Cade McNown

Cade Brem McNown (born January 12, 1977) is a former American football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons. He played college football for the UCLA Bruins, earning consensus All-American honors as a senior in 1998. The Chicago Bears selected him in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Bears, Miami Dolphins, and San Francisco 49ers of the NFL.

Cade McNown
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McNown with the Dolphins in 2001.
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Personal information
Born:January 12, 1977 (age 42)
Portland, Oregon
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:West Linn (OR)
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:515
Pass completions:281
Passing yards:3,111
QB Rating:67.7
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

McNown was born in Portland, Oregon. He went to high school at San Benito High School in Hollister, California, before transferring as a senior to West Linn High School in West Linn, Oregon, where he played quarterback and free safety.

He led his high school to the 1994 Oregon Class 4A semifinals, becoming wildly touted by newspapers as a college prospect. He also was active on the school track team, where he set a school pole vault record. McNown signed with UCLA after high school. His selection of UCLA was influenced by future NFL quarterback Brock Huard signing with Washington. Huard, along with McNown, were the top high school quarterback prospects in the western United States in 1994.

College career

McNown attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and played for the Bruins from 1995 to 1998. He became the starting quarterback as a true freshman, four games into the season, ranking first among all freshmen quarterbacks in many statistics. In 1995, UCLA finished 7–5 and played in the Aloha Bowl (losing to Kansas).

McNown was less successful as a sophomore in 1996, when UCLA would go 5–6 and he would be ranked 9th in the Pac-10 in pass efficiency. But the season ended on a high note as UCLA overcame a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to beat rival USC in overtime, 48–41.

As a junior in 1997, McNown announced the team's goal to score an average of 30 points per game. They ended up averaging 39.75 points per game. After an 0–2 start, UCLA would win its remaining 10 games, including the 1998 Cotton Bowl Classic over Texas A&M, to finish Pac-10 co-champion and ranked No. 5 in the nation. McNown was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player for that year's Cotton Bowl Classic. He also was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, was named an All-American by the Associated Press (third team), The Sporting News (third team), made the All-Pac-10 team (second team) behind Washington State's Ryan Leaf, and finished eighth in the Heisman balloting. He led the nation in passing efficiency with a 168.6 rating. His play broke many UCLA records, most of which had been previously set by Tom Ramsey.

In his senior season in 1998, McNown led UCLA to a 10–2 record, including a Rose Bowl appearance as the sole Pac-10 champion. With McNown at the helm, the Bruins' explosive offense carried them on a school-record 20-game winning streak from the previous year, as they won their first 10 games in 1998, before losing to Miami Hurricanes in their regular season finale in a loss that broke the 20-game winning streak and knocked UCLA out of the BCS Championship Game vs. Tennessee. The disappointed Bruins then lost to Ron Dayne-led Wisconsin in the 1999 Rose Bowl, 38–31. McNown set numerous school records in passing and offense, became the Pac-10's all-time career leader in total offense, and won a collection of post-season honors, including Pac-10 co-Offensive Player of the Year, the Pop Warner Memorial Trophy for best senior player on the West Coast, consensus first-team All-American honors, and the Johnny Unitas Award as the top senior quarterback in college football. McNown also finished third in balloting for the Heisman Trophy. In the 1999 Senior Bowl, McNown earned MVP honors as he threw two touchdowns in helping to lead the South team to victory.

For his career, McNown still holds many of the passing and total-offense records. McNown also holds the distinction of being the only UCLA quarterback to go 4-0 against cross-town rival USC. On October 9, 2009, McNown was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. McNown was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame on December 30, 2017.


Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
1995 UCLA 122 245 49.8% 1,698 6.9 7 8 110.9 71 311 4.4 5
1996 UCLA 176 336 52.4% 2,424 7.2 12 16 115.2 88 58 0.7 4
1997 UCLA 189 312 60.6% 3,116 10.0 24 6 166.0 79 26 0.3 4
1998 UCLA 207 357 58.0% 3,470 9.7 25 11 156.6 75 182 2.4 3
Career 694 1,250 55.5% 10,708 8.6 68 41 138.9 313 577 1.8 16


Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
213 lb
(97 kg)
4.75 s 1.64 s 2.75 s 4.28 s 7.27 s 33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
All values from NFL Combine[2]

Following the scouting combine, some scouts questioned the strength of his throwing arm. McNown, along with Akili Smith, Daunte Culpepper, and Donovan McNabb, appeared on the cover of ESPN The Magazine in the issue highlighting the draft. He was selected by the Chicago Bears with the twelfth overall pick in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft, following a draft pick trade with the Washington Redskins. He was the highest-drafted Bears quarterback since Jim McMahon.[3]

In the months preceding draft day, the Bears had declared that Erik Kramer would be the starting quarterback, but would waive him prior to signing McNown, who they named as the upcoming season's starter. He was a contract holdout most of training camp, eventually agreeing to a $22 million contract.[3] Head coach Dick Jauron announced that Shane Matthews would be the starter, but that McNown would play at least one series every game to gain experience.

