Christine Michael

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Christine Michael
Christine Michael 2015.jpg
Michael with the Seattle Seahawks in 2015
No. 45 Washington Redskins
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: November 9, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth: Beaumont, Texas
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Beaumont (TX) West Brook
College: Texas A&M
NFL draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 62
Career history
Roster status: Practice Squad
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2015
Rushing yards: 305
Rushing average: 4.6
Rushing TDs: 0
Stats at

Christine Lynn Michael (/krɪsˈtɪn ˈmkəl/; born November 9, 1990) is an American football running back for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M.

Early years[edit]

A native of Beaumont, Texas, Michael attended West Brook Senior High School in Beaumont, and played high school football for the West Brook Bruins. He rushed for 3,927 yards on 501 carries. He was also named the District 21-5A Offensive MVP as a junior in 2007. He won the 2009 Walter Payton Trophy for the best high school football athlete. He participated in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and was a finalist for the 2008 Hall Trophy for the best player in the nation.[1]

Michael was also on the West Brook Senior High School track team, where he competed as a sprinter. He was timed at 11.02 seconds in the 100 meters as a junior.[2] He was also a member of the 4 × 100m (42.00) and 4 × 200m (1:28.45) relay squads.[3]

Considered a five-star recruit by, Michael was listed the No. 3 running back prospect in the nation (behind Hall Trophy winner and fellow U.S. Army All-American Bryce Brown and Alabama's Trent Richardson).[4]

College career[edit]

Michael accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Texas A&M University, where he played for the Texas A&M Aggies football team from 2009 to 2012. In 2009, after posting 844 total rushing yards on 166 carries, Michael received Offensive Freshman of the Year honors from the Big 12 Conference.[5]

Michael underwent season-ending surgery during the 2010 season due to a cracked right tibia. He compiled 631 total yards for four touchdowns.[6]

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 220 lb 31 1/2 in 9 3/8 in 4.54 s 1.49 s 2.51 s 4.02 s 6.69 s 43 in 10 ft 5 in 27 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[7]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Michael was selected in the second round, with the 62nd overall pick, by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2013 NFL Draft. During his two seasons with the team his playing time was limited because of how much action Marshawn Lynch received and he could not beat out Robert Turbin as the top backup at running back. He became expendable after the signing of veteran Fred Jackson and was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a conditional 7th round draft pick on September 6, 2015.[8]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Michael was acquired to help improve the running back depth after the departure in free agency of DeMarco Murray. He was declared inactive for the first 3 games of the season. During the bye week there were talks by the coaching staff that he could be the team's starter, but ended up playing in 5 games as a backup. On November 17, he was waived to make room for running back Robert Turbin.[9]

Washington Redskins[edit]

On November 19, 2015 he was signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad. The move reunited him with former Seahawks personel executive and current Redskins GM Scott McCloughan who drafted Michael.

Personal Life[edit]

Michael's first name, which is unusual for a male, is pronounced KRIS-tin /krɪsˈtɪn/.[10] His mother told him that she wanted her first child to be a girl and so she chose the name before she knew the baby's sex; she likened the name to the character in the Johnny Cash song "A Boy Named Sue".[11]


  1. ^ "West Brook's Christine Michael has shot at Army honor". Houston Chronicle. November 12, 2008. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
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  4. ^ " running backs 2009". 2009 Prospect Rankings. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2009 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced". December 1, 2009. Archived from the original on December 29, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Burch, Jimmy. "Big 12 Insider: Early success of Texas A&M's Tannehill no fluke". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Christine Michael NFL Combine Results". Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ Patra, Kevin (September 6, 2015). "Seahawks trade RB Christine Michael to Cowboys". Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (November 17, 2015). "Christine Michael released by Dallas Cowboys". Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Current and Former Player Name Pronunciation Guide". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Zwerneman, Brent (September 7, 2009). "It's easy for a boy named 'Christine'". San Antonio Express-News. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 

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