Chad Eaton

Chad Eaton
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-04-06) April 6, 1972
Place of birth: Exeter, New Hampshire
Career information
High school: Puyallup (WA) Rogers
College: Washington State
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 7 / Pick: 241
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 103
Tackles: 378
Sacks: 15.5
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Chad Everett Eaton (born April 6, 1972 in Exeter, New Hampshire) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Washington State University.

Early years

Eaton attended Governor John R. Rogers High School, where he was a two-way lineman. As a senior he was an All-State selection and named the Prep Lineman Of The Year by the Washington State Sportswriter Association

He accepted a scholarship from Washington State University, but didn't play in his first year because of failing to meet the requirements of Proposition 48. He became a starter at defensive tackle as a junior, making 62 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and one pass defensed.

As a senior he recorded 69 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 2 passes defensed, 2 blocked kicks and received the Morris Trophy as the best offensive and defensive lineman in the conference. He finished his career with 23 starts, 146 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries.

Professional career

Arizona Cardinals

Eaton was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round (241st overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. He was waived on August 14.[1]

New York Jets

On August 16, 1995, he signed with the New York Jets and was released on August 26.[2][3]

Cleveland Browns

On September 28, 1995, he was signed by the Cleveland Browns to the practice squad.[4] He was promoted to the active roster for the last two games of the season, although he didn't play after being declared inactive. In 1996, the Browns moved to Baltimore and were re-named as the Ravens. He was cut on August 19.[5]

New England Patriots

On August 27, 1996, he was signed by the New England Patriots. On November 28, he was promoted to the active roster for the final four games of the season and 3 playoff games. The next year he was a reserve player until earning a start in the final game against the Miami Dolphins, he finished the season with 21 tackles, 3 passes defensed and one sack.

In 1998, he earned the starting nose tackle job, posting 69 tackles (ninth on the team), 6 sacks (second on the team), 3 fumble recoveries, 4 passes defensed and one forced fumble. He also received AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers, after sacking quarterback Kordell Stewart three times and forcing a fumble that was recovered for a touchdown.

In 1999, he recorded 53 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. The next year he registered 78 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 passes defensed and one forced fumble. Against the Buffalo Bills he earned special teams player of the week after blocking 2 field goals, which included the potential game-winner in overtime.

Seattle Seahawks

On March 9, 2001, he was signed as a free agent by the Seattle Seahawks to a four-year deal worth $10.7 million and was team up with defensive tackle John Randles who was another free agent signing. He finished with 57 tackles (led the defensive linemen), one sack, 2 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In 2002, he registered 73 tackles, one sack, 3 passes defensed and 3 fumble recoveries.

On August 12, 2003, he underwent surgery on his right knee. On August 26, he was placed on the injured reserve list. On September 3, he had an emergency knee surgery to remove an infection. He was released on February 27, 2004, after not being able to recover from his previous right knee surgeries.

Dallas Cowboys

On August 25, 2004, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent to a one-year contract worth $660,000, to be a run specialist. He started the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings in place of a suspended Leonardo Carson and would be a backup for the rest of the year. He was cut on October 30.

Personal life

Eaton was arrested in Monroe, Washington on Saturday, July 21, 2007, on domestic violence charges. When questioned about Eaton after his July 2007 arrest, KCPQ stated that he was not currently on the station's sports lineup.

He is now featured as a regular guest host on Seattle, Washington radio station 99.9 FM KISW's BJ SHEA Morning Experience. In a segment called "Hawk-Talk" where he regularly gives predictions and post game analysis of the Seattle Seahawks performance. His segment is each Monday morning usually in the 9 o'clock hour.

In 2011, he was hired as the defensive line coach at Central State University.

In a November, 2011, interview with the Dayton Daily News, Eaton claimed that Bill Belichick paid him to start fights with other players during practice.[6]


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