Athletic Hall of Fame 2009 - Gray

Chris Gray

Gray is one of the top defensive players to ever wear the Alfred State College blue and gold on the football field.  He is the all-time leading tackler in program history.

In 1998, Gray recorded the greatest defensive statistical season in the football program history.  He recorded 131 tackles, was credited with 5.5 sacks, recovered three fumbles, and intercepted one pass.  His success on the field earned him 2nd team NJCAA All-American honors, NFC co-defensive player of the year honors, and the ASC most outstanding football player award.  He was also selected and played in the Breathe Right All-American Bowl.

This followed a freshman season in which he recorded 86 tackles, was credited with half a sack, and intercepted one pass that he returned 55 yards for a score.  He was a 1st team All-NFC selection, a NJCAA honorable mention All-American, and was named the ASC defensive MVP.

His marks of 217 career tackles, 131 single season tackles, and 21 tackles in a game are still school records.

In 1999, Gray was also honored with the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Gray earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Buffalo following his career at Alfred State and spent time playing professionally with the Rochester Brigade in the Arena Football League-2.  He is currently a health/physical education teacher in Rochester.