Neil Lomax

Neil Vincent Lomax (born February 17, 1959) is a former American football quarterback.

Neil Lomax
No. 15
Personal information
Born:February 17, 1959 (age 60)
Portland, Oregon
Career information
College:Portland State
NFL Draft:1981 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
QB Rating:82.7
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

College career

Lomax was a standout college player at Portland State University, going from fifth-string freshman quarterback on partial scholarship to emergency starter to NCAA legend. By the end of his college career, Neil Lomax held 90 NCAA records, including one game where he threw for seven touchdown passes in a single quarter. He also had a game against Northern Colorado in 1979 where he was 44/77 for 499 yards passing. As of 2012, that game ranks 4th all-time at Portland State for yards thrown in a game. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications in 1981.

  • 1977: 102/181 for 1,670 yards with 18 TD vs 5 INT.
  • 1978: 241/436 for 3,506 yards with 26 TD vs 22 INT.
  • 1979: 299/516 for 3,950 yards with 26 TD vs 16 INT.
  • 1980: 296/473 for 4,094 yards with 37 TD vs 12 INT.

Professional career

He was drafted fifth by the then-St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft. Despite his college heroics, he had an up-and-down 9-year career for some very mediocre Cardinals teams, displaying brilliance in his two Pro Bowl years (1984 and 1987), but also occasionally playing poorly enough to be benched.

In his first season in 1981, he played in 14 games while starting seven of them (with 15-year veteran Jim Hart starting the other nine), going 4-3 while throwing four touchdowns and ten interceptions while passing for 1,575 yards on a 50.4 completion percentage. In the strike-shortened nine game season of 1982, Lomax started every game, passing for 1,367 yards for five touchdowns and six interceptions while having a 53.2 completion percentage. Lomax started the playoff game that the Cardinals had against the Green Bay Packers, throwing 32-of-51 for 385 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, but the Cardinals lost 41–16. It was his only playoff appearance.

Lomax started thirteen games the following year while Hart started the other three. He went 7-5-1 while throwing for 2,636 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a 59.0% completion percentage, but the team failed to return to the postseason after finishing 8-7-1 after starting the season 1-5.

For 1984, he started every game, and he had his best season yet, throwing for 4,614 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions on a 61.6% completion percentage, all career highs. His passing yards rank 20th all-time for a season. He was named to the Pro Bowl that year. Although the Cardinals finished 9-7, the head-to-head record with the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys (for which the Cardinals went a combined 2-2 against) meant that St. Louis lost out on a playoff spot. Lomax started in each game again in 1985, but the team went 5-11, with him throwing 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 3,214 yards and a 56.3% completion percentage. For 1986, Lomax started 14 games while Cliff Stoudt started the other two, with the former going 4-9-1 over the latter's 0-2 record. He threw for 2,583 yards while having 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on a 57.0% completion percentage. The following season was both Lomax's penultimate year as a Cardinal and the final one for the team in St. Louis. He started in 12 games, with Shawn Halloran (who started two games and went 1-1) and Sammy Garza (who started one game and losing it) doing the others; Lomax went 6-6 while throwing for 3,387 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a 59.4% completion percentage. He was named to the Pro Bowl that year. In his final year in 1988, he started 14 games (while Cliff Stoudt started two others) and went 7-7, throwing for 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for 3,395 yards and a 57.6 completion percentage.

He was forced to retire before the 1990 season due to a severely arthritic hip. In 1991, he underwent hip replacement surgery. He finished with a career record of 47-52-2, 136 touchdowns, and over 22,000 yards passing, with those categories (along with completions and attempts) being 2nd most as a Cardinal, next to Hart.

After football

Lomax is the president of ProMax Event Management and an avid golfer. For the 2005 OSAA Football season, Lomax served as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the Tigard High School Tigers in Tigard, Oregon. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. Then in roughly 2008 he began working with the Roosevelt Rough Riders. He is currently offensive coordinator and quarter back coach under the leadership of head coach Christian Swain. He is now the quarterback coach for Tualatin High School in Tualatin Oregon. On March 21, 2018, Lomax was announced as the new head football coach at Fort Vancouver high school in Vancouver, Washington.


Lomax and his wife Laurie live in Lake Oswego, Oregon.[1] They have four children: the oldest, Nick, was a quarterback at Boise State; his daughter Ali played basketball at Westmont College, his second son, Jack, was a quarterback at Lake Oswego High School and at Oregon State; and his youngest son Mitch played for Lake Oswego Little League's Oregon state championship baseball team and Lake Oswego's Oregon state championship football team.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "ProMax Founder Neil Lomax biography". ProMax Event Management. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2007.
  2. ^ Tenorio, Gina (August 9, 2007). "Baseball and barbecue do mix; Civitan LL hosts Oregon champs". San Bernardino Sun. Retrieved August 6, 2007.

