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Christian Fauria was a standout Tight End in the NFL for 13 seasons, including 4 with the New England Patriots. He was an important part of two of New England’s Super Bowl Champion squads (2004 and 2005). A California native, Christian attended the University of Colorado where he was first-team All Big 8 and third-team All-American as a senior. He caught 98 passes and had12 career TD’s for the Buffaloes in a successful partnership with quarterback Kordell Stewart, and is the Big 8’s all-time leader in receptions by a tight end. Fauria was selected in the second round of the 1995 NFL draft by Seattle, and spent 7 seasons with the Seahawks. He caught 166 passes for Seattle, the team record for a tight end.

Christian was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent in March of 2002. He caught the first touchdown pass in Gillette Stadium history, a four-yard reception from Tom Brady vs. Pittsburgh on September 9, 2002. He led all Patriots in TD receptions that season with 7, and shared the league lead for TD receptions by a tight end with Tony Gonzalez and Bubba Franks. After leaving New England, he spent one season with the Washington Redskins and one season with the Carolina Panthers. He finished his career with 252 receptions and 22 touchdowns. Upon retirement, Christian embarked on a career in broadcasting and has worked with distinction for several broadcast outlets. He is currently a football analyst for ESPN.

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