Chris Chandler

Christopher Mark Chandler[1] (born October 12, 1965) is a retired American football player who played as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for 17 seasons. He played for eight different teams during his NFL career, and is known for leading the Atlanta Falcons to a 14-2 season in 1998 followed by an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII.

Chris Chandler
refer to caption
Chandler in 2008
No. 12, 17
Personal information
Born:October 12, 1965 (age 53)
Everett, Washington
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Everett (WA)
NFL Draft:1988 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:4,005
Pass completions:2,328
Passing Yards:28,484
QB Rating:79.1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Chandler was born on October 12, 1965, in Everett, Washington, the ninth of ten children. His mother died when he was 19, and his father passed away shortly after he made it to the NFL.[2] In high school, he was active in basketball, football, track and golf. As a high school quarterback, Chandler threw for 2,000 yards and 49 touchdowns.

In college, Chandler played at the University of Washington from 1984 to 1987. He finished third in the school's history in total offense with 4,442 yards and 32 touchdown passes, and ended his college career as the Offensive Player of the Game at the 1988 Senior Bowl. He graduated with an economics degree.

College statistics

Year Comp Att Comp % Passing TD INT
1986 180 318 56.6 2193 20 15
1987 143 279 51.3 1973 11 14

Professional career

Chandler played in the NFL for 17 seasons, from 1988 to 2004. He played for eight teams (seven franchises as he played for Los Angeles Rams in their original city and later when they relocated to St. Louis), a record shared with Mark Royals, Karl Wilson, and Jeff Brady, although Chandler is the only player to have started for eight different teams. He threw for 28,484 yards, and had a career passer rating of 79.1.[3] He has thrown at least one touchdown pass for seven different franchises, an NFL record.[4] At the time of his retirement, he was ranked 30th in all-time pass completions, with 2328.

Chandler was continually bothered by injuries which earned him the moniker of "Crystal Chandelier" amongst his detractors.[5] He also had the misfortune of "always [being] the guy preceding the next great draft choice" which made his career somewhat of a Journeyman.[6]


Chandler was taken in the third round of the draft by the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts deemed Chandler expendable due to his poor play, and the fact that they selected Jeff George with the first overall choice in the 1990 draft. Chandler was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1990 for a 1st round draft choice that turned out to be the 2nd overall pick. The Colts also had the 1st pick the same year. The pick that they got for Chandler they used on Quentin Coryatt. Chandler was cut during the 1991 season. As a Buccaneer, he had an 0-6 record as a starter, threw for 5 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, and had a passer rating of 44.9.[7]

From 1992 to 1994 he played reasonably well as a starter and backup for the Phoenix Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams. After joining the Houston Oilers in 1995, he would earn the starting job. His highlight with the team came on September 24, 1995 at Cincinnati. In the Oilers' 38-28 victory Chandler threw for 352 yards and 4 touchdowns, and earned a perfect passer rating of 158.3 after completing 23 of 26 passes. However, late in 1996, Jeff Fisher decided that Steve McNair was ready to start, and Chandler was traded to the Atlanta Falcons for a fourth-round draft choice.


Chandler's best seasons were with Atlanta, when he was coached by Dan Reeves. The Falcon's financial constraints meant that they could not sign an expensive big-name quarterback from free agency.[8] Chandler was a Pro Bowl quarterback in 1997 and 1998. Reeves said Chandler "makes decisions while backpedaling that other QBs can't make until they settle into the pocket" while other "Coaches say he can speed-read defenses and anticipate his receivers well".[5] In 1998, Chandler's 9.65 yards-per-attempt figure was the highest single-season YPA of any quarterback in the 1990s with 300+ passing attempts, while he set career-bests in yardage and touchdowns and threw just 12 interceptions. The 1998 season saw Chandler lead the Falcons to a 14-2 record, winning their first playoff game in the Georgia Dome by overcoming the San Francisco 49ers and Steve Young 20-18 in the divisional round, and then capturing the NFC Championship conference title by upsetting the 15-1 Minnesota Vikings to make their inaugural appearance in the Super Bowl.[9][10] In Super Bowl XXXIII, Chandler's Falcons lost to the defending champions Denver Broncos quarterbacked by John Elway and coached by Mike Shanahan.[11][12] Although Chandler had a higher passing efficiency rating that season than future Hall-of-Famer Elway, Chandler put in a disappointing performance in the Super Bowl with 219 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions while being sacked three times.[13][14][15]

