Blaine Gabbert

Blaine Williamson Gabbert (born October 15, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Missouri before leaving early for the 2011 NFL Draft after his junior year. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round with the 10th overall pick. He has also played for the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, and Tennessee Titans, starting at least three games for all of them.

Blaine Gabbert
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Gabbert with the Tennessee Titans in 2018
No. 11 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Personal information
Born:October 15, 1989 (age 29)
Ballwin, Missouri
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Ballwin (MO) Parkway West
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Passing yards:9,063
Completion percentage:56.2
Passer rating:71.7
Rushing yards:631
Rushing touchdowns:3
Player stats at

Early years

Gabbert was born in Ballwin, Missouri. He attended Parkway West High School in Ballwin, where he played for the Parkway West Longhorns high school football team.[1] He was a five-star blue-chip All-American and, according to, was their No. 14 national player overall at any position. He was invited to participate in the Elite 11 quarterback camp in the summer of 2007 where he won the camp MVP honors over Andrew Luck and then, in January 2008, he played in the US Army All-American Game.[2] He recorded 623 passing yards and five touchdowns as a senior, despite an injured foot that limited him to four games.[3] As a junior, he posted 1,523 yards and 20 touchdowns (on 119-of-231 passing) and also added another 458 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. In his sophomore season, he threw for approximately 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns as a first-year starter.[4]

College career

Coming out of high school in 2008, Gabbert was considered a major college recruitment prospect. Rated as a five-star recruit by, Gabbert was listed as the highest ranked pro-style quarterback in the nation.[5] He initially gave a verbal commitment to the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, but rethought his decision after head coach Bill Callahan was fired.[6] He eventually committed to the University of Missouri. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel decided not to redshirt Gabbert his freshman year, but instead play him as the third-string quarterback behind Chase Daniel and Chase Patton.[7] He saw action in five games in reserve duty, leading the Tiger offense to a touchdown against Colorado and a field goal against Nevada. He completed 5-of-13 passing attempts for 43 yards and rushed six times for 22 yards.[2]

Gabbert had a strong debut in 2009, throwing for 313 yards with three touchdowns in the air and another one on the ground against the Illinois Fighting Illini in the annual Arch Rivalry.[8] He set career highs with 30 completions (30 for 51) and 468 yards against Baylor.[9] The 468 yards were the second-best single-game mark in school history, second only to Jeff Handy's 480 yards against Oklahoma State in 1992. Gabbert was named to second–Team All-Big 12 honors by multiple league media outlets, and he was also granted honorable mention for all-league honors from the AP after ranking 2nd in the Big 12 (29th in the NCAA) in passing efficiency (140.45 rating). Gabbert ranked 4th in the Big 12 and 11th in the NCAA in total offense (292.08 avg.). He led the Big 12 with 8.1 passing yards per attempt.[10] He achieved the 3rd-highest single-season passing total in school history, completing 262-of-445 passes for 3,593 yards, 24 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.[11] He was also recognized for his success in the classroom and named to the 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12.[2]

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Gabbert in 2011

In 2010, Gabbert led Missouri to a season-opening 23–13 victory over Illinois. He threw for 34 passes on 48 attempts, with 281 yards and two touchdowns.[12] Gabbert also went on to beat Colorado (17–29, 191, two touchdowns) despite being sidelined with an injury in the fourth quarter.[13] Other highlights of the season include beating Texas A&M on the road (31–47, 361, three touchdowns),[14] and upsetting #1 Oklahoma (30–42, 308, one touchdown). That victory ended a seven-game losing streak against the Sooners, going back to 1998.[15] Overall, in his last season with the Tigers, he had 3,186 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns, nine interceptions, 232 rushing yards, and five rushing touchdowns.[16]

College statistics

Year Team Passing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int
2008 Missouri 5 13 38.4% 43 0 0
2009 Missouri 262 445 58.8% 3,593 24 9
2010 Missouri 301 475 63.4% 3,186 16 9
Career 568 933 60.9% 6,822 40 18

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 4 38 in
(1.94 m)
234 lb
(106 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.61 s 1.59 s 2.70 s 4.26 s 6.84 s 33 12 in
(0.85 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
All values from 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.[17][18]

Jacksonville Jaguars

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Gabbert passing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In January 2011, Gabbert announced that he would forgo his senior year to enter the 2011 NFL Draft.[19] New York Times blogger Matt Waldman ranked him as the number one quarterback prospect in the draft.[20]

On April 28, 2011, Gabbert was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 10th overall pick.[21] Jacksonville traded up six spots with the Washington Redskins to select Gabbert.[22] He was the third quarterback to be selected that year, behind Cam Newton and Jake Locker.

