|Born:||November 24, 1971|
|NFL draft||1995 / Round: 4 / Pick 131|
|1999||San Francisco 49ers|
Tony Cline Jr. (born November 24, 1971) is a retired American football tight end . He played high school football at Davis Senior High School and college football at Stanford University. Cline was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and studied qualitative economics during his time at Stanford.
American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with the ball or passing it, while the defense, the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are scored primarily by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.
The tight end (TE) is a position in American football, arena football, and formerly Canadian football, on the offense. The tight end is often seen as a hybrid position with the characteristics and roles of both an offensive lineman and a wide receiver. Like offensive linemen, they are usually lined up on the offensive line and are large enough to be effective blockers. On the other hand, unlike offensive linemen, they are eligible receivers adept enough to warrant a defense's attention when running pass patterns.
Davis Senior High School is one of four high schools located in Davis, California, in the United States. DHS is a WASC accredited, 3-year, public comprehensive high school covering grades 10-12. The campus opened its current location in 1961; the previous high school location is now Davis City Hall. Enrollment for school year 2017–2018 was 1,749 students. The school's mascot is the Blue Devil.
Cline was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 33rd pick in the fourth round (131st overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Bills (1995–1997), Pittsburgh Steelers (1999), and San Francisco 49ers (1999). Cline retired following the 1999 season.
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The 1995 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 22–23, 1995 at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. At the time of the draft, the Raiders were still based in Los Angeles. They would officially return to Oakland after a 13-year hiatus in July 1995. Additionally, the former Los Angeles Rams had gotten approval to move to St. Louis shortly before the draft on April 13. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.
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Cline's father, Tony Sr., was a defensive lineman for eight seasons in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.
Anthony Cline was an American football defensive end who played professional football in the National Football League (NFL) for the Oakland Raiders from 1970 to 1975 and the San Francisco 49ers from 1976 to 1977. He played college football at the University of Miami. Some researchers claim that he holds the American Football Conference (AFC) rookie sack record with 17½ in 1970, but the NFL has only recognized a sack as an official statistic since 1982, so Cline's record is not officially recognized. His son, Tony Cline Jr., also played in the NFL. His son-in-law, Jason Kapono played 8 seasons in the NBA.
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