Chris
Ivory
Running Back, New York Jets
Born: March 22, 1988
Experience: 6 NFL seasons


Undrafted out of Tiffin University, Chris Ivory is on pace for his first 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown season as a pro. The Texas native, who's been instrumental in the Jets' playoff run, explains where he'd rank himself among running backs, why it was good to be traded and why he likes playing for Todd Bowles.


Interview by Brooke Cersosimo • Dec. 11, 2015
Chris Ivory
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Chris Ivory
Running Back, New York Jets
Born: March 22, 1988
Experience: 6 NFL seasons

Undrafted out of Tiffin University, Chris Ivory is on pace for his first 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown season as a pro. The Texas native, who's been instrumental in the Jets' playoff run, explains where he'd rank himself among running backs, why it was good to be traded and why he likes playing for Todd Bowles.

Interview by Brooke Cersosimo • Dec. 11, 2015


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I'm more of a talk-with-my-play type of guy, with my performance.

There's no chip on my shoulder. I've been in six years now, so it's not about playing with a chip on your shoulder. It's about being productive and staying in this league and doing everything you need to do to stay on top.

I would definitely put myself in the top five. That's how I feel. I feel like I see and do a lot of stuff that goes unnoticed, but people that actually watch the games or watch film, I think they are able to see why I feel this way.

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I try to be myself and take things from other people. I don't try to be like anybody else, just do things that improve my game.

Experience. I think just having patience within the game, seeing the defensive schemes are the same, and I've got a better eye for that now.

It's really staying out of trouble and being a guy that kids can look up to. It's always about positive things. People are always watching.

I found out from my agent. I thought it was a good move and I was happy with it. It allowed me to move on and continue my career elsewhere. I think that worked out great. I'm happy with the move, and going forward, I'm just trying to be productive.

It wasn't a big adjustment for me. It's a bigger city than most I've been in, but it wasn't too different -- just the traffic.

[Coach Todd Bowles has] put us in a good position, for starters, to be in the playoff hunt. He's a very laidback guy and doesn't talk too much. When he does, he gets his point out and that's it. Nothing extra.

He played for a long time, and he's been in our shoes, so it's easy playing for him.

I really didn't know what had happened or what had gone on. To get hurt and fall back out of the quarterback competition for a few weeks, but he's healthy now.

We've got a quarterback who's done a tremendous job so far this year, and I think he's going to continue that. Going forward, just looking to finish the season on a right note.

He is a very smart guy. He's been in [Chan] Gailey's system before, so it's nothing new to him. It's an offense that he's already ran. He's definitely as smart as people say he is.

They both play hand in hand. The pass opens up the run and the run opens up the pass. Anytime they're productive on the outside like they've been, it always does the running game justice, and vice versa.

I didn't really get to experience London much. I stayed in with the little free time we had. Some guys went out and got to experience London, but I didn't do that.

There are a lot of people out there in all types of jerseys, all 32 teams. I didn't think football was their gig over there, but coming from here and going there, you could see that football is pretty big there as well.

It'll be an experience to play in front of family and friends, but we're going there to get a win. Hopefully, that's what we'll do.

They reached out to me. I was able to look back and see some of the guys who've done the "Courtyard Camera" interviews in the past. DeMarco Murray being one of those guys. His interviews seemed like they went pretty well, and he had a great time.

To be a Pro-Bowler, top back in the league and finally get my 1,000-yard season.