Christian Fauria
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Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1971-09-22) September 22, 1971 (age 52)
Harbor City, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Crespi Carmelite (Encino, California)
College:Colorado
NFL Draft:1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:252
Receiving yards:2,529
Receiving touchdowns:22
Player stats at NFL.com

Christian Ashley Fauria (born September 22, 1971) is an American former professional football player who was a tight end in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Colorado Buffaloes, earning third-team All-American honors in 1994.

Early life

Fauria attended Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California and lettered in football, track, and once in basketball. In football, as a senior, he was the team captain, the team Most Valuable Player, a first-team All-Del Rey League honoree, and a first-team All-CIF honoree. In his only season of high school varsity basketball, he averaged 16.0 points and 13.0 rebounds. Fauria graduated from high school in 1990.

Football career

College

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Fauria attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he caught 98 passes for 1,458 yards (14.87 yards per rec.), and 12 touchdowns in a successful partnership with quarterback Kordell Stewart. He still holds the Big Eight Conference record for pass receptions by a tight end. As a senior, he was the team captain on an AP "top 3 team" that posted an 11–1 record, and was part of the offensive line that assisted Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam to a 2,000 yard season. In that year, Fauria was also a first-team All-Big 8 choice, a third-team Associated Press All-American choice, and he won the Derek Singleton Award, which is given to the University of Colorado football player who displays the most enthusiasm, dedication, and spirit. While in college, he appeared in an American version of Takeshi's Castle with other members of his family called "Storm the Castle" in 1993 and finished fifth. As stated in a broadcast of First Take, Fauria was involved in a fight during his senior year in college. He was attacked by a group of people and while defending himself, defeated the two attackers. However, this did not sit well with NFL teams who do not want their prospective draft picks "fighting." According to Fauria the situation cost him a First Round selection (Most Likely To Pittsburgh @ #27) and millions of dollars.

Professional football

Drafted with the 39th pick, Fauria played seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks,[1][2] recording a career-high 37 receptions in 1998. He then joined the New England Patriots in 2002 up until 2005, where he started and played for two Super Bowl championships (2004, 2005). Some believed he was signed in 2002 to serve as a mentor to 1st round draft pick and fellow University of Colorado alumnus Daniel Graham, however Fauria earned the starting position during the season and recorded a career-high of seven touchdowns for the year. After the Patriots, Fauria joined the Washington Redskins for one season. He was released on February 28, 2007, and signed with the Carolina Panthers on September 10, 2007, to play in his 13th and final season.

On November 18, 2007, Fauria (age 36) and Quarterback Vinny Testaverde (age 44) hooked up for a two-yard touchdown reception that entered the pair into the NFL record books as having the oldest combined age for a touchdown reception (over 80 years).[3]

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1995 SEA 14 17 181 10.6 20 1 11 0 0
1996 SEA 10 18 214 11.9 23 1 14 0 0
1997 SEA 16 10 110 11.0 25 0 5 0 0
1998 SEA 16 37 377 10.2 25 2 16 1 1
1999 SEA 16 35 376 10.7 25 0 19 1 0
2000 SEA 15 28 237 8.5 16 2 13 1 0
2001 SEA 16 21 188 9.0 30 1 11 1 1
2002 NE 16 27 253 9.4 33 7 16 0 0
2003 NE 16 28 285 10.2 28 2 14 0 0
2004 NE 16 16 195 12.2 25 2 9 0 0
2005 NE 16 8 57 7.1 18 2 7 0 0
2006 WSH 9 2 17 8.5 11 0 1 0 0
2007 CAR 15 5 39 7.8 16 2 5 0 0
Career 191 252 2,529 10.0 33 22 141 4 2

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Post-NFL career

Fauria is a studio analyst for College Football on CBS Sports Network. Fauria previously served as a College Football analyst for ESPN.

Fauria is part of the WEEI-FM midday show called Gresh & Fauria, with Andy Gresh. In February 2018, he was suspended by the station for five days for using a stereotyped Asian accent to mock Chinese-American sports agent Don Yee, who represents former teammate Tom Brady.[5] Partly due to fallout from the incident, WEEI-FM suspended its daytime live programming on February 16 so all employees could attend mandatory sensitivity training.[6]

Personal life

Fauria resides in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. He has five children. His son, Caleb Fauria, is a student and football player (Tight end) at his alma mater, University of Colorado, Boulder. His nephew, Joseph Fauria, played tight end for the Detroit Lions. His daughter, Camryn, is a D1 player at Binghamton University.

References

  1. ^ "1995 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 31, 2023.
  2. ^ "Christian Fauria Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  3. ^ Peltz, Jim (November 25, 2007). "Not perfect, but 10 isn't bad number". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ "Christian Fauria Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  5. ^ Finn, Chad (February 10, 2018). "WEEI suspends Christian Fauria for mocking agent Don Yee". Boston.com. Archived from the original on February 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Hayley Glatter (February 15, 2018). "WEEI Employees Will Be Attending Mandatory Sensitivity Training". Boston Magazine.