2011 season: Rookie year

On July 28, 2011, Gabbert officially signed his contract to play for the team. The deal was worth $12 million over 4 years.[23]

Though not slated to serve as starting quarterback, Gabbert quickly earned playing time under head coach Jack Del Rio after David Garrard was released in the preseason and Luke McCown performed poorly in the first two games.[24] Gabbert played in his first NFL regular season game on September 18, 2011 against the New York Jets in Week 2.[25] He was then named starter against the Carolina Panthers the following week.[26] In Week 5, against the Cincinnati Bengals, Gabbert threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Jason Hill.[27] At age 22, Gabbert became the youngest player in league history to start 14 games in a season. He played most of the season with a toe injury on his plant foot.[28]

Gabbert struggled in his rookie season. He was sacked 40 times, the third most by any quarterback in the league.[29] He also fumbled 14 times, most in the league by a quarterback.[30] His 50.8% completion percentage was second-worst in the league for passers with more than 200 attempts (ahead of only Tim Tebow's 46.5%). His 5.4 yards per attempt was last in the league among qualifying passers, as was his 65.4 passer rating.[31] Football Outsiders calculated that Gabbert's 2011 season was "the fifth worst season we've ever measured" in aggregate value.[32] Pete Prisco of predicted that Gabbert's potential remained high, and that many of his struggles could be attributed to injuries and the unfavorable circumstances around him, including a rush-centered offense, a lack of talented quarterbacks ahead of him, and a weak receiving corps.[28]

2012 season

Going into the 2012 season, Gabbert had a new head coach in Mike Mularkey.[33] Gabbert threw for a then career-high 260 passing yards in the Jaguars' 2012 regular season opener against the Minnesota Vikings, along with two touchdowns and a career-high 96.1 quarterback rating.[34] Despite his strong performance, the Jaguars lost 26–23 in overtime.[35] In Week 3, a 22–17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, Gabbert threw a career-high 80-yard touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts.[36] Gabbert struggled in the following weeks, including a loss to the Chicago Bears, in which he threw two interceptions and fumbled once. Both interceptions were returned for touchdowns and the Jaguars lost 41–3.[37] Against the Oakland Raiders, Gabbert tore the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder during the second quarter, and he was replaced by Chad Henne.[38] Before being knocked out of the game, Gabbert completed eight of 12 passes for 110 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown pass.[39] The following week, while playing against the Green Bay Packers, Gabbert passed for over 300 yards for the first time in his career, and completed 27–of–49 attempts for 303 yards in a 24–15 loss.[40]

Gabbert was placed on injured reserve on November 21, 2012, officially ending his season.[41] He was listed as having suffered a right forearm injury. The team cited in an official press release that Gabbert had also been playing with a torn labrum in his left shoulder that would require surgery.[42]

2013 season

Gabbert returned for the 2013 season under new head coach Gus Bradley, but played only three games, finishing with just one touchdown and seven interceptions.[43] He started the season nursing a broken thumb that occurred during a pre-season game.[44] During the season opener, he suffered a lacerated right hand, which required 15 stitches and prevented him from playing the following week against the Oakland Raiders.[45] On October 6, in the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams, Gabbert injured his hamstring, forcing him out of the game.[46]

San Francisco 49ers

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Gabbert with the 49ers

2014 season

Gabbert was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on March 11, 2014, for a sixth-round draft pick. Coach Jim Harbaugh made the following remarks about Gabbert joining the team: "I think he's a very talented player and his career so far hasn't gone on to be what he expected, and maybe others expected it to be. But I believe it can be a really powerful opportunity, powerful motivator for a player to say, 'It wasn't me, it was my situation.' And now he has that opportunity."[47]

