Jake Delhomme

Jake Christopher Delhomme (/dəˈloʊm/; born January 10, 1975) is a former American football quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). Delhomme played college football at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, then known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana, before being signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent after the 1997 NFL Draft. Delhomme began his professional career as a practice squad player with the Saints in 1997 and 1998 and played in the NFL Europe for two years in between NFL seasons. Returning to the Saints, Delhomme played his first NFL games in 1999. Delhomme played as the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback from 2003 to 2009. Delhomme held most of Carolina's quarterback records until Cam Newton broke most of them. Delhomme led the team to Super Bowl XXXVIII in his first season with Carolina. After his departure from Carolina, Delhomme also played for the Cleveland Browns in 2010 and Houston Texans in 2011.

Jake Delhomme
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Delhomme with the Panthers in 2006
No. 9, 12, 17
Personal information
Born:January 10, 1975 (age 44)
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Lafayette (LA) Teurlings Catholic
College:Southwestern Louisiana
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:20,975
Pass completions:1,741
Pass attempts:2,932
Passer rating:81.3
Games played:103
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Delhomme was born to Jerry and Marcia Delhomme, both Cajuns.[1] Jake's grandfather bred horses, and Jake's father was a jockey who began racing at eight years old.[1] Jake has called horses his "first love", and today he, his father, and his brother own and train thoroughbreds.[2] Delhomme played both quarterback and defensive back for Teurlings Catholic; he made the all-state team in high school not as quarterback, but on defense.[2] In addition, Delhomme was a scholar serving as Senior Beta Club president of his chapter in Louisiana.

College career

Delhomme played college football for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, then named the University of Southwestern Louisiana, his mother's alma mater.[1] The only true freshman quarterback to start for a Division I school in 1993, his passer efficiency rating ranked second among NCAA freshmen quarterbacks.[3] Playing on a team with future NFL wide receiver Brandon Stokley and offensive lineman Anthony Clement the Ragin' Cajuns won the Big West Conference twice, and finished with three winning seasons. During his senior year, he led the Ragin' Cajuns to an improbable win over highly favored Texas A&M 29–22.[4]

Delhomme finished his career as the school's all-time passing leader in yards and touchdowns.[3] He started the last 43 games of his career, which was the longest among active quarterbacks at the time. Upon graduating, he was ranked 22nd in NCAA history for passing yards and 28th in total offense.[3] He was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.[5]


Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
1993 Southwestern Louisiana 145 259 56.0% 1,842 7.1 14 12 124.3 58 -81 -1.4 1
1994 Southwestern Louisiana 119 259 45.9% 1,712 6.6 10 18 100.3 63 -186 -3.0 4
1995 Southwestern Louisiana 190 351 54.1% 2,761 7.9 20 10 133.3 51 8 0.2 1
1996 Southwestern Louisiana 201 377 53.3% 2,901 7.7 20 17 126.4 58 -79 -1.4 0
Career 655 1,246 52.6% 9,216 7.4 64 57 122.5 230 -338 -1.5 6


Professional career

New Orleans Saints and NFL Europe

Delhomme went undrafted in the 1997 NFL Draft, but was later signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent.[3] After spending the first season on the practice squad, he was assigned to the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe as a backup quarterback to future NFL and Super Bowl MVP, Kurt Warner;[3] Delhomme later said that "Being around someone as mature as Kurt was, that really inspired me".[7] After another stint on the Saints' practice squad, he was sent back to NFL Europe, this time as a member of the Frankfurt Galaxy. The Galaxy operated under a rare two-quarterback strategy, utilizing both Delhomme and Pat Barnes; the pair was known as the "Double-Headed Quarterback Monster".[8] The unorthodox strategy worked, as the Galaxy won World Bowl '99 over the Barcelona Dragons. Delhomme would later say about his time in Europe:

...I was able to go over and play, but we had some success and we just, we were a team. We were not the most talented team, but we just played together, had the right chemistry.
— Jake Delhomme, [9]

Following his success in Europe, he was brought back to New Orleans as the full-time third-string quarterback. In his first NFL start against the Dallas Cowboys, he threw two touchdowns en route to a Saints victory, the team's third.[3]

Delhomme continued to see limited playing time the following three seasons, as he was the backup to Aaron Brooks and Jeff Blake. He managed to lead all NFC quarterbacks in overall passer rating during the 2001 and 2002 preseasons.[3] His success, coupled with the team's struggles, led fans to chant "We Want Jake, We Want Jake".[10]

