Chuck Crist

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Chuck Crist
Date of birth (1951-01-16) January 16, 1951 (age 66)
Place of birth Salamanca, New York
Career information
Position(s) Safety
College Penn State
Career history
As player
1972–1974 New York Giants
1975–1977 New Orleans Saints
1978 San Francisco 49ers
Career stats

Charles Thomas "Chuck" Crist (born January 16, 1951, in Salamanca, New York) is a former professional American football safety in the National Football League for the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, and the San Francisco 49ers. Unusually for an NFL player, Crist never played college football.

A star quarterback and defensive back in high school football and a standout on the basketball court as well, Crist received an athletic scholarship to Penn State University. Believing himself to be capable of playing quarterback at a high level, he insisted on playing that position if he were to play football, but Penn State coach Joe Paterno insisted he play defensive back. Rebuffing Paterno's request, Crist instead used his scholarship to play college basketball, where he played four years for the Nittany Lions. Crist's reputation as a defensive back was nevertheless still high enough even after not playing college football that the Giants signed him as an undrafted free agent upon graduating in 1972. This time, he agreed to play defensive back, where he spent all seven years of his professional career, never playing quarterback again.[1]

After retiring from professional football, he served as a high school principal and elementary school principal in the Salamanca School District. Crist spent over four years on paid leave, facing undisclosed accusations, beginning November 2009; he was exonerated February 2014.[1][2] Crist announced his retirement from school administration effective January 29, 2015, citing health problems.[3] Prior to returning to Salamanca, Crist had also dabbled in assistant coaching with Cattaraugus Central School from 1983 to 1985, and with the Alfred Saxons football team from 1985 to 1991.[1]


  1. ^ a b Kindberg, Scott (2014). Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame profile for Chuck Crist. Originally written for The Post-Journal. Retrieved April 6, 2016.