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Chris Scelfo
Tight Ends Coach

Biography

Scelfo’s work with the future Hall of Famer has also assisted in cementing Gonzalez’s legacy. Entering the 2013 season, he is only the second player in NFL history to record more than 1,200 receptions (1,242) in addition to holding the NFL record for receptions (1,242), receiving yards (14,268), touchdowns (103), 100-yard games (30), Pro Bowl appearances (13) and 1,000-yard seasons (four) than any other tight end in League history. His 103 receiving touchdowns also rank sixth in the NFL history amongst all players. Gonzalez has also posted 70 or more receptions 10 consecutive seasons dating back to 2003. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he has tied Tim Brown’s record for consecutive seasons with 70 or more catches.

Under Scelfo’s direction, Tony Gonzalez was voted to the NFC Pro Bowl for the second straight season time and 12th All-Star game overall in his brilliant career in 2011. Gonzalez amassed his second-highest total as a Falcon with 80 receptions (fourth-highest total by all NFL tight ends) for 875 yards and seven touchdowns. He became the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver behind WR Jerry Rice with his 1,149 catches and ranks 11th in League annals with 13,338 receiving yards.

Gonzalez continues to lead all tight ends in NFL history heading into the 2012 season in receptions (1,149), yards (13,338), touchdowns (95) and 100-yard games (28), as well as holding a streak of 179 consecutive games with a reception, the third longest active streak in the League.

Scelfo’s determined work with undrafted free agent Michael Palmer also paid dividends again in 2011 as the ex-Parkview High School product caught 10 passes for 72 yards, including a clutch touchdown against Minnesota in Week 12 to contribute to a 24- 14 victory.

In 2010, Gonzalez totaled 70 receptions for 656 yards and six touchdowns. He became the first player in NFL history to record 12 consecutive 60-plus catch seasons, surpassing Jerry Rice’s previous mark of 11. Also, Gonzalez became the first tight end in NFL history and sixth player overall to register 1,000 career receptions.

Under the watchful eye of Scelfo in 2009, Gonzalez set a then Falcons franchise record for receptions by a tight end in a season with 83 in 2009 while adding 867 receiving yards and six touchdowns. In his first game in a Falcons uniform, Gonzalez not only scored a touchdown, but became the 21st player in NFL history to top 11,000 career receiving yards.

Scelfo came to Atlanta in 2008 after spending eight years as one of the most successful head coaches in the history of Tulane University.

In 2006, as Tulane University’s head boss, Scelfo became the school’s career leader for games coached with 94 and ranks second among coaches in victories with 37. He is the only Green Wave head coach in the school’s history with two bowl victories after guiding the university to wins in the 1998 Liberty Bowl and the 2002 Hawaii Bowl. Less than a month after he was hired to lead Tulane (1998), the Green Wave’s victory over BYU in the Liberty Bowl capped a perfect 12-0 campaign.

During his winning stint at Tulane, Scelfo sent nine players to the NFL, including first round draft pick quarterbacks Patrick Ramsey (2002) and J.P. Losman (2004). His teams performed well in the classroom as well, as Scelfo’s student-athletes logged an average graduation rate of 75 percent (2003-06).

In Scelfo’s two previous coaching stops at the University of Georgia (1996-98) and Marshall (1990- 95), his teams advanced to postseason in seven of nine seasons while registering eight winning records. At Georgia, Scelfo served as the Assistant Head Coach/ Offensive Line coach while the Bulldogs recorded a 23- 11 mark with appearances in the Outback Bowl (1997) and Peach Bowl (1998). He coached three offensive linemen who were first or second round NFL draft picks, including first round choice Matt Stinchcomb and second rounders Adam Meadows and Chris Terry.

During Scelfo’s time at Marshall, the Thundering Herd reached the I-AA national semi-finals five times, the national finals four times and won the 1992 national championship. He coached the offensive line from 1990-92 and was promoted to offensive coordinator from 1993-95, as well as maintaining his offensive line duties. As offensive coordinator, Marshall led the Southern Conference in scoring all three years while grabbing the top spot in total offense for two seasons.

Scelfo began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, now the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The Indians won the I-AA national title in 1987, which came on the heels of his playing career at the school then known as Northeast Louisiana. From 1988-89, Scelfo was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma.

As a NLU player, Scelfo was a three-year letterman at center who served as captain his senior season. Scelfo and his wife, Nancy, have one daughter, Sarah Beth and a son, Joseph, who is a redshirt freshman center at South Alabama.

Chris is the co-author of “Fourth And New Orleans”, the story of the Tulane Green Wave during and after Hurricane Katrina. He is also a member of the Italian- American Hall of Fame.