Carolina Panthers

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Delhomme played seven seasons with the Carolina Panthers from 2003 to 2009, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

With Aaron Brooks cemented as the starter in New Orleans, Delhomme was interested in fighting for a starting spot in the NFL.[11] In the 2003 offseason, he met with representatives from both the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys.[12] He eventually signed with Carolina as a free agent. It was his performance against Dallas in 1999 that made new Panthers coach John Fox take notice.[11]

The Panthers had been struggling, and were just one season removed from a dismal 1-15 season, during which they set a then-NFL record for consecutive losses in a single season.[13] Although Rodney Peete was the Panthers' starter, Delhomme was looked at to be the future of the franchise.[11] It did not take long for him to take over.

2003 season and Super Bowl XXXVIII

At halftime of the 2003 season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Panthers were down 17–0. Delhomme took over for Peete and threw three touchdowns, the last coming in a fourth-down situation with just 16 seconds left in the game, to lead the Panthers to a comeback victory.[3][14] He started the following week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and proceeded to start every game during the 2003 season.[3] Including the playoffs, Delhomme led the Panthers on eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in the 2003 season, the most game-winning drives any QB has ever had in a single season.[15] Delhomme led the Panthers on a Cinderella[16] run through the playoffs, including a double-overtime victory against the St. Louis Rams.[17] After beating the first seeded Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game, the Panthers made it through to Super Bowl XXXVIII to face the New England Patriots. Despite his personal success in the game (16-of-33 for 323 yards, 3 passing touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 113.6 passer rating), as well as setting a record for longest offensive play from scrimmage in Super Bowl history (an 85-yard pass to Muhsin Muhammad), the Panthers fell on a last-minute field goal by Adam Vinatieri.[3] Delhomme was seen standing on the field during the Patriots' post-game celebration; he later commented:

I wanted to catch up to the moment of what it feels like to be on the other side, to be on this side, the losing side. To let it sink in, to hurt, so when we start practice in the fall, the two-a-days and there are days during the season when I’m tired and I want to go home, but I need to watch that extra film. I want to get back there, but I want to get on the other side of that field. They rope you off, the losing team basically. I just want to get on the other side of that rope. I just wanted to watch and let it sink in and hurt a little bit. When I have a tough day, I’ll just think about that feeling and it will make me dig down just a little deeper.
— on losing the Super Bowl, [4]

2004 season

The 2004 season proved bittersweet for Delhomme, as he posted career highs in pass attempts, completions, overall yardage, and touchdowns.[18] Unfortunately, the team was stricken with injuries, fielding five different combinations in their offensive line alone.[3] Starting the season 1–7 after the early losses of running backs Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster,[19] as well as Steve Smith,[20] their leading wide receiver, the Panthers rallied for a fantastic second half of the season. Delhomme finished the final eight games of the season with a passer rating of 102.8, fourth best in the league during that period. He also threw 17 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions en route to winning six of their last eight games.[3] They ultimately positioned themselves for a playoff berth, but lost that chance with a final game loss to Delhomme's former team, the New Orleans Saints.[21]

2005 season

2005 saw Delhomme return the Panthers to the playoffs. In addition to the team's success, Delhomme had one of his most productive seasons as a quarterback. His 11 victories as a starting quarterback set a team record (later to be broken by himself in 2008 and again by Cam Newton in 2015) and he set career highs in completion percentage (60.2) and passer rating (88.1).[3] In addition, his success led to Steve Smith leading the league in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns, becoming only the third wide receiver to accomplish the "triple crown" in league history.[22] Once again, he led the Panthers through the playoffs, including a shutout of the New York Giants, although the team ultimately fell to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game.[23]

2006 season

Delhomme started the 2006 season as the Panthers' quarterback, the first time in franchise history that the same quarterback was the starter for three straight seasons.[3] He set records during the season by making 150 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, bettering Steve Beuerlein's previous team record. The following week against the Washington Redskins, he continued his assault on the team record books by breaking Beuerlein's records for completions and passing yards.[3] Unfortunately, he injured his thumb in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and missed three games. During his time off, Chris Weinke started for the first time since the 2002 season, and in his first game shattered the team record for passing yards in a single game with 423 yards, but his three interceptions cost the Panthers the game against the New York Giants.[24] Weinke could only manage a single victory in Delhomme's absence (against the rival Atlanta Falcons, only his second victory as an NFL starter[25]), and Delhomme returned for the season finale against the New Orleans Saints.[3]

