|Buffalo Bills — No. 7|
|Date of Birth: May 11 1983|
| Place of Birth: Santa Ana, California
|National Football League Debut|
|2006 for the Arizona Cardinals|
|Career Highlights and Awards|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10|
|Career stats to date:|
Matt Leinart is an American football quarterback who plays for the Buffalo Bills. Leinart was the USC quarterback from 2002-2005. He was selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft as the tenth pick (10th overall) by the Arizona Cardinals. He has also played for the Houston Texans.
Leinart played college football at the University of Southern California. In 2004, he led the Trojans to the BCS national championship and was named that year's winner of the Heisman Trophy as well as the winner of the inaugural Manning Award, which is awarded to the country's top quarterback. The championship was vacated by the BCS on June 6, 2011.
NFL playing careerEdit
The left-handed passing Leinart was selected tenth overall in the 2006 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Despite possessing what draft experts believed was a good frame for a quarterback (6'-5”, 230 pounds), they believed his lack of a strong throwing arm, such as that possessed by his predecessor, Carson Palmer (now with the Oakland Raiders), would be a detriment in his professional career.
After Kurt Warner's retirement, Leinart was named the presumptive starter. However, he lost the starting job in training camp to veteran Derek Anderson, who signed with the Cardinals as a free agent before the 2010 season.
After some speculation, Leinart agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Texans on September 6, 2010. On November 14, 2011, it was announced starting QB Matt Schaub had injured his foot and was out a few weeks, as of November 14, coach Gary Kubiak planned on Leinart starting the next game after the bye week versus Jacksonville. Later on in the day it was announced that Schaub would be out for the season and that Matt Leinart would be the starting QB for the season. Leinart was injured against the Jaguars on November 27, 2011 breaking his collarbone, which ended his season.
Career statistics Edit
- ↑ Sources: Houston Texans agree to deal with QB Matt Leinart - ESPN
- ↑ Matt Leinart done for season. ESPN (28 November 2011). Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
- Matt Leinart on College Football Reference
- Matt Leinart on Pro Football Reference
- Matt Leinart article at Wikipedia