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Brady Quinn

Brady Quinn
Quinn with the Chiefs in 2012
No. 10, 9, 3, 7
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-10-27) October 27, 1984
Place of birth: Columbus, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Dublin (OH) Coffman
College: Notre Dame
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 12–17
Passing yards: 3,043
QB Rating: 64.4
Stats at

Brayden Tyler "Brady" Quinn (born October 27, 1984) is a former American football quarterback. He is also a college football and NFL game analyst for Fox Sports.[1][2] He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.

Quinn has also played for the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, and Miami Dolphins.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • Pre-draft 3.1
    • Cleveland Browns 3.2
      • 2007 3.2.1
      • 2008 3.2.2
      • 2009 3.2.3
    • Denver Broncos 3.3
      • 2010–2011 3.3.1
    • Kansas City Chiefs 3.4
      • 2012 3.4.1
    • Seattle Seahawks 3.5
    • New York Jets 3.6
    • St. Louis Rams 3.7
    • Miami Dolphins 3.8
    • 2015 NFL Veteran Combine 3.9
  • Statistics 4
    • College 4.1
    • NFL 4.2
  • Personal life 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early years

Quinn was born on October 27, 1984 in Columbus, Ohio, the middle child of Tyrone J. Quinn and Robin D. (née Slates) Quinn. He has an older sister, Laura Quinn, and a younger sister, Kelly Katherine Quinn. He is Irish, Italian, and African-American. Laura is married to Cincinnati Bengals linebacker A.J. Hawk, who played college football at Ohio State University, while Kelly is engaged to NHL defenseman Jack Johnson.

Quinn attended Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio, and ranked sixth on the Detroit Free Press "Best of the Midwest" team and was listed at number 20 on ESPN's list of the nation's top 100 prospects.[3]

As a junior in 2001, Quinn threw for 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns to go along with 15 interceptions, posting a 9–4 record and helped lead Coffman to the Division I state semi-finals. As a senior in 2002, he threw for 2,149 yards, threw 25 touchdowns with four interceptions, and completed 143 of 258 pass attempts, and rushed for 108 yards and six touchdowns. Quinn helped his team post an 8–3 record and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Quinn was named the Columbus Dispatch and Ohio Capital Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was an All-State choice.[3] Quinn was named an All-Conference player in baseball as a junior and lettered three times. He was a member of Young Life, the Rock Solid Club, and Who's Who Among America High School Students.[3]

In the fall of 2002, received a scholarship from Notre Dame, acting on a tip from fellow recruit Chinedum Ndukwe's father.[4]

College career

Quinn at the Dillon Hall pep rally during his tenure at Notre Dame

Quinn accepted the offer to attend Notre Dame, where he set 36 Fighting Irish records during his four seasons with the team. There were ten career records, twelve single-season records, four single-game records and ten miscellaneous records broken by Quinn throughout those four years, including the record for career pass attempts with 1,602; completions with 929; yards-per-game with 239.6; touchdown passes with 95, and the Irish's lowest interception percentage with 2.43. Quinn won 29 games as a starter at Notre Dame, tied with Ron Powlus and Tom Clements for the most in school history.

In 2005, under Notre Dame's new head coach Charlie Weis, Quinn excelled as a starting quarterback, averaging 110 more passing yards per game than he had as a sophomore while nearly doubling his number of touchdown passes, throwing 32 in 2005 compared to 17 in 2004.[3] Quinn placed fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Reggie Bush, Vince Young and Matt Leinart.[5] Quinn was named to the 2005 AP All-America Team as a third-team quarterback[6] and the 2006 All-American Team as a second-team quarterback.[7] Quinn received the Sammy Baugh Trophy as the nation's top passer of the 2005 season.[8] At the end of the season, Notre Dame faced Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Quinn had 29 completions in 45 pass attempts for 286 yards in a 34–20 loss to Ohio State.[9]

Prior to the start of the 2006 college football season, Quinn was featured in a regional cover on the August 22, 2006 issue of Sports Illustrated's 2006 College Football Preview issue along with then-teammates Tom Zbikowski and Travis Thomas with the caption "Notre Dame: The Battle For No. 1."[10] Quinn posted impressive numbers, finishing the season with 3,426 yards on 289 completions out of 467 attempts for a completion percentage of 61.9% and 7.34 yards-per-attempt. He threw 37 touchdowns to only 7 interceptions, and was sacked 31 times. Quinn finished the regular season with a passing efficiency rating of 146.65,[11] which ranked him 18th in the country.[12] Notre Dame invited to the 2007 Sugar Bowl on January 3, 2007, where they played LSU. However, Quinn was held to 148 passing yards. Quinn threw two touchdown passes, both in the first half, and the LSU held Notre Dame scoreless through the second half of the game to defeat the Fighting Irish 41–14.[13]

