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Chris Wells

Obi Ezeh attempts shoestring tackle on Wells during 2008 Michigan – Ohio State rivalry game.
No. 26     Arizona Cardinals
Running Back
Personal information
Date of birth: August 7, 1988 (1988-08-07) (age 21)
Place of birth: Akron, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 31
Debuted in 2009 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Rushing yards     793
Rushing average     4.5
Rushing TDs     7
Stats at

Chris "Beanie" Wells (born August 7, 1988 in Akron, Ohio) is an American football running back for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He was selected in the first round (31st overall pick) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Ohio State.


High school career

Wells was a highly touted player out of high school, where he played at Akron Garfield High School. His high school running back coach Ben Dunn said that Beanie was one of the most explosive play-makers he had seen in his 28 years at the school. He was often considered the best recruit out of Ohio. Wells played at Akron Garfield High from 2002 to 2005, graduating early in December. He was listed as the top running back and All-American by Parade in 2006. [1]

Year Attempts Yards Average TD
Freshman 43 573 13.6 7
Sophomore 90 900 10.0 15
Junior 212 1,939 9.1 20
Senior 223 2,134 9.6 27

College recruiting

Wells was offered to play at schools such as Michigan and USC, but Wells always knew he was going to play at Ohio State, saying "I think I came out of my mom’s womb wanting to go to Ohio State"[2]

College career

Wells' arrival at Ohio State had been one of the most anticipated running back recruits to come to Ohio State. Beanie lived up to the hype on his first play of his first practice where he bowled over a tackler on a nine-yard rush.

Freshman year

During Wells' freshman year, he shared carries with Antonio Pittman but still had a solid freshman year, and was a big part of the 2006 Buckeyes. The highlight of his freshman year came in the Ohio State-Michigan game where he broke a 52 yard run for a TD that put the Buckeyes up for the rest of the game.

Wells' Freshman Stats

Stat Number Yards Average TD
Rushing 104 576 5.5 7
Receiving 2 16 8.0 0

Sophomore year

With Antonio Pittman going into the NFL Draft, Wells became the starting running back and started every game in his sophomore year for Ohio State. He was followed by Junior Maurice Wells in the depth chart. Wells rushed for 222 yards in the annual rivalry game against Michigan, more than any other Ohio State running back against Michigan.

His stats for this season are as follows

Stat Number Yards Average TD
Rushing 274 1609 5.9 15
Receiving 5 21 4.2 0

Junior year

Wells rushed 13 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown in his first game against the Youngstown State Penguins on August 30, 2008. He also suffered a foot injury.[3] After missing three games, he returned to the starting lineup September 27, 2008 against Minnesota, where he rushed for 105 yards on 14 carries. He then followed that performance up with a 22 carry, 168 yard effort against Wisconsin, which included a 33-yard touchdown on the game's first possession and a 54-yard run to start the second half. In the November 15 game against Illinois, Wells leaped over an Illini defender, images of which were re-broadcast widely. He entered the NFL Draft, and was drafted 31st overall by the Arizona Cardinals.

Stat Number Yards Average TD
Rushing 207 1197 5.8 8
Receiving 7 26 3.7 0

Awards and honors

Professional career

2009 NFL Draft

Pre-draft measureables
Wt 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
238 lb* 4.59s* X* X* 33.5 in.* 25* X

(* represents NFL Combine)[9]

Arizona Cardinals

Wells was drafted 31st overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2009 NFL Draft. He competed for the starting running back job with Tim Hightower.

On August 1, 2009, Wells was signed to a 5 year contract. Later that same day, he was carted off from practice with an ankle injury.

On August 28, 2009, Wells made his professional debut with the Arizona Cardinals in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. He ended the night with 7 carries for a total of 46 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 20-yard score in the second quarter.

On October 25, 2009, in the second quarter against the New York Giants, Wells ran 13 yards for his first NFL touchdown. In that game vs New York, Wells ran for 67 yards on 14 attempts.

On December 20, 2009, Wells ran for his first career 100-yard game against the Detroit Lions. In that game, he had 17 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown.


He was born August 7, 1988 in Akron, Ohio and is one of eleven children. His parents are James and Paulette Wells.


The nickname Beanie was given to him by his family at a young age and he is quoted as saying, "I got the nickname because when I was young, my big brother said I was skinny like a bean pole."


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
DeSean Jackson
U.S. Army All-American Bowl MVP
Succeeded by
Chris Galippo
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Antonio Pittman
Ohio State Buckeyes
Starting Tailbacks

Succeeded by
Daniel Herron


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