Chris Dieker

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Chris Dieker
Shenyang Black Rhinos
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1987-07-22) July 22, 1987 (age 30)
Topeka, Kansas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Topeka (KS) Hayden
College: Southern Illinois
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Career Arena statistics
Comp. / Att.: 309 / 505
Passing yards: 3,380
TDINT: 57–21
QB rating: 91.85
Rushing TD: 23
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Chris Dieker (born July 22, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the Shenyang Black Rhinos of the China Arena Football League (CAFL). After playing college football at Southern Illinois, he played for the Cleveland Gladiators of the AFL from 2013 to 2016.

Early life

Born in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Charles and Susan Dieker, Chris attended Topeka's Hayden High School.[1]

College career

Dieker continued his football career at Southern Illinois. Dieker was a 4-year starter for the Salukis, going 20-9 during that time.[2] He helped the Salukis to two conference championships, and was the 3rd quarterback in school history to pass the 5,000-yard mark for his career.

Statistics

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2007 Southern Illinois 1 2 50.0 12 6.0 0 0 100.4 4 30 7.5 0
2008 Southern Illinois 186 326 57.1 2,083 6.4 16 10 120.8 74 119 1.6 3
2009 Southern Illinois 101 173 58.4 1,326 7.7 10 5 136.1 38 77 2.0 3
2010 Southern Illinois 158 256 61.7 1,816 7.1 15 11 132.0 96 272 2.8 6
Career 446 757 58.9 5,237 6.9 41 26 128.8 212 498 2.3 12

Source:[3]

Professional career

Dieker was rated the 30th best quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[4]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
232 lb
(105 kg)
4.92 s 1.69 s 2.82 s 4.44 s 7.30 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
All values from Pro Day[4]

Pittsburgh Steelers

After going undrafted in 2011, Dieker signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on July 27.[5] He was released by the Steelers on August 4, 2011.[6]

Iowa Barnstormers

He played for the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League in 2012.

Cleveland Gladiators

Dieker signed with the Cleveland Gladiators for 2013. Dieker was serving as the backup to starter Brian Zbydniewski, when Zbydniewski went down with injury, Dieker became the starter for the Gladiators. With the team's playoff hopes dwindling, Dieker delivered a big win for the Gladiators, scoring 8 touchdowns in a win over the Pittsburgh Power, helping keep the Gladiators' playoff hopes alive.[7] He became the starting quarterback in 2016 after the departure of Shane Austin. Dieker was injured in the first game of the 2016 season. On June 10, 2016, Dieker was placed on reassignment.

Philadelphia Soul

On June 24, 2016, Dieker was assigned to the Philadelphia Soul.

Beijing Lions

Dieker was selected by the Beijing Lions in the 2016 CAFL Draft and was the backup to Luke Collis during the 2016 season. On November 6, 2016, during the first China Bowl, Dieker played wide receiver due to an injury to James Romain. Dieker caught 9 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown as the Lions beat the Qingdao Clipper by a score of 35–34. He also scored a rushing touchdown during the game.[8]

Shenyang Black Rhinos

Dieker was selected by the Shenyang Black Rhinos with the first overall pick in the 2017 CAFL Draft.[9]

AFL statistics

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds TD
2012 Iowa 18 39 46.2 246 4 2 71.10 5 17 0
2013 Cleveland 225 354 63.6 2,442 43 11 101.21 67 272 17
2014 Cleveland 38 64 59.4 428 7 4 80.73 23 79 5
2015 Cleveland 9 13 69.2 68 1 0 100.80 4 10 0
2016 Cleveland 19 35 54.3 196 2 4 45.36 3 26 1
Career 309 505 61.2 3,380 57 21 91.85 102 404 23

Stats from ArenaFan:[10]

References

  1. ^ "Chris Dieker Profile". www.siusalukis.com. University of Southern Illinois. Archived from the original on April 21, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Hayden Grad Chris Dieker To Sign With Pittsburgh Steelers". www.wibw.com. Gray Television, Inc. July 27, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chris Dieker". foxsports.com. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Chris Dieker". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Steelers agree to terms with former Saluki quarterback Chris Dieker". www.thesouthern.com. thesouthern.com. July 28, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Steelers Sign Seven Players". steelers.com. August 4, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Dieker's Eight TDs Keep Gladiators' Playoff Hopes Alive". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. July 6, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ Moninghoff, Mick (November 6, 2016). "Beijing Wins CAFL China Bowl on Final Play". caflfootball.com. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  9. ^ "2017 CAFL DRAFT RESULTS". caflfootball.com. July 11, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Chris Dieker". arenafan.com. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 

External links

  • AFL bio
  • Southern Illinois bio
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