External links

1980 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team

The 1980 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific-10 Conference teams for the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season.

1984 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season

The 1984 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 65th year with the National Football League and the 25th season in St. Louis. Despite finishing with the same 9–7 record as their division rivals Dallas and New York, the Giants made the playoffs based upon the best head-to-head record among the three teams.The Cardinals’ 6,345 offensive yards in 1984 was third in the NFL, and the most in team history. Their 423 points were fourth-best in the league.

1987 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1987 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 55th in the National Football League (NFL). Despite the interruption of the schedule by the second strike in six seasons, the team improved upon their previous output of 5–10–1, going 7–8. However, three of those losses came during the three-game stretch during the strike when teams were staffed primarily with replacement players, or "scabs," who crossed the picket lines to suit up. Despite the improvement, the team once again failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Defensive lineman Reggie White nonetheless had a breakout season, establishing a new NFL record by exploding for 21 sacks in only 12 games.

On October 25 at Veterans Stadium, in the first game back after the strike was settled, Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan called for the infamous "fake spike" in the final seconds with the hosts leading the Dallas Cowboys by 10 points. The fake eventually led to another late touchdown, payback for Cowboys head coach Tom Landry running up the score with starters who crossed the picket line to play two weeks earlier at Texas Stadium. One week later, Philadelphia won its final road game against the Cardinals at the old Busch Stadium, before the franchise moved to Phoenix for the 1988 season.

1987 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season

The 1987 St. Louis Cardinals season was the franchise's 68th season in the National Football League and the final season in St. Louis as the team moved to Tempe, Arizona in March 1988. This move left St. Louis without an NFL franchise until the Los Angeles Rams moved there in 1995 to play, only to relocate back to Los Angeles in 2016, once again leaving St. Louis without an NFL team.

1988 Phoenix Cardinals season

The 1988 Phoenix Cardinals season was the franchise's 69th season in the National Football League and the first season in Phoenix. The Cardinals would match their 7–8 record from 1987, but finished with one more loss, going 7–9, as 1987 was a one-game strike shortened season, and 1988 was a full 16 game season. The Cardinals move to Phoenix marked the first time an NFL team called a place in Arizona home.

Bunny Belden

Charles William Belden (December 7, 1900 – November 1976) was an American football player. He played for the Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Cardinals. He played college football for Saint Mary's College of California.

Gary Keithley

Gary Keithley (born January 11, 1951) is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League. Playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, he had a 0.0 passer rating in each of his first two career starts, the only quarterback in NFL history to do this in back-to-back games. He was the backup quarterback of the BC Lions in 1977 and 1978.

Jack Robbins

Jack William Robbins (January 23, 1916 – January 1983) was an American football halfback who played two seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Cardinals. Robbins also played quarterback during his two years in the NFL.

Robbins played college football and basketball at the University of Arkansas before being drafted into the NFL Draft in 1938, where he was the first of four Arkansas Razorbacks drafted.

Jim Hart (American football)

James Warren Hart (born April 29, 1944) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1966 through 1983 and the Washington Redskins in 1984.

List of Arizona Cardinals starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Cardinals.

Lomax (surname)

Lomax is a territorial surname of English or Scottish origin, derived from the hamlet of Lumhalghs, near Bury, Greater Manchester, and meaning "pool nook or recess".

Notable persons with the surname Lomax include:

Alan Lomax (1915–2002), American musicologist, son of John Avery Lomax

Bess Lomax Hawes (1921–2009), American folklorist and folk musician, sister of Alan

Cathy Lomax, London artist

David Lomax (1938–2014), British television reporter

David Lomax (b. 1970), New Zealand rugby league footballer

Eric Lomax (1919–2012), British Army officer, author of The Railway Man

George M. Lomax (1849–1917), American politician

Geoff Lomax (1925–1992), English cricketer

Ian Lomax (1931–1996), English cricketer and racehorse trainer

Jane Lomax-Smith (b. 1950), former Australian politician

Jackie Lomax (1944–2013), English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Jerrold E. Lomax, American architect

John Lomax (1867–1948), American musicologist and folklorist, journalist, writer, and band manager

John Lomax (rugby league) (b. 1966), a New Zealand rugby player

John Lomax III (b. 1944), American country music journalist, music distributor and manager

Judith Lomax (1774–1828), American poet and religious writer

Kelvin Lomax (b. 1986), English footballer

Lunsford L. Lomax (1835–1913), American Civil War general

Michael Lomax (b. 1947), American educator and philanthropist

Michael Trappes-Lomax (1900–1972), English poet, soldier, and historian

Neil Lomax (b. 1959), American football quarterback

Phillip Lomax (b. 1989), American singer and entrepreneur

Rachel Lomax (b. 1945), British economist and former government official

Ruby Terrill Lomax (1886–1961), American musicologist and wife of John Avery Lomax

Samuel Lomax (1855–1915), British First World War general

Scott Lomax (b. 1982), writer

Vernon Lomax Smith, Nobel laureate

Ogden Compton

Ogden Bingham Compton (born August 25, 1932) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. He played for the Chicago Cardinals. He played college football for Hardin–Simmons.

