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Chris Gedney

Enshrined 2011

Chris Gedney, a three sport varsity athlete at Liverpool High School, lettered in football, basketball and lacrosse. He was a member of the 1987 football team that finished number on in New York State and number 18 in the country that year. Chris earned Honorable Mention USA Today All-American honors and first team all-state in football. He was a member of the Section 3 champs in basketball and represented the CNY Region on the 1988 silver winning Empire State Games basketball team. He chose to concentrate on football at Syracuse University where he set school records for receptions by a tight end in a season (43 in 1992) and career (91), in addition to being a consensus All-American tight end. He was a member of Orange teams that played in the Peach Bowl, Aloha Bowl, Hall of Fame Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl, and was named to the SU All-Century Football Team. He and his SU teammates went an impressive 35-12-2 during his playing days and 4-0 in bowls. He played in the Shrine and East-West Games in 1993. Chris was a third round NFL draft pick by the Chicago Bears. During his eight year NFL career, Chris played for the Arizona Cardinals in addition to the Chicago Bears. In 2000 he was a finalist for the NFL Man of the Year Award and in 2001 was honored with the Ed Block and Gene Autry Courage Awards. During his year in Arizona, Chris began his career in broadcasting as a football analyst for Cardinal games. Chris is currently Senior Associate Athletics Director at SU where he oversee the solicitation of major gifts for athletics, manages the day-to-day operation of the Orange Club and is a part of the SU radio football broadcasts. Chris sits on the National Board of Directors for the National Down Syndrome Society of America and is heavily involved with New York State Special Olympics. Chris and wife Kathy have four children — Annaleigh, Chase, Montanna and Ellianna.

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