Matt Leinart
All-American college football player, professional football player, quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner
Matt Leinart
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).
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Former USC quarterback Matt Leinart named to College Football Hall of Fame
LATimes - about 2 months
Matt Leinart led USC to two national championships, came within seconds of a third and captured a Heisman Trophy as the Trojans’ quarterback. Now, Leinart is entering the College Football Hall of Fame. The Hall announced Monday that Leinart was part of a 13-member 2017 class, which will be inducted...
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Mater Dei QB is in the driver's seat on road to St. John Bosco matchup
LATimes - 4 months
There’s a street sign unlike any other in America on the campus of Santa Ana Mater Dei. It says, “HEISMAN LANE, in honor of John Huarte ’61 & Matt Leinart ’01.” Every quarterback who plays for Mater Dei understands its meaning and the tradition created by two former Heisman Trophy winners. This...
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Mater Dei QB is in the driver's seat on road to St. John Bosco matchup
LATimes - 4 months
There’s a street sign unlike any other in America on the campus of Santa Ana Mater Dei. It says, “HEISMAN LANE, in honor of John Huarte ’61 & Matt Leinart ’01.” Every quarterback who plays for Mater Dei understands its meaning and the tradition created by two former Heisman Trophy winners. This...
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LATimes article
Mater Dei QB is in the driver's seat on road to St. John Bosco matchup
LATimes - 4 months
There’s a street sign unlike any other in America on the campus of Santa Ana Mater Dei. It says, “HEISMAN LANE, in honor of John Huarte ’61 & Matt Leinart ’01.” Every quarterback who plays for Mater Dei understands its meaning and the tradition created by two former Heisman Trophy winners. This...
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LATimes article
Mater Dei QB is in the driver's seat on road to St. John Bosco matchup
LATimes - 4 months
There’s a street sign unlike any other in America on the campus of Santa Ana Mater Dei. It says, “HEISMAN LANE, in honor of John Huarte ’61 & Matt Leinart ’01.” Every quarterback who plays for Mater Dei understands its meaning and the tradition created by two former Heisman Trophy winners. This...
Article Link:
LATimes article
Mater Dei QB is in the driver's seat on road to St. John Bosco matchup
LATimes - 4 months
There’s a street sign unlike any other in America on the campus of Santa Ana Mater Dei. It says, “HEISMAN LANE, in honor of John Huarte ’61 & Matt Leinart ’01.” Every quarterback who plays for Mater Dei understands its meaning and the tradition created by two former Heisman Trophy winners. This...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Matt Leinart
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 30
    Leinart signed a deal with the Pac-12 Network, making his official debut as a Studio Analyst on August 30, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He is a recurring guest, via voicemail, on the Barstool Sports podcast Pardon My Take. Leinart was born in Santa Ana, California, with strabismus (commonly known as "crossed eyes"); his left eye was not aligned correctly with his right. He underwent surgery when he was three years old and was fitted with special glasses to correct the problem, but the eyewear combined with Leinart's already-overweight frame made him an easy target for other children's ridicule. "I used to get made fun of for being cross-eyed. It's just a terrible thing because kids are so cruel to the fat kid, to the kid with the glasses. So I turned to sports," he would later say. Leinart attended Mater Dei High School and was a letterman in football. As a junior, he led his team to a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division I co-championship and was named the Serra League's Offensive Most Valuable Player. Wearing number 7, he was chosen as the Gatorade California high school football player of the year.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2013
    Age 29
    Lewis won the competition, and Leinart was released on August 30, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Leinart has a son with former USC women's basketball player Brynn Cameron. Leinart broke up with Cameron before the baby was born. Though they had a dispute over child support early on, they have since settled their differences and Leinart now has a regular schedule for seeing his son.
    After injuries to quarterbacks E.J. Manuel (knee surgery) and Kevin Kolb (concussion), the Bills decided to sign Leinart on August 25, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Leinart and Thad Lewis (who was brought in on the same day through a trade) would compete for the 4th QB job behind undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel.
  • 2012
    Age 28
    Leinart signed with the Oakland Raiders on May 1, 2012, as the back-up to his former college teammate, Carson Palmer.
    More Details Hide Details After Palmer suffered an injury in Week 16, Leinart and Terrelle Pryor split first-team reps. Pryor ended up getting the start in Week 17 and Leinart was not re-signed the following offseason.
    On March 12, 2012, Leinart was released by Houston.
