Jay Cutler
American football quarterback
Jay Cutler
Jay Christopher Cutler is an American football starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played football at Vanderbilt University. Cutler began his professional football career with the Denver Broncos, who selected him as the 11th overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the Broncos before he was traded to the Bears in 2009.
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Speculation heightening as Bears explore trade options for Jay Cutler
Chicago Times - about 13 hours
With the opening of NFL free agency just a little more than two weeks away, the speculation circus is already raising its curtain. And as far as Bears fans are concerned, curiosity over Jay Cutler’s status in Chicago will quickly begin to surge again. On Tuesday evening, ESPN reported that the...
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Everybody From 'The Hills' Is Having Kids Now
Huffington Post - 12 days
The rest is being written.  One month after Lauren Conrad announced that she is expecting her first child, her “The Hills” co-star Whitney Port shared some exciting news of her own over Instagram on Thursday. “Oh hey! Just standing by the window in my underwear, with a BABY in my belly!!!” Port wrote alongside her photo. “DM me if you know what I’m supposed to do with this thing for how ever many years I’m supposed to be in charge.” That’s right, a baby is on the way for the actress and her husband, Tim Rosenman, who served as a producer on Port’s spinoff series, “The City.” Oh hey! Just standing by the window in my underwear, with a BABY in my belly!!! DM me if you know what I'm supposed to do with this thing for how ever many years I'm supposed to be in charge. Check out my blog for a little letter from me & Timmy and for more behind the scenes of this crazy journey!!!! We are sooooo excited!!!! : @colemoser A photo posted by Whitney Port (@whitney ...
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Kristin Cavallari, There’s A Better Way To Respond To Body-Shaming Trolls
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For those of you who missed Jay Cutler’s bad and stupid play, here’s Matt Barkley
Chicago Times - about 2 months
For those of you who have missed Jay Cutler’s special brand of bad and stupid, there’s Matt Barkley executing Cutler's Deluxe Mommy-Make-It Stop Package. Throwing into triple coverage for an interception? Check. Overthrowing a receiver for an interception? Twice, baby. Underthrowing a receiver...
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Ranking Tony Romo, Jay Cutler and the best NFL quarterbacks likely available this offseason
Chicago Times - 2 months
Scarcity drives demand. It's a core economic principle that is exemplified by the quarterback position in today's NFL. Simply put, there aren't 32 competent quarterbacks inhabiting the earth at the moment and with 32 NFL teams in need of one, we get a complete unknown like Brock Osweiler signing...
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Bears quarterback Cutler to have season-ending surgery
Yahoo News - 3 months
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will undergo surgery on his injured shoulder and will likely miss the remainder of the National Football League season, team officials said Thursday. Bears coach John Fox said Thursday the 33-year-old Cutler will have surgery to repair a torn labrum on his throwing arm and will be placed on injured reserve. Asked if this might signal the end of Cutler's chequered career in Chicago, Fox declined to comment.
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Week 12 live blog: Bears 0, Titans 0
Chicago Times - 3 months
The Bears have declared four starters inactive for Sunday afternoon's game against the Tennessee Titans at Soldier Field.  As expected, quarterback Jay Cutler (shoulder) and left guard Josh Sitton (ankle) are inactive due to injury. Rookie outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was declared out on Friday...
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With Bears QB Jay Cutler listed as doubtful, Matt Barkley prepares for his first NFL start
LATimes - 3 months
With Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans because of a shoulder injury, backup Matt Barkley is set to make his first NFL start.  Cutler suffered a right shoulder injury last Sunday against the New York Giants and has not practiced...
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Fear of QB carousel shouldn't stop Bears from turning page on Jay Cutler
Chicago Times - 3 months
Barring an unexpected recovery by Jay Cutler, Matt Barkley on Sunday will become the 20th quarterback to start for the Bears since 2000, a fact relevant because the search for No. 21 should be the foremost priority for general manager Ryan Pace. It wasn't too long ago, in the seasons leading up...
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Season could be done for Bears QB Jay Cutler
Chicago Times - 3 months
Everybody has been anticipating life after Jay Cutler, and it looks like the Bears will get a taste of it six weeks early. Multiple sources told the Tribune the embattled quarterback suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday's 22-16 loss to the Giants at MetLife Stadium that could very well sideline...
