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 88   Christian Fauria   TE
  Height: 6-4   Weight: 250
  Year: 11   Yrs/Pat: 4
  Acquired: UFA-02 (SEA)
  School: Colorado
  Major: Communications
  Born: Sep 22, 1971  Northridge  CA

Personal

Christian Fauria was born on Sept. 22, 1971 in Northridge, Calif. … First-team All-California Interscholastic Federation and first-team All-Del Ray League as a tight end at Crespi (Encino, Calif.) High School ... Team captain and most valuable player as a senior while catching 58 passes for 674 yards and six touchdowns … Added 78 tackles and six sacks while playing linebacker … Played only one season of basketball earning most valuable player honors after averaging 16.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game as a senior … Also lettered in track … Inducted into his high schools hall of fame on June 1, 2002 … Owns his own masonry business along with one of his brothers … One brother, Lance, lettered as a tight end at the University of Washington in 1984 and another, Quinn, played fullback at Northern Arizona in 1989 … His sister, Julie, played basketball at the College of the Canyons … Hosted the Christian Fauria Putt-Putt Invitational in 1998 to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County … Christian and his wife Rhonda have a daughter Riley (6/6/00) and son Caleb (8/28/01) … Fauria majored in communications at Colorado.

Career Transactions

Christian Fauria was signed by the New England Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 22, 2002 … Originally drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round (39th overall) of the 1995 NFL draft.


Career Highlights

Career GP/GS: 167/119 (9/4)

Fauria has played in 127 of 128 possible games over the last eight seasons, missing just one contest since the beginning of the 1997 season.

Since joining the Patriots prior to the 2002 season, Fauria has started 36 games at tight end and recorded a total of 71 receptions for 733 yards and 11 touchdowns.

In his first two seasons in New England from 2002-03, Fauria scored nine touchdowns, ranking second on the team over that span and exceeding his seven total touchdown catches in his first seven seasons in the NFL.

Fauria's two career multiple-touchdown games have both come as a member of the Patriots, as he grabbed a pair of touchdown passes against Minnesota (11/24/02) and at Philadelphia (09/14/03).

Fauria led all Patriots with seven touchdown receptions during the 2002 season and also led all NFL tight ends along with Tony Gonzalez (Kansas City) and Bubba Franks (Green Bay).

Fauria's seven touchdowns in 2002 were the most by a Patriots tight end since Ben Coates also had seven in 1997.

Snared 27 passes in 2002, including seven for touchdowns, at an average of one touchdown catch every 3.9 receptions, good for the highest ratio in the NFL among players with at least 20 receptions.

Fauria caught the first touchdown pass in Gillette Stadium history, a four-yard reception from Tom Brady vs. Pittsburgh (09/09/02).

Fauria has recorded 237 catches for 2,416 yards and 18 touchdowns while playing in 151 career games during his 10-year playing career.

Fauria ranks as the Seahawks all-time leader in receptions (166) and yards (1,683) by a tight end.

Fauria established career highs with 37 receptions and 377 yards receiving during the 1998 season.

Fauria nearly equaled his career marks the following season with 35 receptions and 376 yards as the Seahawks finished 9-7 and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1988.



2005 Season

2005 (16/10/0/0): Oakland (9/8): Saw action as the third tight end in the Patriots’ 30-20 victory over the Raiders on opening night. at Carolina (9/18): Played in a reserve role at tight end but did not record a reception. at Pittsburgh (9/25): Started at tight end in the Patriots’ 23-20 victory over the Steelers. San Diego (10/2): Started at tight end but did not collect a reception. at Atlanta (10/9): Saw action in a reserve role at tight end in the Patriots’ 31-28 win over the Falcons. at Denver (10/16): Started at tight end but did not record a reception. Buffalo (10/30): Started at tight end in the Patriots’ 21-16 victory over the Bills on Sunday Night Football. Indianapolis (11/7): Saw limited action at tight end and did not record a catch. at Miami (11/13): Started at tight end and snared two receptions for 23 yards in the Patriots’ 23-16 road victory over the Dolphins … Hauled in a 5-yard pass on third-and-three in the first quarter … Set up Adam Vinatieri’s first field goal of the afternoon with an 18-yard catch over the middle with 18 second remaining in the first half. New Orleans (11/20): Started at tight end in the Patriots’ 24-17 win over the Saints. at Kansas City (11/27): Cut the Chiefs’ lead to 26-16 with a 1-yard touchdown grab with 10:03 remaining in the fourth quarter. N.Y. Jets (12/4): Started at tight end in the Patriots’ 16-3 victory over the Jets. at Buffalo (12/11): Started at tight end and grabbed two receptions for eight yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ commanding 35-7 road victory over the Bills … Snared a 6-yard pass on third-and-one in the second quarter … Got open in the end zone and hauled in a 2-yard touchdown toss to give the Patriots a 28-0 lead … Recovered the Bills onside kick late in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay (12/17): Started at tight end and caught two passes for 20 yards in the Patriots’ 28-0 shutout victory over the Buccaneers … Extended the Patriots’ second touchdown drive with a 17-yard catch on third-and-16 in the second quarter. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Started at tight end and recorded a reception for five yards in the Patriots’ 31-21 victory over the Jets … Kept the Patriots’ final touchdown drive alive with a 5-yard reception on fourthand- three in the third quarter. Miami (1/1): Saw limited action at tight end in a reserve role but did not collected a reception.