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  • 2011
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In week 10, Schaub injured his right foot and the Texans named Leinart their starter. Leinart started for the first time in week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars; however, during the first half he fractured his collarbone and was replaced by rookie quarterback T.J. Yates. At this point in his career, Leinart had suffered three season-ending injuries (2006, 2007, 2011) within his last 8 starts.
  • 2010
    Age 26
    Since Schaub played all 16 games, Leinart did not play during the 2010 season.
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    On September 6, 2010, the NFL announced that Leinart signed a one-year contract to back up Matt Schaub with the Houston Texans.
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    In 2010, he was named the presumptive starter after Warner's retirement; however, he lost the starting job in training camp to Derek Anderson.
    More Details Hide Details The Cardinals released Leinart on September 4, two days after the final preseason game, in favor of Anderson and rookies Max Hall and John Skelton.
  • 2009
    Age 25
    In 2009, Leinart continued his role as back-up for Warner, who started all but one regular season game.
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  • 2008
    Age 24
    For the 2008 season, he completed 15 of 29 passing attempts (51.7%), one touchdown, one interception, and an 80.2 passer rating.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Finally, after Leinart threw three interceptions within a matter of minutes versus the Oakland Raiders in the third preseason game, Warner was named the opening-day starter. Leinart picked up only a limited number of snaps in mop-up duty behind Warner. Warner started 16 games and took the Cardinals to their first ever Super Bowl, cementing his status as starter and Leinart's status as a backup.
  • 2007
    Age 23
    On October 7, 2007, Leinart suffered a fractured left collarbone after being sacked by St. Louis Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon.
    More Details Hide Details Three days later, he was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. In his first two NFL seasons, Leinart had suffered two season-ending injuries within a period of five sacks. With Warner at the helm for the remainder of the season, the Cardinals mounted a late-season surge and won five of their final eight games. In Leinart's second season with Arizona, he started five games, completed 53.6% of his passes (60/112) and threw for 647 yards, 5.8 yards per attempt, two touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating was 61.9. He averaged 129 yards and .4 touchdowns per start.
    Leinart opened the 2007 season on Monday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers as the starting quarterback.
    More Details Hide Details After a sequence of quarters in which the offense stalled, Whisenhunt began to insert Warner as a situational quarterback.
  • 2006
    Age 22
    Leinart was selected tenth overall in the 2006 Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
    More Details Hide Details Leinart spent four seasons with the Cardinals, primarily as backup for veteran Kurt Warner, who he was supposed to succeed as starter. In his first season, after a contentious negotiation making him the last member of the draft to sign a contract, Leinart agreed to a six-year, $51 million contract on August 14. and not before Cardinal coach Dennis Green said that he had lost his patience. Leinart played in the second quarter of the exhibition game against the New England Patriots on August 19. Leinart started the fourth game of the season, in which he threw two touchdown passes. During the previous week, Leinart was rumored to get the starting quarterback position after a poor performance by Kurt Warner in the previous game. Coach Green even held a conference to state that Warner would still start that week's game. In Week 6 against the 5-0 Chicago Bears, Leinart threw for two touchdown passes in the first half, but the Bears came back in the second half to win 24-23.
    Leinart was considered one of the top prospects in the 2006 NFL Draft class.
    More Details Hide Details Standing and weighing and a left-handed thrower, he was considered the prototypical NFL quarterback in terms of size but with a weak arm.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2003
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Going into the season, Carroll and his coaching staff selected Leinart, not because he had set himself significantly ahead of the pack in practice, but because they needed a starting quarterback. When the coaching staff told Leinart he would be the starter, he replied, "You're never going to regret this." There was some thought in the press that Leinart would merely hold the starting position until highly touted true freshman John David Booty, who had bypassed his senior year in high school to attend USC, could learn the offense. Leinart's first career pass was a touchdown against Auburn. He would win the first three games of his career before the then-No. 3 Trojans suffered a 34 - 31 triple-overtime defeat at California on September 27 that dropped the Trojans to No. 10. Leinart and the Trojans bounced back the next week against Arizona State. Leinart injured his knee in the second quarter and was not expected to play again that day, but he returned to the game and finished 12-of-23 for 289 yards in a 37 - 17 victory.
  • 2002
    Age 18
    Leinart appeared in only a few plays in 2002 but did not throw any passes.
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  • 2001
    Age 17
    He redshirted in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details As a freshman the next year, he understudied senior quarterback Carson Palmer, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2003 NFL Draft.
    Leinart attended the University of Southern California, where he played for coach Pete Carroll's USC Trojans football team from 2001 to 2005.
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  • 2000
    Age 16
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Born
    Born on May 11, 1983.
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