Christine Michael

Christine Michael

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Michael with the Seattle Seahawks in 2015
No. 32Green Bay Packers
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: November 9, 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth: Beaumont, Texas
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Beaumont (TX) West Brook
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 62
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Rushing yards: 970
Rushing average: 4.3
Rushing touchdowns: 6
Receiving yards: 124
Receiving touchdowns: 1
Player stats at

Christine Lynn Michael (/ˈkrɪstɪn ˈmkəl/; born November 9, 1990) is an American football running back for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas A&M, and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, where he and the team won Super Bowl XLVIII.

Early years

A native of Beaumont, Texas, Michael attended West Brook Senior High School in Beaumont, and played high school football for the West Brook Bruins. He rushed for 3,927 yards on 501 carries. He was also named the District 21-5A Offensive MVP as a junior in 2007. He won the 2009 Walter Payton Trophy for the best high school football athlete. He participated in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and was a finalist for the 2008 Hall Trophy for the best player in the nation.[1]

Michael was also on the West Brook Senior High School track team, where he competed as a sprinter. He was timed at 11.02 seconds in the 100 meters as a junior.[2] He was also a member of the 4 × 100m (42.00) and 4 × 200m (1:28.45) relay squads.[3]

Considered a five-star recruit by, Michael was listed the No. 3 running back prospect in the nation (behind Hall Trophy winner and fellow US Army All-American Bryce Brown and Alabama's Trent Richardson).[4]

College career

Michael accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Texas A&M University, where he played for the Texas A&M Aggies football team from 2009 to 2012. In 2009, after posting 844 total rushing yards on 166 carries, Michael received Offensive Freshman of the Year honors from the Big 12 Conference.[5]

Michael underwent season-ending surgery during the 2010 season due to a cracked right tibia. He compiled 631 total yards for four touchdowns.[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BPWonderlic
5 ft 10 in 220 lb31 1/2 in9 3/8 in 4.54 s 1.49 s 2.51 s 4.02 s 6.69 s 43 in 10 ft 5 in 27 reps11[7]
All values from NFL Combine[8]

Seattle Seahawks

Michael was selected in the second round (62nd overall) by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2013 NFL Draft. During his first two seasons, Michael saw limited action as the third running back behind Pro-bowl veteran Marshawn Lynch and backup Robert Turbin. The Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII and made an appearance in Super Bowl XLIX during that time. Michael was traded to the Dallas Cowboys on September 6, 2015, after the Seahawks signed veteran Fred Jackson. In exchange for Michael, the Seahawk's received a conditional seventh round draft pick (#225-Devin Lucien).[9]

Dallas Cowboys

Michael was acquired to help improve their depth at running back after the departure of Demarco Murray via free agency. After being inactive the first three weeks, it was rumored during the Cowboy's bye week that the coaching staff would possibly name him the starter. Instead Michael played in 5 games as a backup. On November 17, 2015, he was waived to make room for former Seahawk's teammate Robert Turbin.[10]

Washington Redskins

On November 19, 2015, he signed with the Washington Redskins practice squad. He was released on December 15, 2015.[11]

Second stint with Seattle Seahawks

On December 16, 2015, the Seattle Seahawks signed Michael after injuries to Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls.[12] In his first game back with the Seahawks, Michael rushed for a career-high 84-yards against the Cleveland Browns. Michael rushed a new career-high of 102 rushing yards, including a 45-yard run, against the Arizona Cardinals two weeks later.

Michael received his first start in a playoff game in Seattle's Wild Card match up against the Minnesota Vikings and finished the 10-9 victory with 70 rushing yards and 14 receiving yards.

On March 17, 2016, Michael signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

In week three of the 2016 season, Michael had the a career game after rushing for 106-yards and two touchdowns.[13]

On November 15, 2016, the Seattle Seahawks released Michael even though he had been their starting running back for 7 of their 10 games and was the team's leader in rushing yards and attempts. After much speculation, head coach Pete Carroll cited that his release was due to the return of Thomas Rawls and the emergence of rookie running back C.J. Prosise alongside Michael's significant reduction in effectiveness on the field.[14]

Green Bay Packers

Michael was claimed off waivers by the Green Bay Packers on November 16, 2016.[15]


Season Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2013 SEA 4 0 18 79 4.4 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 SEA 10 0 34 175 5.1 45 0 1 12 12.0 12 0 1 0
2015 DAL/SEA 8 2 54 243 4.5 45 0 3 16 5.3 11 0 0 0
2016 SEA 9 7 117 469 4.0 41 6 20 96 4.8 13 1 2 1
Total 31 9 223 966 4.3 45 6 24 124 5.2 13 1 3 1

Personal life

Michael's first name, which is unusual for a male, is pronounced KRIS-tin /ˈkrɪstɪn/.[16] His mother told him that she wanted her first child to be a girl and so she chose the name before she knew the baby's sex; she likened the name to the character in the Johnny Cash song "A Boy Named Sue".[17]


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  9. Patra, Kevin (September 6, 2015). "Seahawks trade RB Christine Michael to Cowboys". Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  10. Bergman, Jeremy (November 17, 2015). "Christine Michael released by Dallas Cowboys". Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  11. Tesfatsion, Master (December 15, 2015). "Redskins waive injured Trenton Robinson, release Christine Michael from practice squad". Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  12. Tesfatsion, Master (December 16, 2016). "Seattle Seahawks re-sign Christine Michael to add depth at running back position". Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  13. "Seahawks re-sign RB Christine Michael". Seattle Seahawks. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  14. Kevin Patra (November 16, 2016). "Packers claim Christine Michael off waivers;why was he waived?". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  15. "Packers claim RB Christine Michael". November 16, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  16. "Current and Former Player Name Pronunciation Guide". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  17. Zwerneman, Brent (September 7, 2009). "It's easy for a boy named 'Christine'". San Antonio Express-News. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
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