Chandler signed a five-year, $27 million contract with the Falcons after the Super Bowl.[16] Following the 2000 season, Chandler's record as a starting Atlanta quarterback was 28-25, which prompted the Falcons to consider recruiting a new quarterback. Atlanta held the fifth overall pick in the 2001 draft, and traded the pick to the San Diego Chargers, along with Tim Dwight, a third round pick in 2001, and a 2002 second round pick (which became Reche Caldwell). In return, Atlanta received the first overall pick in the 2001 draft, which they used to select quarterback Michael Vick. Still, Chandler started most of the 2001 season and finished with 2,847 passing yards, the second highest of his career. In 2002, he was replaced by Vick as the starting quarterback. Due to mediocre play, bloated salary, and being replaced by Vick, the Falcons opted to make Chandler eligible for selection by the Houston Texans in the 2002 Expansion Draft, with hopes of Chandler being picked up by the new team. Chandler left the Falcons ranked third in team history with 13,268 passing yards, but never achieved back-to-back winning seasons.[17]


In 2002, Chandler was picked up by the Chicago Bears, and spent two seasons there before being released.

Chandler then agreed to a three-year $2.6 million contract to rejoin the Rams, who had moved to St. Louis, to serve as a backup and mentor to Marc Bulger, who had recently displaced Kurt Warner as the starting quarterback.[18] In Chandler's first start as a Ram in 2004, he threw six interceptions, a team record. The following week, his poor play led to head coach Mike Martz saying, "It is tragic that, that position [when played by Chandler] holds this team hostage."[19] As a result, Chandler was the first Ram to be released in the off-season, saving St. Louis $665,000 in cap space.

Personal life

Chandler lived in San Diego and was married to Diane Brodie, a former college tennis player at USC and daughter of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback John Brodie; they tied the knot in 1994.[20] They have three daughters: Ryann, Skye, and Brynn. As Chandler's mother Shirley died of breast cancer in 1989, and his father Forrest succumbed to lung cancer the next year, Chandler has looked upon John Brodie and Jerry Rhome (who served as Chandler's quarterback coach in Arizona and Houston) as surrogate fathers and mentors.[21][22]

Chandler is a regular competitor at the American Century Championship, the annual competition to determine the best golfers among American sports and entertainment celebrities. He won the tournament in 2007 and has a total of eight top ten finishes. Chris Chandler fired a 5 under par round of 67 scoring a total of 31 points. The veteran QB set both single day and tournament records for points with his final round play. [23] The tournament, televised by NBC in July, is played at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe.[24] Chandler helped coach the boys' golf team at Torrey Pines High School, where his oldest daughter Ryann plays on the volleyball team.[25][26]

See also


  1. ^ "Chandler on Pro-Football-Reference". Retrieved December 30, 2007.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Chris Chandler". Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Veteran's day: Chandler to start at QB for Rams". December 7, 2004. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "IN THE CROSSHAIRS: CHRIS CHANDLER". July 10, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  6. ^
  7. ^ King, Peter. "The NFL". Sports Illustrated. November 18, 1991
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Top 50 Falcons: No. 22, Chris Chandler". Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^
  19. ^ "". CNN. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
  20. ^ Walters, John. "Chris Chandler". Sports Illustrated. October 14, 1996
  21. ^
  22. ^
  23. ^ "American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament – American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament at Edgewood, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada". Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  24. ^ "Edgewood Tahoe - Home". Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  25. ^ Leonard, Tod (April 22, 2008). "Former NFL quarterback Chris Chandler, now coaching golf at Torrey Pines High, has a strong link to the game". Union-Tribune.
  26. ^ Monahan, Terry (March 21, 2011). "MONAHAN: Torrey Pines' girls' volleyball future in good hands". North County Times. Archived from the original on March 25, 2011.

External links

1987 Independence Bowl

The 1987 Independence Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game played on December 19, 1987, in Shreveport, Louisiana. It matched the Tulane Green Wave and the Washington Huskies of the Pacific-10 Conference. This was their first meeting and the first Independence Bowl for either team.

