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Friday, March 28, 2008

Chris Gray, Seattle

2006: Started 15 of 15 games played at right guard. Inactive (thigh) in the finale at Tampa Bay (12/31) snapping club record of 121 straight regular-season starts. Returned to start both playoff games.

Pro: Entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft choice (132nd overall) of the Miami Dolphins in 1993. Played in 42 games with 23 starts for Miami from 1993-96. Spent one season with the Chicago Bears (1997), before joining the Seahawks in 1998. Moved to right guard in 2001 from center where he had started 34 games from 1998-00. Streak of 121 consecutive regular-season games at either guard or center (1999-2006) for the Seahawks is a club record. 1993: Saw action in five games as a rookie. Was inactive for 10 games and did not play in another. 1994: Played in all 16 games and both playoff contests. Started two games. Made first NFL start versus L.A. Raiders (10/16). 1995: Started the first 10 games before suffering a season-ending left ankle injury versus New England (11/12). Placed on injured reserve (11/15). Underwent surgery to repair ligament damage (11/17). 1996: Returned from ankle injury and started the first 11 games. Suffered a broken ankle at Houston (11/17) and missed the remainder of the season. 1997: Played in eight games with two starts for the Chicago Bears after signing as a free agent (9/10). 1998: Signed as a free agent with the Seahawks April 15, 1998. Started the final eight games of the season replacing an injured Kevin Glover (back) at center. Inactive versus Oakland (11/1) with a concussion. Helped pave the way for a 105-yard rushing day for Ricky Watters in his first start versus Kansas City (11/8). Part of an offensive line that was instrumental in Watters setting a career-high with 178 yards versus Indianapolis (12/20). Served as the deep snapper for field goals and extra points all season. 1999: Started 10 games at center and played in all 16. Handled snapping duties for field goals and PATs. Took over starting job at center for the remainder of the season for an injured Glover (blood clot) at Green Bay (11/1). Part of an offensive line that helped Watters rush for a 125 yards at Green Bay on Monday night football (11/1). Helped Watters rush for a season-high 133 yards versus Cincinnati (11/7). 2000: Started 16 games for the first time in his career. Entered the season as the starting center for the first time with the Seahawks. Helped Watters average 4.5 yards per carry and Alexander average 4.9 (second among rookies in 2000). Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack in back-to-back games at Atlanta (12/3) and at Denver (12/10) - the first time that has been accomplished by the Seahawks in 324 games. 2001: Started all 16 games for the second consecutive season. Started every game at right guard and became part of a solid front line that helped Alexander rush for 1,318 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdowns. Part of starting unit versus Oakland (11/11) that helped Alexander to the fourth-best rushing game in NFL history (266 yards) and helped set a franchise record with 319 rushing yards as a team. 2002: Only one of two Seattle offensive lineman to start all 16 games (Robbie Tobeck). Started first four games at right guard before starting the final 12 games at left guard for injured Steve Hutchinson (leg). Helped solidify an offensive line that helped Alexander set a franchise record with 18 total touchdowns and 16 rushing scores. Provided solid protection for quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s four 300-yard plus passing games over the final six games of the season. Made the switch to left guard in the third quarter versus Minnesota (9/29), a game in which the line didn’t allow a sack, the first game since 11/18/01 at Buffalo. 2003: Started all 16 games at right guard assisting Alexander in establishing a career high with 1,435 rushing yards. Seattle’s 125.6 rushing average per game was the most since 1995 (136.1). Offense ranked sixth in the NFL (10th rushing, 7th passing). Helped Hasselbeck set franchise record and rank fourth in the NFL in passing yards (3,841). Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack versus Detroit (11/16), just the second time since 11/18/01 at Buffalo. 2004: Started all 16 games at right guard and helped Alexander to the Seahawks’ single-season rushing record with 1,696 yards. Part of an offensive line that allowed just 34 sacks, tied for the second-lowest total since 1988. Helped Alexander rank first in the NFC in yards, yards per carry (4.8), non-kicker scoring (120), rushing touchdowns (16), and total touchdowns (20). 2005: Started all 16 games. Has started 106 consecutive games for the Seahawks eclipsing Cortez Kennedy’s club record of 100. Part of an offensive line that allowed just 27 sacks, tied for fifth fewest in the NFL. Part of a line that helped set a franchise record with 320 yards rushing versus Houston (10/16) and two 100-yard rushers in the same game for just the third time in team history. Helped pave the way for Alexander to gain club-record 1,880 yards rushing and set NFL record with 28 total touchowns. Started all three postseason games

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