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Chris Best was born April 3rd , 1983 in Calgary, Alberta. He played three seasons in the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference with Duke University from 2002 to 2004 after redshirting his first year. In 2002, he was named Most Improved Lineman. In 2004, Chris played in 11 games at left tackle and left guard. He was also named to the Academic Honour Roll in both 2003 and 2004. Chris graduated from Duke University in 2005 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He played CIS Football at Waterloo during the 2005 and 2006 seasons where he was the recipient of the J.P. Metras Award as the top CIS Offensive Lineman and participated in the East-West Shrine Game in 2007. Chris was also named "Male Athlete of the Year" in 2007 while at Waterloo and was selected as a CIS All-Canadian and Academic All-Canadian in each of his two seasons of play. Chris graduated from Waterloo in the spring of 2010 with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Chris made his CFL and "Rider" debut in week 2 of the 2007 season. He dressed in three regular season games that year. In 2008, Chris started one game vs. Calgary and dressed for 5 other games. Chris dressed in all 18 regular season games in 2009, starting 14 regular season games at guard and also started at guard in the 2009 West Final and Grey Cup. In the 2010 Season, Chris dressed for all 18 regular season games, starting 16 of them. He also started in both playoff games and the 2010 Grey Cup game. Chris started all 18 regular season games in 2011 and was the Riders nominee for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman.

Chris spent the 2011 off-season in Regina with his wife Emily and dog Lucy. He worked for Stantec Consulting Ltd. as an EIT in the Building Engineering department. In his spare time, Chris enjoys working out, reading, and BBQing.

Chris is in his sixth season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was drafted by the Roughriders in the first round (4th overall) in the 2005 CFL College Draft.

Pictures courtesy Rod Pedersen and the Saskatchewan Roughriders