Mark Sanchez
Professional American football player
Mark Sanchez
Mark Travis John Sanchez is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft as the fifth overall selection by the Jets and the second quarterback taken overall. He played college football at the University of Southern California (USC). Sanchez grew up in a well-disciplined and athletic family.
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Best new artist: Some celebrities wrote their first checks to candidates in 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Alec Baldwin (right) won a Golden Globe in 2007 for his work on "30 Rock" and posed with Donald Trump, actress Tina Fey and Melania Trump. Nine years later Baldwin played Trump on Saturday Night Live -- but he contributed to no presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) BY: Andrew Mayersohn The Hollywood liberal has been a stock figure in American politics for decades. Conservative politicians have long denounced or mocked the alleged political influence of musicians, TV stars, and Golden Globe recipients. While the entertainment industry does indeed lean well to the left, though, most of that money comes from producers and media magnates, not the people you see on screen. The only household names in the entertainment industry to make our list of top 100 donors in 2016 were Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks and the conservative McMahons of the WWE (and, now, the Small Business Administration). In terms of the "talent," though, the same handful of politically aware celeb ...
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Dallas Cowboys ink Sanchez, keep Romo on active roster
Yahoo News - 6 months
The Dallas Cowboys officially announced the signing of veteran National Football League quarterback Mark Sanchez in one of several roster moves. Sanchez was signed on Sunday and young quarterback Jameill Showers was waived. Sanchez is expected to be the Dallas backup after being released by the Denver Broncos on Saturday.
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Gary Kubiak on Broncos' QB race: I've seen enough to make a decision
ABC News - 6 months
DENVER --? Broncos coach Gary Kubiak didn't announce the team's starting quarterback Saturday night, but he said he now has enough information to make a decision. The Broncos' 17-9 preseason win over the Los Angeles Rams?on Saturday night marked? Trevor Siemian's second consecutive preseason start for Denver. Siemian looked composed and comfortable running the team as he finished a workmanlike 10-of-17 for 122 yards with a touchdown and an?interception. Rookie Paxton Lynch followed Siemian into the game as the Broncos' No. 2 quarterback, and Mark Sanchez did not play. Afterward, Kubiak said the decision about who would start the regular-season opener Sept. 8 against the? Carolina Panthers?would be made in the coming days.? "I've got a lot invested and a lot of work that I can make some decisions off of now,'' Kubiak said. "I'll do that. Does that mean I'm going to do it [Sunday] or Monday? I don't know. I've got... ...
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On Pro Football: An Unusual Quarterback Vacancy, and Unlikely Candidates, for the Denver Broncos
NYTimes - 6 months
Trevor Siemian, a seventh-round draft pick from 2015, is competing with Mark Sanchez for the chance to lead the defending Super Bowl champion.
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Bills smart to give extension to QB Tyrod Taylor
ABC News - 6 months
It's easy to see why Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan appears thrilled by the team's new contract extension with quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Ryan knows how hard it is to win with a quarterback who spends half his time playing for the other team, to put it in the hardened vernacular of NFL coaches. Ryan was coaching the New York Jets in 2009 when rookie Mark Sanchez tossed 12 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions. Taylor was smarter with the football and far more dynamic for Buffalo under Ryan last season, throwing for 20 touchdowns against 6 interceptions. The rest of the league is less unified regarding Taylor than the Bills appear to be, but that's OK; the rest of the league isn't signing Taylor. The Bills are the ones signing him. Taylor fits what they want to do, and he is their best QB option by far. Locking in some cost certainty without going over the top on a contract seems smart, even if a...
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Jake Peavy and Mark Sanchez ripped off in $33 million scheme
CNN - 8 months
Jake Peavy and Mark Sanchez are just two of the pro athletes robbed in a $33 million Ponzi-like scheme.
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On The 3rd Anniversary Of The Infamous 'Butt Fumble,' Mark Sanchez Gets The Start
NPR - about 1 year
The former New York Jets QB, who ran straight into his own lineman's backside on Thanksgiving Day in 2012, started for the Philadelphia Eagles today.