1987 Washington Huskies football team

The 1987 Washington Huskies football team was an American football team that represented the University of Washington during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. In its 13th season under head coach Don James, the team compiled a 7–4–1 record, finished in third place in the Pacific-10 Conference, and outscored its opponents by a combined total of 295 to 254. David Rill was selected as the team's most valuable player. Rill, Chris Chandler, Darryl Franklin, Brian Habib were the team captains.

1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 16th season in the National Football League.

In Richard Williamson's first full season as coach the Buccaneers started by losing their first five games, on the way to another last place 3–13 season. Among the major disappointments was quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who was replaced by Chris Chandler at quarterback early in the season, who passed for 1,994 yards and eight touchdown passes to 15 interceptions. Following the season Coach Williamson would be fired and replaced by Sam Wyche.

Tax records would later show that the Buccaneers were one of the most profitable teams during this time, even though owner Hugh Culverhouse announced the Bucs were losing money and needed to play games in Orlando, Florida to get income. Such records revealed Culverhouse ran the Bucs as a profit first business, often releasing better players who would deserve big contracts.

1995 Houston Oilers season

The 1995 Houston Oilers season was the 36th season overall and 26th with the National Football League (NFL). The team bested their previous season’s output of 2–14, winning seven games, but failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

The Oilers draft Quarterback Steve McNair with the third overall draft pick. However, McNair would start the season on the bench behind free agent signee Chris Chandler. Chandler would play solid football as the Oilers showed improvement in their first full year under Jeff Fisher finishing with a 7-9 record. However, the story of the season came on November 16th when Bud Adams announced plans to move the team to Nashville when the lease at the Astrodome expired in 1998. The Oilers were the debut opponent of expansion team the Jacksonville Jaguars, just as they had been with the previous NFL expansion and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976.

1998 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1998 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise’s 33rd in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons qualified for the Super Bowl for the first time under the guidance of second-year head coach Dan Reeves, becoming the first dome team to play in a Super Bowl. The Falcons won their final nine regular season games to earn the #2 seed in the National Football Conference (NFC) for the postseason and the first-week bye. They beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional round and the #1-seed Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game before losing to Reeves’ old team, the Denver Broncos, 34–19 in Super Bowl XXXIII.Head coach Dan Reeves almost didn’t make it to the end of the season. After Week 14, he was diagnosed with multiple blockages to his coronary arteries, necessitating quadruple bypass surgery. Reeves admitted he ignored the warning signs in hopes of finishing the season, but ultimately felt he needed to be checked out. Doctors stated by the time he went for treatment, he may have been “within hours of a catastrophic heart attack.” Defensive coordinator Rich Brooks substituted for him as head coach during Weeks 15 and 16. Reeves returned for Week 17 and finished the season.

The Falcons ranked fourth in the league in points scored (442 points) and surrendered the fourth-fewest points (289) in 1998; the Falcons also led the league in turnover differential at +20. The Falcons would not appear in the NFL title game again until 2017, Super Bowl LI, which they lost to the New England Patriots, 34-28, in overtime.

2002 Chicago Bears season

The 2002 Chicago Bears season was their 83rd regular season completed in the National Football League. Though the team had hopes of returning to the playoffs after an unexpected 13–3 season the previous year, the club posted a dismal 4–12 record and missed the postseason. The Bears had trouble on both sides of the ball, finishing 27th in the league in points scored and 23rd in points allowed.Because Soldier Field was being rebuilt, the Bears were forced to play all of their home games at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois. The Bears never seemed to get used to their new home field, and injuries piled up as the season went on for both offense and defense. Starting QB Jim Miller was injured throughout the year, leaving the team no choice but to use backup Chris Chandler and rookie third-string QB Henry Burris for both spot relief and as starters. 2001 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Anthony Thomas suffered a broken right index finger in Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers. These injuries and the league's 23rd worst turnover differential contributed to the team's franchise record-tying eight-game losing streak and their poor record.

2003 Chicago Bears season

The 2003 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 84th season in the National Football League. The team improved to a 7–9 over its 4–12 record from 2002,under head coach Dick Jauron. The team was once again in a quarterbacking carousel with quarterbacks Kordell Stewart, Chris Chandler, and rookie Rex Grossman. In the end, head coach Dick Jauron was fired after the conclusion of the season.

