SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Former Cal Poly defensive end Chris Gocong, a linebacker with the Cleveland Browns the last two seasons, will make a guest appearance at the grand opening of Dick's Sporting Goods in San Luis Obispo on Saturday.
Gocong, winner of the 2005 Buck Buchanan Award as the best defensive player in the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision, will be on site at the new store from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign autographs. Columbia T-shirts will be given away while supplies last.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony led by San Luis Obispo mayor Jan Marx will be held Friday at 9 a.m. and former Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, now with the Minnesota Vikings, will appear at the store Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.
The 23rd Dick's Sporting Goods store in California and 483rd nationwide is located at Prefumo Creek Commons, 11970 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo.
In 41 games with the Mustangs from 2001-05, Gocong started 35 times. He recorded 212 tackles as he set an NCAA career-record with 42 sacks for minus 286 yards. His 60 stops for losses of 338 yards rank fourth in NCAA FCS history. He recovered three fumbles and caused six others. He also intercepted a pass, deflected eight others and blocked a kick.
Gocong was a third-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006 and, after missing his first season due to injury, made 92 tackles in 2007, 61 in 2008 and 44 in 2009 before he was traded to the Browns in April 2010.
Gocong notched 75 tackles, including two sacks, in 2010 with the Browns and 70 tackles (3.5 sacks) in 2011.
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