Chris Gamble

Chris Gamble
No. 20     Carolina Panthers
Personal information
Date of birth: March 11, 1983 (1983-03-11) (age 28)
Place of birth: Boston, Massachusetts
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Debuted in 2004 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Tackles     413
Sacks     1.0
INTs     24
TDs     2
Stats at

Chris Lee Gamble (born March 11, 1983) is an American football player with the Carolina Panthers. During his NFL career Gamble has only played cornerback, but was briefly a wide receiver at the Ohio State University. He was converted into a cornerback during his sophomore year. Gamble possessed a 40 inch (101.6 cm) vertical jump, and ran a 4.45 forty yard dash in the NFL Combine.


High school career

He attended Nova High School in Davie, Florida where he was a part of a team that won the state championship. He left Nova to join Dillard High school in 2000.

College career

While Gamble only played three years at Ohio State, he was an integral part of the 2002 National Championship team, which went 14-0. Gamble played all 3 ways at Ohio State, earning 1st Team All-Big Ten honors, and 3rd Team All-America honors for cornerback. Gamble had 4 interceptions for the 2002 season, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Gamble was known for his game-breaking ability in all facets of the game, including defense, offense, and kick returning.

In 38 games, he started 18 times on defense and 12 times on offense (started on both offense and defense in five contests in 2002). Recorded 65 tackles (51 solos) with three stops behind the line of scrimmage, seven interceptions and 21 pass deflections. Also caught 40 passes for 609 yards (15.2 avg.), rushed six times for 68 yards (11.3 avg.) with a touchdown, returned 60 punts for 467 yards (7.8 avg.) and had 18 kickoff returns for 384 yards (21.3 avg.).

Gamble majored in sports and leisure studies while at Ohio State.

NFL career

Gamble was selected in the first round (28th overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

In 2004, Chris became the first rookie defensive player in Carolina Panthers history to start all 16 games, and earned Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie honors after establishing a Panthers rookie record with six interceptions, this placed him in third in the NFL in interceptions.

In 2005, Gamble led the Panthers once again with 7 interceptions. Ranking him fourth in the NFL.

In 2006, Gamble once again led the team in interceptions. He tied fellow teammates Ken Lucas and Richard Marshall with three interceptions each.[1]

In 2007, he finished the year with 50 tackles with only 1 interception.

In 2008 he finished the year with 3 interceptions and he also tied for third in the NFL in passes defended with 19. Through Gamble's career milestones, the Panthers rewarded him on November 28, 2008 to a six-year $53 million contract with $23 million guaranteed making him one of the highest paid defensive backs in the league.

In 2011 Gamble has shutdown star receivers like Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Roddy White, Greg Jennings through week 11.


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Preceded by
Jonathan Wells
Ohio State Buckeyes
Football Season MVP

2002 (with Craig Krenzel)
Succeeded by
Michael Jenkins