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Chris McAlister
No. --     Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: June 14, 1977 (1977-06-14) (age 32)
Place of birth: Pasadena, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Arizona
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Debuted in 1999 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Tackles     339
Sacks     0.0
INTs     26
Stats at

Christopher James McAlister (born June 14, 1977 in Pasadena, California) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arizona.

McAlister has also played for the New Orleans Saints. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, McAlister earned a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.


Early years

McAlister attended Pasadena High School in Pasadena, California. He threw for 1,153 yards and rushed for 1,302 yards as a quarterback and returned three punts and two interceptions for touchdowns. He won the Conference Player of the Year and California's MVP in his senior year. McAlister also played basketball and, under Coach Bill Duwe, won the CIF championship in 1995. He also lettered in track. He had his football jersey #9 retired in 2001.

College career

McAlister attended Mt. San Antonio College before transferring to the University of Arizona. He had an illustrious career at Arizona where he won unanimous All-America 1st-team honors and was an All-Pac 10 1st-team choice for 3 straight seasons. He is only the 7th player in college football history (1st in Arizona history) to return a kickoff, punt and interception for touchdowns in the same season.[1] His 18 interceptions at the end of his Arizona career ranked 3rd on the school's career-record chart behind Chuck Cecil and Jackie Wallace.

Professional career



McAlister, at 205 pounds, ran a 4.53 second 40-yard dash, 4.08 second 20-yard shuttle, 6.90 3-cone drill, and had a vertical jump of 38 inches at the 1999 NFL Combine[2]

Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens selected McAlister in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft, as the tenth overall pick.

McAlister had a solid rookie season in which he recorded 47 tackles (45 solo), 5 picks, and 16 passes deflected. He made his NFL debut at the St.Louis Rams on September 12 1999. At season's end, he was named to College & Pro Football Newsweekly's 1999 All-Rookie Team. McAlister had another solid season in 2000 as the Ravens won the Super Bowl and he had a key interception in Super Bowl XXXV.

McAlister set an NFL record for the longest play when he returned a missed field goal 107 yards for a touchdown during Monday Night Football against the Denver Broncos on September 30, 2002. This record was later broken by Nathan Vasher on a 108-yard field goal return, tied by Devin Hester and eventually broken again by Antonio Cromartie on a 109-yard field goal return in 2007.

In 2005, McAlister signed a seven-year, $55 million contact.

McAlister had his contract terminated by the Ravens on February 16, 2009.[3]

In 2009, McAlister was rumored to sign with the Oakland Raiders, but Raiders spokesman John Herrera denied rumors Friday that free agent Chris McAlister will eventually sign with Oakland. Calling it "totally untrue" and "nonsense".

New Orleans Saints

On November 17, 2009, McAlister signed with the New Orleans Saints.[4] In the December 6, 2009 game New Orlean Saints at Washington Redskins, Chris McAlister forced a fumble in overtime which started the drive resulting in a game winning field goal for New Orleans. However, he was released on December 8.[5]


Chris' father James McAlister also played in the NFL for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.[6]


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