In Gabbert's 49ers preseason debut, he completed 3 of 11 passes for 20 yards with 1 interception.[48] Gabbert made his 49ers regular season debut on October 19, 2014, during the team's 42–17 loss to the Denver Broncos. He completed 3 of 7 passes for 38 yards and 1 touchdown in his only appearance in the 2014 season.[49]

2015 season

On March 10, 2015, the 49ers re-signed Gabbert to a two-year, $2 million deal.[50] Going into the 2015 season, he had a new head coach in Jim Tomsula.[51] On November 2, 2015, he was named starter for the 49ers after Colin Kaepernick was benched.[52] On November 8, 2015, Gabbert made his first start since October 2013, leading the 49ers to a 17–16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. He completed 15 of 25 passes for 185 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.[53] On November 9, 2015, it was announced that Gabbert would remain the starter when the 49ers played the Seattle Seahawks on November 22. The 49ers lost 29–13, with Gabbert completing 22 of 34 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown with a 98.2 passer rating.[54] With the 49ers down 20–13 against the Chicago Bears late in the fourth quarter on December 6, 2015, Gabbert rushed for a 44-yard touchdown, the first rushing touchdown of his career. He then threw a 71-yard game-winning touchdown to Torrey Smith in overtime for a 26–20 49ers victory.[55] Gabbert finished the 2015 season with 2,031 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and 7 interceptions for an 86.2 passer rating. In 8 games as a starter, he had a 3–5 record.[56]

2016 season

On September 3, 2016, Gabbert was named the starting quarterback for the season opener over Colin Kaepernick.[57] In Week 2, against the Carolina Panthers, he threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to tight end Vance McDonald in the 46–27 loss.[58] After starting the first five games of the season, he went 1–4 which led to their coach, Chip Kelly, starting Colin Kaepernick.[59] Later in the season, he temporarily replaced Kaepernick. After a poor performance in Week 12, he was benched again. He was replaced by Christian Ponder as the main backup.[60] Overall, in the 2016 season, he finished with 925 passing yards, five passing touchdowns, and six interceptions to go along with 173 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[61]

Arizona Cardinals

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Gabbert with the Cardinals in 2017

On May 10, 2017, Gabbert signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.[62] He started the season as the third-string quarterback behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton under head coach Bruce Arians. He was named the Week 11 starter after Palmer and Stanton suffered injuries.[63] During the game, Gabbert threw for 257 yards and a career-high 3 touchdowns as the Cardinals lost to the Houston Texans by a score of 31–21.[64] Gabbert remained the starter in a 27–24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He threw for 241 yards with 2 touchdowns and an 83.3 passer rating against his former team.[65] On December 18, 2017, Gabbert was benched as the Cardinals' starting quarterback in favor of Stanton after not throwing for a touchdown in back-to-back games.[66] In five games in the 2017 season, he finished with 1,086 passing yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions.[67]

Tennessee Titans

On March 27, 2018, Gabbert signed a two-year contract with the Tennessee Titans.[68] On September 9, 2018, in the season-opener against the Miami Dolphins, Gabbert entered the game after starter Marcus Mariota suffered an elbow injury. Gabbert completed 11 of 22 passes for 117 yards and an interception as the Titans lost by a score of 27–20.[69] Due to Mariota's injury, Gabbert started the game against the Houston Texans on September 16, completing 13 of 20 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown as the Titans won by a score of 20–17.[70] Gabbert also started in Week 3 against his former team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. During that game, Gabbert struggled and was limited to 8 passing yards before leaving the 9–6 victory with a concussion.[71] Due to another injury to Mariota, Gabbert started the final game of the 2018 season with a Wild Card playoff spot on the line.[72] In the game against the Indianapolis Colts, Gabbert passed for 165 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. The Titans lost 33–17 and missed the playoffs.[73]

On March 15, 2019, Gabbert was released by the Titans after they acquired quarterback Ryan Tannehill in a trade with the Miami Dolphins.[74]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On March 27, 2019, Gabbert signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[75]

