Rex Grossman

Rex Daniel Grossman III (born August 23, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for nine seasons. Grossman played college football for the University of Florida. He was selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft, and has also played professionally for the NFL's Houston Texans, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, and Atlanta Falcons.

As a college quarterback, Grossman led the Florida Gators to the 2000 Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship, the 2001 Sugar Bowl, the 2002 Orange Bowl, and the 2003 Outback Bowl. He was a consensus first-team All-American and was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2001.

Grossman spent most of his first three NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears sidelined with injuries. He completed his first full NFL season in 2006, leading the Bears to a National Football Conference Championship and a Super Bowl berth. He lost his starting job three weeks into the 2007 season, and primarily served as the team's backup quarterback afterward. He spent a year as a back-up quarterback for the Houston Texans in 2009, before becoming the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback in the final three games of 2010; and throughout most of the 2011 season. He was also a backup quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons in 2014 and 2015, but never made a regular season appearance with either team.

Rex Grossman
Grossman, in yellow non-contact practice jersey, throws a football in a Washington Redskins practice.
Grossman with the Redskins in 2011
No. 8, 5
Personal information
Born:August 23, 1980 (age 38)
Bloomington, Indiana
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Bloomington (IN) South
NFL Draft:2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass completions:863
Passing yards:10,232
Passer rating:71.4
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Grossman was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1980,[1] the son of Rex Daniel Grossman II and Maureen Grossman. Under the motivation and guidance of his father, he began playing football at an early age in grade school. He originally started his football career as a running back. Despite his success running the ball, his mother asked his coach (his father) to convert him to a quarterback while he was in the sixth grade.

Grossman attended Bloomington High School South, where he played high school football for the Bloomington South Panthers. In three seasons as the Panthers' quarterback, he threw for 7,518 yards and 97 touchdowns.[2] He threw for 3,080 yards and forty-four touchdowns as a senior in 1998, including a game where he threw six touchdowns. His senior season reached its climax when he led the Panthers to a 35–14 victory over the Homestead High School Spartans in the Indiana Class 5A state championship game.[3] Grossman completed seventeen of twenty-six pass attempts for 216 yards and five touchdowns, setting an Indiana record for the most touchdowns thrown in a championship game.[3]

Grossman was recognized as the 1998 Indiana Player of the Year by USA Today, was ranked among the top fifteen players in the nation by the National Recruiting Advisor, and Parade magazine named him to its high school All-America team.[2] He received statewide honors when he was named Indiana's Mr. Football later that year.[2] Bloomington High School South retired his jersey in the summer of 2007 to commemorate his success during the Chicago Bears' 2006 season.

College career

Grossman accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida,[4] where he played for coach Steve Spurrier and coach Ron Zook's Florida Gators football teams from 1999 to 2002.[5]

After redshirting his freshman year in 1999, Grossman competed for playing time with returning starter Jesse Palmer and the top high school recruit in the country Brock Berlin, in 2000.[4] Grossman started his first game as a Florida Gator on October 7, 2000 against LSU. Grossman had gotten the opportunity to start after completing 13 of 16 pass attempts for 232 yards and two touchdowns against Mississippi State the week before in the Gators' only SEC conference loss of the season.[6] Grossman solidified his position as Florida's starting quarterback during the next two games by throwing for over 500 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions in lopsided wins over LSU and Auburn. He led the Gators to the SEC championship and was named Most Valuable Player of the SEC Championship Game. For the season, Grossman completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 1,866 yards, 21 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions. His passer efficiency rating of 161.8 was the third best in NCAA Division I football.

Grossman passed for over 300 yards in nine consecutive games during his sophomore season in 2001. He led the nation in passing efficiency, passing completion percentage and yards per attempt. Grossman was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, was voted the Associated Press Player of the Year, and came in second in the balloting for the 2001 Heisman Trophy in one of the closest Heisman votes in the history of the award.[7][8] At the time, his 55 touchdown passes through his sophomore season were the most in NCAA history. On October 6, 2001, Grossman passed for 464 yards and five touchdowns as No. 2 Florida defeated the No. 18 LSU Tigers 44–15.[2][9] In a 2006 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Grossman cited the victory as his most memorable game as a Gator.[9] He finished second to University of Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch in one of the closest votes in Heisman Trophy history, losing by only 62 votes.[10] He earned accolades as a consensus first-team All-American, the AP National Player-of-the-Year, and finalist for other awards, including the Walter Camp National Player-of-the-Year Award, the Maxwell College Player-of-the-Year Award, and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback-of-the-Year Award.[11] He ended his sophomore season with a 56–23 victory over the Maryland Terrapins in the 2002 Orange Bowl.[12]

