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Meet New York Jets’ Running Back Chris Ivory

By Alan Schechter

November 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) against the Atlanta Falcons prior to kickoff of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

This morning, we are going to meet a young man who Jets fans have been begging for the team to acquire for some two years now. He’s finally here, and his job is to make everyone forget Shonn “Three yards and a cloud of dust” Greene. He is explosive, and he should not have any trouble making his mark. You love him. We are going to meet RB Chris Ivory.

Born in Longview, Texas, Chris Ivory lettered in both football and track and field while at Longview High School, showing right away the quality of athlete that he was.

Ivory spent three years at Washington State, and although he was limited by injury, ran the ball 91 times for 534 yards over 22 games. However, the coaching staff was replaced during his time at the college, and Ivory was pushed lower on the depth chart, and he eventually was dropped from the team for violating team rules.

His final year was spent at a Division II school, Tiffin, in Tiffin, Ohio. He again was beset by a season ending injury, but played in five games before the injury, rushing 39 times for 223 yards, well over five yards per carry. Despite all of the injury problems, his speed was getting some serious notice from the NFL.

However, it wasn’t enough to get drafted. He was signed as a UDFA, immediately following the 2010 NFL draft, by the New Orleans Saints. He had the chance to play thanks to injuries to Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. How did he respond? 137 carries for 716 yards to lead the team. However, he still had some injury problems, as a foot injury led Chris to the injured reserve list, preventing him from playing in the post season.

Here are his career stats to date:

Finally, here is some video. I know I have used it before, but it is just so much fun to watch:

I don’t know about you guys, but I can look past the fact that he has had injury problems in his past. With the ability to run with that kind of nastiness, he can wear the Green and White any time he wants.

I am pumped to see him run for us.