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Huddle Up: Jay Cutler remains steady as losing churns rumor mill
Chicago Times - 3 months
The Bears endured a hellish 27 hours this week, suffering their worst loss of the season Sunday against the Buccaneers and losing top receiver Alshon Jeffery to a four-game suspension the next day. By now they've had time to regroup for Sunday's road game against the Giants (6-3), who have won...
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The 10 worst Bears losses this decade
Chicago Times - 3 months
There was a time not all that long ago where the Chicago Bears were a legitimate Super Bowl contender, a top-notch team with eyes on securing another Lombardi Trophy. In 2010, in fact, the Bears won the NFC North at 11-5 and hosted the conference title game at Soldier Field. But Jay Cutler left...
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Bears beat Vikings as quarterback Cutler makes winning return
Yahoo News - 4 months
(The Sports Xchange) - Jay Cutler threw for 252 yards and a touchdown and Jordan Howard ran for 153 yards and a score as the Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings 20-10 at Soldier Field on Monday. Cutler, who missed five straight games with a sprained thumb, was efficient and completed 20 of 31 passes for Chicago (2-6), which snapped a three-game losing streak. Cutler's 11-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery gave the Bears a 20-3 lead with 9:52 remaining in the third quarter.
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Jay Cutler, Jon Hamm, Jesse Eisenberg &#8212 Wrigley guest list goes A-list
Chicago Times - 4 months
The Cubs usually boast an impressive celebrity guest list for playoff games. It just exploded. Dwyane Wade and Jay Cutler from the Bulls and Bears. Mark Prior and Kerry Wood reunited. Actors Jon Hamm and Jesse Eisenberg give Game 3 at Wrigley Field a tinge of Hollywood gala. Those are just several...
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Clear as day, Jay Cutler again the Bears starting QB
Chicago Times - 4 months
Injuries and circumstance and, yes, some cryptic public language from coach John Fox spun the Bears quarterback situation into a confusing state over the last five weeks. But on Monday, the Tilt-A-Whirl stopped — at least temporarily. Jay Cutler, Fox announced, has finally been cleared by the team's...
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QB Jay Cutler receives medical clearance to play for Bears
Fox News - 4 months
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will return from a thumb injury to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 31.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jay Cutler
  • 2015
    Age 31
    Cavallari gave birth to daughter, Saylor James, on November 23, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Cutler does volunteer work for young people with developmental disabilities through Vanderbilt's "Best Buddies" program. During the 2007 offseason, Cutler started the Jay Cutler Foundation, which partnered with Mile High United Way’s Youth Success Initiative to help at-risk youth overcome obstacles and graduate from high school. On May 1, 2008, Cutler announced that he had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and needs daily insulin shots. He is responding well with the insulin treatments. Cutler works with Dedicated to Diabetes, which is a Denver-based organization that aims to improve public knowledge about diabetes. For the 2009 season, Cutler teamed up with Eli Lilly and Company in a campaign called "Touchdowns For Diabetes". For every touchdown pass Cutler threw during the 2009 season, Lilly sent a child to diabetes camp by donating $1,000 to the ADA’s “Camp Scholarship” fund—roughly the cost of providing tuition for one child to attend a week of diabetes camp. For every pass Cutler completed in 2009, Lilly donated $100 to the ADA Camp Scholarship fund to allow even more kids the chance to attend camp the following summer.
  • 2014
    Age 30
    He accrued 3,812 passing yards, a career-high 28 passing touchdowns, and an 88.6 passer rating through the 2014 season.
    More Details Hide Details With an 18–17 comeback victory over the Chiefs, Cutler tied Jim McMahon for the most wins in team history. On November 9, in the Bears' 22–19 win over the San Diego Chargers, Cutler threw two touchdown passes to set the Bears' franchise record, with 139. Under new offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Cutler ended the season with 3,629 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a career-high 92.3 passer rating. Cutler also did not throw multiple interceptions in 14 consecutive games, his streak ending in the season finale.
    Cutler and the Bears struggled in 2014 under Trestman's second year as head coach.