As a junior team captain in 2002, Grossman led the Gators in the famed "Slingin' in the Rain" game against the Tennessee Volunteers, in which he threw three touchdowns and 22 completions in 32 attempts en route to a 30–13 victory over the Vols.[13] Grossman led the Gators to the 2003 Outback Bowl, where they lost to the Michigan Wolverines 38–30 despite his completing 21 of 41 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns.[2] After the season was over, Grossman decided to forgo his final year of college eligibility and declared for the NFL Draft.

In his three-season college career, Grossman threw for 9,164 yards and seventy-seven touchdowns.[5] He earned a 146.77 passer rating, becoming the third most efficient passer in the Southeastern Conference's history.[2] He was twice chosen by his teammates as the Gators' most valuable player, in 2000 and 2001.[5] In one of a series of articles about the top 100 Gators from the first century of Florida football, The Gainesville Sun recognized Grossman as the No. 10 all-time Gator in 2006.[14] He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2013.[15][16]

College statistics

Year Team GP Cmp Att Pct Yards TDs Int
2000 Florida 11 131 212 61.8 1,866 21 7
2001 Florida 11 259 395 65.6 3,896 34 12
2002 Florida 13 287 503 57.1 3,402 22 17
College Totals 35 677 1,110 61.0 9,164 77 36


Professional career

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears selected Grossman during the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft,[18] and he played for the Bears from 2003 to 2008.[19] Under the leadership of coach Dick Jauron, Grossman was sidelined as a rookie in favor of veteran quarterbacks Chris Chandler and Kordell Stewart.[20] Grossman only saw playing time during the later portion of the season after the Bears had been eliminated from playoff contention. His season ended when he was forced to leave the final game with a broken finger.[21] Prior to the start of the 2004 NFL season, the Bears fired Jauron and hired Lovie Smith, who declared Grossman the team's starting quarterback. Grossman was criticized when he threw a game-ending interception against the Detroit Lions on opening day.[22] Criticism of his durability intensified when he damaged his knee ligaments while scrambling for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. The injury forced Grossman to spend the remainder of the season recuperating.[23]

Grossman missed most of the 2005 season after breaking his ankle in a preseason game. On December 18, 2005, Grossman returned to the field, leading the Bears to a 16–3 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.[24] In the following game against the Green Bay Packers, he completed eleven of sixteen passes for 166 yards for a touchdown and one interception in a 24–17 victory. Grossman’s victory enabled the Bears to clinch a playoff berth and the National Football Conference's second playoff seed.[25] In his first playoff game, Grossman struggled to anchor the Bears’ offense, completing 17 of 41 passes for 192 yards for one touchdown and an interception in a 29–21 loss against the Carolina Panthers.[26]

Grossman in a post-game interview in 2006
Grossman in a post-game interview in 2006

During the 2006 Chicago Bears season, Grossman became the first Bears quarterback to start all sixteen games since Erik Kramer in 1995.[27] In a season dubbed as a "roller coaster ride" by Grossman himself, the fourth-year quarterback had several productive performances, which were seemingly diluted by a handful of turnover-ridden games, especially in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals, where Grossman fumbled twice and threw four interceptions.[28] While earning a passer rating of at least 100 in seven games, he earned a sub 50 rating in five games during the latter portion of the season. Grossman, who was recognized as the NFC Offensive Player of the Month in September, concluded the season's final month with a 64.4 passer rating, including a zero rating during the season’s finale game against the Packers.[29][30] Grossman's work ethic drew criticism, when he admitted that he was not adequately prepared to play, and later claimed the game to be "meaningless."[31] After noticing that his words had been misinterpreted, he rationalized his statement days later.[32] His inconsistent performance drew criticism, and calls for Smith to bench Grossman in favor of the veteran Brian Griese.[33]

