Matt Leinart

All-american College Football Player + Professional Football Player + Quarterback + Heisman Trophy Winner
Born May 11, 1983

Matthew Stephen Leinart, is an American American football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). Leinart previously played for four seasons (2006–2009) with the Arizona Cardinals, largely in a backup role, before being released on September 4, 2010. He also played for the Houston Texans (2010–2011). Leinart played college football for the University of Southern California (USC).… Read More

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1983 Birth Born on May 11, 1983.


2000 17 Years Old As one of the nation's top college football recruits, Leinart committed to USC under coach Paul Hackett, noting that a major factor was offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. However, after Hackett and most of his staff were fired in 2000, Leinart considered other programs such as Georgia Tech and Arizona State and visited Oklahoma before USC eventually hired Pete Carroll.
2001 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Leinart attended the University of Southern California, where he played for coach Pete Carroll's USC Trojans football team from 2001 to 2005.
2002 19 Years Old Leinart appeared in only a few plays in 2002 but did not throw any passes.


2003 20 Years Old As a sophomore in 2003, Leinart competed with redshirt junior Matt Cassel, who was Palmer's backup the previous season, and Purdue transfer Brandon Hance for the vacant starting quarterback position. … Read More
2006 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Leinart was considered one of the top prospects in the 2006 NFL Draft class. … Read More
2007 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Leinart opened the 2007 season on Monday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers as the starting quarterback. … Read More
2008 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 2008 offseason, after he recovered from the injury, Leinart was handed his starting job back, but his hold on the job was tenuous after another strong training camp performance by Warner. … Read More
2009 26 Years Old In 2009, Leinart continued his role as back-up for Warner, who started all but one regular season game.
In 2010, he was named the presumptive starter after Warner's retirement; however, he lost the starting job in training camp to Derek Anderson. … Read More
2011 28 Years Old During the 2011 offseason, despite speculation that he would sign with the Seattle Seahawks, who were coached by Leinart's college coach Pete Carroll, and compete for a starting job, Leinart ultimately agreed to return to Houston as a backup for the 2011 season. … Read More
2012 29 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 12, 2012, Leinart was released by Houston.


2013 30 Years Old 1 More Event
After injuries to quarterbacks E.J. Manuel (knee surgery) and Kevin Kolb (concussion), the Bills decided to sign Leinart on August 25, 2013. … Read More
2014 31 Years Old …  Leinart signed a deal with the Pac-12 Network, making his official debut as a Studio Analyst on August 30, 2014. … Read More
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