Where Is Chris Leak Now? From Player to Coach and Beyond

June 1, 2024

Christopher Patrick Leak is a significant figure in American gridiron football, known for his exceptional talent as a player and his contributions as a coach. Born on May 3, 1985, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Leak's journey from a high school prodigy to a professional athlete and coach is filled with notable achievements and challenges.

Early Life and High School Career

Birth and Early Recognition

Leak was recognized nationally as early as an 8th grader. His remarkable talent earned him a college football scholarship offer from Wake Forest coach Jim Caldwell. Attending Independence High School, Leak played for the Independence Patriots and led the team to three consecutive North Carolina 4-A state championships.

Records and Accolades

Leak set numerous records during his high school career, including North Carolina state records for passing yards (15,593) and completions (1,013). He also set a national record for career touchdown passes (185). Considered one of the greatest high school quarterbacks of all time, Leak was a Parade All-American and Parade's Player of the Year in 2003, and he was a five-star prospect and the third-best quarterback in the 2003 recruitment class (Scout.com).

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College Career at the University of Florida

Leak accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Florida, where he played under coaches Ron Zook and Urban Meyer from 2003 to 2006. Known for his quiet leadership, he was elected team captain twice.

Freshman and Sophomore Years

In his freshman year, Leak took over as the starting quarterback and set an SEC record for a freshman with a 6–3 record, including wins over LSU and Georgia. During his sophomore year, he continued to improve his skills, including a remarkable six-touchdown performance against South Carolina. This sophomore season also saw the firing of Coach Ron Zook.

Junior and Senior Years

Under Urban Meyer, Leak adapted to the spread offense in 2005 and earned second-team All-SEC honors. Despite rumors of being replaced by Tim Tebow in his junior year, Leak remained the starter. His senior year was marked by leading the Gators to an SEC Championship and a victory in the 2007 BCS National Championship against Ohio State, where he was named the offensive MVP. He also broke several Florida passing records and was consistently recognized on the SEC Academic Honor Roll, while earning a BA in sociology with honors.

Professional Career

NFL and Other Leagues

Although Leak was not drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft, he signed with the Chicago Bears but was cut after the preseason. He had brief tryouts with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 and was drafted by Team Florida in the AAFL, but the league's first season was canceled.

CFL and AFL

Leak signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2008 and later moved to the Montreal Alouettes. He scored a touchdown on his first CFL play and won the Grey Cup in 2009 and 2010. He briefly signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2011 but was cut the same year. Leak also played for the Jacksonville Sharks in 2012 and the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League.

Post-Playing Career

After retiring from playing, Leak transitioned into broadcasting, becoming a host on SiriusXM College Sports Coast-to-Coast in 2012. He began coaching as a quality control coach at the University of Florida in 2013 and was promoted to wide receivers coach in 2014. In 2015, he worked on football development and youth outreach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and later became the head coach at Edgewater High School in 2016, though he resigned after a 0–5 start amid a sexual assault investigation which was later closed as charges were not pressed.

Personal Life and Miscellaneous

Leak currently lives in Orlando, Florida, and remains actively involved in community service and charitable work both during and after his football career. His journey illustrates his resilience and dedication to football, highlighting his impact on and off the field.

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