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Sam Bradford has separated shoulder and concussion
ABC News - over 1 year
An MRI revealed that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a separated shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, league sources told ESPN's Ed Werder.?? Bradford left the game in the third quarter after he was sacked by Miami linebacker Chris McCain and landed on his left (non-throwing) shoulder. The Eagles announced after the game that Bradford also had been diagnosed with a concussion.?? Bradford, who is in the league's concussion protocol, could miss this week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but wants to see how much improvement he experiences during the week before a decision is made on his playing status, sources told Werder.?? Bradford was replaced in Sunday's game by Mark Sanchez, who??finished 14-of-23 for 156 yards.??Sanchez drove the Eagles to the Dolphins' 8 late in the fourth quarter but was intercepted in the end zone.?? Bradford was appearing in his ninth...
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The big names who went down with injuries in Week 10
ABC News - over 1 year
A host of star players went down with injuries this week. Here are the most significant names who got banged up. Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Bradford injured his left shoulder and suffered a concussion in the third quarter, when Dolphins linebacker Chris McCain laid a brutal hit on him. The Eagles announced that Bradford's on his shoulder X-rays were negative, but they ruled him out for the remainder of the game. Bradford had completed 19 of 25 passes for 236 yards against Miami. His replacement, Mark Sanchez, threw a crucial red zone interception late in the fourth quarter with the Eagles trailing by one.?? Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: Edelman limped off the field and slammed his helmet to the ground in frustration over a foot injury he suffered at the end of the first quarter. The Patriots ruled him out for the remainder of the game, and on Sunday ...
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2015 NFL Draft: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Plan On Selecting A Quarterback, Which Other 10 Teams Are Expected To Do So As Well?
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Quarterback is the most important position in the NFL, and teams are always looking for the next franchise player at that position. The 2015 quarterback draft class is by no means deep but it includes two players that are considered franchise type players — Jameis Winston out of Florida State and Marcus Mariota out of Oregon. There are four other quarterbacks that are projected to be taken in the first five rounds of the draft. Despite the lack of overall depth and quality at the quarterback position, several teams will still take flyers on players who they believe they can develop into starters or top-notch backups. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to take a quarterback with the number one pick overall and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times believes the Bucs will ultimately go with Winston. “Winston is plug-and-play. He operated in a pro-style offense. He played under center, he checks protections, reads coverage and throws with accuracy and anticipation. On the field, th ...
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Tim Tebow Doesn't Suffer From An Anti-Christian Bias
Huffington Post Sports - almost 2 years
The Philadelphia Eagles signed Tim Tebow to a one-year contract. Predictably the sports world picked up the story and ran with it, eliciting responses from supporters and those who doubt Tebow will succeed. Some conservatives who wear their faith on their sleeve think any criticism of Tebow reflects an anti-Christian bias. They think it is anti-religious bigotry, fomented by atheist haters. It fits with the new narrative of religious persecution that some are willing to peddle. If that's the case, then the NFL wouldn't be very popular, because there are so many players who are deeply religious and let everyone know about it. The Seattle Seahawks aren't cutting Russell Wilson, the quarterback who cited divine intervention as the reason why his team slipped past the Green Bay Packers and into the Super Bowl. Instead, they're poised to throw a lot more money at him. Over and over again, players "thank the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior" before answering a single interview ...
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Time for Chicago Bears to Commit to a New Quarterback
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Giving Bears quarterback Jay Cutler chances in Chicago is like Sylvester Stallone making Rocky movies. They're never ending, and no matter how bad the previous performance, the next one is just around the corner. On Wednesday new Bears head coach John Fox and new GM Ryan Pace were repeatedly asked about the elephant in the room, but they remained non-committal to Cutler during their press conference. One thing is clear. After six years of failure, it's time the Bears' organization commits to getting a new quarterback. "We're not up against a deadline," Fox said. "My experience has always been that you need to gather the information, and in turn, you usually make better decisions. We're in that process, and we'll keep you posted." Pace added, "There's certain things that were happening last year that might have been tough for him, and so we're going to analyze that and go further. The quarterback position is the hardest position to evaluate, so I think the more games we can ...
