[4] Christy played for the Buccaneers until his retirement in 2003.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeff Christy". Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tampa Bay Signs Christy". The New York Times. February 16, 2000. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Players". Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Flynn, Jim. "C Jeff Christy Out 3-5 Weeks With MCL Sprain". Jim Flynn. Retrieved 26 September 2013.