    More Details Hide Details The Bears opened the season with an overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills, during which Cutler threw two touchdowns and interceptions for 349 yards. The team bounced back the next week by rallying against the San Francisco 49ers to overcome a 17-point deficit. Cutler threw four touchdowns passes in the game. The next week, he led the Bears to a 27–19 victory against the New York Jets, tallying 225 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Bears returned home, but lost to the Green Bay Packers, 38-17 after a second half meltdown. Cutler completed 22 of 34 passes for two touchdowns and interceptions. The next week, Cutler recorded a career-high 381 passing yards as the Bears beat the Atlanta Falcons, 27–13. Cutler and the Bears struggled in their next three games, including two lopsided losses to the Packers and the New England Patriots. The Bears were outscored 106–37 over these two losses. During this time, former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher scrutinized Phil Emery's decision to re-sign Cutler, stating "Financially, he is one of the elite guys in the NFL... He just hasn't produced like an elite quarterback." The Bears rapidly lost ground in the NFC North standings to the Packers and Detroit Lions.
    On January 2, 2014, Cutler signed a seven-year deal, keeping him with the Bears through the 2020 NFL season.
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  • 2013
    Age 29
    Cutler and Cavallari married on June 7, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details They have two sons: Camden Jack (born August 8, 2012) and Jaxon Wyatt (born May 7, 2014). Despite the birth of his first son coming the day before the Bears played their preseason opener against the Denver Broncos, Cutler dressed for the game, though he did not play.
  • 2011
    Age 27
    On November 20, 2011 during a game against the San Diego Chargers Cutler broke the thumb on his throwing hand while attempting to tackle Antoine Cason after an interception, though Cutler still played on the Bears' final drive, completing two passes for 24 yards.
    More Details Hide Details Under Caleb Hanie, the Bears lost five-straight games and had to resort to Josh McCown for the final two games against the Packers and Vikings, with the Bears being out of the playoffs with an 8–8 record. The Bears hired former Broncos coach Jeremy Bates to be the new quarterbacks coach, reuniting him with Cutler. Cutler was eventually reunited with another former Bronco in wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who was traded to the Bears from the Miami Dolphins. According to new offensive coordinator and former Bears O-line coach Mike Tice, Cutler will be able to call audibles at the line of scrimmage, a factor that wasn't available when Martz was the offensive coordinator. In the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, Cutler started the game on a bitter note when his pass to Matt Forte was intercepted by Jerrell Freeman and taken for a touchdown. He was only able to complete 3 of 10 passes for 21 yards, with a passer rating of 4.9. In the second quarter, Cutler improved his performance by completing 15 of 17 for 228 yards, a touchdown to Marshall, and a passer rating of 80.5. He later finished the game with 21 of 35 passes completed for 333 yards, two touchdowns and a 98.9 passer rating, as the Bears would then win 41–21. A week later, Cutler was sacked seven times by the Green Bay Packers defense, and also threw four interceptions while completing only 11 of 27 passes for 126 yards with one touchdown and a 28.2 passer rating.
    Offensive coordinator Mike Martz was commonly criticized for aggressive play-calling in 2011, and the calls for a pass-happy offense led to Cutler getting repeatedly sacked, including an incident in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints, in which Cutler was sacked 6 times, and was also kicked in the throat.
    More Details Hide Details The issue caused Cutler to say to Martz, "Tell him I said fuck him!" in a game against the Minnesota Vikings.
    Under Cutler in 2011, the Bears went 7–3, and were on the verge of a playoff berth.
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  • 2010
    Age 26
    Cutler began dating reality TV star Kristin Cavallari in the fall of 2010 and became engaged to her in April 2011. They called off the engagement in July 2011, but subsequently confirmed their reconciliation that November.
