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Chris Gocong
No. 57     Philadelphia Eagles
Outside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: November 16, 1983 (1983-11-16) (age 26)
Place of birth: Lancaster, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
College: Cal Poly-SLO
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 71
Debuted in 2007 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Restricted FA
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2009
Tackles     130
Sacks     3.0
INTs     0
Stats at NFL.com

Christopher Andrew Gocong (born November 16, 1983 in Lancaster, California) is an American football linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Cal Poly-SLO.

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Early years

Gocong attended Carpinteria High School in Carpinteria, California and was a letterman in football as a quarterback and linebacker. He also lettered in track and field. In football, as a linebacker, he posted 330 tackles over two years. In track and field, he was a two-time All-League honoree in the discus and shot put and set the school record in the discus (183'3"). Gocong was a two-time All-Tri-Valley League linebacker in football and a two-time All-CIF-Southern Section linebacker.

College career

Gocong played college football at Cal Poly-SLO and won the Buck Buchanan Award. He saw limited action in six games during the 2001 season at Cal Poly-SLO, recording six tackles (three solo). He redshirted in 2002 and then started the 2003 campaign as the team's nose guard. Gocong totaled 37 tackles (20 solo) with a sack and eight stops for losses that year.

In 2005, Gocong set a Division 1-AA season-record with 23.5 sacks and led the nation with 31 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He recorded a career-high 98 tackles, caused four fumbles, recovered two others and deflected four passes. He was voted a unanimous All-American and recipient of the Buchanan Award.

In 41 games with the Mustangs, Gocong started 35 times. He recorded 212 tackles as he set an NCAA career-record with 42 sacks for minus 284 yards. His 61.5 stops for losses of 330 yards rank fourth in Division 1-AA history. He recovered three fumbles and caused six others. He also intercepted a pass, deflected eight others and blocked a kick.

Professional career

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Pre-draft

Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-2⅛ * 263 * 4.70 * 1.61 * 2.74 * 4.09 * 7.06 * 42" ** 10'05" ** 28 * 36 *
* represents NFL Combine **represents Cal Poly-SLO Pro Day

Philadelphia Eagles

Gocong was drafted in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, but missed the entire 2006 season due to an injury suffered before the preseason. He made his NFL debut on September 9, 2007, where he started at the "Sam" linebacker position. He alternated snaps at DE and LB and recorded his first career sack (quarterback Tom Brady) on November 25, 2007, in the Eagles' road game at the New England Patriots. In all, Gocong played in all 16 games serving as the team's SAM linebacker, and recorded 92 tackles, 1 sack, 4 hurries and 2 KDs. His 7 TFLs ranked 2nd on the team. Also logged 11 special teams tackles. During the 2007 season, Gocong was the host of the "Chris Gocong Show" on ESPN 1450. The show was hosted by Mike Gill, live from Chickie's and Pete's in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

In 2008 he finished t-3rd on the team in special teams tackles (19). He also had 61 total tackles, two sacks, four passes defensed a forced fumble and a fumble recovery as the Eagles starting strongside linebacker.

In the first seven games of the 2009 season, Gocong started at his normal position at "Sam" linebacker. He was inactive in week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys due to a hamstring injury suffered the week before against the New York Giants. Due to injuries at the middle linebacker position, Gocong started his first game at middle linebacker against San Diego in week 9. In week 14, he lost his starting "Sam" linebacker job to rookie Moise Fokou.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dhani Jones
Philadelphia Eagles Starting Linebackers
2007-
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards and achievements

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