Chris Schultz
No. 66, 67
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1960-02-16)February 16, 1960
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Died:March 4, 2021(2021-03-04) (aged 61)
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Height:6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight:277 lb (126 kg)
Career information
High school:Burlington (ON) Aldershot
College:Arizona
NFL Draft:1983 / Round: 7 / Pick: 189
CFL Draft:1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:21
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Christopher Schultz (February 16, 1960 – March 4, 2021) was a Canadian professional football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL). He primarily played with the CFL Toronto Argonauts. Schultz played college football at the University of Arizona. He was a sportscaster with Canadian sports television channel TSN.

Early years

Schultz attended Aldershot High School in Burlington, Ontario, where he was a part of 2 football championships. He also practiced basketball. He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Arizona.

He was recruited by Arizona head coach Tony Mason as a defensive tackle, where he played his first three years. One of the strongest players on the team, he was converted into a left tackle as a senior.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Schultz was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (189th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft. He was also selected by the Arizona Wranglers in the 1983 USFL Territorial Draft. On August 21, 1984, he was placed on the injured reserve list.[1] He was activated later in the year and played in 5 games on special teams. In 1984, he was lost for the season after injuring his right knee in the third preseason game.

After only playing in 5 games with no starts during his first two years, in 1985, Phil Pozderac injured his knee during the third game of the season, which opened the door for Schultz to start at left tackle, only to return to a backup role when Pozderac was healthy. He eventually regained the starting position from the thirteenth game until the playoffs, but struggled while playing against the Los Angeles Rams.[2] He was waived on August 26, 1986.[3]

Toronto Argonauts

In 1986, Schultz returned to Canada to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL), who owned his rights after drafting him in the first round of the 1982 CFL Draft. He played in 124 games for the Argos over his nine-year career.[4] Schultz was named a CFL All-Star twice (1987, 1988), appeared in the Grey Cup in 1987 and was a member of the 1991 Grey Cup championship team.

In 2007, he was named to the Argonauts All-time team.

Personal life

Schultz was a CFL football sportscaster on The Sports Network. He also co-hosted a weekly one-hour sports radio program on TSN 1050 in Toronto, called Football Sunday with Mike Hogan during the CFL and NFL seasons. He was also the NFL Insider for TSN.

On October 17, 2016, Schultz was part of a class inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, where he spoke on the influence his father had on him.[5]

Schultz died of a heart attack on March 4, 2021 at the age of 61.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Observer-Reporter - Google News Archive Search".
  2. ^ WOJCIECHOWSKI, GENE (5 January 1986). "Unable to Do Any Kicking, Cowboys Take Their Licking" – via LA Times.
  3. ^ "Boca Raton News - Google News Archive Search".
  4. ^ Simmons, Steve (2007-07-05). "Pick of the Argos crop". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2007-07-17.
  5. ^ "Fernandez put Cleveland in its last WS, now Ontario HOFer". canadianbaseballnetwork.com. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "Former Argonauts offensive lineman, TSN analyst Chris Schultz dies at age 61". The Canadian Press. March 5, 2021. Retrieved March 5, 2021.