Chris Givens was a two-sport star in football and track. He tore his ACL in his left knee in September 2007 to bring an early close to his high school football career. He rushed for 247 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries against Hebron in the second game of the 2007 season, but injured his knee the following week in the first quarter against Richardson Berkner.
Chris also ran track and won the District 9-5A 100 meter title in 2007. He was third in the district meet in 2007 in the 200-meter dash with a 22.29 clocking and a member of the district champion 800 meter relay team (1:28.33). He ran a 10.44-second 100-meter dash (electronic) at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays in 2007. In late January, 2008, just 15 weeks after ACL surgery, he clocked a 10.7 in the 100 meters. Also ran a 10.62 100m during the 2008 Region 2-5A meet. He was ranked as high as the fourth fastest in the 100 meters in the Texas high school ranks.
Chris played college football at Wake Forest University from 2009 to 2011. He totaled 629 receiving yards as a redshirt freshman in 2009 and 514 as a redshirt sophomore in 2010. In July 2011, he was placed on the watchlist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award. After catching six passes for 101 yards in Wake Forest's October 2011 win over Florida State, Givens was named the Offensive Receiver of the Week by the Atlantic Coast Conference for the second consecutive week. In the first seven games of the 2011 season, Givens had 46 receptions for 866 yards and eight touchdowns.
He was selected in the fourth round, 96th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the 2012 NFL Draft. Chris enters the 2015 season with 45 career games, in which he started 25 of them. He registered 87 catches for 1,426 yards in three seasons, a 16.4-yard average. He led the Rams with 691 receiving yards his rookie season. The Wylie High School track meet is named in his honor, the Chris Givens Invitational Track Meet.