Letter from Chris Canty
- Parent Category: ROOT
CHRIS CANTY, born on November 10, 1982 in Bronx, New York to Mr. Joseph Canty and Rev. Shirley L. Canty, is currently a defensive tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League. Wearing jersey number 99, Canty began his career in the NFL after he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. fbq('track', 'ViewContent');
Canty excelled at sports as a high school student at Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School. In his junior year, he joined the football team under the leadership of Larry McNulty and was an All-State tight end and defensive end who finished his high school career 20 catches for 400 yards on offense and 161 tackles, 12 quarterback sacks and 2 fumble recoveries on defense. An impressive figure who towered over most of his competitors, Canty proved he would be a force to reckon with on the field after scoring a 66-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass. Recognized as an up-and-coming athletic superstar, Canty was just as impressive on the court as he lettered twice in basketball, earning All-Conference honors; and his collegiate career would be just as rewarding.
Regarded as one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's premier players under the leadership of Al Groh, in 2001 Canty redshirted as a freshman for the University of Virgina and played in every game as a reserve, totaling 23 tackles (19 solos) and 3 quarterback pressures. Canty was determined not to let the fact that he missed the first two games of the season in 2002 due to a broken right tibia, and the clash against West Virginia with a fractured left ulna, hurt his performance. He went on to start eight of eleven games and still managed to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference down linemen with 86 tackles (52 solos) that year, adding a pair of sacks, 4 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 4 pass deflections and 3 fumble recoveries. The following year his hard work and determination were rewarded when Canty earned All-ACC second-team honors, as he again led the league's down linemen with a career-high 104 tackles (53 solos), including 4 sacks, 12 stops for losses and a dozen quarterback pressures. Canty now transitioned from merely performing as an outstanding athlete to one setting records, as this was only the second time in school history that a down lineman made over 100 tackles in a season. A sportsman with respect for the game and his teammates, Canty was voted one of four team captains in 2004. Then, the inevitable happened when Canty suffered a left knee injury in the fourth game against Syracuse when outside linebacker Jermaine Dias fell on his leg after a play. After recovering from surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama, Canty focused on the road ahead. Finishing his career with an outstanding 243 tackles (145 solos), 7 sacks for minus-43 yards, 24 stops for losses of 79 yards, 20 quarterback pressures, 4 fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and 6 pass deflections he could not afford to place his focus elsewhere. With NFL training camp around the corner, Canty was now preparing for the NFL draft.
Doctors said Canty would return to football after rehabilitating his knee, although no one was sure exactly when or if he would play football at the same level that made him a college standout. But Canty doesn't operate out of fear or self-pity. After channeling his inner champion and realizing forward was the only way to go, Canty picked himself up with the help of his family and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with 132nd overall draft pick.
Canty relished his blessing upon entering in the NFL. He played in the season opener at the San Diego Chargers and recorded his first NFL tackle along with a quarterback pressure. Against the Washington Redskins he added his first career sack with a third-quarter tackle of Mark Brunell. He was third on the team, first among linemen with a season-high six tackles at the Oakland Raiders. He also added a half sack and a tackle for a loss. Canty proved he was back on top after recording two tackles against the Eagles as the defense limited the Eagles to 129 total yards, including just 19 on the ground, the fourth lowest rushing total in franchise history. Canty had a season-high two quarterback pressures against the Arizona Cardinals as well as a tackle and a tackle for a loss. Realizing they had drafted a hard-working, devoted sportsman, Canty ended his career with the Cowboys in 2008 and prepared for a new challenge after signing with the New York Giants on March 1, 2009. As a New York Giant, Canty has been a force on and off the field noted for his run stopping abilities and pass blocking skills. Canty is a GIANT in all senses of the word.
His personal life is just as exemplary. Along with the support of his brothers, Joseph and Sekou, Canty started the Chris Canty Camp of Champions; a non-contact, fundamental football camp designed to improve a child’s beginning, intermediate, or advanced skill level. A heart-felt philanthropist who believes in giving back to the community, he is the founder of the Chris Canty Foundation where he encourages all youth to channel their inner champion when faced with adversity. Canty is actively engaged in feeding and assisting the homeless and uplifting the spirit of children during the holiday season by sponsoring toy drives. Bottom line ... Christopher Canty cares; and after overcoming his own adversity he realizes the importance of helping those in his community overcome their own.
His mother a Methodist minister, his father a standout athlete in basketball, Canty always had the loving support and guidance of strong role models. His parents were instrumental in laying the groundwork and providing the blueprint for his success. "I know it's a blessing every time I run onto the field. I think about how far I've come and what I've been through," he recalls as he reflects on his career thus far.
As a professional athelete, Canty continues to find ways to improve his craft and define his skills. As a philanthropist and humanitarian, Canty feels strongly he was blessed so that he could bless others. And, finally, as a champion Canty continues to show the world how to overcome even the most oppressing times by soaring like an eagle even after having broken wings. He is courageous ... he is tenacious .... he is Chris Canty.