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    Cutler made his playoff debut against the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round of the 2010 NFC playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details He finished with 274 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, 43 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns in the Bears 35–24 win, making him the second quarterback in NFL history since Otto Graham in 1954 and 1955 to score two touchdown passes and two touchdown runs in a playoff game. In the NFC Championship Game, Cutler completed 6-of-14 passes for 80 yards and an interception. After the Bears' first offensive series of the third quarter, Cutler sat out the remainder of the game with a knee injury. The Bears lost to the Green Bay Packers 21–14. The Bears did not make an immediate announcement about Cutler's condition, allowing speculation to grow. In possibly the NFL’s first player-on-player social media attack, Cutler was being criticized for not returning within seconds after leaving the game instead of waiting for explanations in postgame media sessions by Maurice Jones-Drew, Darnell Dockett, Deion Sanders, and Mark Schlereth. Bears coach Lovie Smith later stated that the choice was not Cutler's decision. Smith made the decision to bench Cutler after consulting the medical and training staff. An MRI revealed the following day that he had sprained his MCL. Troy Aikman, a sportscaster on Fox and a Hall of Fame quarterback, believes the widespread reaction to Cutler was indicative of the attitude he has shown in his career. Despite this criticism, the Bears and other players defended Cutler, including Packers Aaron Rodgers, LeRoy Butler, and B. J. Raji, with Rodgers calling it "disrespectful", Butler calling Cutler's critics "stupid", and Raji calling the criticism "pretty wrong and a lot times it has a lot to do with jealousy."
  • 2009
    Age 25
    In spending the 2009 season as a studio analyst, Martz was a noted critic of Cutler, but both he and Cutler professed excitement for working together.
    More Details Hide Details Martz had become famous as offensive coordinator and head coach of the St. Louis Rams, where his high-powered offense was known as "The Greatest Show on Turf." Cutler led the Bears to a 3–0 start, throwing six touchdowns and only two interceptions. However, in week 4 Cutler was sacked nine times in the first half against the New York Giants, and sustained a concussion. He would miss the Week 5 game against the Carolina Panthers. When he returned, the Bears lost two home games to the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins, leaving the Bears at 4–3 at their bye week. Following the bye week, the Bears' offensive line play improved and Martz showed more commitment to the running game. The Bears won seven of the remaining nine games to finish 11–5, and secured the NFC North Division title and a first-round bye. Cutler finished the season with 3,274 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and 232 rushing yards.
    On April 2, Cutler was traded to the Chicago Bears along with a fifth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details In return, the Broncos received quarterback Kyle Orton, the Bears' first- and third-round selections in 2009, and the Bears' first-round pick in 2010. On October 20, Cutler and the Bears came to terms on a two-year contract extension worth $30 million, running through 2013. Cutler was the subject of most of the praise and criticism during the Chicago Bears' mercurial season. After starting 3–1, the Bears lost eight of the next ten games (during which time he had an INT-TD ratio of 11:20 and led the NFL in turnovers). During Week 10, the Bears traveled to San Francisco where Cutler threw a career-high 5 interceptions with zero touchdowns. Five weeks later, they traveled to Baltimore where Cutler was 10-of-27, throwing for only 94 yards. Even though he threw for two touchdowns, he had four interceptions leaving him with a passer rating of 7.9. In the last two games of the season, however, the Bears defeated division rivals Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. Cutler finished the season with 27 TDs, 26 INTs, 3,666 yards passing, and a passer rating of 76.8. His 26 interceptions led the league.
    On March 31, 2009, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen announced that the team would accommodate his request and attempt to trade Cutler.
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  • 2008
    Age 24
    He was officially picked to play in his first Pro Bowl when selections were announced on December 16, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Cutler was chosen as a reserve. In Hawaii before the Pro Bowl, Cutler became a victim to a prank organized by fellow Pro Bowlers, Peyton Manning, Nick Mangold, and Kris Dielman. He was tossed into a pool, and even though Manning remembered to swipe away his cell phone, Cutler's blood sugar monitor was ruined. A replacement one was found at a drugstore, and Cutler played without incident. After the 2008 season, Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan was fired and replaced by Josh McDaniels, previously the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. On February 28, ESPN reported that the Broncos considered trading Cutler in a three-way trade with the New England Patriots and either the Detroit Lions or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The deal would have sent Cutler to Detroit or Tampa Bay while New England's quarterback Matt Cassel would join the Broncos and be reunited with his former coach, McDaniels. The Broncos said that they did not initiate the trade talks, but instead listened to offers. Cutler was reportedly upset about the trade possibility. This prompted McDaniels to make a statement that Cutler would definitely not be traded by the Broncos. Cutler believed McDaniels misled him about the trade talks and said he believed he would be traded before April's NFL Draft.
    Cutler and the Broncos closed out the 2008 regular season by losing their third consecutive game, as they fell to the San Diego Chargers, 52–21, with the AFC West title on the line.