2007 season and injury

The 2007 season started with a win against the St. Louis Rams and a loss to the Houston Texans. However, in the third game of the season (against division rival Atlanta Falcons), Delhomme suffered an elbow injury that would set off a series of changes for the Panthers at the quarterback position.[26] David Carr, who signed with Carolina in the off-season, took over as the Panthers' starting quarterback. After Carr injured his back in a defeat of the New Orleans Saints,[27] the Panthers signed Vinny Testaverde, who started the next game against the Arizona Cardinals just four days later, and in the process became the oldest starting quarterback to win a game in the NFL.[28] However, an injury to Testaverde coupled with Carr's spinal cord injury led to rookie Matt Moore starting in week 15 against the Seattle Seahawks, a game he won.[29] Meanwhile, Delhomme opted for season ending Tommy John surgery on the elbow after two weeks of testing his arm.

2008 season and return

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Delhomme prepares to pass in a game against the Chicago Bears on September 14, 2008.

Delhomme returned to the starting position for the 2008 season. In the first game of the 2008 season, Delhomme restarted his career by coming back on the San Diego Chargers with a touchdown pass on fourth down as time expired to win the game. This is similar to his debut game in 2003.[30] After finishing the regular season 12-4, tying the Panthers' 2nd best record in franchise history, the Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs when on January 10, 2009, on his 34th birthday, Delhomme threw for a career worst five interceptions (and lost one fumble) against the Arizona Cardinals in the divisional round of the playoffs, ending the season with an overall record of 12-5 including the loss in the playoffs.

2009 season

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Delhomme in 2008

On April 23, 2009, the Panthers signed Delhomme to a 5-year extension worth $42.5 million, with a $20 million guarantee, putting him under contract through 2014.[31] In the season opener loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, Delhomme went 7 of 17 for 73 yards with four interceptions and a lost fumble, before getting benched for journeyman Josh McCown. Delhomme threw game-ending interceptions the next 2 games, and despite throwing for 2 touchdowns and 7 interceptions with a 54.3 rating through the first 3 games, coach John Fox kept Delhomme as the Panthers' starting quarterback. Steve Smith jokingly told Delhomme after their loss against the Eagles "I never liked you as a quarterback."[32] After the team's bye week, Delhomme still struggled. His next three games gave him 2 more touchdowns to 6 more interceptions. In the next four games however, Delhomme would only throw 1 interception. In spite of this improved performance, the team went 2-2 in those 4 games. Delhomme's bad performance continued with a 0 TD, 4 INT game against the New York Jets. During the loss to the Jets, Delhomme broke a finger on his throwing hand and was replaced by backup Matt Moore for the next two games, a 16-6 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a 20-10 loss to the New England Patriots. After those games, Moore started to heat up. He beat the Minnesota Vikings 26-7, then beat the Giants in their final game at Giants Stadium with a 41-9 win, and went on to beat the New Orleans Saints 23-10.

Delhomme was placed on season-ending injured reserve on December 24, 2009, and was released by the Panthers on March 5, 2010.[33]

Cleveland Browns

On March 13, 2010, Delhomme signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.[34] Delhomme won the starting quarterback job over Seneca Wallace after competing with him during training camp. However, he suffered a high ankle sprain during the second quarter of the Browns' first game of the season, a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Delhomme had been notably grounded and thrown to the ground by Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, in a preseason game.) Delhomme saw action again midway through the team's Week 5 game after Wallace also injured his ankle. However, he was noticeably not 100% while playing and ultimately re-injured his ankle. Delhomme started against his former team the Carolina Panthers, after Colt McCoy suffered a high ankle sprain. It was Delhomme's first start since Week 1. For the season, he threw 2 TD and 7 INT while going 2-3 as a starter. [35]

On July 28, 2011, he was released by Cleveland.[36]

Houston Texans

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Delhomme played for the Houston Texans in the 2011 season.

Delhomme signed with the Houston Texans on November 29, 2011, after quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart went down with season-ending injuries. Despite his experience, Delhomme was signed to back up rookie fifth-round draft pick T. J. Yates, as Yates had been with the team the entire season.