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The Bizarre Food Obsessions of Pro Athletes
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
by Belle Cushing Go ahead and credit the pre-game sugar rush for the Seattle Seahawks's win last Sunday. Running back Marshawn Terrell Lynch, a.k.a "Beast Mode," has not kept his love of Skittles a secret, and it was announced last week that the running back has just signed a sponsorship deal with his favorite candy. It's the first time Skittles has formally paid an athlete, though not the first time the company has doled out swag to its famous fans. Beast Mode already has his own Skittles vending machine and some hand-painted Skittles cleats. And now 12th Men everywhere can get Skittles' special "Seattle Mix," which includes only blue and green candies. On the other side of the Super Bowl was Peyton Manning, the Denver Bronco who eats a very reasonable diet of grilled chicken and vegetables before every game. We get it -- this is his job, his body's a temple, yada yada yada -- but since that sort of restraint is no fun at all, here's a look at other pro athlete's food obsessions ...
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All Geno Smith's Rookie Nightmare Is Missing Now Is Freddy Kruger
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
In the span of just three weeks, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith's rookie season has become a disaster, and it reached its lowest point against Miami on Sunday. On the heels of woeful back-to-back road performances in Baltimore and Buffalo, where he completed a mere 17 of 45 passes with five interceptions and zero touchdowns, Smith came home to engineer five failed drives, three of which were 3-and-outs, in the first half. The animosity of the home crowd was so intense that one could almost forget the vitriol once dedicated to the Jets' previous embattled quarterback, Mark Sanchez. "I have complete confidence in myself," Smith said after the 23-3 loss to Miami, during which head coach Rex Ryan benched him for the second half. "It's been a tough three weeks, but I think I am the best option for this team." Playing quarterback in the NFL is tough, and playing the position in New York doesn't make it any easier. Smith was a highly decorated high school recruit who enjoyed a suc ...
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Mark Sanchez Says He Wants to Remain a Jet
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
The injured quarterback insisted on Monday that he wants to remain in New York and compete for the starting quarterback position next season. Does he mean it, and does the team want him back?
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Sanchez says he 'absolutely' could return to Jets
Yahoo News - about 3 years
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Mark Sanchez plans on staying put after this season.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Sanchez
  • 2016
    Age 29
    In June 2016, a lawsuit filed by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Sanchez's broker, Ash Narayan, formerly of RGT Capital Management, conducted a "ponzi-like scheme" which defrauded three professional athletes out of $30 million.
    More Details Hide Details The athletes were later named as Sanchez, Roy Oswalt, and Jake Peavy. When Sanchez was elevated to prominence at USC, he found himself a symbol of Mexican-American identity and a role model for younger generations. Sanchez was placed on center stage in Los Angeles, home to more than 4.6 million Hispanics, the majority of whom are of Mexican descent. While there had been previous, successful Mexican-American quarterbacks such as Tom Flores, Jim Plunkett, Joe Kapp, Jeff Garcia, Tony Romo, and Marc Bulger, unlike most of his predecessors, Sanchez is a third-generation, full Mexican and none had been embraced to the extent Sanchez was. USC fans began playing up Sanchez's ethnicity by wearing items such as sarapes, lucha libre masks and homemade "¡Viva Sanchez!" T-shirts. His rise to fame within the Mexican-American community was compared to that of boxer Oscar De La Hoya and baseball pitcher Fernando Valenzuela.
    On September 3, 2016, hours after the Broncos released him, Sanchez signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
    More Details Hide Details Regular season Playoffs Early in his career, Sanchez was praised for his ability to maintain composure in the pocket amidst defensive pressure and focus on finding an open receiver to extend the team's offensive series. In his four-year career, Sanchez has had ten fourth quarter comebacks and twelve game winning drives. These characteristics were highlighted by Bill Parcells and Sam Wyche and garnered comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger. Sanchez was also noted for his proficiency in short passing situations and competitive nature; in December 2010, following dismal performances, Rex Ryan threatened to reduce Sanchez's repetitions with the first team offense during practice which infuriated Sanchez. In December 2012, following a series of poor performances that eventually led to his being benched, a panel of former NFL quarterbacks were questioned about Sanchez's different attributes. It was unanimously agreed upon that his arm strength was "good enough" to succeed in the league and that he could be effective while mobile in the pocket. His regression was mainly attributed to his poor accuracy, a byproduct of his indecisive mentality once the ball is snapped, and the fact the Jets did little to help surround Sanchez with the talent to overcome his shortcomings. Ron Jaworski commented that Sanchez had lost his confidence which contributed to his decline.