Following the 2006 season, Quinn won several awards, including the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[14] for the best college quarterback in the nation and the Maxwell Award[15] for the best college football player. Quinn finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting behind Troy Smith and Darren McFadden.[16] He was named the Cingular All-America Player of the Year[17] and was named to the 2006 AP All-America Team as a second-team quarterback.[18] Quinn graduated from Notre Dame with dual degrees in political science and finance.[19]

Professional career


Coming into the draft Quinn was considered to be one of the top players in the country, and was invited to the draft. Before the draft started, Quinn was labeled as a "franchise quarterback in the mold of Carson Palmer."[20] He was projected to be picked in the top ten and even could have been the number one overall pick.[21][22][23] While some suspected the Cleveland Browns would select Quinn with the third pick, he fell to the 22nd pick in the draft before being picked up by Browns.[24]

Following the draft, Quinn was criticized by Joe Theismann in a radio interview, claiming that Quinn looked "unprofessional" when he was on stage following his name being called. Theismann was bothered by the appearance of Quinn's hair and the fact that he was chewing gum. Quinn responded by saying that "I apologize to anyone, obviously, who is a Notre Dame alum, or for those fans who thought I wasn't being very business like. I was in there for a long time and that the last thing I thought of after my name was called was whether I was chewing gum or straightening my tie. I was just trying to get on stage as fast as possible and get that Browns jersey in my hand."[25]

Cleveland Browns

Quinn's NFL debut as a Brown


Quinn signed a five-year deal with the Browns worth a reported $20.2 million, with $7.5 million guaranteed and up to $30 million in incentives.[26] Quinn was originally placed third on the Browns' depth chart behind Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson. However, after a 34–7 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, Frye was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a sixth round draft pick, moving Quinn to second on the Browns' depth chart.[27] On December 30, 2007, when Anderson hurt his pinky and wrist, Quinn made his official NFL debut in the Browns' final game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers. Although going 3 for 8 passing Quinn led the Browns to the redzone, but failed to score. Despite speculation that the Browns would trade Anderson to get back into the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft,[28] Browns' general manager Phil Savage later stated that he hoped to sign Anderson, and keep both quarterbacks for the 2008 season.[29]


After leading the Browns to a 10-6 record, Derek Anderson was named the starting quarterback for the 2008 season, leaving Quinn on the sidelines once again. However, after a mediocre 3–5 start by the team, head coach Romeo Crennel named Quinn the starting quarterback for the Browns' upcoming game against the Denver Broncos.[30] Though he played well, and helped the Browns build a two-touchdown lead into the third quarter, the Broncos rallied back to win, causing Quinn's first official start to end in a loss. However, he went on to win the next game against the Buffalo Bills, but he broke his finger during this victory, and though he tried to play through it during the next game against the Houston Texans, he announced on November 25 that he would have surgery, sidelining him for the rest of the 2008 season.[31]


Soon after the season was over, Romeo Crennel was fired as head coach and was replaced by former New York Jets coach Eric Mangini, who was unsure of who would be the Browns's starting quarterback. Thus, a competition for the starting job between Quinn and Anderson occurred throughout the offseason. Four days before the Browns's 2009 opener, it was announced that Quinn would be the starter. Quinn continued to be the Browns' starter until Game 3 against the Baltimore Ravens, when he was benched at halftime in favor of Anderson. The following week, Mangini named Anderson the starter. Quinn did not play again until Week 8, when he was brought in with three minutes to go in a 30–6 loss against the Chicago Bears. As the Browns headed into their bye week, it was not indicated who would be the starting quarterback for the rest of the season. However, it was announced five days before their Week 10 Monday Night Football game against the Baltimore Ravens, that Quinn was once again being awarded the starting quarterback position. Though he struggled in his first game back, as the Browns were shut out 16–0, Quinn followed it up in Week 11 with his best professional outing yet, throwing for 304 yards with 4 touchdowns against the Detroit Lions. The Browns later defeated the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, Quinn's first win of 2009 as the starting quarterback. The next week the Browns defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 41–34, despite a poor performance by Quinn. On December 22, the Browns placed Quinn on Injured Reserve for the last 2 games of the season with a "Lisfranc" foot injury.[32]

Denver Broncos


Quinn at a game in Denver in September 2010

On March 14, 2010, Quinn was traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Peyton Hillis, a 6th round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and a conditional late-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Quinn competed against Broncos incumbent Kyle Orton for the starting job. He began the regular season second on the depth chart, behind Orton, and did not play in any game in 2010.

