Manhertz with the Carolina Panthers in 2018
|No. 82 – Carolina Panthers|
|Born:||April 10, 1992|
New York City, New York
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school:||Cardinal Spellman|
(Bronx, New York)
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Chris Manhertz (born April 10, 1992) is an American football tight end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He played college basketball at Canisius College.
Manhertz was born in the Bronx, New York. He attended Cardinal Spellman High School, then Canisius College, a Buffalo, New York-based Catholic school that had abolished its football program in 2003. Manhertz played for the Canisius Golden Griffins men's basketball squad from 2010 to 2014, where he was a standout player and three-year captain for the squad.
Upon graduating college, Manhertz, who had never before played football and whose only experience with the game came from the Madden NFL series, began training to change sports and pursue a career in professional football. He was offered a tryout from the Buffalo Bills and was signed a future/reserve contract in May 2015, although coach Rex Ryan admitted his chances of making the roster were a longshot. He did not make the Bills' preseason roster.
New Orleans Saints
Manhertz joined the New Orleans Saints after being released by the Bills and spent the season on the Saints' practice squad. Manhertz made the Saints' active roster to start the 2016 season and made his NFL debut on September 18, 2016. He was released on October 16, 2016.
In Week 15 of the 2018 season, Manhertz caught his first career touchdown on a trick-play 50-yard pass from running back Christian McCaffrey.
On January 29, 2019, Manhertz signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers.
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- Strickland, Bryan (January 29, 2019). "Chris Manhertz signs two-year contract". Panthers.com.