    On September 3, 2016, Sanchez was released.
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    On March 11, 2016, Sanchez was traded to the Denver Broncos for a 2017 conditional draft pick.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to his arrival to the Broncos, Peyton Manning had retired and Brock Osweiler had signed with the Houston Texans. This opened up a competition for the Broncos starting quarterback job between Sanchez, second-year player Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch. On August 29, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak named Siemian the starting quarterback for the 2016 season.
  • 2015
    Age 28
    On November 15, 2015, Sanchez came into a Week 10 game against the Dolphins in relief of injured starter Sam Bradford with the Eagles trailing 20–16 late in the 3rd quarter.
    More Details Hide Details Sanchez finished 14-23 with 156 yards and an interception. The interception was costly as it occurred in the endzone when the Eagles were in field goal range down 20–19, which ended up being the final score of the game. Sanchez was announced as the starter for the Eagles Week 11 game against the Buccaneers after it was revealed that Bradford suffered a separated shoulder and a concussion. Sanchez's opening drive was excellent, completing 100% of his passes and ending it with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Josh Huff to make the score 7-0. Sanchez continued to play well for the majority of the 1st half, and threw a second touchdown pass to Darren Sproles, but the Buccaneers offense had already scored 21 points. However, after that drive, Sanchez started to crumble, throwing an interception near the end of the second quarter. Sanchez finished the game with 3 interceptions, 1 of which was returned for a touchdown, in a humiliating 45-17 blowout. His 2 touchdown passes were the only points scored by the offense.
    The Eagles re-signed Sanchez to a two-year, $16 million contract on March 8, 2015, but despite his play in the 2014 season, he remained the backup quarterback as Nick Foles was traded for Sam Bradford.
    More Details Hide Details In Bradford's first several games, he had thrown more interceptions than touchdowns and often had a low completion percentage, but head coach Chip Kelly refused to bench Bradford in favor of Sanchez. Ironically, Sanchez would get his first playing time when Braford was playing his best football of the season.
  • 2014
    Age 27
    With the Eagles at a 9-3 record, and his record as a starter at 3-1, the Eagles looked poised to win the NFC East, but after 3 consecutive losses and playoff elimination, he finished the 2014 season with a 4–4 record as the Eagles starting quarterback.
    More Details Hide Details He threw for 2,418 yards, 14 TDs, 11 INTs, and a 64. completion percentage, while rushing for 87 yards and 1 TD, with an 88.4 passer rating. All of these stats has surpassed Foles.
    On November 10, 2014, Sanchez started his first game for the Eagles and led them in a 45-21 rout of the visiting Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football.
    More Details Hide Details Even though it was his first QB start since Dec. 2012, Sanchez notched two TDs as he threw for 332 yards—the fourth highest total in his NFL career. The victory also marked the first time he had ever thrown for more than 265 yards without an interception. Sanchez followed this with a 53-20 loss against Green Bay, but he came back with 2 consecutive wins, including a 33-10 win against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
    Sanchez signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 29, 2014, for a 1-year, $2.25 million contract.
    More Details Hide Details After spending seven full games as Nick Foles' backup, Sanchez filled-in for an injured Foles, in a Week 9 game against the Houston Texans. Throwing for 202 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, Sanchez led the Eagles to a 31-21 win. After the game, Eagles head coach, Chip Kelly, praised Sanchez, saying, "He's a hell of a quarterback and we're excited that we got him." Foles was later confirmed to be out for 6 to 8 weeks with a broken collarbone, meaning Sanchez would take over as the team's quarterback.
    After much speculation regarding his future in New York, the Jets released Sanchez on March 21, 2014, the same day the Jets signed Michael Vick, the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback.
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  • 2013
    Age 26
    After undergoing shoulder surgery on October 8, 2013, it was announced he would miss the rest of the season.
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    On September 14, 2013, Sanchez was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return.
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    The Jets, who drafted rookie quarterback Geno Smith in the 2013 NFL Draft, named Smith the starter on September 4 with Sanchez still rehabilitating his injury.
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    Sanchez suffered a shoulder injury on August 24, 2013 in the Jets' third game of the preseason against the New York Giants after being tackled by Marvin Austin.