Nevertheless, Smith, who supported Grossman throughout the season, declared that Grossman would remain the Bears’ starting quarterback throughout the playoffs,[34] causing much skepticism within the Chicago area.[35] He temporarily silenced his critics by leading the Bears to a 27–24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, completing 21 of 38 passes for 282 yards and one interception, fumble, and touchdown.[36] The following week, he led the Bears to a 39–14 victory over the New Orleans Saints, which allowed the Bears to claim the NFC Championship and advance to Super Bowl XLI.[37] In the Super Bowl, Grossman completed 20 of 28 passes, including a one-yard touchdown pass. However, in this game he threw two interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown, and fumbled twice due to miscues between him and center Olin Kreutz.[38] Despite additional criticism from his detractors, Grossman received the Ed Block Courage Award after the season ended. The award is given to one player from every team who exemplifies commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage, and is believed to be positive role models to their community.[39]

Rex Takes the Snap, Forte Sidelines
Grossman takes the snap during Training Camp in 2008.

Before the 2007 season, Grossman vowed that he would improve his performance by simply "protecting the ball."[40] Smith named him as the team’s starting quarterback for the 2007 season, despite inconsistent and lackluster play throughout the preseason.[41] Grossman struggled in his first three outings of the season, and committed ten turnovers with a 45.2 passer rating.[42][43] After week three, several news sources reported that Smith demoted him in favor of Brian Griese.[44] The official announcement came the next day, when Smith announced that Griese would start in the team's next game.[42] On November 11, 2007, Grossman reclaimed his first-string role after a shoulder injury sidelined Griese.[45] Though Grossman only played for roughly one half, he led the Bears to a 17–6 victory over the Oakland Raiders with a 59-yard touchdown pass to Bernard Berrian.[45][46][47] After reclaiming his starting role, Grossman threw three touchdowns and one interception over the course of three and a half games.[48] He sustained a knee injury during his fifth consecutive start, and was replaced once again by Griese.[49] Grossman was forced to relinquish his starting position to Kyle Orton, who had previously temporarily relieved him after his 2005 preseason injury.[50]

Rex Pass
Grossman practices with the Bears in 2008 at Bourbonnais, Illinois.

Grossman became an unrestricted free agent after the 2007 season, but said he wished to return to the Bears.[51] Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said, "We would like to have Rex back in the mix." He added that Grossman will face additional competition if he returns, emphasizing the team's need for a stable passing game.[52][53] Smith had also voiced similar opinions.[54] Grossman signed a new one-year contract with the Bears on February 23, 2008.[55] Under terms of the deal, Grossman had a $3 million base salary.[56] The Bears also granted Orton a contract extension and planned to have the two compete for a starting position.[57] On August 18, 2008, after two preseason games, Coach Smith named Orton as the team's starting quarterback for the 2008 season.[58]

Grossman remained the team's back-up quarterback until week nine against the winless Detroit Lions when he was called to replace Orton who left the game due an ankle injury.[59] Grossman completed nine of nineteen passes for 58 yards, including a touchdown and interception.[59] He also scored the game's winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak.[59] During the course of the game, Grossman was repeatedly jeered by Bears fans.[60] After the game, Brian Urlacher defended Grossman, commenting, "We've got a quarterback who comes in off the bench and leads us to a victory, and they boo him right out of the gate. Poor guy. Lucky for him he's resilient and he came back and led us to two scoring drives. But man, it's tough."[60] Lovie Smith named Grossman the team's starting quarterback for the Bears next contest against the Tennessee Titans. Grossman threw one touchdown and interception, and also scored a one-yard rushing touchdown, en route to a 21–14 loss.[61] Grossman received his final snaps of the season in the following week, when he was called to relieve Orton in a 37–3 loss to the Green Bay Packers.[62]

Houston Texans

Grossman became a free agent on March 1, 2009. Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith said that Grossman was not in the team's plans for the 2009 season.[63] During the offseason, Grossman worked out with the Cincinnati Bengals in March, but was not offered a contract.[64] reported that Grossman would be participating in drills in a United Football League "Pro Day".[65] However, Grossman's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, denied these claims, stating that "Rex will be playing in the NFL this season. We have not considered any other leagues. He will be on a NFL roster by the start of training camps."[66]

