Patrick Chung

Patrick Chung
No. 23New England Patriots
Position: Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-08-19) August 19, 1987
Place of birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Rancho Cucamonga (CA)
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Total tackles: 537
Sacks: 4.0
Pass deflections: 40
Interceptions: 9
Forced fumbles: 1
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at

Patrick Christopher Chung (born August 19, 1987) is an American football strong safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon and is of Chinese and Jamaican descent. He has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Personal life

Chung was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He has four brothers and three sisters.[1]

Chung attended Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, where he played football as a safety and wide receiver and was a two-time All-League pick.

Chung's mother, Sophia George-Chung, is a Jamaican reggae artist who was popular in the 1980s.[2] His half-brother, Brian Carey Chung, is a dancer, choreographer, and poet.[3]

College career

Chung enrolled at the University of Oregon in 2004.[4] After redshirting in 2004, Chung took over at the "rover" position in 2005, ranking second on the team with 91 tackles (5 solo), as he caused a fumble and deflected five passes. He earned All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention honors, and a spot on the Sporting News Freshman All-American Team. In 2006, Chung once again earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention, finishing third on the team with 84 tackles, two sacks, and four interceptions.

As a junior, Chung was named Second Team All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 Conference. He received the Gordon E. Wilson Award, given to the team's top special teams player. He averaged 22.3 yards on nine kickoff returns while leading the Ducks with a career-high 117 tackles (71 solos), adding 7.5 stops for loss. He broke up nine passes and was credited with a pair of interceptions.

Chung garnered Third Team All-American accolades in addition to making the All-Pac 10 first-team for the second consecutive year in 2008. Along with offensive lineman Max Unger, the pair set the school record with 51 consecutive starting assignments. He had 92 tackles (58 solos) in 13 games, coming up with two sacks among his 6.5 stops for loss. He caused and recovered a fumble, batted down seven passes and returned his only interception 31 yards for a touchdown.

Chung holds the distinction of starting more games than any other defensive player in Oregon history, having started 51 straight games during his collegiate career.[5]

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BPWonderlic
5 ft 11¼ in 212 lb 4.59 s 1.58 s 2.57 s 4.24 s 7.11 s 34 in 9 ft 11 in 25 reps23
All values from NFL Scouting Combine except shuttle and 3-cone (Oregon Pro Day)

New England Patriots

Chung was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (34th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He signed with the Patriots on July 27, 2009. In Week 6 against the Tennessee Titans on October 18, Chung was credited with his first career interception. He also totaled eight tackles, four of which were solo.

After starting only one game in his rookie season, Chung became a full-time starter at safety in 2010. In Week 1, Chung set a career high with 16 tackles against the Cincinnati Bengals. In the second half of an October 4, 2010 Monday Night Football game against the Miami Dolphins in Week 4, Chung blocked both a punt and a field goal, which led to two Patriots touchdowns. He later returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown. Chung added a 13-tackle game in Week 6 in an overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens, but left in the second quarter of the team's Week 7 game with a knee injury. After missing the next two games, Chung returned in Week 10 to record 11 tackles in a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chung started 13 of 14 games played in 2010, finishing with 96 tackles, three interceptions, and nine passes defensed. In the Patriots' Divisional playoff loss to the New York Jets, Chung was part of a botched fake punt, which was revealed after the game to be Chung's decision.[6]

In Super Bowl XLVI, Chung was noted for his standout play in the Patriots' losing effort, including six tackles and one pass defended.[7]

Chung (#23) pursuing Robert Griffin III in 2013.

Philadelphia Eagles

Chung signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 12, 2013, reuniting him with his college coach Chip Kelly.[8] After one season in Philadelphia in which Chung was hampered by poor play and injuries, he was released on March 11, 2014.[9]

Second stint with Patriots

After his release from the Eagles, Chung re-signed with New England on April 3, 2014.[10] Chung would emerge as the starting strong safety, pairing with All-Pro free fafety Devin McCourty, starting 15 out of 16 games for the Patriots in the 2014 season, recording 85 tackles and 1 interception.

On January 9, 2015, Chung signed a 3-year extension with the Patriots worth up to $8.2 million with incentives.[11] He played in Super Bowl XLIX, on February 1, 2015, where he had one tackle in the Patriot's 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

In 2015, Chung played in 15 regular-season games with 14 starts recording 82 tackles, nine passes defensed, one forced fumble and three special teams tackles.

On April 1, 2016, Chung signed a one-year extension to his contract keeping him with the Patriots through the 2018 season.[12]

Career statistics

2009 NE 16 37 25 12 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 0 1
2010 NE 14 96 72 24 0.0 0 0 0 3 96 32 51 1 9
2011 NE 8 62 37 25 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
2012 NE 12 44 29 15 0.0 0 0 0 2 27 14 27 0 5
2013 PHI 12 59 39 20 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2014 NE 16 85 54 31 0.0 0 0 0 1 10 10 10 0 7
2015 NE 15 85 52 33 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
Total Total 93 468 308 160 3.0 1 1 0 8 135 17 51 1 38



  1. "Patrick Chung Collegiate Player Page". Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  2. Gasper, Christopher L. (2009-04-30). "Hits just keep coming from Chung". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  4. Reiss, Mike (2010-10-23). "Football journey: Patrick Chung". Retrieved 2010-10-28.
  5. "Patrick Chung (SS)". Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  6. Leahy, Sean (2011-01-17). "Patrick Chung, not Bill Belichick, called Patriots' botched fake punt". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  7. Aaron Fentress, "Oregon Ducks rundown: Patrick Chung made biggest hit of Super Bowl XLVI but Spencer Paysinger earned a ring", The Oregonian (Monday, February 6, 2012).
  8. Hughes, Luke (March 12, 2013). "Patrick Chung Signs With Eagles, Reunites With College Coach Chip Kelly". Retrieved 2013-03-13.
  10. Wesseling, Chris (April 3, 2014). "Patrick Chung returning to New England Patriots". Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  11. Yates, Field (January 9, 2015). "Patriots sign Patrick Chung to extension". Retrieved 2015-01-09.
  12. Patra, Kevin (April 1, 2016). "Patriots sign Patrick Chung to one-year extension". Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  13. "Patrick Chung Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 16 June 2016.

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