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Christian Ballard
DE #99
Height:
6-4
Weight:
283
College:
Iowa
Hometown:
Lawrence, KS
Experience:
3
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 32 29 16 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2012 MIN 16 16 10 6 1 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 MIN 16 13 6 7 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 32 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 MIN 16 1 0 0 2 -- 0 -- -- 0 0 0
2011 MIN 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 32 2 12 6 8 0 0 0 0 1
2012 MIN 16 2 12 6 8 0 0 0 0 1
2011 MIN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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BIOGRAPHY

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2011 (16/2), 2012 (16/0, 1/0). Total- 32/2, 1/0.

  • • Art major in college comes from a musically gifted family and plays the cello and bass in his free time. 
  • • Started 1st career game at Green Bay (11/14/11). 
  • • Has played in every game his opening 2 seasons at several positions along the defensive line.  

OFF THE FIELD Active with Boys and Girls Clubs...Was an art major while attending Iowa...Plays the cello and bass in his spare time…Musical talent runs in the family as he is the nephew of Hank Ballard, the man who is responsible for the hit ‘The Twist’ which was later redone by Chubby Checker...Has a son, Reece...Teammates at Iowa with fellow Vikings Chad Greenway, Seth Olsen and James Vandenberg.

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2011 (16/2), 2012 (16/0, 1/0). Total- 32/2, 1/0.

  • • Art major in college comes from a musically gifted family and plays the cello and bass in his free time. 
  • • Started 1st career game at Green Bay (11/14/11). 
  • • Has played in every game his opening 2 seasons at several positions along the defensive line.  

OFF THE FIELD Active with Boys and Girls Clubs...Was an art major while attending Iowa...Plays the cello and bass in his spare time…Musical talent runs in the family as he is the nephew of Hank Ballard, the man who is responsible for the hit ‘The Twist’ which was later redone by Chubby Checker...Has a son, Reece...Teammates at Iowa with fellow Vikings Chad Greenway, Seth Olsen and James Vandenberg.

PRO Started a pair of games during his rookie season...Earned 1st career start at Green Bay (11/14/11)...Selected #106 overall in 2011 by the Vikings...Is the 1st Iowa Hawkeye drafted by the Vikings since 1st Round LB Chad Greenway in 2006.

2012 Saw action in each game, including Wild Card playoff at Green Bay...Notched 1st career sack and career-high 4 tackles at St. Louis (12/16)...Posted sack in 1st playoff action at Green Bay (1/5/13)...Had back-to-back games with 3 QB hurries at St. Louis (12/16) and at Houston (12/23)...Regular on KO return unit and added 5 tackles on KO coverage unit.

2011 Played in all 16 games and started 2 as a rookie...Was 1st member of Vikings defensive rookie class to start a game, later joined by DBs Mistral Raymond and Brandon Burton...Had season-high 3 tackles at Green Bay (11/14) and vs. Denver (12/4)...Started at Green Bay (11/14) and at Detroit (12/11)...Notched season-best 3 QB hurries at Atlanta (11/27)...Regular on special teams units and member of the defensive line rotation...Forced a fumble vs. Oakland (11/20)...Ended season with 4 special teams tackles.

COLLEGE Started in 39 of his 49 collegiate contests…21 of those starts coming at LDE and 18 at DT…Made the transition from DE to DT before his junior season…Totaled 12 sacks during his 4-year career…Finished with 153 tackles and 21.5 TFLs at Iowa…The 2010 season saw him rotate along the defensive line making 8 starts on the outside and 5 on the inside…He started all 13 contests earning Honorable Mention Big-Ten honors after his senior season…Was one of 5 Hawkeye players to earn the ‘Coaches Appreciation Award’…The 2009 season was his finest as an Iowa player…He moved inside and disrupted opponents’ offensive lines with career-highs in tackles (54), sacks (5.5) and TFLs (9) during his 13 starts…He set his career-high in tackles and TFLs against Minnesota with 9 and 2.5 respectively…2008 marked the season where he joined the starting rotation as a DE making 13 starts…Was 1 of 11 freshman to see action during the 2007 season playing in 10 contests.

PREP Was an All-State and All-Conference 1st-Team selection following his senior season at Lawrence Free State in Lawrence, KS…The team captain played TE and DE…Concluded his prep career with 50 receptions for 558 yards and 6 TDs…Led the Firebirds to an 11-1 record during his final season…Earned 4 varsity letters in track and field and 2 letters in basketball.