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  • 2012
    Age 25
    Sanchez started the next week, but was benched in the third quarter of the Jets' contest against the Arizona Cardinals on December 2, 2012 in favor of third string back-up Greg McElroy.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to being benched by Rex Ryan, Sanchez threw three interceptions. McElroy threw a touchdown to Jeff Cumberland to score the team's only points in a 7–6 victory over Arizona. Rex Ryan renamed Sanchez the starting quarterback the following Wednesday after seeking out multiple opinions within the organization. Sanchez returned to complete 12 his 19 passes for 111 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars, fumbling once that led to a Jaguar field goal. The Jets won 17–10. In a must-win game against the Tennessee Titans to remain in playoff contention, Sanchez struggled; he completed 13 of his 28 passes for 131 yards while throwing four interceptions and fumbling the ball in Titans territory in the closing minutes of the Jets' 14–10 defeat. A day later, Ryan named McElroy the starter. Sanchez started the Jets' final game against the Buffalo Bills after McElroy revealed he had been experiencing concussion symptoms in the days preceding. The Jets were defeated 28–9 with Sanchez completing 17 of his 35 passes for 205 yards and two turnovers.
    Sanchez snapped this streak against the Indianapolis Colts on October 14, 2012 completing 11 of his 18 passes for 82 yards and throwing for 2 touchdowns in a 35–9 victory over Indianapolis.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, the Jets faced their division rivals, the Patriots. Despite a second-half lead by New England, the game was tied at the end of regulation forcing overtime. Following a Patriots field goal, Sanchez had the ball knocked out his hand by Rob Ninkovich who recovered the fumble and sealed the Patriots' victory. This was Sanchez's best overall performance to that point in the season as he completed a career record 68% of his passes when attempting 40 or more passes. Sanchez's struggles continued in the following two games against Miami and Seattle; in Seattle, Sanchez completed 9 of 22 passes for 124 yards while throwing his fourth red zone interception of the year and was the fifth game of the season where he completed under 50% of his pass attempts. The Jets snapped their losing streak in a 27–13 victory over the St. Louis Rams in which Sanchez completed 15 of his 20 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. However, his struggles continued in a rematch against New England on Thanksgiving night. Despite completing 26 of 36 of his pass attempts for 301 yards and a touchdown and interception, the Jets lost to the Patriots 49–19 and fell to 4–7 as Sanchez turned the ball over twice—each turnover led to Patriots touchdowns. The Jets surrendered 21 points within a 53-second span on 3 turnovers. The play that earned Sanchez the most criticism was a second-quarter fumble where he ran into the backside of lineman Brandon Moore and the Patriots scored on the resulting fumble; this play, becoming widely known as the butt fumble, was mocked in the media.
    Despite questions surrounding his job security, after New York acquired Tim Tebow, the Jets agreed to a 3-year contract extension with Sanchez on March 9, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The contract included $20 million in guarantees. The Jets opened their season against the Buffalo Bills with Sanchez completing 19 of his 27 passes for 266 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception in a 48–28 rout of the Bills. In the subsequent four games, Sanchez became the first quarterback since Stoney Case in 1999 to complete under 50% of his passes in four straight contests as the Jets fell to a 2–3 record. This prompted fierce criticism from the media and the fans in regards to Sanchez's continued accuracy issues and prompted calls for the promotion of Tim Tebow.
  • 2011
    Age 24
    Prior to the outset of the 2011 season, head coach Rex Ryan named Sanchez a team captain.
    More Details Hide Details The Jets opened the season with a 2–3 record leading to discontent within the clubhouse. The team had begun to stray from their philosophy of consistently running the ball and began to pass more often however, the offense struggled with this adjustment. Receivers Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and Derrick Mason approached coach Ryan to question offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's system as Holmes and Mason averaged only 3 catches per game and Burress only 2.5 catches through four games. Additionally, Sanchez drew criticism for his difficulties to effectively throw the ball to his receivers. The struggles culminated with Holmes getting into a heated argument with another teammate in the huddle during their final regular season game against the Miami Dolphins. Holmes was benched in the fourth quarter while Sanchez threw three interceptions in the Jets' loss that eliminated the team from playoff contention for the first time in Sanchez's career. Statistically, Sanchez had similar numbers in a comparison to Eli Manning when he concluded his third year of football however, there were concerns that Sanchez was simply an ineffective quarterback and therefore expendable. During the offseason, Sanchez was criticized by anonymous teammates for his poor work ethic and his inability to improve; these claims were publicly refuted by other teammates.
