Before there was Jimmy Smith or Lardarius Webb, before Ed Reed ruled the backfield for many years (and then overlapping for some of his reign), the Ravens relied on a cornerback out of the University of Arizona — Chris McAlister. McAlister was a playmaker; A quiet but lethal assassin for an already daunting Baltimore Ravens defense. He played with the Ravens for a complete decade and did so with passion.
Chris McAlister was drafted tenth overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. In his second season he was a major part of a Ravens Super Bow victoryl. His personal accolades include three trips to the Pro Bowl (’03, ’04, and ’06) and two selections to the All-Pro team (’03, ’04). He amassed 26 interceptions to go along with five touchdowns. He was a franchise cornerback and truly set the mark for how the position should be played within the franchise.
McAlister, like many players, had his career wind down due to nagging injuries and inconsistent play. In 2008, the Ravens finally cut him as part of a subtle overhaul. McAlister finished his career playing one season with the New Orleans Saints. On a more personal note (and one that is completely unrelated to how McAlister should be remembered) according to court documents he filed in hopes of getting his child support payments lowered following his divorce in 2009, McAlister was forced to move back in with his parents. He also disclosed that he has not had any income since 2009.