But while studying journalism and visual storytelling at Georgia, he also wrote, directed, and starred in his own student film, Star Wars: Retribution, which currently has more than half a million YouTube views and counting. While gearing up for the 2018 NFL season, Chris has also become consumed by a new passion: his 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. Combining the explosiveness of his playing style with the visual appeal of one of his favorite sci-fi movies, TRON: Legacy, the Grand Sport was the perfect canvas that Chris utilized to make his sci-fi-inspired vision come to life. Admittedly, he is relatively new to the automotive enthusiast scene, but with his knack for learning things at virtual light-speed, Chris may be building his own race car in no time. We caught up with Chris to talk about how he was able to merge all the great obsessions in his life into a rolling masterpiece.
When did you first want to become a pro football player? What players did you look up to as a kid?
I started playing football in high school. I really didn’t play sports up until then. I had friends who were playing and I wanted to be involved. I started a lot later than most people. I’d watch videos of Jerry( Rice) of course. And then Julio (Jones), A.J. Green, and Larry Fitzgerald.
Did you know from the start that you were a natural at football?
It was a bit of a surprise for me. But it also came with a lot of work. The wins and losses were all lessons I learned from. I was a sophomore in high school when I started getting college offers.
What was the moment when you realized that you could actually make it to the NFL?
I didn’t really know it until I was a junior in college at (the University of) Georgia. Up until then, football was just a means to an end so I could go to college.
What did you think you were going to get into after college, before you made the NFL your Plan A?
I wasn’t really sure. I was in the journalism program because I knew I was decent in front of the camera talking about news and talking about sports. Early in college, I knew I wanted to tell stories and write narratively, so I started doing that and making short films.