McNown would start his first game for the Bears on October 10 following a hamstring injury to Matthews the previous week. During the game on December 26, following a poor performance against the Rams, McNown chose to sit out the second half of the game. He would be replaced as starter by Jim Miller, but would again be named the starter following Miller's suspension. McNown had a spectacular game against Detroit on Dec 19, setting franchise rookie records with 27 completions, 301 yards, and 4 touchdowns; he also holds the rookie record for pass attempts, with 42 in the season finale loss to Tampa Bay.[4]

He was named the Bears' 2000 starter over Matthews (Miller was injured during the pre-season), but his performance grew noticeably worse through the season; the Bears under McNown would fall to 1–6, leading the home crowd to regularly chant for Miller's return. He suffered a shoulder injury during the seventh game of the season (against Philadelphia), was briefly replaced by Miller, who would himself suffer an injury and be replaced by Matthews. McNown would start (and lose) one more game that season, against San Francisco. Although he was benched for the final game of the season at the Detroit Lions, he came in after Matthews was injured again and even helped lead the Bears to an upset win that eliminated the Lions from what appeared to be a sure playoff berth. However, the Bears had seen enough by this point.

McNown was traded during the 2001 preseason to the Miami Dolphins, along with a seventh-round pick, for a sixth-round pick, and a conditional 2003 seventh-round pick. In Chicago, he had fallen down the depth chart, below Miller and Matthews, competing against Danny Wuerffel for the third-string position. He would be named the third-string quarterback for the Dolphins, and saw no action during the season.

The Dolphins traded McNown to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional seventh-round draft pick during the 2002 offseason. By then, Terry Donahue, former head coach at UCLA, was the general manager. Interest was briefly raised in McNown, as the 49ers were then searching for a quarterback for the west coast offense. Although he was initially competing against Tim Rattay, Giovanni Carmazzi, and Brandon Doman for the backup spot behind starter Jeff Garcia, McNown reinjured his shoulder during the preseason. When it was revealed he would require season-ending surgery, he was placed on injured reserve. McNown was released by the 49ers during the 2003 offseason. His rights were shortly thereafter acquired by the Calgary Stampeders, although he was never signed.


Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
1999 CHI 15 6 127 235 54.0 1,465 6.2 8 10 66.7 32 160 5.0 0
2000 CHI 10 9 154 280 55.0 1,646 5.9 8 9 68.5 50 326 6.5 3
Career 25 15 281 515 54.6 3,111 6.0 16 19 67.7 82 486 5.9 3


Personal life

McNown was charged in September 1999 with the illegal possession of a handicapped parking pass while playing football at UCLA in 1996,[6] to which he pleaded no contest.[7] Other players charged included Skip Hicks, Larry Atkins, Marques Anderson, and Brendon Ayanbadejo.[6]

In 2000, it was reported that McNown had been dating 1999 Playboy Playmate of the Year Heather Kozar, and future (2001) Playmate of the Year Brande Roderick.[8][9]

McNown is married to Christina, daughter of actor and dancer John Brascia and actress and model Sondra Scott.[10] As of June 2016, he and Christina have four children.[11]

McNown later worked for UBS in the private wealth group before joining JPMorgan Chase Private Bank. In 2013, McNown joined capital management firm Lourd Murray as a vice president.[11][12]

See also


  1. ^ "Cade McNown". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "Cade McNown". Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Russell, Dalton (November 28, 2013). "Chicago Bears: Top Five Turkeys in Franchise History". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on December 4, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  4. ^ As of 2017
  5. ^ "Cade McNown". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "McNown, Hicks, Atkins charged". CNN Sports Illustrated. September 13, 1999. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013.
  7. ^ "PLUS: COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- U.C.L.A.; McNown Pleads No Contest". The New York Times. October 1, 1999. Archived from the original on May 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "Mcnown Fooling No One With His Latest Con". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  9. ^ SIMERS, T. J. (October 5, 2000). "McNown Flirts With Sack, and It's Another Bad Pass". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Barnes, Mike (February 21, 2013). "'White Christmas' Dancer John Brascia Dies at 80". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Coughlin, Joe (June 15, 2016). "Cade Cashes In". Chicagoly. 22nd Century Media. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "Cade McNown Joins Lourd Capital Management as Vice President". Yahoo! Finance. June 24, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2014.