    The team traveled to the AFC Championship, for a second consecutive season, to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 23, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Heading into halftime losing 24–3, the team, led by Sanchez, engineered a comeback following a heartfelt speech given by the quarterback at halftime. Although the Jets' defense did not allow Pittsburgh to score in the second half, the team fell short as their final offensive drive was stymied by the Steelers' defense and the Jets lost 24–19.
  • 2010
    Age 23
    Sanchez recorded his first career 300-yard passing game in a win over the Detroit Lions on November 7, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details At 10–4, the Jets faced the Chicago Bears on December 26, 2010 with a chance to clinch a playoff berth. Though Sanchez injured his shoulder in a victory over Pittsburgh the previous week, he started the game completing 24 of his 37 passes for a touchdown and an interception. However, the Jets were unable to defend the Bears' offense and subsequently lost the game 38–34 after a comeback drive was halted when Sanchez was intercepted. Due to a loss by the Jacksonville Jaguars that same day, the Jets clinched the playoff berth. Sanchez finished the season with 3,291 yards, 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The Jets finished the season with an 11–5 record and entered the wild card round facing the Indianapolis Colts in a rematch of their previous encounter in the AFC Championship. Although Sanchez had a subpar performance completing 18 of his 31 passes while throwing an interception, he led the team in the final minutes of the game on a comeback drive culminating with kicker Nick Folk kicking the game-winning field goal as time expired. The Jets went on to face the New England Patriots in the divisional round and upset the heavily favored Patriots, 28–21, as Sanchez completed 16 of his 25 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns. With the win, Sanchez tied Len Dawson, Roger Staubach, Jake Delhomme, and Joe Flacco for the second most post-season road victories by a quarterback in NFL history.
    The Jets opened the 2010 season with a 5–1 record however, the passing game was subpar as Sanchez struggled to accurately throw the football.
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    On February 17, 2010, Sanchez underwent surgery to repair the patella ligament in his left knee that he originally injured when he played for USC.
    More Details Hide Details The surgery was successful. Sanchez was expected to miss early workouts and return in time for training camp however Sanchez made a quick recovery and participated in team drills during Organized Team Activities (OTA).
    On January 17, 2010, Sanchez, with the help of fellow rookie Shonn Greene, defeated the heavily favored San Diego Chargers 17–14 to attain the Jets' third AFC Championship appearance in franchise history.
    More Details Hide Details Sanchez became only the second rookie quarterback to win two consecutive playoff games, behind Joe Flacco. In a rematch of their regular season meeting with the Colts, Sanchez performed well in the first half however, the offense succumbed to the Colts' defense in the second half and the Jets gave up an 11-point lead, losing 30–17. Sanchez was named to Sporting News All-Rookie team for his performance during the season.
    In the wild card round, that took place on January 9, 2010 at Paul Brown Stadium, Sanchez led the Jets to another victory over the Bengals, 24–14, behind his positive performance where he completed 12 of his 15 passes while throwing for 182 yards and a touchdown with a passer rating of 139.4.
    More Details Hide Details Sanchez became the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to win his first post-season contest, and the second to do so on the road. The others were Shaun King ('99 Bucs), Ben Roethlisberger ('04 Steelers), and Joe Flacco ('08 Ravens).
    The following week, on January 3, 2010, Sanchez led the team into the playoffs, despite a subpar effort, completing eight of sixteen passes for sixty-three yards, en route to a 37–0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, who rested their starters as the team had already clinched the AFC North division title and a playoff berth.
    More Details Hide Details The manner of the two wins, which gave the Jets their first playoff berth since 2006, caused many to claim the team had "backed into the playoffs". Sanchez completed his rookie season with 2,444 yards, 12 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
  • 2009
    Age 22
    In the team's second meeting against the Bills on December 3, 2009, Sanchez suffered a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in the third quarter, prompting the veteran Clemens to take his place.
