Cris Collinsworth was born on January 27, 1959 in Dayton, Ohio. He is known as an American sports broadcaster and former professional football player for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL.
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Upbringing and Education
Cris was not the only child in the family, he had a brother that he was raised with. His father was Abraham Lincoln Collinsworth who worked as a teacher before he eventually became a principal. Abraham received his name from Cris’ grandparents because he was born on Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Cris’ mother Donetta Collinsworth was also a teacher.
When Cris was four years old, his family moved to Titusville, Florida. In Titusville, he attended Astronaut High School and even from that time he was seen as different than other children. He was very tall and strong. Those two advantages combined with his passion of football led him to huge success. Cris won the 100 yard dash in the 70s with his younger brother taking bets from spectators. He made a lot of money betting on him.
While studying at school, he played for the football team and became an All-American quarterback. His tall height, speed and love of football eventually earned him an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida. As a member of Florida Gators football team, he mostly played as a quarterback. His first game on the team made him famous. He threw a 99-yard touchdown pass and the pass became the longest touchdown pass in NCAA history.
Producing great results when he switched to being a wide receiver, he earned first-team All-American and first-team Academic All-American honors. In 1980, he became a captain of the Florida Gators. For his outstanding results in football, he was inducted to the University of Florida Hall of Fame. According to The Gainesville Sun, Cris Collinsworth was #12 all-time Gator player.
Moving on to the NFL
After his graduation in 1981, he continued his football career in NFL when he made his debut for the Cincinnati Bengals.
In 1985, he joined another professional football team, Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League. However, he could not continue to play for the team because of his injured ankle. His contract was voided and he returned to the NFL to play for the Bengals.
The 6 foot 5 Chris was an outstanding football receiver with 417 receptions in 107 games played in the NFL, he was a very skilled player.
He spent 8 years in the NFL, all of them with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was a quick runner, at a 4.4 second 40 yard dash speed, he was a true threat to opponents. His running skill was inherited by his daughter Ashley who won the Kentucky High School title in the 100 meters race, and ran for Harvard later where she became a team captain. The family was full of speed and quick runners.
05 Oct, 2018
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