On June 12, Grossman came to terms with the Houston Texans and signed a one-year contract, worth $620,000.[67] Grossman beat out Dan Orlovsky during the preseason for the backup quarterback position.[68] Grossman only played in a single game during the 2009 season, temporarily relieving Matt Schaub in a 23–18 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He threw nine passes for three completions, 33 yards, and one interception.[69]

Washington Redskins

Grossman signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins for the 2010 season on March 17, 2010.[70] Grossman made his first appearance for the Redskins against the Detroit Lions on October 31, 2010, but he was sacked and lost a fumble on his first play, which was returned by Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for a touchdown.[71] On December 17, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan benched Donovan McNabb in favor of Grossman, who had not been a starter since 2008.[72] The Redskins fell behind the Dallas Cowboys early in the game, but Grossman threw for 322 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions to erase a 20-point deficit. The Cowboys still managed to win the game, 33–30.[73] Grossman won his second start with Washington in a close and important game for the Jaguars in Jacksonville.[74]

On August 2, 2011, Grossman re-signed with the Redskins.[75] At the end of the 2011 pre-season, after a quarterback battle with John Beck, Grossman was chosen to be the opening day starting quarterback of the Redskins.[76] Grossman started the 2011 season with a win against the New York Giants, completing 21 of 34 attempts while throwing for 305 yards and two touchdowns.[77] Grossman would lead the Redskins to a 3–1 start before being benched in a four-interception week 5 performance against the Eagles in favor of Beck. Grossman returned week 10 in a loss to the Dolphins. He led a last-minute touchdown drive the next week to tie Dallas but lost in overtime. He helped the Redskins snap a six-game skid the next week with a 23–17 win over the Seattle Seahawks in which he threw 314 yards, two interceptions, and two touchdowns.

The Redskins re-signed Grossman to another one-year contract on March 17, 2012.[78] The Redskins drafted Robert Griffin III (second overall) and Kirk Cousins (102nd overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft.[79] Grossman became the team's third-string quarterback and did not play in a single game for the team in 2012.[80]

On April 3, 2013, Grossman signed another one-year contract to stay with the Redskins for 2013.[81] He remained the team's third-string quarterback and primarily served to advise Griffin III and Cousins.[80]

Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns signed Grossman on August 12, 2014[82] and cut him on August 31.[83] On December 22, the Browns offered Grossman a one-week $53,529 NFL veteran league minimum contract after losing Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer to injuries. Grossman passed on the offer in order to spend the holidays in Palm Beach with his family.[84][85]

Atlanta Falcons

On August 26, 2015, Grossman signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.[86] The Falcons released him on September 4.[87]

Playing style

Chicago Bears vs Tennessee Titans 11-09-08
Grossman calls an audible after looking over the Tennessee Titans defense in 2008.

Grossman's gunslinger attitude is illustrated in his desire to throw long passes, similar to his youth idol, Brett Favre.[88][89] During the 2006 season, Grossman had an above average completion rate when throwing passes of twenty or more yards, but struggled to complete shorter passes. According to columnist Paul Attner of Sporting News, this attitude contributed to Grossman's inconsistent play.[90][91] During Week 12 of the 2006 season, Grossman threw a game-ending interception while attempting a deep pass to Rashied Davis.[92] However, during a Divisional Round game in the 2006 playoffs, he threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Berrian on the opening play of the Bears’ second drive.[93] Grossman commented on his non-conservative play style in a 2017 interview stating, "Coach Spurrier instilled in me, don’t check down if the big play’s there. So that’s kind of how I was born. I always wanted to shoot a three-pointer in basketball, hit a home run in baseball. I don’t know why, that’s just, like, who I am.”[94]

Additionally, Grossman's ability to elude pursuers and scramble significantly decreased after a season-ending leg injury in 2004.[95] Although he only played three games in 2004, Grossman amassed more rushing yards than he did in sixteen games in 2006.[96] However, he showed his potential to scramble during a game against the St. Louis Rams, after he converted a third and long with a twenty-two yard run. Though the run was the longest of Grossman's career, it only gave him five net yards for the season at that point.[95]