    More Details Hide Details The loss kept the Broncos out of the playoffs for the third straight season. Cutler went 33-of-49 with 316 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the game. Cutler finished the season with career-highs in passing completions (384), passing attempts (616), passing yards (4,526), passing touchdowns (25), interceptions (18), rushing attempts (57) and rushing touchdowns (2). His passing yards, completions and attempts were all single-season franchise records for the Broncos. He also had the most 300-yard passing games (8) in team history. For the season, Cutler ranked third in the NFL in passing completions (first in the AFC), second in passing attempts (first in the AFC), third in passing yards (first in the AFC) and seventh in passing touchdowns (third in the AFC). Cutler was also selected as the FedEx Air Player of the Week for his performances during Week 10, 13 and 14 of the season. Cutler finished third in fan voting for AFC quarterbacks in the 2009 Pro Bowl. Three quarterbacks are chosen to play in the game. Fan voting accounts for one-third of the total voting (players and coaches account for the other two-thirds).
    Before the 2008 regular season began, Cutler and tight end Daniel Graham were voted offensive captains by Broncos teammates.
    More Details Hide Details Cutler started the season facing the Oakland Raiders in Oakland on Monday Night Football. He completed 16-of-24 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns, en route to a 41–14 Broncos victory. His performance yielded the second-highest passer rating (137.5) in the league after the first week of the season. The Broncos netted 441 total yards while committing no turnovers in the season-opening win. The next week, Cutler and the Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers in Denver, 39–38. Cutler went 36-of-50, with 350 yards passing and four touchdowns. His four touchdown throws in the game matched his career high for touchdown passes in a single game. One of those throws came with 24 seconds left in the game on 4th and 4 from San Diego's four-yard-line. He threw the touchdown to Eddie Royal, who then caught a pass from Cutler on a two-point conversion, which helped seal a one-point win for Denver. The game was not without controversy, though. Cutler appeared to fumble the ball on the play just previous to the final touchdown. The ball was recovered by the Chargers, but was awarded back to the Broncos due to an inadvertent whistle by Referee Ed Hochuli. Cutler followed his performance against the Chargers with another multi-touchdown game against the New Orleans Saints, as part of a 34–32 home victory. He went 21-of-34, with 264 yards passing and two touchdowns.
  • 2007
    Age 23
    Following the 2007 season, Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler went to Atlanta together to train and work on timing for the 2008 season.
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    In late 2007, various experts were interviewed, stating that they believe Cutler to be the young quarterback most likely to reach the elite status along the lines of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
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  • 2006
    Age 22
    The next week, in a Monday Night Football home game against the Tennessee Titans, Cutler faced fellow 2006 NFL Draft class quarterback Vince Young for the first ever time in the regular season.
    More Details Hide Details The Broncos won the game, 34–20. Cutler posted a 137. passer rating (the second best mark for his career), going 16-of-21 for 200 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Both of his touchdowns occurred on passing plays of over 40 yards, which made Cutler the first Broncos quarterback since John Elway in 1995 to throw for at least two touchdowns of more than 40 yards in one game. Denver set a franchise record with four touchdowns of longer than 40 yards in the win over the Titans. The victory improved the Broncos record to 5–5, moving them into a first place tie with the San Diego Chargers in the AFC West. The Broncos lost the next two games (thus, falling out of the first place tie with San Diego in the AFC West), but then went on to beat the Kansas City Chiefs at home in a blowout, 41–7. In the game, Cutler passed for four touchdowns and recorded a then career-best quarterback rating of 141..
    After a strong training camp in 2006, Cutler was promoted from third to second on the Broncos' quarterback depth chart ahead of Bradlee Van Pelt.
    More Details Hide Details He passed for more yards than any other rookie in the preseason. On November 27, Shanahan officially announced that Cutler would replace Jake Plummer as starting quarterback because, as Shanahan said, "I think he gives us the best chance to win now." This announcement capped weeks of speculation and rumors about Cutler's impending promotion to a starting role. Cutler's regular-season debut was a 23–20 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks on December 3. Cutler completed 10 of 21 passes for 143 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His first career NFL touchdown pass was to tight end Stephen Alexander in the second quarter of the game. His other touchdown pass occurred in the fourth quarter on a memorable 71-yard TD pass play to Brandon Marshall, also a rookie, which tied the game 20–20. The play was one of the longest TD passes for a debut in NFL history and was also the second-longest pass play between two rookies in Broncos history.