Delhomme entered the Texans' season finale against the Titans after Yates suffered a bruised throwing shoulder. He would go on to lead his team on a potential game-winning drive, completing 18 of 28 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown. But the Texans would lose 23-22 after a botched snap on a two-point attempt play.[37] After the season ended, Delhomme told media that he would most likely retire.[38]

Career statistics

Regular season   Passing   Rushing
Season Team GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds TD INT Rat Att Yds TD
1998 New Orleans Saints 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1999 New Orleans Saints 2 2 42 76 55.3 521 3 5 62.4 11 72 2
2000 New Orleans Saints 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2001 New Orleans Saints 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 New Orleans Saints 4 0 8 10 80.0 113 0 0 113.8 4 -2 0
2003 Carolina Panthers 16 15 266 449 59.2 3,219 19 16 80.6 42 39 1
2004 Carolina Panthers 16 16 310 533 58.2 3,886 29 15 87.3 25 71 1
2005 Carolina Panthers 16 16 262 435 60.2 3,421 24 16 88.1 24 31 1
2006 Carolina Panthers 13 13 263 431 61.0 2,805 17 11 82.6 18 12 0
2007 Carolina Panthers 3 3 55 86 64.0 624 8 1 111.8 6 26 0
2008 Carolina Panthers 16 16 246 414 59.4 3,288 15 12 84.7 20 21 2
2009 Carolina Panthers 11 11 178 321 55.5 2,015 8 18 59.4 17 60 0
2010 Cleveland Browns 5 4 93 149 62.4 872 2 7 63.4 8 -2 0
2011 Houston Texans 1 0 18 28 64.3 211 1 0 99.0
Regular season totals 102 96 1,723 2,904 59.3 20,764 125 101 81.2 175 328 7
Playoffs   Passing   Rushing
Season Team GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds TD INT Rat Att Yds TD
2003-04 Carolina Panthers 4 4 59 102 57.8 987 6 1 106.1 10 -1 0
2005-06 Carolina Panthers 3 3 54 90 60.0 655 5 4 82.4 5 24 0
2008-09 Carolina Panthers 1 1 17 34 50.0 205 1 5 39.1 0 0 0
Playoff totals 8 8 130 226 55.9 1,847 12 10 75.9 15 23 0

NFL records

  • Longest pass in the Super Bowl in NFL History (85-yard pass to Muhsin Muhammad)

Panthers franchise records

  • Most career 4th quarter comeback wins (17)[39]
  • Most career game-winning drives (23)[39]
  • Most 4th quarter comeback wins in a single season - 5 (2003)[39]
  • Most game-winning drive in single season - 8 (2003)[39]

Personal life

Delhomme (right) and his cousin Kevin Melancon promoting the work of Civitan clubs with developmentally disabled people.

Delhomme married the former Keri Melancon in 2000; the two were childhood sweethearts,[1] and were "Junior Sweethearts" at Teurlings Catholic.[40] They have two daughters: Lauren Elizabeth, who was born on December 17, 2001, and Lindsey Marie, who was born on February 25, 2007.[41] The Delhommes are devout Roman Catholics.[42] Delhomme wears #17 because it is the date of his first daughter's birthday, and she was born after 17 hours of labor.[1] He and his family are Panthers fans.[43] After retiring from football, Jake spends his time breeding, buying and selling racehorses like his father and working in the banking industry.[44]

Delhomme has garnered popularity as a pitch-man for the fast food restaurant, Bojangles', where he is often depicted as a single-minded fried-chicken addict who audibles Bojangles' "fixin's" at the line of scrimmage.[45] One commercial parodies the film Jerry Maguire and the line "Show me the money!"; former teammate with the Panthers Steve Smith is featured in a cameo.[46] Another commercial with Smith portrays the duo as the Dukes of Hazzard, driving The General Lee with a large chicken head on the roof.[47] Delhomme has also done SunCom Wireless limited edition cell phone commercials that feature a Panthers logo and his signature,[48] and he has appeared in public service announcements for Civitan International.[49] Delhomme is noted for licking his fingers before every play, and sticking his tongue out as part of his focus.[50][51]

The official Panthers website featured a regular discussion with Delhomme during the regular season, known as "Cajun Up with Jake".[52]


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External links

1997 NFL Draft

The 1997 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 19–20, 1997, at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. No teams chose to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

This draft was notable for its high-profile offensive linemen. The first overall selection was Orlando Pace, who appeared in seven consecutive Pro Bowls from 2000 to 2006 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2016. Tarik Glenn was selected 19th overall and has been named to three Pro Bowls as well. Arguably the best of the bunch, Walter Jones, who made nine Pro Bowls (including eight consecutive from 2001–08), was a seven time All-Pro, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2014, was selected 6th overall. Others include Chris Naeole, Dan Neil, Ryan Tucker, Jeff Mitchell, Mike Flynn, and Joe Andruzzi.