Scelfo’s Coaching Background
  • 2008-13 - Tight Ends // Falcons
  • 1998-06 - Head Coach // Tulane
  • 1996-98 - Asst. Head Coach/Off. Line // Georgia
  • 1993-95 - Off. Coord./Offensive Line // Marshall
  • 1990-92 - Offensive Line // Marshall
  • 1988-89 - Graduate Assistant // Oklahoma
  • 1986-87 - Graduate Assistant // NE Louisiana

Scelfo’s work with the future Hall of Famer has also assisted in cementing Gonzalez’s legacy. Entering the 2013 season, he is only the second player in NFL history to record more than 1,200 receptions (1,242) in addition to holding the NFL record for receptions (1,242), receiving yards (14,268), touchdowns (103), 100-yard games (30), Pro Bowl appearances (13) and 1,000-yard seasons (four) than any other tight end in League history. His 103 receiving touchdowns also rank sixth in the NFL history amongst all players. Gonzalez has also posted 70 or more receptions 10 consecutive seasons dating back to 2003. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he has tied Tim Brown’s record for consecutive seasons with 70 or more catches.

Under Scelfo’s direction, Tony Gonzalez was voted to the NFC Pro Bowl for the second straight season time and 12th All-Star game overall in his brilliant career in 2011. Gonzalez amassed his second-highest total as a Falcon with 80 receptions (fourth-highest total by all NFL tight ends) for 875 yards and seven touchdowns. He became the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver behind WR Jerry Rice with his 1,149 catches and ranks 11th in League annals with 13,338 receiving yards.

Gonzalez continues to lead all tight ends in NFL history heading into the 2012 season in receptions (1,149), yards (13,338), touchdowns (95) and 100-yard games (28), as well as holding a streak of 179 consecutive games with a reception, the third longest active streak in the League.

Scelfo’s determined work with undrafted free agent Michael Palmer also paid dividends again in 2011 as the ex-Parkview High School product caught 10 passes for 72 yards, including a clutch touchdown against Minnesota in Week 12 to contribute to a 24- 14 victory.

In 2010, Gonzalez totaled 70 receptions for 656 yards and six touchdowns. He became the first player in NFL history to record 12 consecutive 60-plus catch seasons, surpassing Jerry Rice’s previous mark of 11. Also, Gonzalez became the first tight end in NFL history and sixth player overall to register 1,000 career receptions.

Under the watchful eye of Scelfo in 2009, Gonzalez set a then Falcons franchise record for receptions by a tight end in a season with 83 in 2009 while adding 867 receiving yards and six touchdowns. In his first game in a Falcons uniform, Gonzalez not only scored a touchdown, but became the 21st player in NFL history to top 11,000 career receiving yards.

Scelfo came to Atlanta in 2008 after spending eight years as one of the most successful head coaches in the history of Tulane University.

In 2006, as Tulane University’s head boss, Scelfo became the school’s career leader for games coached with 94 and ranks second among coaches in victories with 37. He is the only Green Wave head coach in the school’s history with two bowl victories after guiding the university to wins in the 1998 Liberty Bowl and the 2002 Hawaii Bowl. Less than a month after he was hired to lead Tulane (1998), the Green Wave’s victory over BYU in the Liberty Bowl capped a perfect 12-0 campaign.

During his winning stint at Tulane, Scelfo sent nine players to the NFL, including first round draft pick quarterbacks Patrick Ramsey (2002) and J.P. Losman (2004). His teams performed well in the classroom as well, as Scelfo’s student-athletes logged an average graduation rate of 75 percent (2003-06).

In Scelfo’s two previous coaching stops at the University of Georgia (1996-98) and Marshall (1990- 95), his teams advanced to postseason in seven of nine seasons while registering eight winning records. At Georgia, Scelfo served as the Assistant Head Coach/ Offensive Line coach while the Bulldogs recorded a 23- 11 mark with appearances in the Outback Bowl (1997) and Peach Bowl (1998). He coached three offensive linemen who were first or second round NFL draft picks, including first round choice Matt Stinchcomb and second rounders Adam Meadows and Chris Terry.

During Scelfo’s time at Marshall, the Thundering Herd reached the I-AA national semi-finals five times, the national finals four times and won the 1992 national championship. He coached the offensive line from 1990-92 and was promoted to offensive coordinator from 1993-95, as well as maintaining his offensive line duties. As offensive coordinator, Marshall led the Southern Conference in scoring all three years while grabbing the top spot in total offense for two seasons.

Scelfo began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, now the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The Indians won the I-AA national title in 1987, which came on the heels of his playing career at the school then known as Northeast Louisiana. From 1988-89, Scelfo was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma.

As a NLU player, Scelfo was a three-year letterman at center who served as captain his senior season. Scelfo and his wife, Nancy, have one daughter, Sarah Beth and a son, Joseph, who is a redshirt freshman center at South Alabama.

Chris is the co-author of “Fourth And New Orleans”, the story of the Tulane Green Wave during and after Hurricane Katrina. He is also a member of the Italian- American Hall of Fame.

Scelfo’s Coaching Background
  • 2008-13 - Tight Ends // Falcons
  • 1998-06 - Head Coach // Tulane
  • 1996-98 - Asst. Head Coach/Off. Line // Georgia
  • 1993-95 - Off. Coord./Offensive Line // Marshall
  • 1990-92 - Offensive Line // Marshall
  • 1988-89 - Graduate Assistant // Oklahoma
  • 1986-87 - Graduate Assistant // NE Louisiana
 

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