Jim Sorgi

James Joseph Sorgi Jr. (born December 3, 1980) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Sorgi served as the backup to Peyton Manning for several years, and won a ring when the Colts won Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears. Once he was released by the Colts, he signed with the New York Giants to compete for the backup job to Eli Manning, but lost, and he was released that offseason.

Jim Sorgi
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Sorgi (19) at Giants training camp in 2010
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Personal information
Born:December 3, 1980 (age 38)
Fraser, Michigan
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Fraser (MI)
NFL Draft:2004 / Round: 6 / Pick: 193
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:929
QB Rating:89.9
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Sorgi attended Fraser High School in Fraser, Michigan and was a letterwinner in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was the two-time Team Most Valuable Player, and as a senior, he garnered All-League honors, All-County honors, and All-State honors, and was a USA Today Honorable Mention All-USA selection. In baseball, he posted a batting average of .450 as a senior.

College career

Sorgi played college football for the Wisconsin Badgers. Sorgi was Wisconsin's career pass efficiency leader (141.2), co-holder of most passing touchdowns in one game (five) and sixth in career passing yards in Wisconsin history.

In an incident on October 11, 2003 referred to as the Reynolds–Sorgi incident, Ohio State linebacker Robert Reynolds intentionally choked Sorgi, injuring Sorgi's trachea, after the play had been whistled dead. Sorgi was unable to play for the remainder of the game, struggling to breathe and unable to speak. On October 28, 2011, Reynolds made a public apology for the incident, citing his wife and four children as the reason he wanted to clear his reputation and be accountable for his actions. Reynolds also stated that he and Sorgi had made amends years prior to the interview.

  • 2000: 45/67 for 592 yards with 6 touchdowns vs 1 interception.
  • 2001: 64/132 for 1,096 yards with 9 touchdowns vs 8 interception. 30 carries for 34 yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • 2002: 38/70 for 536 yards with 1 touchdown vs 2 interception.
  • 2003: 140/248 for 2,251 yards with 17 touchdown vs 9 interception.

Professional career

Indianapolis Colts

Sorgi was drafted in the sixth round in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. While there, Sorgi proved to be an adequate back-up to starting quarterback Peyton Manning. In his first season, Sorgi played against the Denver Broncos, throwing for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns. That was his only appearance that season. In the 2005 NFL season, he gained slightly more playing time, and completed 42 of 61 attempts for 444 yards. The bulk of his playing time in 2005 came against the Seattle Seahawks at the end of the regular season.

In the 2008 season, he did not take the field until the final regular-season game.[1] He had a majority of the playing time in the 2008 preseason, as Manning was recovering from knee surgery. As of the end of the 2008 regular season, he had six career touchdown passes and one interception. On December 9, 2009, Sorgi was placed on injured reserve due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder.[2] Sorgi was released by Indianapolis on March 5, 2010.

New York Giants

Sorgi signed with the New York Giants on March 9, 2010.[3] Entering camp, Sorgi was expected to back up starting quarterback Eli Manning, but in a preseason game against the New York Jets, Sorgi tore the capsule in his right shoulder, and was later placed on season-ending Injured Reserve. Following the season, he became an unrestricted free agent.


Sorgi currently resides in Danville, Indiana with his wife Lana and sons, Jimmy III and Jackson. He does color commentary for the local high school television broadcasts on WNDY and has been color commentating the NFL season for the Indianapolis Colts with Bob Lamey since 2013.

Jim Sorgi was honored with the designation of Badger of the Year by the Wisconsin Alumni Association - Indianapolis Chapter on May 5, 2015.


  1. ^ "Jim Sorgi". NFL.com.
  2. ^ James, Tom (August 11, 2009). "With Sorgi's injury, Colts rookie QB Painter gets to show what he can do". Tribune-Star. Terre Haute, Indiana. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2009.
  3. ^ Vacchiano, Ralph (March 9, 2010). "Giants shake off concerns about Jim Sorgi's shoulder, sign veteran QB to be Eli Manning's backup". Daily News. New York.

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2001 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 2001 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season.

2003 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

The 2003 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their seventh year under head coach Glen Mason, the Golden Gophers compiled a 10–3 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 503 to 285. The team made an appearance in the Sun Bowl. The 2003 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team was ranked 17th in the final USA Today/AFCA Coaches poll and 20th in the final Associated Press poll. This was the most recent season in which Minnesota defeated the Wisconsin Badgers and received Paul Bunyan's Axe until 2018.

2003 Music City Bowl

The 2003 Music City Bowl was played on December 31, 2003, in Nashville, Tennessee, and featured the Auburn Tigers and the Wisconsin Badgers. It was the sixth edition of the game. Sponsored by Gaylord Hotels and Bridgestone, it was officially named the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone.