    More Details Hide Details Though there were no setbacks to the injury, head coach Ryan benched Sanchez the following game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for precautionary reasons, much to Sanchez's dismay. At 7–7, the Jets had a chance to secure a playoff berth if they won the remainder of their games. One such game was against the Indianapolis Colts who had 23 consecutive regular season wins. Sanchez and the Jets engineered a comeback win following Colts head coach Jim Caldwell's decision to controversially rest the team starters in the third quarter with a five-point lead.
    Sanchez started his first regular season NFL game against the Houston Texans on September 13, 2009, throwing his first touchdown pass, a 30-yard reception, to Chansi Stuckey.
    More Details Hide Details Sanchez and the Jets won the game 24–7, with Sanchez throwing for 272 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He was named the Pepsi Rookie of the Week for his performance in the game, the first of three consecutive Rookie of the Week awards. He played his first home game a week later versus the New England Patriots, a 16–9 victory; it was also his first division game and his first rivalry game. It was the Jets' first victory over New England at home since 2000. With a 24–17 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Week 3, Sanchez became the first rookie quarterback to start and win his first three games of an NFL season. However, his performance began to regress as he had a pass intercepted for a 99-yard touchdown return, and fumbled another attempted pass in the end zone for another touchdown, as the Jets fell to the New Orleans Saints in Week 4. These two plays were enough to spoil an otherwise strong outing from the Jets's defensive unit as the team dropped to a 3–1 record. Following the loss to New Orleans, Sanchez received criticism in a 16–13 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 6 when he threw five interceptions against a lowly Bills defense that previously had only four interceptions all season long. The Jets ended their losing streak in a 38–0 victory against the Oakland Raiders in Week 7 however, Sanchez was criticized after he was seen eating a hot dog on the Jets' bench in the fourth quarter.
    On August 26, 2009, Sanchez was named the starter, becoming the first rookie quarterback to start the season for the team since Dick Jamieson in 1960.
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    Sanchez reached an agreement with the team on June 10, 2009, signing a five-year, $50 million contract, with $28 million guaranteed.
    More Details Hide Details It is the largest contract the Jets signed a player to in franchise history. Heading into his rookie training camp, Sanchez was listed as the second quarterback behind veteran Kellen Clemens. Jets head coach Rex Ryan viewed the camp as an opportunity for both quarterbacks to compete against each other to determine the eventual starter for the 2009 season.
    The New York Jets drafted Sanchez using the fifth overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, making him the first quarterback selected by the Jets in the first round since Chad Pennington.
    More Details Hide Details To select Sanchez, the Jets traded their first and second round selections and three players, Kenyon Coleman, Abram Elam and Brett Ratliff, to the Cleveland Browns. At the time, the selection was lauded as good value for the team and for Sanchez.
    Sanchez hired his older brother and business litigator, Nick Sanchez, to be his agent alongside David Dunn, who represented Carson Palmer. Sanchez received an invitation to the 2009 Scouting Combine, where his performance was well received.
    More Details Hide Details He was ranked as one of the top two quarterbacks, behind fellow junior Matthew Stafford from the University of Georgia. In the final days leading up to the draft, several NFL teams expressed serious interest in Sanchez, including the Seattle Seahawks (No. 4 selection), Cleveland Browns (No. 5 selection), Washington Redskins (No. 13 selection), and New York Jets (No. 17 selection).
    On January 15, Sanchez announced his plans to forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the 2009 NFL Draft, although he continued as a USC student and completed work on his degree in the spring of 2009 while preparing for the draft.
    More Details Hide Details Sanchez became the first USC quarterback to leave early since Todd Marinovich did so after the 1990 season. During the press conference, head coach Pete Carroll made it clear that he did not agree with Sanchez's decision, and advised him of the low success-rate of quarterbacks who left college early. Despite the public disagreement, the two remained close afterward.
    Sanchez won the 2009 Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player award for his performance on offense; his 413 passing yards ranked second in the history of the Rose Bowl and fourth in Trojan history.