    On July 27, 2006, Cutler agreed to terms on a six-year $48 million contract, which included $11 million in bonuses.
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    At the 2006 NFL Scouting Combine, Cutler completed 23 repetitions of a 225-pound bench press (more than some linemen) and ran a 40-yard dash in 4.76 seconds.
    More Details Hide Details After attracting interest from the Oakland Raiders, the Detroit Lions, the Arizona Cardinals and the Baltimore Ravens, Cutler was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 11th pick in the draft, after the Broncos acquired the pick from the St. Louis Rams by trading their 15th and 68th overall picks. Many believed Cutler was chosen by the Broncos due to the lackluster performance in the previous season's AFC Championship Game by then-starting quarterback, Jake Plummer. After the pick by Denver, Cutler said, "We had no warning. I think I knew about 15 seconds before everyone else did." Cutler, as predicted by most, became the third quarterback chosen, after Young (3rd overall) and Leinart (10th). He is the third first-round pick to come from Vanderbilt, preceded by Will Wolford and Bill Wade.
    Cutler was expected to be a high draft pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, and was ranked by many experts as the third-best quarterback prospect, after Matt Leinart of USC and Vince Young of Texas. Some mock drafts as recent as April 1, 2006, had projected him as being selected ahead of Leinart, but behind Young.
    More Details Hide Details Still, other experts such as ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Ron Jaworski tabbed him as the best quarterback available in the draft. Many scouts believed he had better arm strength than Young and Leinart, and compared him to Brett Favre for his arm, play style and gunslinger attitude.
  • 2005
    Age 21
    Cutler graduated from Vanderbilt in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in human and organizational development.
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    The 2005 season, Cutler's final year of play at Vanderbilt, was his most successful.
    More Details Hide Details As an 11-game starter, he completed 273 of 462 passes (59.1%) for 3,073 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions, as he became the first Commodore to win the SEC Offensive Player of the Year (coaches and media) since 1967. With his senior-season performance, Cutler became the second Commodore to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season, while his 273 completions and 21 touchdowns ranked second on the school’s single-season list. He led the Commodores to victories over Wake Forest, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Richmond and Tennessee. The Commodores also scored the second most points ever (42) laid upon the Florida Gators at their current home field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Vanderbilt nearly upset the 13th-ranked Gators before falling 49–42 in the second overtime after a controversial excessive celebration call prevented the Commodores from going for 2 at the end of regulation. Reflecting on Cutler's college career, former Denver Broncos safety John Lynch said, "If this guy can take a bunch of future doctors and lawyers and have them competing against the Florida Gators, this guy is a stud."
  • 2004
    Age 20
    In 2004, as a junior, Cutler completed 61. percent of his passes, setting a school record, while throwing for 1,844 yards with 10 touchdowns and a career-low five interceptions.
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  • 2002
    Age 18
    In 2002, Cutler set the school record for touchdowns and rushing yards by a freshman and rushed for more yards than any other Southeastern Conference quarterback that year.
    More Details Hide Details The Associated Press honored him with a first-team freshman All-SEC selection.
  • 1983
    Jay Cutler was born in Santa Claus, Indiana, in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Cutler attended Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, Indiana. He started three years at quarterback, amassing a combined 26–1 record in his junior and senior years, including a perfect 15–0 during his senior year. Cutler and his team outscored opponents 746–85, including a 90–0 shutout at Pike Central. During his senior year, Cutler connected on 122 of 202 passes (60.4%) for 2,252 yards with 31 touchdowns, while rushing 65 times for 493 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also started at safety for three years, intercepting nine passes as a senior, 12th overall in the state. His team's perfect record during his senior year included the school's first 3A state championship, where Heritage Hills beat Zionsville in overtime, 27–24. The most notable play of the game occurred when Cutler lateraled the ball to the halfback, Cole Seifrig, who then passed it to Cutler who ran it into the end zone. Cutler also played strong safety in the state championship and made 19 tackles.
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