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5 Things to Know About Chris Conte

Get to know the Buccaneers newly-signed safety.

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1. He was drafted by Lovie Smith.
Conte was selected in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Chicago Bears, who were coached by Lovie Smith at the time. He was selected to the Pro Football Writers of America's All-Rookie team that season.

2. He's been a key contributor for Chicago.
Since being drafted, Conte has played a big role in Chicago's defense. He's started nine or more games in each of his four NFL seasons, including 31 from 2012 to 2013. In 2014, he finished seventh on the team in tackles.

3. He excelled in college.
Conte played in 50 games at the University of California, but only started 17. That didn't stop him from putting together an excellent career. In four years, he recorded 157 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass breakups.**

Photos of new Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Chris Conte from his time with the Chicago Bears (AP Photos).

  1. He wears a familiar number.  **

Conte plays the same position and wears the same number as Hall of Fame nominee, John Lynch. The two are the same height, though Lynch was 15 pounds heavier during his playing days.

5. Being in the spotlight is in his blood.
His grandfather, Richard Conte, was an actor who starred in over 60 films. He was best known for his role as Don Barzini in The Godfather.

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