    More Details Hide Details With Sanchez starting all thirteen games, the Trojans ended the season 12–1 and ranked number two in the Coaches' Poll and number three in the AP Poll. Sanchez finished the season with 3,207 yards passing, 34 touchdowns, second most in Trojan history, behind Leinart, and 10 interceptions. Upon the conclusion of the Rose Bowl, Sanchez stated it would be "hard to say goodbye to USC. I don’t think I can do it." However, with the subsequent announcement that other NFL-caliber quarterbacks, such as Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, and Colt McCoy had decided to stay in school, rumors arose that Sanchez would use the opportunity to enter the 2009 NFL Draft.
  • 2008
    Age 21
    Sanchez entered spring practice after the 2008 season as the front-runner to take over the starting quarterback position, but faced strong competition from redshirt freshman Aaron Corp and Mitch Mustain, a transfer from Arkansas, where he had been the starting quarterback; Mustain, like Sanchez, was named the top quarterback in the nation upon the conclusion of high school career in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details By the end of spring practice, Carroll announced Sanchez would be the starting quarterback heading into the fall. During the first week of fall camp, Sanchez dislocated his left kneecap during warm-ups prior to practice; trainers immediately put the kneecap back into place. After missing nearly three weeks, Sanchez was cleared to play in the opener against Virginia. Before the opener, Sanchez was contacted by USC's previous three quarterbacks—Carson Palmer, Leinart and Booty—who wished him well and offered general advice. In the opener at Virginia, Sanchez threw for a career-best 338 yards, completing 26 of his 35 passes for three touchdowns and one interception. The Davey O'Brien Foundation named him the O'Brien Quarterback of the Week and his performance garnered early Heisman discussion. The Trojans suffered a stunning 27–21 loss against Oregon State on September 25. By season's end, the Trojans' lone loss was enough to remove them from contending for the BCS National Title and instead they were to play in the Rose Bowl against Penn State. The Trojans defeated the Nittany Lions 38–24.
  • 2007
    Age 20
    In fall practice, before USC's 2007 season, Sanchez broke his right thumb, missing the first game against Idaho; he returned the following week and served as the primary backup to Booty.
    More Details Hide Details Sanchez earned limited playing time in wins against Nebraska and Washington State. Sanchez was named the starting quarterback by head coach Pete Carroll against Arizona after Booty suffered a broken finger during a 24–23 loss to Stanford. On October 13, Sanchez led USC to a 20–13 victory, overcoming a wavering performance during the first half of the game in which he threw two interceptions, as Arizona went on to tie the game heading into halftime. During the second half, Sanchez was more proficient in passing the ball and ultimately finished the game completing 19 of his 31 passes while throwing for 130 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. With Booty still recovering, USC elected to start Sanchez for a second consecutive week against Notre Dame; he made significant improvements, completing 21 of his 38 passes for 235 yards and four touchdowns in a 38–0 victory over Notre Dame.
  • 2006
    Age 19
    During the 2006 season, Sanchez saw limited playing time in games against Arkansas, Stanford and Oregon.
    More Details Hide Details Through those three games, Sanchez completed 3 of his 7 pass attempts for 63 yards and 1 interception. He also saw additional action against Arizona, Michigan, and Notre Dame but he did not attempt a pass in those contests.
    At the outset of the 2006 season, Sanchez competed for the starting quarterback position; once Booty, a junior, suffered severe back spasms caused by a pre-existing back condition, surgery was required and Sanchez was promoted to run the first-team offense during the spring as Booty recovered.
    More Details Hide Details Coaches stated Booty would be considered the starting quarterback when he returned for fall practice.
    On June 3, 2006, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced no charges would be filed, and Sanchez was reinstated, though he was disciplined by the football team for underage drinking and using false identification on the night he was arrested.
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    In April 2006, Sanchez was arrested after a female USC student accused him of sexual assault.
    More Details Hide Details He was released from jail the following day and suspended.
  • 2005
    Age 18
    Being named the nation's top quarterback coming out of high school, Sanchez was well regarded upon his arrival at USC. With upperclassmen Matt Leinart and John David Booty returning, Sanchez did not play during his freshman year in 2005, opting to preserve a year of eligibility.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, he participated as the quarterback of USC's scout team, earning the Trojans' Service Team Offensive Player of the Year Award.
  • 2004
    Age 17
    In July 2004, Mark announced his commitment to the University of Southern California.
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  • 1986
    Born on November 11, 1986.
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