2005 Postseason (2/0/0/0): Jacksonville (1/7): Played in a reserve role at tight end in the Patriots’ 28-3 AFC Wild Card victory over the Jaguars. at Denver (1/14): Saw action as a reserve at tight end, but did not record a reception.



2004 season

2004 (16/10, 3/2): Played in all 16 games for the fourth consecutive season while making 10 starts at tight end … Collected 16 receptions for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Indianapolis (9/9): Played in a reserve role at tight end and grabbed a 5-yard reception in the Patriots’ 27-24 victory over the Colts. at Buffalo (10/3): Started at tight end and registered two receptions for 24 yards in the Patriots’ 31-17 victory over the Bills … Grabbed a 17-yard reception on third-and-three. Buffalo (11/14): Started at tight end as the Patriots opened the game in a three tight end formation … Hauled in a 5-yard scoring strike from Tom Brady on a play-action pass with 35 seconds remaining in the second quarter. at Kansas City (11/22): Started at tight end and grabbed a 14-yard reception in the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ 27-19 Monday Night victory over the Chiefs. at Cleveland (12/5): Grabbed one reception for 25 yards in the Patriots’ 42-15 victory over the Browns … Set up Corey Dillon’s first touchdown of the afternoon with a 25-yard reception down to the Browns’ 11-yard line. Cincinnati (12/12): Grabbed three receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ AFC East clinching 35-28 victory over the Bengals … Made a leaping 17-yard touchdown reception in the end zone to give the Patriots a 35-14 lead in the third quarter. at Miami (12/20): Started at tight end and grabbed one reception for eight yards. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Hauled in three receptions for 44 yards in the Patriots’ 23-7 victory over the Jets … Recovered a Corey Dillon fumble in Patriots’ territory in the first quarter … Converted a third-and-two with a 23-yard reception along the sideline in the fourth quarter. San Francisco (1/2): Started at tight end and grabbed three receptions for 37 yards in the Patriots’ 21-7 victory over the 49ers … Snared a 20-yard reception from Tom Brady in the first quarter. Indianapolis (1/16): Started at tight end and snared a 17-yard catch from Tom Brady in the third quarter of the Patriots’ 20-3 victory over the Colts. at Pittsburgh (1/23): Snared a 9-yard reception from Tom Brady in the second quarter of the Patriots’ 41-27 AFC Championship victory over the Steelers. … Recovered the game-clinching onside kick in the fourth quarter. Philadelphia (2/6): Saw action in a reserve role at tight end in the Patriots’ 24-21 victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX … Recovered David Akers onside kick late in the fourth quarter.



2003 Season

2003 (16/13, 3/1): Recorded his highest receptions total in three years, snaring 28 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns … Recorded his second multiple-touchdown game with a two-touchdown performance at Philadelphia (09/14) … Grabbed his 200th career reception with a 12-yard catch against the N.Y. Jets (09/21). Philadelphia (9/14): Hauled in the Patriots first two touchdowns of the season, continuing his effectiveness in the red zone … Got open in the back of the end zone for an eight-yard scoring strike from Tom Brady in the second quarter … Caught his second touchdown reception of the day on a five-yard pass from Brady later in the second quarter. N.Y. Jets (9/21): Registered a team-high 49 receiving yards on three catches … Grabbed his 200th career reception with a 12-yard catch from Brady … Caught two passes for 40 yards on the Patriots first touchdown drive of the afternoon. Tennessee (10/5): Secured the Patriots’ 38-30 victory by recovering the Titans onside kick with less than a minute left to play in the game. Dallas (11/16): Saw action in a reserve role and tied for the team lead with three receptions. Indianapolis (11/30): Started at tight end and finished tied for second on the team with a season-high five receptions for 45 yards in the Patriots’ dramatic 38-34 victory over the Colts. Tennessee (1/10): Hauled in three catches for 42 yards in the Patriots’ 17-14 divisional playoff victory over the Titans … Made a leaping nine-yard catch on fourth-and-one in the first quarter … Snared a 19-yard reception from Brady, which helped set up Antowain Smith’s one-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter. Indianapolis (1/18): Recovered a key onside kick with 2:24 remaining in the fourth quarter.