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1995 Aloha Bowl

The 1995 Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl was a college football bowl game, played as part of the 1995–96 bowl game schedule of the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the 11th Aloha Bowl. It was played on December 25, 1995, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game matched the UCLA Bruins of the Pac-10 Conference against the Kansas Jayhawks of the Big 8 Conference in Terry Donahue's final game as head coach of the Bruins.

1995 UCLA Bruins football team

The 1995 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was ranked 16th in the pre=season AP Poll. In the final game of the season, the Bruins lost to the 11th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks in the Aloha Bowl, 51–30. UCLA finished in a fifth place tie in the Pacific-10 Conference.

1997 UCLA Bruins football team

The 1997 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and were coached by Bob Toledo. It was Toledo's second season as the UCLA head coach. The Bruins finished 10–2 overall, and were Pacific-10 Conference co-champions with a 7–1 record. The Bruins were invited to play in the Cotton Bowl Classic against Texas A&M on January 1, 1998. Though the Bruins were down 16-7 at the half, Cade McNown, the offensive MVP of the game, led the team to a 29–23 victory. The team was ranked #5 in the final AP Poll and #5 in the final Coaches' Poll.

1998 Cotton Bowl Classic

The 1998 Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1998, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. The Cotton Bowl Classic was part of the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The bowl game featured the UCLA Bruins from the Pac-10 and the Texas A&M Aggies from the Big 12. The game was televised on CBS.

1998 Pacific-10 Conference football season

The Pacific-10 Conference football season in 1998 ended with the UCLA Bruins winning the conference with an undefeated 8–0 conference record.

1998 UCLA Bruins football team

The 1998 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and were coached by Bob Toledo. It was Toledo's third season as the UCLA head coach. The Bruins finished 10–2 overall and were Pacific-10 Conference champions with an 8–0 record. The Bruins played in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1999, losing to the Wisconsin Badgers. The team was ranked #8 in the final AP Poll and #8 in the final Coaches Poll.

1999 Chicago Bears season

The 1999 Chicago Bears season was their 80th regular season completed in the National Football League (NFL). On January 24, Dick Jauron was named head coach. The club posted a 6–10 record under Jauron, who replaced Dave Wannstedt.

Quarterbacks Shane Matthews (1,645), Cade McNown (1,465) and Jim Miller (1,242) combined for 4,352 passing yards during the season, the most in franchise history.

1999 Rose Bowl

The 1999 Rose Bowl was the 85th Rose Bowl game and was played on Friday January 1, 1999, at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. It was a college football bowl game at the end of the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. Wisconsin defeated UCLA by a score of 38–31. Ron Dayne of Wisconsin was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game. He tied a modern Rose Bowl record with four touchdowns. This was the first year that the Rose Bowl became part of the Bowl Championship Series, ending a long-standing agreement between the Big Ten and the "West Representative" (PCC/AAWU) and the first year that the game was branded with corporate sponsorship. Unlike the other bowl games, the sponsor was not added to the title of the game, but instead as a presenter, so it became known as The Rose Bowl Game presented by AT&T.

Al Borges

Alan Anthony Borges (born October 8, 1955) is an American football coach, currently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Borges is known for quarterback development having mentored Cade McNown and Jason Campbell, both first round NFL draft picks. Borges has been described as "one of the best offensive coordinators I've ever seen," by former Auburn head coach Pat Dye.

Brande Roderick

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Dick Flanagan

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Heather Kozar

Heather Kozar is an American model known as Playboy's Playmate of the Month for January 1998. She appeared on the cover of the June 1999 issue of the magazine, and was voted Playmate of the Year for 1999. Her original centerfold was photographed by Richard Fegley.

John Brascia

John F. Brascia (May 11, 1932 – February 19, 2013) was an American actor and dancer, best known for his dancing partnerships on film with Vera-Ellen in White Christmas (1954) and with Cyd Charisse and Liliane Montevecchi in Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956).

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