| American football player|
248 lb (112 kg)
| Southern Methodist|
| (1974-12-30) December 30, 1974 (age 40)|
San Antonio (TX) Southwest
1998 / Round: 6 / Pick: 161
Southern Methodist University
San Antonio, Texas
Chris Bordano Wikipedia
Christopher E. Bordano (born December 30, 1974) is a retired American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played for the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons.
Bordano was born in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Southwest High School. He accepted a football scholarship from Southern Methodist University. As a sophomore, he became the starter at middle linebacker and was considered the best player on the defense. In 1995, he was injured during fall drills and was lost for the season. The next year, he returned to lead his team and rank fifth in tackles in the Western Athletic Conference.
In 1997, he led the team with 120 tackles and was named the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division Defensive Player of the Year. He left ranked fifth in the SMU's career tackles list (420) and became just the tenth player in school history to be named to three All-conference teams.
Bordano was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round (194th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft. He started 6 games as a rookie at middle linebacker and made 62 tackles, while playing mostly on special teams.
In 1999, although he was considered slow for the position, he showed enough athletic ability to start 12 games at middle linebacker and register 59 tackles. On april 26, 2000, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for cornerback Kevin Mathis.
In 2000, the Dallas Cowboys had a lot of turnover at linebacker and one of the moves made to improve the depth was trading for Bordano. He was passed on the depth chart by rookie Orantes Grant and was released to make room for cornerback Phillippi Sparks on August 28.
On September 7, 2000, he was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Falcons. He appeared in 2 games as a backup, before fracturing a neck vertebra and being placed on the injured reserve list on September 19. He retired after being told by doctors that another injury on the neck could be life-threatening.