The versatile Chris Hairston originally joined the Chargers on a one-year contract in 2015 and he became one of the team’s most valuable performers on the offensive line. He played in all 16 games and started 11. As injuries wreaked havoc on the Chargers' offensive line, Hairston saw time everywhere on the offensive line except center. He started nine games at left tackle, one at left guard, one at right guard, and also saw time at right tackle.
Hairston proved to be equal parts tough and versatile. He played through a myriad of injuries to appear in every game, but none was more impressive than his performance against Green Bay on Oct. 18. Six days after suffering a severe ankle injury during a Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hairston defied the odds and started the following Sunday in Green Bay, where he played a season-high 92 snaps as Philip Rivers set franchise records for attempts, completions and yards. His gritty performance caused an emotional Rivers to tear up after the game.
In March, the Chargers agreed to a new two-year contract with Hairston.
Hairston has a son, Chris Jr., and a daughter, Chloe. He is engaged to Carmen Baldwin. The couple plans to wed in July 2017.
Hairston’s second cousin is Baylor University guard-forward Ishmail Wainright, who started all 34 games for the Bears as a junior in 2015-16.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fourth-round pick (122) by Buffalo, April 30, 2011...signed July 29...re-signed with Buffalo, April 22, 2014...contract expired March 10, 2015...signed with Chargers, April 20...re-signed two-year contract with Chargers March 24, 2016.
2015: Saw reserve action at both right guard and right tackle in second half of 33-28 Sept. 13 win over Detroit...replaced D.J. Fluker at right guard and then took over at right tackle later when Joe Barksdale left game for brief period...in second quarter vs. Lions, came into game as extra tackle for one play and threw key block to open hole for Danny Woodhead on nine-yard touchdown run...started Sept. 20 at right guard for injured Fluker...saw action at left guard Sept. 27 at Minnesota for injured Orlando Franklin...started at left tackle Oct. 4 for injured King Dunlap in 30-27 win over Cleveland Oct. 4 as Bolts passed for 358 yards and three touchdowns, while line surrendered just two sacks in game...team won contest on 34-yard field goal with no time left on clock...started at left tackle Oct. 12 vs. Pittsburgh but left game in second quarter with ankle injury and did not return...played entire game at left tackle Oct. 18 at Green Bay as Philip Rivers set franchise records for attempts, completions and yards...saw action briefly at left tackle Oct. 25 vs. Oakland...took over at left tackle in first quarter Nov. 1 at Baltimore for injured Dunlap...briefly left game with knee injury but returned to finish contest...team captain Nov. 9 vs. Chicago...took over at left tackle in third quarter Nov. 22 vs. Kansas City for Dunlap...started for Dunlap at left tackle during 31-25 win Nov. 29 at Jacksonville... played all 71 snaps as line allowed just two sacks in 45 total dropbacks while Rivers passed for 300 yards and four touchdowns...took over for Dunlap at left tackle in first quarter Dec. 13 at Kansas City...started for Dunlap at left tackle Dec. 20 vs. Miami and helped team rush for season-high 140 yards, while line allowed just one sack in 37 passing plays as Rivers threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns...left Oakland game Dec. 24 at halftime with abdominal injury...returned as starting left tackle for Dunlap Jan. 3 at Denver but left game on first offensive series after re-aggravating abdominal injury.
2014: Saw action in every game, seeing time on both line and special teams.
2013: Spent season on “Reserve-Non-Football Injury” list.
2012: Took over at left tackle for injured Cordy Glenn Sept. 30 vs. New England...starting left tackle Oct. 7 at San Francisco, Oct. 14 at Arizona and Oct. 21 vs. Tennessee...started at right tackle Nov. 4 at Houston, Nov. 11 at Patriots, Nov. 15 vs. Miami, Nov. 25 at Indianapolis and Dec. 2 vs. Jacksonville...helped Bills rush for season-high 232 yards vs. Jaguars but left game third quarter with ankle injury and did not return...placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Dec. 6.
2011: NFL debut Sept. 11 at Kansas City, seeing time at left and right tackle...first-career start as left tackle Oct. 9 vs. Philadelphia...part of line that held League’s top-ranked sack defense to just one sack...started Oct. 16 at New York Giants but left game in fourth quarter with ankle injury...inactive (ankle) Oct. 30 vs. Washington and did not play next two games...returned Nov. 20 at Miami and started final seven games of season at left tackle.
COLLEGE: First-team All-ACC as senior...started 36 of 47 games, including 22 straight to close out career...redshirted in 2006...played at Clemson from 2007-10...management major.
PERSONAL: Born in Winston-Salem, N.C....first-team all-state and two-time all-region and all-conference lineman at Carver High School in Winston-Salem.