Player Profile and Personal Life

Christopher Herndon IV is an American football tight end. Currently, he is a free agent. Herndon has postaxial polydactyl, a condition he was born with. This caused him to be born with 12 fingers, but the extra two were surgically removed after his birth.

He went to Norcross High School and played football there. Herndon also played football in college at the University of Miami. During this college football career, he made 86 receptions for 1,048 receiving yards and 7 receiving touchdowns. He was selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.


Herndon was the 107th overall pick and the 6th tight end chosen in the 2018 NFL Draft. He signed a 4-year contract with the Jets and made his debut in the team’s season-opening game against the Detroit Lions. He caught his first career touchdown reception during the 3rd quarter of Week 6.

Position Tight End
Height / weight 1.93 m / 115 kg
Born 23 Feb 1996
Nationality United States United States
Team History
195 minnesota vikings Minnesota Vikings 2021
175 new york jets New York Jets 2018 - 2020

Herndon gradually became the team’s main receiving tight end during the season. He finished the season with 39 receptions for 502 yards and 4 touchdowns, being the second-leading receiver of the Jets. Herndon finished at the top of all other tight-end rookies when it comes to touchdowns and receptions.

For his performance, Herndon was named to PFWA All-Rookie Team. He was 4th tight end from the Jets to gain this award. In 2019, he ended up suspended for the 1st four games of the season due to violating the policy regarding substance abuse. He returned on October 7, 2019, activated before Week 7. Herndon was put on injured reserve on November 12, 2019, due to a season-ending injury.

He was traded by the Jets during the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft on August 31, 2021. The Minnesota Vikings selected him during the fourth round of the draft.

Career Highlights

  • 2018 – PFWA All-Rookie Team
  • 2017 – Second Team All-ACC

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