Chip Cox

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Chip Cox
No. 11     Montreal Alouettes
Date of birth (1983-06-24) June 24, 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Columbus, Ohio
Career information
Status Active
CFL status International
Position(s) LB
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 188 lb (85 kg)
College Ohio
High school Beechcroft
Career history
As player
2005 Detroit Lions*
2006 Montreal Alouettes
2007 Washington Redskins*
2007–present Montreal Alouettes
*Offseason or practice squad only
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 2009, 2011, 2013
CFL East All-Star 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Awards 2013 - CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award
2013 - James P. McCaffrey Trophy
Career stats

Chip Cox (born June 24, 1983) is a Canadian football linebacker for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

High school career[edit]

Cox lettered three years in both track and football at Beechcroft High School in Columbus, earning special mention all-state recognition in football his senior year. Cox became a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in his Junior year.

College career[edit]

As a player for the Ohio Bobcats, Cox recorded 240 career tackles (176 solo), nine tackles for losses, five sacks, four interceptions, 29 passes defended, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three blocked field goals. He holds the Ohio school record for the 40 yard dash (4.37 seconds), and started every game his sophomore and junior years, but battled injuries as a senior, only playing in nine games. He was also a member of the Ohio Bobcats track and field team, where he was a premiere sprinter and placed sixth in the 100 meter dash at the 2004 Mid-American Conference championships.

Professional career[edit]

Cox was originally signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 28, 2005, and he spent the 2005 training camp and preseason with the team. However, Cox was released on August 30, and he subsequently played in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes. On January 9, 2007, he was signed by the Washington Redskins but was cut before training camp and returned to Montreal. After switching to the linebacker position for the 2009 season, Cox led the CFL in forced fumbles and capped off the year by winning the 97th Grey Cup with the Alouettes.

In 2013 Cox had a career high, and league leading number of tackles with 114. He also won the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award and the James P. McCaffrey Trophy. With his 114 tackles that season, he broke the Montreal Alouettes single-season record of 110 set by Tracy Gravely in the 1996 CFL season.

On November 5, 2011 against the B.C. Lions, Cox reached 400 career defensive tackles with the Alouettes, becoming the only player in club history to achieve this feat. He is the club's all-time leader in defensive tackles with 800.

In his 10th season in the CFL, Cox is still one of the top defensive players of the league. So far, in his career he has recorded 800 tackles, 25 sacks, 22 interceptions and 8 fumbles recoveries. He is also a 4-times CFL all-star and an 6-times East division all-star. He was a member of both the 97th Grey Cup and 98th Grey Cup championship team with the Montreal Alouettes.

On December 2, 2014, the Alouettes announced that they had resigned Cox to a three-year deal worth more than $200,000 annually, which general manager Jim Popp stated would make him the CFL’s highest-paid defensive player.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zurkowsky, Herb. "The Snap: Cox re-signs with Als". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 

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