In August 2011, Quinn was placed second on the depth chart, behind Orton for a single game against the Buffalo Bills in the preseason. In Week 5, Tim Tebow entered the game against the San Diego Chargers at half time in place of Orton, and Tebow started every remaining Broncos game, with Quinn remaining on the bench.

In two seasons with the Broncos, Quinn did not play in any games.

Kansas City Chiefs


Quinn signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 17, 2012.[33] After competing for a backup quarterback spot, Quinn beat Ricky Stanzi for the spot and it was official on August 27, 2012. He then made his Kansas City debut against the Baltimore Ravens on October 7, 2012 after Matt Cassel suffered a concussion. On October 11, Cassel was ruled out for Week 6 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Quinn got his first start as a Chief.[34] Following that game, Quinn was announced as the starter by head coach Romeo Crennel for the October 28, 2012 game against the Oakland Raiders. After playing less than a quarter, Quinn left that game with a concussion.[35] Cassel returned to the game and started the games following.[36] However Quinn replaced Cassel at half in the November 15 game against Cincinnati and was awarded the starting job once again.[37] A day after the murder-suicide by linebacker Jovan Belcher, Quinn played arguably his best game as a starter in an emotional 27-21 win over the Carolina Panthers on December 3, completing 19-23 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He also received media attention for his eloquent comments about the circumstances following the game.

Seattle Seahawks

On April 11, 2013, Quinn signed with the Seattle Seahawks as the back-up QB to Russell Wilson.[38] He was released on August 31, 2013, during final roster cuts. Quinn had battled all preseason with Tavaris Jackson for the backup job.

New York Jets

Quinn was signed by the New York Jets on September 2, 2013,[39] but was released five days later.[40] He was re-signed on September 9, 2013.[41] Quinn was released to make room for David Garrard on October 21, 2013.[42]

St. Louis Rams

Quinn was signed by the Rams on October 23, 2013, to back-up Kellen Clemens after starter Sam Bradford suffered a torn ACL.[43]

Miami Dolphins

Quinn had initially not planned to play during the 2014 season and signed on to be a rotating color commentator for the NFL on Fox, but his contract featured a clause that allowed him to leave to play in the NFL.[44] Quinn signed with the Miami Dolphins on August 11, 2014, just a few days after signing his television contract.[45] The Dolphins released Quinn on August 26, 2014.[46]

2015 NFL Veteran Combine

After not playing football for a year, Quinn participated in the first NFL Veteran Combine.[47][48][49]



Year Passing Rushing
2003 157 332 1831 47.3 5.52 85 9 15 93.5 48 25 .5 15 0 n/a n/a n/a
2004 191 353 2586 54.1 7.33 54 17 10 125.87 54 −4 −0.1 22 3 0 0 0
2005 292 450 3919 64.9 8.71 80 32 7 158.40 70 90 1.3 16 1 0 0 0
2006 289 467 3426 61.9 7.34 55 37 7 146.65 82 71 0.9 60 2 0 0 0
Totals 929 1602 11762 59.9 7.34 85 95 39 134.40 254 182 0.7 22 6 0 0 0


Season Team GP Att Comp Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rat
2007 Cleveland Browns 1 8 3 37.5 45 5.6 0 0 56.8
2008 3 89 45 50.6 518 5.8 2 2 66.6
2009 10 256 136 53.1 1,339 0 8 7 67.2
2010 Denver Broncos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Kansas City Chiefs 10 197 112 56.9 1,141 5.8 2 8 60.1
2013 New York Jets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 St. Louis Rams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 24 550 296 53.8 3,043 5.5 12 17 64.4

Personal life

Quinn began dating USA Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone in 2009. They announced their engagement in August 2013 and were married in March 2014.[50]

Quinn started a foundation called the "3rd and Goal Foundation" in 2011 to help assist veterans who are homeless or handicapped. His father, Ty Quinn, was a Marine in the Vietnam War.

