Christopher Drew Akins (born November 29, 1976) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins. He played college football at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
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|Born:||November 29, 1976|
Little Rock, Arkansas
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||Little Rock (AR) Hall|
|NFL Draft:||1999 / Round: 7 / Pick: 212|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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|Player stats at PFR|
Akins attended Hall High School, where he lettered in football and track. As a senior, he received Arkansas player of the year, All-Conference, All-State, and All-American honors, after recording 117 total tackles (85 solo), 17 passes defensed and 4 interceptions.
Akins accepted a football scholarship from the University of Arkansas. As a sophomore, he started 6 games at free safety. He decided to transfer after two years to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
As a junior, because of the one-time transfer rule, he was allowed to play immediately, posting 52 tackles, 11 passes defensed and 6 interceptions. As a senior, he posted 66 tackles (4 for loss), 12 passes defensed, 3 fumble recoveries and 5 interceptions, including 2 returned for touchdowns. He had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the 27-18 win against Alcorn State University. He received All-Southwestern Athletic Conference, second-team Division I-AA All-American and Black College All-American honors.
He finished his college career with 156 tackles (83 solo), 25 passed defensed, 12 interceptions and 6 fumble recoveries. In his two years at Arkansas-Pine-Bluff, he tallied 118 tackles, 23 passes defensed, 11 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries and 9 tackles for loss.
Green Bay PackersEdit
On October 27, 1999, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys from the Green Bay Packers practice squad. Although he only played in nine games, he finished with 15 special teams tackles (second on the team).
In 2000, he was allocated to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, where he helped his team win World Bowl VIII, while registering 47 tackles (fifth on the team), one interception, 7 special teams tackles (second on the team) and a blocked field goal. He made the Cowboys regular season roster but was released on October 31.
Green Bay PackersEdit
The Green Bay Packers claimed him off waivers on November 1, 2000. During the 2001 season, Akins angered head coach Mike Sherman with mental lapses on the field and his attitude off of it. He was cut on December 6, at the time he was tied for third on the team in special teams tackles (7).
New England PatriotsEdit
On March 5, 2004, he signed with the Miami Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent. He spent the season on the team's injured reserve after tearing the medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee, during a workout against the Houston Texans. He was released on September 5, 2005.
- "Packers Notes". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
- "Packers expect Akins to retaliate for being cut". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
- "Packers waive embattled DB Chirs Akins". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
- "Browns lose Roye for rest of the season; sign Akins". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
- "Patriots add safety to ranks". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
- "Dolphins: Akins expected to miss season". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
- "NFL Transactions". Retrieved January 3, 2018.