Anne Feeney

Anne Feeney (born July 1, 1951) is a political activist, folk musician and singer-songwriter.

Buddy Humphrey

Loyie Nawlin "Buddy" Humphrey (September 29, 1935 – April 21, 1988) was an American American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, and St. Louis Cardinals. He also was a member of the Houston Oilers in the American Football League. He played college football at Baylor University and was drafted in the second round of the 1959 NFL Draft.

Buying out the Bar

"Buying out the Bar" is the first single from The Originators,a 2002 album by East Coast hip hop group The Beatnuts. It was released by Landspeed Records in 2002 as a 12 inch with "Originate" as its b-side. The song is produced by The Beatnuts and features raps by Juju and Psycho Les, as well as a chorus performed by Chris Chandler. The song's lyrics are both braggadocios and supportive of hedonistic pleasures. The song's beat is characterized by its repetitive accordion loop.

"Buying out the Bar" failed to chart or receive an accompanying music video. The song still received positive critical attention: Low Key of described it as a "classic Beatnuts party anthem," while Steve "Flash" Juon of claimed its beat is "fat."

Craig Erickson

Craig Neil Erickson (born May 17, 1969) is a former professional quarterback who was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 1991 NFL Draft and also by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 1992 NFL Draft. He is one of the few NFL players to be drafted twice, another famous example being Bo Jackson. Coincidentally, each was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jim Hardy

James Francis Hardy (born April 24, 1923) is a former American football quarterback. He was born in Los Angeles.

List of Arizona Cardinals starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Cardinals.

List of Atlanta Falcons starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Falcons.

List of Tennessee Titans starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Titans.

List of Washington Huskies starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started for the Washington Huskies. They are listed in order of the date of each man's first start at quarterback.

Pete Beathard

Peter Falconer Beathard (born March 7, 1942) is a former American football quarterback who played professionally in the American Football League (AFL), the National Football League (NFL), and the World Football League (WFL). He is the younger brother of former NFL executive Bobby Beathard (b. 1937).

Super Bowl XXXIII

Super Bowl XXXIII was an American football game played between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion and defending Super Bowl XXXII champion Denver Broncos and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Atlanta Falcons to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1998 season. The Broncos defeated the Falcons by the score of 34–19, winning their second consecutive Super Bowl. The game was played on January 31, 1999, at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida (now part of the suburb of Miami Gardens, which became a separate city in 2003).

The defending Super Bowl champion Broncos entered the game with an AFC-best 14–2 regular season record. The Falcons, under former Denver head coach Dan Reeves, were making their first Super Bowl appearance after also posting a 14–2 regular season record.

Aided by quarterback John Elway's 80-yard touchdown pass to receiver Rod Smith, Denver scored 17 consecutive points to build a 17–3 lead in the second quarter from which Atlanta could not recover. At 38 years old, Elway became the oldest player, at the time, to be named Super Bowl MVP (Tom Brady became the oldest in 2017 at the age of 39, coincidentally also against the Atlanta Falcons). In the final game of his career, he completed 18 of 29 passes for 336 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and also scored a 3-yard rushing touchdown. Elway retired on May 2, 1999 before the following season.

Ya Betta Believe It

"Ya Betta Believe It" is the third and final single from The Originators, a 2002 album by East Coast hip hop group The Beatnuts. It was released by Landspeed Records as a 12 inch with "U Crazy" as its United States b-side and "Bring the Funk Back" as its United Kingdom b-side. The song is produced by The Beatnuts and features raps by Juju and Psycho Les, as well as a chorus sung by Chris Chandler. The song's lyrics tell of The Beatnuts' rise to becoming a well-respected group. The song's beat is characterized by a slow funk loop sampled from "Family" by Hubert Laws.

The song received mixed critical attention: Kingsley Marshmallow of Allmusic considers its lyrics to be both "uninspired" and "geographically challenged" in reference to various shout-outs during the song. Low Key of also critiques the song claiming it sounds "forced" and "stale." Nonetheless, Steve "Flash" Juon of praises the song's "disco funk stylings" and claims that Psycho Les' verse was amongst his "best in half a decade."

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.