2002 Season

2002 (16/13): Led all Patriots receivers with a career-high seven receiving touchdowns … His seven total touchdowns tied for second on the team behind Antowain Smith (8) … In his seven years prior to joining the Patriots, had caught seven touchdown passes … The last Patriot tight end to catch seven touchdown passes in one season was Ben Coates in 1997 … Recorded the first multiple touchdown game of his career vs. Minnesota (11/24) … Became the first Patriot tight end to record two scores in one game since Ben Coates on Sept. 19, 1999 vs. Indianapolis. Pittsburgh (9/9): Caught the first touchdown pass in Gillette Stadium history, a four-yard grab from Tom Brady in the first quarter, to kick start the Patriots 30-14 win over the Steelers on Monday Night Football. San Diego (9/29): Caught a season-high four passes for 39 yards and his second touchdown as a Patriot … Hauled in a five-yard touchdown pass from Brady on the Patriots first offensive possession of the game. Denver (10/27): Grabbed his third touchdown pass of the season, establishing a career high in just the seventh game of the season. Buffalo (11/3): Played a key role in kick-starting the Patriots 38-7 win over the Bills by snaring a five-yard touchdown pass from Brady on the Patriots first possession of the game … Helped block for Antowain Smith to rush for a season-high 111 yards. Oakland (11/17): Made an acrobatic catch on a career-long, 33-yard reception in the third quarter. Minnesota (11/24): Set a career high with two touchdown catches in the Patriots 24-17 win over the Vikings … Got the Patriots on the board with a nine-yard touchdown catch in the back of the end zone from Brady on the Patriots first drive of the game, the third time during the season he caught a touchdown on the Patriots first offensive possession of the game … Also snared a one-yard touchdown grab for his sixth touchdown of the season. Buffalo (12/8): Tied his career-long with a 33-yard grab, helping to set up the Patriots first touchdown in their 27-17 win over the Bills. N.Y. Jets (12/22): Snared his team-leading seventh touchdown catch of the season, a six-yard strike. Miami (12/29): Caught a key two-point conversion and grabbed a four-yard pass in the Patriots come-from-behind, 27-24 overtime win over the Dolphins.

2001 Season

2001 (16/11 – Seattle): With Seattle: Started in 11 of 16 games and totaled 21 receptions for 188 yards (9.0 avg.) with one touchdown … Had at least two receptions in eight games … Added one special teams tackle. Oakland (9/30): Caught a season-high four passes for 34 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown reception. Jacksonville (10/7): Started and helped open holes for the Seahawk rushing attack that gained 185 yards rushing on 36 attempts (5.1 avg.). Oakland (11/11): Started and was part of an offensive front which helped Seattle set a franchise record with 319 yards rushing on 42 attempts (7.6 avg.). San Diego (12/30): Caught a two-point conversion which gave the Seahawks a 22-16 lead in their 25-22 victory. Kansas City (1/6/02): Hauled in season and career-long 30-yard reception in season finale.

2000 Season

2000 (15/10 – Seattle): With Seattle: Played in 15 games with 10 starts and totaled 28 receptions for 237 yards while matching a career high with two touchdown receptions … Added one special teams tackle … Fauria and Itula Mili combined for five touchdowns, marking the most by the position since Mike Tice and Travis McNeal combined for five in 1991. Kansas City (10/2): Tied for the team lead with four receptions for 25 yards … Helped lead the way for the Seahawks rushing attack which gained a season-high 189 yards on 33 carries (5.7 avg.). Kansas City (10/29): Set season-highs with five catches and 50 yards and also snared a 2-yard touchdown pass. San Diego (11/5): Caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in 17-15 victory over the Chargers … It was the first time in his career he recorded a touchdown in back-to-back games.