The '97 Draft is also well known for its running backs. Warrick Dunn was drafted 12th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and rushed for over 10,000 yards in his career. Corey Dillon, Tiki Barber, Antowain Smith, Priest Holmes, and Duce Staley all enjoyed productive seasons in the NFL.

This draft is also well known for its undrafted Pro Bowl players. Jake Delhomme, Holmes, Pat Williams, and four others made Pro-Bowl trips at some point in their careers.

2003 Carolina Panthers season

The 2003 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 9th season in the National Football League and the 2nd under head coach John Fox. They improved on their 7–9 record from 2002, and made it to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

The season would be a huge success. The Panthers would go a surprising 11–5 to earn the #3 seed in the NFC Playoffs. They would defeat the Dallas Cowboys 29–10 in the Wild Card playoffs. The next week in St. Louis, the game would go to double overtime and on the first play of the second overtime, Steve Smith caught a pass by Jake Delhomme and took it 69 yards into the endzone to put an end to the game.

In the Conference Championship game, the Panthers traveled to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to play the Eagles who were in their 3rd straight conference championship game, but had yet to win one. The Panthers would continue the story with a 14–3 victory, which was dominated by Ricky Manning’s three interceptions that kept the Eagles at bay.

The Panthers, for the first time in franchise history, advanced to the Super Bowl, but lost 32–29 to the New England Patriots on a last-second field goal by kicker Adam Vinatieri.

2005 Carolina Panthers season

The 2005 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 11th season in the National Football League and the 4th under head coach John Fox. It was also the team's 9th season at Bank of America Stadium. They improved on their 7–9 record from 2004, going 11–5, and made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

They eventually fell to the Seattle Seahawks 34–14 in the NFC Championship Game.

2005–06 NFL playoffs

The National Football League playoffs for the 2005 season began on January 7, 2006. The postseason tournament concluded with the Pittsburgh Steelers defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, 21–10, on February 5, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

After scrutiny in the Wild Card and Divisional rounds, the league reversed a three-year precedent, and returned to "all star" officiating crews for the Conference Championship games. Since the 2003–04 NFL playoffs, postseason officiating had been done by entire crews from the regular season.

2006 Carolina Panthers season

The 2006 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 12th season in the National Football League and the 5th under head coach John Fox. It was also the team's 10th season at Bank of America Stadium. the team tried to improve on their 11–5 record and return to (at least) the NFC Championship Game like they did in 2005, however They failed to do so and ended up going 8–8, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

2007 Carolina Panthers season

The 2007 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 13th season in the National Football League and the team's 11th season at Bank of America Stadium. They failed to improve upon their 8–8 record in 2006, finishing at 7–9 and missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

2008 Carolina Panthers season

The 2008 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 14th season in the National Football League They entered the season and improved on their 7–9 record from 2007, winning the NFC South. Their 12–4 finish tied their second best record in franchise history, which occurred in the 1996 season, however this was surpassed by the 2015 season with a 15-1 record. The second-seeded Panthers were upset at home in the divisional playoffs by the eventual NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals, 33-13.

2009 Carolina Panthers season

The 2009 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 15th season in the National Football League. They failed to improve on their franchise-record 12–4 season in 2008 (which was later surpassed by the 2015 team) and also failed to make the playoffs.

The 2009 Panthers are only the sixth team in NFL history to have two players rush for 1,000 yards: Jonathan Stewart (1,133) and DeAngelo Williams (1,117); they are the last team to do so. It was also the first team in NFL history to have two players rush for more than 1,100 yards.

Buccaneers–Panthers rivalry

The Buccaneers–Panthers rivalry is between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers.The two teams met for the first time in 1995 when the Panthers were an expansion team. In 2002, due to league-wide reorganization, the teams were moved into the newly formed NFC South division, and have played each other twice a year since then--once each at the Bucs' Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and the Panthers' Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The matchup immediately became popular, and by many accounts intensified into a heated rivalry starting in 2003.The two teams have yet to meet during the playoffs, and cannot play each other during the preseason under current NFL rules.

The annual games have been described by observers as "physical" and numerous players have suffered season-ending injuries. Among the most serious was Chris Simms, who suffered a ruptured spleen in 2006 and Kavika Pittman who suffered a career-ending knee injury. Return specialist Clifton Smith suffered concussions in both games in 2009, the first from a high hit by Dante Wesley, who was subsequently ejected and suspended for one game. In addition to hard-hitting play, considerable off-the-field squabbles and verbal skirmishes have provided bulletin board material, including a brouhaha between Brentson Buckner and Warren Sapp as well as the arrest of two Panthers cheerleaders in a Tampa-area bar.