See also


  1. ^ Strauss, Chris (31 July 2014). "Brady Quinn joins FOX Sports as NFL and college football analyst". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Schwab, Frank (31 July 2014). "Former Browns bust Brady Quinn gives up playing for broadcast booth". Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo!. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Cleveland Browns – Players – Brady Quinn". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  4. ^ Eric Hansen (2006-07-06). "American dream, Part II: Ndukwe's children carry parents' goals". (South Bend Tribune). Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  5. ^ "2005 Heisman Trophy Candidates: The Final Ballot". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  6. ^ "Young, Bush headline AP All-America team". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  7. ^ "2006 Sports Illustrated All-American Team". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  8. ^ "Touchdown Club Awards – Sammy Baugh Trophy Recipients". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  9. ^ "The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: BCS Bowl Game".  
  10. ^ "Sports Illustrated Covers – August 22, 2006". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  11. ^ "Brady Quinn Career Stats". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  12. ^ "NCAA Division-I Passing Leaders". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  13. ^ "Notre Dame Fighting Irish at LSU Tigers". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  14. ^ "Past Winners". The Golden Arm Foundation. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  15. ^ "Maxwell Award: College Football Player of the Year". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  16. ^ "Ohio State's Smith Wins 2006 Heisman In A Landslide". Retrieved 2007-05-13. 
  17. ^ "Brady Quinn Selected as Cingular All-America Player of the Year". University of Notre Dame. January 9, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  18. ^ "2006 AP All-America Team". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  19. ^ Sandy Mitchell (May 16, 2007). "Profile of Cleveland Browns Quarterback Brady Quinn". 
  20. ^ "Brady Quinn Scouting Report". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  21. ^ "'s 2007 mock draft". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  22. ^ "SportsNation NFL Mock Draft". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  23. ^ "2007 Mock Draft". Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  24. ^ "Browns trade up, get Quinn". Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  25. ^ "Quinn center of attention at Browns minicamp". Archived from the original on 2007-05-08. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  26. ^ "Quinn, Browns agree on five year, $20M contract". Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  27. ^ "Browns deal quarterback Frye to Seahawks for draft pick". ESPN. September 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-12. 
  28. ^ "Browns will listen to offers for D.A." Mary Kay Cabot, The Plain Dealer, January 1, 2008
  29. ^ Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 10, 2008,
  30. ^ Quinn to start Thursday
  31. ^ "NFL News, Videos, Scores, Teams, Standings, Stats".  
  32. ^ Ridenour, Marla (December 23, 2009). "Injured Quinn is done for year".  
  33. ^ Chiefs ink Eric Winston, Brady Quinn
  34. ^ "Brady Quinn starts at QB for Chiefs, Buccaneers expect him to rely on strong running game".  
  35. ^ "Cassel, Quinn face off in Kansas City".  
  36. ^ "Brady Quinn out for Kansas City Chiefs with injury". 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  37. ^ Mike KlisThe Denver (2010-09-14). "Former Broncos QB Brady Quinn may start vs. Denver for Chiefs". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  38. ^ Seahawks settle on Brady Quinn
  39. ^ Lange, Randy (2 September 2013). "Jets QB Rotation: Brady Quinn In, Harrell Out". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  40. ^ Allen, Eric (7 September 2013). "Quinn Released, Lansanah Signed from P-Squad". New York Jets. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  41. ^ "Jets bring back QB Brady Quinn". Associated Press. 9 September 2013. Archived from the original on 9 September 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  42. ^ Allen, Eric (21 October 2013). "David Garrard Activated, Brady Quinn Released". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  43. ^ Wilson, Aaron (23 October 2013). "Rams signing Brady Quinn, Austin Davis". National Football Post. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  44. ^ Lombardo, Matt (August 6, 2014). Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb to call NFL games this season. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  45. ^ Sessler, Marc (August 11, 2014). "Brady Quinn signed by Miami Dolphins". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  46. ^ "Brady Quinn among players waived by Miami Dolphins". Palm Beach Post. 
  47. ^ "NFL to host inaugural Veteran Combine". March 11, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  48. ^ Orr, Conor (March 22, 2015). "What we learned from the Veteran Combine". Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  49. ^ Orr, Conor (March 22, 2015). "Brady Quinn thinks he can have a McCown-type revival". Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  50. ^

External links

  • Profile at
  • Brady Quinn at Braylon Edwards Charity Fundraiser
  • Profile at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kamerion Wimbley
Cleveland Browns first round draft pick
with Joe Thomas

Succeeded by
Alex Mack
Preceded by
Matt Cassell
Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback
Succeeded by
Alex Smith
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