23 Days: A Look Back At All-American Chris Perry

With only Michael Jordan days until the return of Michigan football, we look back at All-American Chris Perry. The North Carolina native came to Michigan in the early 2000’s under coach Lloyd Carr, finishing with an impressive senior year, and the opportunity to play professionally.

Below are his highlights and achievements:


  • He played for coach Lloyd Carr’s team from 2000 to 2003.
  • As a senior in 2003, he rushed for 1,674 yards and 18 touchdowns and finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting.
  • He set a Michigan game record with 51 carries in a 27–20 win over Michigan State on November 1, 2003.
  • He finished his career fifth on the school’s career rushing list with 3,696 yards and third in rushing touchdowns with 39.
  • He scored a total of 246 points and averaged 4.6 yards per attempt.

College Awards (2003)

  • Outback Bowl MVP
  • Consensus All-American
  • First-team All-Big Ten
  • Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year
  • Doak Walker Award
  • Jim Brown Trophy


  • He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round (26th overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft.
  • He made his NFL debut at the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 3, but he played only two games in his rookie season with the Bengals due to injuries.
  • Perry finished the 2005 season with 279 rushing yards along with 51 receptions for 328 yards and two touchdowns.
  • He fractured his leg in the 11th game of the 2006 season, ending his season.
  • On August 27, 2008, the Bengals cut running back Rudi Johnson from the team, moving Perry as the starter for the 2008 season.
  • Perry was released after the season on April 27, 2009.
  • Profeasional career statistics, Rushing yards: 606
    Rushing average: 3.4
    Rushing TDs: 2

If Chris was a senior on the 2016 team and had a year like he did in 2003, with the new Jordan brand uniforms and the number 23, it would have been something special.

Go Blue!

David Noe