On November 13, 1955, Compton threw the only touchdown pass of his NFL career, a completion to Dick "Night Train" Lane that covered 98 yards, the second longest pass in NFL history up to that time.

Pat Coffee

James Lilburn "Pat" Coffee (August 3, 1915 – January 25, 1986) was a professional American football halfback and quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played for the Chicago Cardinals in 1937 and 1938. He set an NFL record in 1937 with the Cardinals with a 97-yard touchdown pass to receiver Gaynell Tinsley.

Portland State Vikings

Portland State Vikings is the nickname of the NCAA-affiliated, intercollegiate athletic teams representing Portland State University of Portland, Oregon. The Vikings compete at the NCAA Division I level in basketball, soccer, volleyball, golf, tennis, softball, indoor and outdoor track and field, and cross country. The university has been a member of the Big Sky Conference since 1996. Along with the other Big Sky football programs, Viking football takes-part in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly known as NCAA Division I-AA.

Prior to joining Division I, the school won NCAA National Division II Championships in women's volleyball and wrestling. The school has also placed second twice nationally in football and once in women's basketball at the Division II level.

Portland State's colors are forest green and white, and its mascot is the Viking manifested as "Victor E. Viking".

Among the more notable former PSU athletes are Freeman Williams and Neil Lomax. Freeman Williams was the NCAA Division I national men's basketball individual scoring leader in 1977 and 1978. Neil Lomax was a record-setting quarterback who went on to star for the then St. Louis Cardinals in the NFL. Football's "Run & Shoot" offense was first implemented at the college level at PSU by then coach Darryl "Mouse" Davis. Davis' quarterback protégées were Lomax and June Jones. Jones, the former head coach at the University of Hawaii and now at SMU, is also a proponent of the Run & Shoot.

Torre Chisholm was named new Athletic Director March 26, 2007. Chisholm replaced interim AD Teri Mariani, who filled that role since February 2006 when Tom Burman left for the University of Wyoming. Washington State University AD Jim Sterk preceded Burman as PSU AD.

Home games for football are held at Providence Park and Hillsboro Stadium, and home games for basketball are held on-campus at the Peter W. Stott Center.

Portland State Vikings football

For information on all Portland State University sports, see Portland State VikingsThe Portland State Vikings football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Portland State University located in the U.S. state of Oregon. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Big Sky Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1947. The team plays its home games at the 20,483 seat Providence Park and 7,600 seat Hillsboro Stadium. Viking football practice takes place on campus at the Peter W. Stott Field.

Roddy Lamb

Roy Elmer Lamb (August 20, 1899 – December 21, 1995) was an American football player for the Rock Island Independents and Chicago Cardinals. He played college football for Lombard College.

Senior Bowl

The Senior Bowl is a post-season college football all-star game played each January in Mobile, Alabama, which showcases the best NFL Draft prospects of those players who have completed their college eligibility. First played in 1950 in Jacksonville, Florida, the game moved to Mobile's Ladd–Peebles Stadium the next year. Produced by the non-profit Mobile Arts & Sports Association, the game is also a charitable fund-raiser benefiting various local and regional organizations with over US$5.9 million in donations over its history.

In 2007, telecast of the game moved from ESPN to NFL Network. In 2013, Reese's took over sponsorship, starting with the 2014 game. In January 2018, Reese's announced that they were extending their sponsorship of the game; a specific duration was not given.

Shawn Halloran

Shawn Halloran (born April 23, 1964) is an American high school sports administrator and former football player and coach. He played college football as a quarterback for the Boston College Eagles and professionally for St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). Halloran served as the head football coach at Franklin & Marshall College from 2003 to 2005, compiling a record of 17–15. He is currently the athletic director at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, Texas, a position he has held since 2017.

Virgil Eikenberg

Charles Virgil Eikenberg (February 22, 1924 – January 30, 1987) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League. He played for the Chicago Cardinals. He played college football for the Louisville Cardinals and Rice Owls.

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.