Coy Wire

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Coy Wire
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Wire in 2006 or 2007
No. 27, 52
Position: Linebacker / Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-11-07) November 7, 1978 (age 37)
Place of birth: Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Cedar Cliff (Camp Hill, Pennsylvania)
College: Stanford
NFL draft: 2002 / Round: 3 / Pick: 97
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable mention All-Pac-10 (2000)
  • First-team All-Pac-10 (2001)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Coy Wire (born November 7, 1978) is an American former professional football player in the NFL who joined CNN Sports in 2015 as a full-time anchor and correspondent. From his home base at CNN Center, Wire anchors daily Bleacher Report segments, covers events and serves as an expert contributor across all platforms. He appears regularly on CNN programs Early Start, New Day and CNN Newsroom, in addition to HLN programs Morning Express with Robin Meade and Weekend Express with Lynn Smith. He also contributes to CNN International's World Sport program and to CNN Digital on a broad range of crossover sports stories.

Wire's many field assignments include on-the-ground coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, the College Football Playoff Semi-Finals and National Championship games, and Super Bowl 50. With his athletic career as a backdrop, Wire wrote an inspirational book, Change Your Mind, which was published in 2012. He then served as a game analyst, studio analyst and online writer for Fox Sports [1] before joining CNN.

Early life and family[edit]

Wire graduated from Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania in 1997[2] where he set school records in both football and wrestling that have still not been broken. In 1995, his father, Rick, founded Dynamite Sports, a company that guides student athletes and their families through the recruiting process.[3] His mother, Jane, is a software analyst. He has a sister, Tiffany, and his brother, Casey, is a PGA certified teaching professional.[4] Wire is of German, Irish, Dutch, and Japanese descent.[5] His mother named him after the Japanese word for "love".[6]

College career[edit]

Wire graduated from Stanford University, and was the first player in modern school history to lead the team in rushing one year and tackles in another.[7]

NFL career[edit]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Wire was drafted in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft (97th overall) by the Buffalo Bills. He started 15 games at strong safety as a rookie.[8]

Following the signing of Lawyer Milloy in 2003,[9] Wire became a full-time special teams player and was named Buffalo's Special Teams Player of the Year twice.[10] Wire was voted a team captain in 2005[11] and selected by his teammates as the Bills' Walter Payton Man of the Year.[10] After suffering a neck injury in 2008 that required surgery to insert a titanium plate and four screws into his neck,[12] Wire was released by the Bills.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Wire signed with the Atlanta Falcons on July 25, 2008. He played in 47 of 48 games over three seasons[8] with the Falcons before being released on September 2, 2011. While with the Falcons, Wire was named a team captain and selected by his teammates as the franchise recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award in 2010.[13]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Passes Defended
2002 BUF 16 96 71 25 3.0 0 0 1
2003 BUF 16 28 24 4 1.0 0 0 2
2004 BUF 12 25 14 11 1.0 0 1 0
2005 BUF 13 9 6 3 0.0 1 0 0
2006 BUF 16 23 13 10 0.0 0 0 0
2007 BUF 7 4 3 1 0.0 0 0 0
2008 ATL 16 34 28 6 0.0 0 0 1
2009 ATL 16 17 15 2 0.0 1 2 1
2010 ATL 15 12 8 4 0.0 0 1 0
Career 127 248 182 66 5.0 2 4 5

[14]

Personal[edit]

Community Work[edit]

Wire has served on the board of directors at Make-A-Wish Georgia[15] and has been a keynote speaker for organizations such as the U.S. Military, UPS, and the U.S. Department of Education.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Wire resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Claire, who owns a home design and renovation company.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports, Fox. "Coy Wire". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2016-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Coy Wire - Cedar Cliff High School". Cedar Cliff High School. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dynamite Sports". Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Casey Wire Golf Academy Bio". Casey Wire Golf. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Chat Wrap: Coy Wire". The Stanford Cardinal. 14 November 2001. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Love on the Gridiron". Stanford Alumni. September 2001. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Player Bio: Coy Wire - GoStanford.com - Stanford University". www.gostanford.com. Retrieved 2016-03-02. 
  8. ^ a b "Coy Wire Player Page". NFL.com. NFL.com. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Milloy Agrees to Join Buffalo". Google News. Reading Eagle, Reading, Pa. September 4, 2003. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "FOX Sports Coy Wire Bio". Fox Sports. FOX Sports Interactive Media. January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Bills LB Crowell likely out for season with broken left leg". ESPN. Associated Press. December 4, 2006. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ Wyche, Steve (July 27, 2009). "Falcons' Wire working hard -- and through pain -- to keep NFL dream alive". Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  13. ^ Thomas, Eric (March 8, 2010). "Cedar Cliff's Coy Wire wins NFL's Ed Block Courage Award". Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Coy Wire". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Make-A-Wish Georgia Board of Directors". Make-A-Wish Georgia. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ "About - Coy Wire". Coy Wire. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Team Breeden – The Reason It Works – Claire Wire – Design Professional". Breeden Group. Tom Breeden. November 16, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 

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