2003 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 2003 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin–Madison during the 2003 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Led by Barry Alvarez, the Badgers completed the season with a 7–6 record, including a 4–4 mark in the Big Ten Conference, finishing in a tie for 7th in the Big Ten.

2004 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2004 Indianapolis Colts season was the 52nd season for the team in the National Football League and 21st in Indianapolis. The 2004 Colts season began with the team trying to maintain or improve on their 12–4 record from 2003, and advance farther into the playoffs. The Colts finished the season 12–4, and defeated the Denver Broncos for the second straight time in the playoffs, but they were halted in the Divisional round by the defending and eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

Peyton Manning had one of the best seasons ever by an NFL quarterback, throwing 49 touchdown passes and breaking the previous record of 48 held by Dan Marino. At season's end, Peyton Manning was named the NFL MVP. For the season the Colts set an NFL record with 51 total touchdown passes. The Colts led the NFL with 522 points scored. The Colts tallied more points in the first half of each of their games of the 2004 NFL season (277 points) than seven other NFL teams managed in the entire season.Despite throwing for 49 touchdown passes, Peyton Manning attempted fewer than 500 passes for the first time in his NFL career. Sports statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that Manning had the best-ever season by a quarterback, play-for-play, in 2004.The 2004 Colts are the only team in NFL history to convert five or more passing touchdowns in a game four different times during the regular season.

2005 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2005 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 53rd season in the National Football League, the 32nd in Indianapolis and the fourth season under head coach Tony Dungy. The Colts improved on their 12–4 record from 2004 and finished the season 14–2. Indianapolis started the season with a 13-game winning streak and were heavily favored to go to and win Super Bowl XL. The Colts' rival, the New England Patriots, lost to the Denver Broncos in the Divisional round of the playoffs. The following night the Colts were favored over the Steelers because they had easily beaten them in their previous meeting. However, the Colts suffered a devastating loss when Placekicker Mike Vanderjagt missed a crucial field goal, which gave the Pittsburgh Steelers an upset win, who eventually went on to win the Super Bowl, The same team they lost to in the playoffs for the first time since 1996, when the colts were in the AFC wild-card game.

The 2005 Colts set an NFL record by winning twelve games in which they never trailed at any point in the contest.The 2005 Colts were the first team opening with 13 or more wins to lose a playoff game, although this would be repeated by themselves again in the 2009 season, the 2011 Green Bay Packers who started 13–0 and went 15–1, and by the 2015 Carolina Panthers.

2010 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2010 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 58th season in the National Football League, the 27th in Indianapolis, and the second under head coach Jim Caldwell. The defending AFC champions were looking to repeat as AFC champions and win it all in Super Bowl XLV to end their four-year championship drought. It was also the final season with Peyton Manning as the team's starting quarterback. They also clinched their ninth consecutive postseason appearance, tying the all-time record for consecutive postseason appearances by a team with the Dallas Cowboys, who made the playoffs every season from 1975–1983. Though the Colts failed to win 12 or more games for the first time since 2002, the team did win the AFC South division title for the seventh time in eight seasons, but were eliminated by the New York Jets in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, which also turned out to be Peyton Manning’s final game in a Colts uniform, as he would sit out next season to undergo neck surgery and was released by the team and subsequently signed with the Denver Broncos.

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Reynolds–Sorgi incident

The Reynolds–Sorgi Incident refers to an American college football in-game incident in which Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Robert Reynolds choked Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Jim Sorgi, injuring Sorgi's trachea, after the play had been whistled dead. Sorgi was unable to play for the remainder of the game, struggling to breathe and unable to speak.

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Robert Reynolds (American football)

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Sorgi is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Erica Sorgi (born 1982), American diver

Jim Sorgi (born 1980), former American football players

João Pedro Sorgi (born 1993), Brazilian tennis player

Marcello Sorgi (born 1955), Italian journalist and author

Wisconsin Badgers football statistical leaders

The Wisconsin Badgers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Wisconsin Badgers 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 Badgers represent the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the NCAA's Big 10 Conference.

Although Wisconsin began competing in intercollegiate football in 1889, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1946. 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 1946, 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 Badgers have reached a bowl game every year since then, giving recent players an extra game each year to accumulate statistics.

Similarly, the Badgers have played in the Big Ten Football Championship Game four times since its establishment in 2011.These lists are updated through Wisconsin's game against Miami on December 27, 2018.

Division championships (16)
Conference championships (7)
League championships (5)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
Seasons (67)

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