Jason Fletcher

Jason Fletcher (born March 22, 1975) is an American sports agent who works primarily with NFL players and coaches, but also represents athletes in other sports including baseball, basketball, and the UFC. A graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science. Jason was on a scholarship for football, but also participated in track and field during his time at school. Jake Delhomme Pro Bowl quarterback for the Carolina Panthers and Brandon Stokley wide receiver for the Denver Broncos were college teammates. Jason Fletcher was an NFL undrafted free agent from 1998–2000, having opportunities with several NFL teams and in 2000 and 2001 played in the arena football league with the Los Angeles Avengers where NFL great Stan Brock was head coach.

List of Carolina Panthers starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League.

List of Cleveland Browns starting quarterbacks

The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division.

Since joining the NFL in 1950, the Browns have had 57 different quarterbacks start in at least one game for the team. Pro Football Hall of Fame member Otto Graham, the team's first quarterback, led the Browns to three NFL championships in their first six seasons in the league. Since resuming operations in 1999 after a three-year vacancy, the franchise has been notable for its futility at the quarterback position. From 1999 through week 4 of the 2018 season, the team had 30 different players start at quarterback. Tim Couch, the Browns' first overall draft pick in 1999, is the only quarterback in that stretch to start all 16 games in a season for the team, having done so in 2001. The Browns have started more than one quarterback in 17 consecutive seasons.

Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football statistical leaders

The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns 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 Ragin' Cajuns represent the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the NCAA's Sun Belt Conference.

Although Louisiana–Lafayette began competing in intercollegiate football in 1902, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1949. 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 1949, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Ragin' Cajuns have played in five bowl games since this decision (all since 2011), giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

Matt Moore (American football)

Matthew Erickson Moore (born August 9, 1984) is a former American football quarterback. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2007, and has also played for the Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins. He played college football at UCLA and Oregon State.

Spergon Wynn

Spergon Wynn III (born August 10, 1978) is a former American and Canadian football quarterback. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southwest Texas State. Wynn also played for the Amsterdam Admirals, Minnesota Vikings, BC Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts.

Super Bowl XXXVIII

Super Bowl XXXVIII was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Carolina Panthers and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2003 season. The Patriots defeated the Panthers by a score of 32–29. The game was played at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, on February 1, 2004. At the time, this was the most watched Super Bowl ever with 144.4 million viewers.The Panthers were making their first ever Super Bowl appearance after posting an 11–5 regular season record. They also made it the second straight year that a team from the NFC South division made the Super Bowl, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning Super Bowl XXXVII. The Patriots were seeking their second Super Bowl title in three years after posting a 14–2 record.

NFL fans and sports writers widely consider this game one of the most well-played and thrilling Super Bowls; Sports Illustrated writer Peter King hailed it as the "Greatest Super Bowl of all time." Although neither team could score in the first and third quarters, they ended up with a combined total of 868 yards and 61 points. The game was scoreless for a Super Bowl record 26:55 before the two teams combined for 24 points prior to halftime. The clubs then combined for a Super Bowl record 37 points in the fourth quarter. The contest was finally decided when the Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri's 41-yard field goal was made with four seconds left. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time in his career.

The game is also known for its controversial halftime show in which Janet Jackson's breast, adorned with a nipple shield, was exposed by Justin Timberlake for about half a second, in what was later referred to as a "wardrobe malfunction". Along with the rest of the halftime show, it led to an immediate crackdown by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and widespread debate on perceived indecency in broadcasting.

Terry Luck

Terry Lee Luck (born December 14, 1952) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. He played for the Cleveland Browns. He played college football for the Nebraska Huskers.

World Bowl '99

World Bowl '99 (also referred to as World Bowl VII) was the seventh championship game of the NFL Europe League. It was held at Rheinstadion in Düsseldorf, Germany on Sunday, June 27, 1999. The game was between the 6–4 Frankfurt Galaxy and the 7–3 Barcelona Dragons. 39,643 fans were in attendance for the match-up, as they witnessed Pat Barnes, Jake Delhomme (future Carolina Panthers quarterback) and the Galaxy avenge last year's World Bowl loss with a 38–24 victory over the Dragons. Galaxy wide receiver Andy McCullough captured MVP honors with six receptions for 151 yards and three touchdowns, with his longest reception at 45 yards.

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