1999 Season

1999 (16/16, 1/1 – Seattle): With Seattle: Started all 16 games and nearly equaled his career-highs with 35 receptions and 376 yards receiving … Seahawks earned a 9-7 record and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1988 … Started the Wild Card playoff game versus Miami (1/9/00) and tied for the team lead with three catches for 31 yards … Caught at least one pass in the final 14 games of the season, including the Wild Card playoff game against Miami. San Diego (10/17): Led the Seahawks with 60 yards receiving on four receptions, including a season-long 25 yard reception against the Chargers. Cincinnati (11/7): Started at tight end and helped lead the Seahawk rushing attack which gained 173 yards rushing on 37 carries (4.7 avg.). Chargers (12/12): Grabbed four catches for 35 yards. Kansas City (12/26): Established career-highs with six catches for 84 yards in the Seahawks 23-14 victory at the final regular season game in the Kingdome … Led the Seahawks in both catches and receiving yards. Miami (1/9/00): Tied for the team lead with three catches for 41 yards in the Seahawks first playoff game since 1988.

1998 Season

1998 (16/15 – Seattle): With Seattle: Finished the season with a career-high 37 receptions, tying the Seahawks single-season record for a tight end (Ron Howard, 1976) … Also established career-highs in receiving yards (377) and touchdowns (2). Pittsburgh (9/27): Scored the Seahawks only touchdown with an acrobatic 14-yard reception, his first of the season. Oakland (11/1): Totaled 56 yards receiving on four receptions, including a season-high 25-yard grab. Oakland (11/15): Caught a 12-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 17 with only 1:01 remaining … Totaled four catches for 32 yards. Denver (12/27): Closed out his record setting season with season highs of five receptions and 67 yards receiving … Helped lead the way for the Seahawks rushing attack which gained a season-high 226 yards rushing on 41 carries (5.5 avg.) against the Broncos.

1997 Season

1997 (16/3 – Seattle): With Seattle: Played 16 games with three starts and caught ten passes for 110 yards (11.0 avg.) … Credited with four tackles on special teams. N.Y. Jets (8/31): Started the season opener and set season-highs with two catches and 27 yards receiving. Tennessee (10/5): Tied his season-high with two catches for 13 yards and also opened holes for the Seahawks top rushing performance of the season, 167 yards on 19 attempts (8.8 avg.). Atlanta (11/30): Set a career-high, which he later eclipsed, with a 25-yard reception.

1996 Season

1996 (10/9 – Seattle): With Seattle: Played in 10 games and started nine before being placed on injured reserve … Caught 18 passes for 214 yards and one touchdown. San Diego (10/27): Started and helped open holes for a Seahawk rushing attack which gained a season-high 208 yards on 34 attempts (6.1 avg.) in a 32-13 victory over the Chargers. Denver (12/1): Recorded a season-high four receptions for 53 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown reception.

1995 Season

1995 (14/9 – Seattle): With Seattle: Played 14 games, including nine starts, and caught 17 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown … Established a Seahawks rookie tight end record with 17 receptions and 181 yards. Kansas City (9/3): Caught three passes for 37 yards in his first professional game. San Diego (9/10): Started his first NFL game and set season-highs with four receptions and 41 receiving yards … Grabbed his only touchdown of the season, on a 20-yard reception.

College

Finished his Colorado career with 98 receptions for 1,058 yards, and 12 touchdowns … Ranked fourth in school history in receptions and ninth in yards … Big 8 Conference record-holder for receptions by a tight end … Voted team captain as a senior … Winner of the Derek Singleton Award which is given to the Colorado player who displays the spirit, enthusiasm, and dedication, as a sophomore, junior and senior … First-team All-Big 8 Conference as a senior and third-team Associated Press All-American choice … Caught 35 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns as a senior and finished second on the team in receptions … Registered a single-game high seven receptions for 43 yards against Michigan and had at least four receptions in three other games … Ended the season with a one-yard touchdown reception against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl … Started every game as a junior and caught 30 passes for 351 yards and one touchdown … Started the season with nine receptions for 97 yards against Texas … Second-team all-conference as a sophomore and caught 31 passes for 326 yards on five touchdowns … Reception total was the most by a Colorado tight end since 1984 … Played every game in 1991 as a redshirt freshman … First catch went for a touchdown against Oklahoma … Caught a game-winning 20-yard touchdown pass from field goal formation in a 16-12 win over Oklahoma State.

Extra Points

Christian served as the honorary ringmaster for the Big Apple Circus in April, 2004.

Christian was inducted into his high school’s hall of fame in a ceremony on June 1, 2002.