Quarterback, Miami Dolphins
Height/weight: 6-3/202 pounds
Born: August 9, 1984 Van Nuys, California
College: Oregon State
Drafted: Undrafted. Signed as a free agent by Dallas Cowboys in 2007. Waived and claimed by Carolina Panthers on Sept. 2, 2007.
NFL Experience: 4th year
NFL Statistics: Career: 16 games, 8 starts. 148-for-249 (59.4%) for 1,783 yards, 11 TDs, 7 INT. 2009: Played in 7 games, started 5. 85-for-138 (61.6%) for 1,053 yards, 8 TDs, 2 INT. 2007: Played in 9 games, started 3. 63-for-111 (56.8%) for 730 yards, 3 TDs, 5 INT.
NFL Honors: NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month, Dec. 2007.
Family: Wife, Tara.
There are many locker room pranks that happen every day. The one that is most common is the bucket of water over the bathroom stall. Some people take umbrellas in the stalls with them. That’s always a good one.
Best defensive player I’ve faced:
Jon Beason. I get to play against that guy every day and he causes so many problems for an offense. His speed and toughness are unbelievable, not to mention his athletic ability. I’m glad he’s on my team.
Best offensive players I’ve played with:
That is tough to say. There are so many studs on the Panthers, it’s hard to say who the best is. All of them are pretty dang good. One of the guys I played with in college who amazed me every day is WR Mike Hass, not to say he’s better than my teammates, but somebody I thought I had to mention.
Favorite receiver route to throw:
I love to throw comebacks. A good 18-yard comeback is great because you can hit your seventh step of your drop and let it go.
Closest friends in football:
Kyle DeVan was my center at OSU, he now plays for the Colts. Sabby Piscitelli from the Bucs is another Beaver in the league that I am close to.
Spaghetti and meatballs. That’s the good stuff. Or a #1 from In-N-Out.
“Tombstone,” “Top Gun,” “Caddyshack.” Basically any action or comedy.
What’s in your iPod?
Lots of country music.
I don’t really have any, although I go through the same routine on game day, if that counts.
Best qualities for a person to have:
Character, respect, honesty, work ethic.
For now, I work with Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids.
My hero is:
My Dad, he’s a very hard working guy who would do anything for his family.