Chris Canty Speaker Profile
Chris Canty Biography
Chris Canty was born November 10, 1982, in Bronx, New Yorkand is an American football defensive tackle for the New York Giants of theNational Football League. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourthround of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia.
Canty was drafted in the fourth round (132nd overall pick) of the 2005 NFLDraft by the Dallas Cowboys. After entering his senior season as a potentialfirst round draft choice, Canty fell into the fourth round because of the kneeinjury during his senior season as well as a detached retina in his left eye, sufferedin the spring prior to the draft. After trading a fifth round pick in 2005 anda fourth rounder in 2006 to the Philadelphia Eagles for their fourth roundchoice, allowing the Cowboys to draft Canty. Canty signed a three-year, $1.3million contract with the Cowboys.
After working throughout the spring and summer torehabilitate his knee and recover from injured retina, Canty was on the fieldone week into training camp. He split time with Greg Ellis at right defensiveend and led all defensive linemen with 43 tackles. He was also second on theteam with five tackles behind the line of scrimmage and tied for fourth on theclub with 2.5 sacks.
Canty played in the season opener at the San Diego Chargersand recorded his first NFL tackle along with a quarterback pressure. Againstthe Washington Redskins he added his first career sack with a third-quartertackle of Mark Brunell. He was third on the team, first among linemen with aseason-high six tackles at the Oakland Raiders. He also added a half sack and atackle for a loss. Canty had two tackles against the Eagles as the defenselimited the Eagles to 129 total yards, including just 19 on the ground, thefourth lowest rushing total in franchise history. Canty had a season-high twoquarterback pressures against the Arizona Cardinals as well as a tackle and atackle for a loss. At Philadelphia, he played mostly on first and second downs,recorded two tackles, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble. Canty led alllinemen with three tackles and added his second sack of the season against theDenver Broncos. At the New York Giants, he earned his first NFL start,replacing (Greg) Ellis at right end, and recorded four tackles. He started,again, the next week against the Kansas City Chiefs and led all defensivelinemen with five tackles despite suffering a sprained ankle during the game.He did not start but did play at Washington after missing two days of practicedue to the injured ankle. He recorded two tackles and a tackle for a loss atthe Carolina Panthers. In the season finale against the St. Louis Rams, Cantyled all defensive linemen with five tackles and also had a tackle for a loss.
As a rookie, Canty was a member of the Cowboys 2005 RookieClub, a program designed to introduce rookie team members to community servicein the Dallas area which included work with The Salvation Army, Children'sMedical Center and Meals on Wheels. He also participated in the 2006 Stars ofTexas Racing Against the Odds event hosted by local newspaper columnist andradio personality Randy Galloway that raised over $300,000 for the AmericanDiabetes Association.
In 2006, Canty earned the starting role at defensive end andwent on to start all 16 regular season games and Dallas's lone playoff game.
In 2007, Canty started all 16 games of the season andDallas' lone playoff game. On the season, he recorded 43 tackles, 3.5 sacks andtwo passes defensed.
In the Cowboys lone playoff game, their third game againstthe New York Giants on the season, Canty recorded three tackles (two solo), onesack, and one pass defensed.
On June 11, 2008, Canty signed a one-year tender offer worth$2.017 million to remain with the Cowboys for the 2008 season. He ended the2008 season with 3 sacks, 5 passes deflected and 37 tackles.
On March 1, 2009 Canty signed with the New York Giants; thesix-year contract is worth $42 million, with $17.25 million guaranteed.
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