Chris Canty (defensive back)

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For the defensive end of the same name, see Chris Canty (defensive lineman).
Chris Canty
No. 26, 35
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-03-30) March 30, 1976 (age 39)
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Voorhees Township (NJ) Eastern
College: Kansas State
NFL draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2000
Games played: 61
Games started: 12
Kick return yards: 313
Punt return yards: 236
Tackles: 123
Stats at
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Christopher Shawn Patrick Canty (born March 30, 1976) is a former American college and professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) and Arena Football League. He played college football for Kansas State University, and was a two-time All-American. A first-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints of the NFL, and Las Vegas Gladiators and Rio Grande Valley Dorados of the arena league.

Early years[edit]

Canty was born in Long Beach, California.[1] He attended Eastern High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey,[2] and played for the Eastern Vikings high school football team.

College career[edit]

Canty attended Kansas State University, where he played for the Kansas State Wildcats football team from 1994 to 1996. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American as a sophomore in 1995 and junior in 1996, and won the Jack Tatum Award as a junior. He decided to forgo his final season of college eligibility and entered the NFL Draft.[3]

Professional career[edit]

The New England Patriots selected Canty with the twenty-ninth overall pick in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft.[4] Over four NFL seasons, he played for the Patriots as well as the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks.[1] In 58 career games for those three NFL teams, he had four interceptions and 126 tackles.[5]

He finished his pro career playing for the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Rio Grande Valley Dorados of af2.

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External sources[edit]


  1. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Chris Canty. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  2. ^, Players, Chris Canty. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
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  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1997 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  5. ^, Players, Chris Canty. Retrieved February 3, 2012.