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Alex Tanney

Alex Tanney
No. 7     Dallas Cowboys
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-11-11) November 11, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth: Lexington, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Lexington (IL)
College: Monmouth
Undrafted in 2012
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history

Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2008 Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2009 Melberger Trophy Winner
  • 2009 Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2011 Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year
  • Other accomplishments
Career NFL statistics

Alex Tanney (born November 11, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was the starting quarterback for the Monmouth College Fighting Scots. Even though Tanney could be one of the greatest DIII quarterbacks of all-time, he is mainly known for making a montage video showing trick football throws that went viral.[1] On October 29, 2011, in a game against Carroll University, Tanney set the NCAA record for all-time career touchdown passes.

Early life

Tanney was a three-sport high school standout athlete at Lexington High School in Lexington, Illinois. He was a two time first team Illinois All-State quarterback and led his team to the IHSA state semi-finals his senior year, and he holds nearly every football passing record at LHS. He was also named an All-State basketball player and is the all time leading point scorer in Lexington High School history. In addition to his football career, Tanney also placed at the IHSA State Track and Field Finals his junior and senior years.


Tanney broke nearly every record during his time at Monmouth. His career began in 2007 when he threw for 2,678 yards and 24 TDs. In his sophomore season in 2008, Tanney broke the Monmouth record of single season TD passes with 50. For his junior campaign, Tanney threw for 3,856 yards and 44 TDs which led him to be named the Melberger Award winner as D-III's top player. After redshirting the 2010 season with an injury, he came back in 2011 and threw for a career high 3,867 yards along with 38 TDs. He won three Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year Awards in his college career along with numerous All-American Awards.

In 2011 a quarterback trick shot video highlighting Tanney's talent went viral. Subsequently in July 2011, History Channel’s “Stan Lee’s Superhumans” filmed an episode featuring Tanney. The episode featured Tanney's "super-human" throwing accuracy.[2]

On October 29, 2011, in a game against Carroll University, Tanney set the NCAA record for all-time all-division career touchdown passes with 150, surpassing Jimmy Terwilliger's record of 148. Tanney finished his collegiate career with 157 touchdown passes and also holds the D-III record for most passing yards in a career with 14,249.

Professional Career

Kansas City Chiefs

After going undrafted he received rookie mini-camp invites from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills, Tanney signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on June 5, 2012.[3] He made his NFL debut on August 30, 2012 in the final preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. Tanney was sacked on his first snap, but then threw a 39-yard pass before it was called back due to a holding penalty. Tanney was placed on the Injured Reserve with a finger injury on August 31, 2012, removing him from the roster for the remainder of the season.[4] Tanney was released on May 2, 2013.

Dallas Cowboys

On July 21, 2013, the Cowboys signed Tanney to their roster.[5] On August 4, 2013, Tanney played the entire second half of the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. In five 2013 preseason games (including the Aug. 29 finale against the Houston Texans, in which he played all but one series) Tanney completed 40 of 73 passes for 423 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions. Tanney was released by the Cowboys August 30, 2013.[6] After clearing waivers, Tanney was assigned to the Cowboys' eight-player practice squad.[7]

Awards and Accomplishments

Award/Honor Time(s) Year(s)
NCAA record for all-time career touchdown passes (157) 1 2011
NCAA Division III record for passing yards (14,249) 1 2011
Associated Press Little All-American 1 2011
AFCA Division III Coaches' All-American 1 2011 All-West Region 3 2008,2009, 2011 All-American 2 2009, 2011
Melberger Award Trophy 1 2009
Offensive Player of the Year in the Midwest Conference[8] 3 2008, 2009, 2011
High school
All-Time record for pass-completions (Illinois)[9] 1 2006
Third all-time for most pass completions, season (Illinois)[9] 1 2006
Illinois All-State 2 2005, 2006


External links

  • Kansas City Chiefs profile
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