Cecil, Chuck

Card: Topps Stadium Club 1992
Acquired: In Person, Houston Oilers Training Camp 1995

Hard hitting Cecil would come from the Cardinals to replace former defensive back Bo Orlando in 1995, and would play for the Oilers for one season before retiring due to numerous concussions. After a few years away from the NFL as a color commentator at the college level, Cecil would return to the league as an assistant with the Tennessee Titans and Jeff Fisher.

In 2009, he took over for popular defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who left to be coach in Detroit while Chuck would also have to deal with man-mountain Albert Haynesworth jumping ship to Washington. The team would then suffer a 59-0 shellacking to the New England Patriots, but Chuck would persevere and as of 2010 continues to coordinate the Titans’ defense.  In fact, Cecil was recently fined for being caught on camera giving the middle finger to the referees during a contested game against the Denver Broncos in 2010. He was fined $40,000 by the league offices for his conduct.

In his career, Cecil made one ProBowl while with the Packers and was a favorite of the All Madden Team. He was also recognizable for his oversized ‘Gazoo’ helmet he wore to protect against further concussions. Despite his reputation as a hard hitting free safety, Chuck did more damage to himself, sustaining bloody noses and concussions on a regular basis,all for forcing 1 fumble in 445 tackles and numerous other hits. A 2009 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Chuck’s 100 yard interception return was voted the greatest Wildcat play of all time.

G/Gs  95/61    Tac 445  Sac  o  FF  1   Int 16  Yds 235   Td  1  Lg 33