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Born on September 24, 1978 in Arlington Heights, Illinois, Chris attended John Hersey High School where he played 4 sports, and captained the football and basketball teams his senior year. A bright student athlete, he went on to attended Harvard University, where he was a three-year letterman for the football team. He graduated from Harvard cum laude with a degree in sociology in 2000.
Following college, Chris took an unusual turn and became a professional wrestler. He was a contestant and finalist on the MTV reality show, Tough Enough. On June 10, 2002, Chris made his wrestling debut on WWE’s Monday Night RAW. That same year, he was named “Newcomer of the Year.” Chris was the youngest male Hardcore Champion in WWE history. In 2003, his career ended abruptly due to symptoms he continued to experience from past concussions.
Following his wrestling career, Chris penned Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis, which examined the long-term effects of head trauma among athletes. In the book, Chris, who suffered at least six concussions from his wrestling and football days, draws on his own post-concussion experiences. In addition to his book, Head Games¸ Chris has written several articles for sports and medical journals.
Currently, Chris is the Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, he serves as President of the Sports Legacy Institute, dedicated to furthering sports-related brain injury research and awareness, and improving the safety of contact sports. For his contributions to this field, Chris was chosen as a 2011 Eisenhower Fellow. Chris was also nominated for Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in November 2010 and named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” most powerful people in hockey in the January 2011 issue of The Hockey News. He serves on the National Football League Players Association Mackey/White TBI Research Committee and on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of America.
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