Chris Perry
No. 26, 23
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1981-12-27) December 27, 1981 (age 42)
Advance, North Carolina, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Fork Union Military Academy (Fork Union, Virginia)
NFL draft:2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:606
Rushing average:3.4
Rushing touchdowns:2
Receiving yards:474
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at · PFR

Raymond Christopher Perry (born December 27, 1981) is an American former professional football player who was a running back for five seasons in the National Football League (NFL) during the mid-2000s. He played college football for the Michigan Wolverines, receiving consensus All-American honors in 2003. He was chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and played his entire NFL career for the Bengals.[1]

Early years

Perry was born in Advance, North Carolina. He attended Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, where he helped his team win multiple VISFA State Championships.

College career

Perry attended the University of Michigan, where he played for coach Lloyd Carr's Michigan Wolverines football team from 2000 to 2003. As a senior in 2003, he rushed for 1,674 yards and 18 touchdowns and finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting and fourth in Michigan annals for rushing yards in a season. Perry was recognized as a consensus All-American, and also received the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back, was the Big Ten Conference rushing champion,[2] and was named the Big Ten Conference MVP.

Perry set a Michigan game record with 51 carries in a 27–20 win over Michigan State on November 1, 2003. He finished his career at Michigan fifth on the school's career rushing list with 3,696 yards and third in rushing touchdowns with 39.

Professional career

Cincinnati Bengals

Perry was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round (26th overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft. He made his NFL debut at the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 3, but he played only two games in his rookie season with the Bengals due to injuries.

Perry played in the 2005 season, complementing Pro Bowl running back Rudi Johnson. Perry finished the 2005 season with 279 rushing yards along with 51 receptions for 328 yards and two touchdowns. His 51 receptions were the most by a Bengals running back in one season since James Brooks caught 54 passes in 1986.[citation needed]

Perry fractured his leg in the 11th game of the 2006 season, ending his season. On August 27, 2008, the Bengals cut running back Rudi Johnson from the team, solidifying Perry as the starter for the 2008 season. Perry was released after the season on April 27, 2009.

NFL statistics

Cincinnati Bengals

2004 season

In the 2004 season, Perry played in only two games, starting neither of them. He ran the ball twice, gaining 1 yard, with a long of 1 yard and no touchdowns, for an average of 0.5 yds/carry. However, he caught three receptions for 33 yards, with a long of 13 yards and no touchdowns, for an average of 11 yds/reception. He never fumbled.

2005 season

In 2005, he played in 14 games, only starting two. He rushed 61 times for 279 yards.

Career statistics


Season Rush
Yds/Att Rush
Long Recv
2000 77 417 5.4 5 42 0 0 417 30
2001 129 495 3.8 2 30 49 0 544 12
2002 267 1110 4.2 14 57 156 0 1267 84
2003 338 1674 5.0 18 63 367 2 2041 120
Career total 811 3696 4.6 39 63 572 2 4269 246

See also


  1. ^ "2004 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved May 6, 2023.
  2. ^ "Big Ten Football Stats 2003". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 20, 2007.