NFL statistics

Career Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
Year Team G GS Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sck Yds Fum Lost
2011 JAX 15 14 210 413 50.8 2,214 5.4 12 11 65.4 48 98 2.0 0 40 293 14 5
2012 JAX 10 10 162 278 58.3 1,662 6.0 9 6 77.4 18 56 3.1 0 22 158 5 3
2013 JAX 3 3 42 86 48.8 481 5.6 1 7 36.0 9 32 3.6 0 12 67 2 0
2014 SF 1 0 3 7 42.9 38 5.4 1 0 100.0 1 5 5.0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 SF 8 8 178 282 63.1 2,031 7.2 10 7 86.2 32 185 5.8 1 25 164 4 1
2016 SF 6 5 91 160 59.6 925 5.8 5 6 68.4 40 173 4.3 2 11 48 0 0
2017 ARI 5 5 95 171 55.6 1,086 6.4 6 6 71.9 22 82 3.7 0 23 149 7 2
2018 TEN 8 3 61 101 60.4 626 6.2 4 4 74.9 6 0 0.0 0 5 37 0 0
Total 56 48 842 1,498 56.2 9,063 6.1 48 47 71.7 176 631 3.6 3 138 916 32 11

Personal life

Gabbert enjoys deep sea fishing and fly fishing in his free time.[76]


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2009 Missouri Tigers football team

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On December 6, the Texas Bowl picked the 8-4 Tigers to play in their fourth annual game against the 9-4 Navy Midshipmen at Reliant Stadium in Houston on December 31.On December 22, Mizzou Sports Properties (owned by Learfield Sports) announced a contract for a new radio home on all its coaches' and daily shows for five years, starting with the 2010–11 season. KFRU, owned by Cumulus Media, had the radio rights for the Tiger Network.

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This was the first time that either team appeared in the Texas Bowl. It was the seventh year in a row that Navy appeared in a bowl game, and a team record fifth year in a row that Missouri made a post-season appearance. Missouri came off two straight bowl wins while Navy had lost three bowl games in a row. The game marked the third time that the two teams had played each other and the second time they had met in a bowl game. Prior to the 2009 Texas Bowl, Missouri held a 2–0 advantage with a 35–14 victory in 1948 and a 21–14 win in 1961 in the Orange Bowl.

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2010 Missouri Tigers football team

The 2010 Missouri Tigers football team represented the University of Missouri in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Gary Pinkel, who returned for his tenth season with Mizzou, and played their home games at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. The team began the season fresh off their fifth straight bowl appearance. The team hired a new public address announcer, Randy Moehlman.Michael Egnew (TE), was named to the 1st-Team All-American list. He became the third MU tight end to win that honor in the last four years. The previous two were Martin Rucker (2007) and Chase Coffman (2008). Egnew led all of the nation's tight ends with 83 receptions, and his 698 receiving yards was also second-most among all tight ends, with those figures coming against the nation's 9th-toughest schedule. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 10-2 record and faced the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Insight Bowl, which they lost by a score of 27–24.

In early August 2010, the team voted their star running back Derrick Washington team captain. Washington had led the team in all rushing categories in each of the previous two seasons. However, just after being named captain, Washington was investigated for sexually assaulting his tutor, a female MU student, which led to a felony charge of deviate sexual assault and his suspension from the football team at the end of preseason camp. He dropped out of school shortly afterwards, and was eventually convicted of sexual assault a year later, serving 120 days of a 5-year sentence.

2011 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 2011 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise's 17th season in the National Football League and the 9th under head coach Jack Del Rio, who was fired on November 29 and replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. The team had hoped to improve on their 8–8 record from 2010, but exceeded their loss total in Week 13, and were officially eliminated from postseason contention. With the 10th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, they selected quarterback Blaine Gabbert from the University of Missouri, and Gabbert would replace Luke McCown as the starting quarterback in Week 3.

The 2011 season saw a dramatic increase in production from the Jaguars defense. This was due in part to off-season acquisitions Dwight Lowery, Dawan Landry, and Drew Coleman in the secondary; linebackers Clint Session and Paul Posluszny; and defensive linemen Matt Roth and John Chick. The development of players such as Terrance Knighton, Tyson Alualu, and Jeremy Mincey also helped improve the pass rush. Even after suffering a multitude of injuries, the Jaguars defense managed to finish with the 6th ranked overall defense in the NFL (The team had finished 28th overall in 2010). Jacksonville's offense, however, was not as efficient. The Jaguars finished last in the NFL in passing yards and total offensive yards gained in 2011.

