Christopher Carroll Slade (born January 30, 1971) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for the University of Virginia, and earned All-American honors. A second-round pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers of the NFL. Slade was recognized as a Pro Bowl selection and All-Pro after the 1997 season.
Slade was born in Newport News, Virginia. He graduated from Tabb High School in Yorktown, Virginia, where he played for the Tabb Tigers high school football team. Chris is married to Talisa Slade, a Global Health Consultant; he is the head football coach at Pace Academy, they have two children.
While attending the University of Virginia on an athletic scholarship, Slade played for coach George Welsh‘s Virginia Cavaliers football team from 1989 to 1992. As a senior in 1992 and a junior in 1991, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.
The New England Patriots selected Slade in the second round, as the 31st overall pick, of the 1993 NFL Draft, and he played for the Patriots from 1993 to 2000. During his final pro season in 2001, he was a member of the Carolina Panthers. In nine NFL seasons, he played in 142 regular season games, started 108 of them, and compiled 665 tackles, 53.5 quarterback sacks, 16 forced fumbles, three interceptions and two touchdowns.
Slade is married to Talisa Slade, a Global Health Consultant; he is the high school head football coach at Pace Academy in Atlanta. His 2015 Pace Academy varsity squad won the AA 2015 Georgia High School football Championship on December 12, 2015. He and his wife have two children and reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
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