Chase Winovich is an American football player from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
High school: Thomas Jefferson High School
Current Team: New England Patriots
Winovich's parents always joke that they never knew just how accurate Chase's name would be. From a young age, Winovich's high motor and determination were standouts of his personality. Winovich's parents spent much of his childhood simply chasing Chase around. From a young age, Winovich was engaged in several different sports, but football was always his favorite.
High School Career
As a freshman at Thomas Jefferson High school, Winovich started out on special teams, slowly working his way up to playing linebacker and quarterback. Teammates of Winovich were often quoted on ragging on Winovich for taking practice "too seriously" and being a "try-hard". Winovich's work ethic and skills went on to gain him offers from many Division I schools, including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida State, Michigan State, Missouri, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pitt, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. In the end, Winovich committed to Michigan in June during his junior year of high school. Refusing to be anything but first throughout his life, Winovich was the first Michigan commit to send in his National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day in 2014.
Winovich's college career at the University of Michigan proved to be turbulent, with a head coaching change and several different position and number changes.
Winovich began his collegiate career as a freshman linebacker wearing the number 58. When Jim Harbaugh became the head coach, Winovich was moved to tight end as number 44. However, true to his namesake, Chase never felt comfortable on offense, preferring the relentless pursuit of quarterbacks. Winovich was eventually brought back to the defense as a defensive lineman wearing number 15. In this switch, Winovich was finally returning to his roots: a defensive player who repped number 15.
On September 23, 2017, Winovich had 4 tackles for a loss, including 3 sacks against Purdue, earning Co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.[The performance also earned him recognition as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. During the 2017 season, Winovich set a career high in tackles with 74. Winovich's 17.0 tackles for loss leads Michigan and the Big Ten and ranks tied for 11th in a single season in program history, while his 8.0 sacks are tied for most in the league. Following his redshirt junior season, Winovich earned 2017 All-Big Ten team recognition from the media (first team) and coaches (second team). On January 3, 2018, it was announced that Winovich would return for a fifth year at Michigan.
During the 2018 season, Winovich recorded 62 tackles to rank third among Wolverines and first among defensive linemen, and 14.5 tackles for loss to lead the team.
Following the season, he was named to the 2018 All-Big Ten defensive first-team by both the coaches and media. Winovich earned 2018 College Football All-America second team recognition by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the American Footall Coaches Association. He earned third team recognition from the Associated Press. Winovich fought his way through several different depth charts and positions to become the team MVP for the 2018 season.
Also during his college career, Winovich has been heavily involved in philanthropic causes. During the 2017 season, Winovich pledged to dye his hair orange if enough money was raised for the ChadTough Foundation. The campaign raised over $200,000 and resulted in several Michigan players and coaches dying their hair orange for their bowl game. Winovich has a personal connection to the foundation, "The legacy that the Carr family has with Michigan and their mission with ChadTough really resonated with me. It was just so heartfelt to see this young kid and the struggles he went through. It really pulled on my heartstrings. From day one, it inspired me to be a better football player and a better person. I always knew if there was any chance I had to give back and help out with that, I would do it." Winovich continues to work with Tammi Carr to raise more funds and awareness for the organization.
On April 26, 2019, Winovich was drafted by the New England Patriots. He was the 77th pick of the 2019 draft.