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Missouri Tigers football statistical leaders

The Missouri Tigers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Missouri Tigers football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season and career leaders. The Tigers represent the University of Missouri in the NCAA's Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Although Missouri began competing in intercollegiate football in 1890, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1938. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since the 1930s, seasons have increased from 9 games to 10, 11, and then 12 games in length.

Since 1996, Missouri has had the opportunity to play in a conference championship game (except in 2011), adding a potential extra game to the season. Missouri reached a conference championship game in 2007 and 2008 as a member of the Big 12 Conference, and 2013 and 2014 in the SEC.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002.These statistics are updated through Missouri's game against Wyoming on September 8, 2018. The Missouri Football Record Book sometimes only lists a leader in certain statistics, rather than a top 10.

Pete Beathard

Peter Falconer Beathard (born March 7, 1942) is a former American football quarterback who played professionally in the American Football League (AFL), the National Football League (NFL), and the World Football League (WFL). He is the younger brother of former NFL executive Bobby Beathard (b. 1937).

Scott Bull

John Scott Bull (born June 8, 1953) is a former professional football player, spending three seasons as a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers. He played college football at the University of Arkansas.

In his NFL career, Bull completed 76 of 193 passes for 3 touchdowns. A strong running quarterback, he rushed for 186 yards in 46 attempts and three touchdowns in his three-year professional career. Bull saw his most extensive action in 1978. He spent 1979 on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in the final game of the 1978 season.

Terry Shea

Terence William Shea (born June 12, 1946) is an American football coach and former player. Currently, Shea does quarterback consulting work for future NFL draft prospects. Most recently he worked with Robert Griffin III "RG3" (2nd overall pick 2012), Blaine Gabbert (10th overall pick 2011), Sam Bradford (1st overall pick 2010), Matthew Stafford (1st overall pick 2009), and Josh Freeman (17th overall pick 2009. whom Shea later brought to the Bolts in 2015). Shea also trained and developed current college quarterbacks Collin Klein (Kansas State) and Tommy Rees (Notre Dame).

Born in San Mateo, California , Shea graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose in 1964.From 1964 to 1967, he was one of the quarterbacks on the University of Oregon's football team. From 1968 to 1969, he was a graduate assistant coach at Oregon. From 1970 to 1975, he coached at Mount Hood Community College. From 1976 to 1983, he coached at Utah State. From 1984 to 1986, he was the offensive coordinator at San Jose State. From 1987 to 1989, he was the Offensive Coordinator at Cal.

From 1990 to 1991, he was the head football coach at San Jose State, where he compiled a 15-6-2 record. From 1992 to 1994, he coached at Stanford under Bill Walsh, and in 1995, he coached the British Columbia Lions. From 1996 to 2000, he was the head football coach at Rutgers University. At Rutgers, he compiled an 11-44 record, awarded the Big East Coach of the Year in 1998 after posting a 5-6 record, the second biggest turnaround in college football at that time, and recruited and coached future NFL players L.J. Smith, Mike McMahon, Mike Barr, Nate Jones, and Reggie Stephens.

From 2001 to 2003, he was the Quarterbacks Coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2004, he became the Offensive Coordinator for the Chicago Bears. Following the 2004 season, he was replaced by former University of Illinois head coach Ron Turner. He then returned to the Kansas City Chiefs, once again as the Quarterbacks Coach in 2005. On January 12, 2007, he was fired by coach Herm Edwards and joined the Miami Dolphins shortly thereafter. Shea went on to coach the quarterbacks for the St. Louis Rams for the 2008 season.

Shea has coached mostly in alternative pro football leagues since 2011. For 2011 and 2012, Shea was offensive coordinator for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. He coached in the Fall Experimental Football League for its entire existence; he helmed the Boston Brawlers in 2014 and the Brooklyn Bolts in 2015. Shea also coached several games for The Spring League (which is run by the same CEO as the FXFL was), an organization that seeks to help young players develop and gain exposure to professional scouts.

Tom Owen (American football)

Willis Thomas Owen (born September 1, 1952) is a former American football quarterback who played in ten National Football League (NFL) seasons from 1974–1982 for the San Francisco 49ers, the New England Patriots, the Washington Redskins, and the New York Giants. He played college football at Wichita State University and was drafted in the thirteenth round of the 1974 NFL Draft.

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