A standout athlete at Everett High School, Chris Chandler had lettered in football, basketball, baseball, track and golf by the time he graduated in 1983. He passed for over 2,000 yards and 49 touchdowns during his high school career and was recruited by the University of Washington.
At the UW, he started 27 of 32 career games, passed for 4,735 yards and tossed 34 career touchdown passes. He was named Most Valuable Player of both the 1985 Freedom Bowl and the 1987 Independence Bowl. A fitting end to his collegiate career came when he was named Offensive Player of the Game in the 1988 Senior Bowl.
Drafted in the third round of the 1988 National Football League Draft, Chris Chandler played 17 NFL seasons and set a league record by throwing at least one touchdown pass for seven different teams. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, he threw for over 28,000 yards and 170 touchdowns in his NFL career. Career highlights include throwing for 352 yards and four touchdowns in a 1995 game for the Houston Oilers and leading the Atlanta Falcons to a 14-2 record in 1998. Chandler then guided the Falcons to victories over the Minnesota Vikings for the Division Championship and over the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC Championship. As a Pro Bowl and first team All Pro selection, Chandler finished the season by quarterbacking the Falcons in the Super Bowl, which was this Atlanta team’s first appearance in the Super Bowl.