Grossman earned several nicknames over the course of his football career. While at the University of Florida, head coach Steve Spurrier dubbed him "Sexy Rexy."[97][98] The nickname earned national recognition when teammate Muhsin Muhammad used the nickname while introducing Grossman during a starting line-up segment on Monday Night Football.[99] Grossman was also infamously known as "Rex Glassman" and "Wrecks Grossman" due to his injury-prone years.[100] After the midpoint of the 2006 season, commentators and fans would refer to Grossman as either "Good Rex" or "Bad Rex" depending on how he performed in a game.[101]

Family and personal life

Grossman's family has a long football history. His father and grandfather were football players for Indiana University. His grandfather, Rex, also played for the Baltimore Colts (1948–1950) and Detroit Lions (1950), playing in 12 games during his career.[102] He resides in Bloomington, Indiana during the offseason with his wife, Alison Miska, to whom he has been married since July 9, 2005.[103] Grossman also has a sister and nephew who live in Lincolnwood, Illinois, and his parents are friends with Archie Manning.[104]

Grossman has been a longtime admirer of former Packers quarterback, Brett Favre and former Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh.[9] Grossman was also an avid fan of the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers fan during his childhood. Outside of football, he enjoys playing basketball and watching movies.[105] Additionally, he was a regular guest on FOX News Chicago’s The Final Word, a Sunday night sports show that is co-hosted by former Bears wide receiver Tom Waddle. He also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids' February 2007 issue. The cover featured Grossman with teammates Devin Hester and Tommie Harris posing with bears in a museum exhibit.

It was reported that Grossman absorbed a $680,000 loss on his September 2008 purchase of a 36th floor condo in the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago when it sold in January 2010, losing 25% of his initial investment.[106]

On June 28, 2007, Grossman's hometown of Bloomington, Indiana declared the day "Rex Grossman Day" for his accomplishments in football and the community.[107] For the past four years, Grossman has held a charity golfing event for the Boys and Girls Club of America, raising over $100,000 for them.[108]

Grossman and his wife founded Florida Medical Staffing in 2009, a staffing agency for nurses that is based in Delray Beach, Florida.[109][110]

NFL career statistics

A graph illustrating Grossman's varying passer rating over the 2006 season

The following is a list of Grossman's statistics from his regular and postseason games. Grossman has occasionally recorded notable statistics; among all quarterbacks during the 2006 season, Grossman ranked tenth in number of pass attempts, seventh in touchdowns thrown, and third in interceptions.[96] He completed his first full season with a 73.9 quarterback rating. This was better than quarterback ratings of Favre, Peyton Manning, and Terry Bradshaw during their first full seasons;[111] many other quarterbacks have performed similarly or better in their first years, including Grossman's former backup Brian Griese.[112] His twenty-three touchdowns in one season rank Grossman among the best Bears quarterbacks in franchise history.[113] However, his twenty interceptions in one season are among the most thrown by any Bears’ quarterback in almost two decades.[113] The unusual combination ranked Grossman as statistically the most inconsistent quarterback in almost a decade in 2006.[114] Grossman has the NFL record for worst passer rating in a victory with at least 15 passing attempts, recording a 1.3 rating in a 23-13 Chicago Bears win over the Minnesota Vikings on December 3, 2006.[115] In the same year, Grossman became the first quarterback to throw more interceptions than completions in a game with more than 10 passing attempts.[116]

Regular season

Passing Rushing Fumbles
Year Team G GS Cmp Att Cmp% Yds Yds/Att Lng TD Int Sck Rate Att Yards Avg TD Fum Lost
2003 CHI 3 3 38 72 52.8 437 6.1 59 2 1 4 74.8 3 −1 −0.3 0 3 0
2004 CHI 3 3 47 84 56.0 607 7.2 40 1 3 5 67.9 11 48 4.4 1 2 2
2005 CHI 2 1 20 39 51.3 259 6.6 54 1 2 1 59.7 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2006 CHI 16 16 262 480 54.6 3,193 6.6 62 23 20 21 73.9 24 2 0.1 0 8 5
2007 CHI 8 7 122 225 54.2 1,411 6.3 59 4 9 25 66.4 14 27 1.9 0 6 3
2008 CHI 4 1 32 62 51.6 257 4.1 29 2 2 2 59.7 3 4 1.3 2 0 0
2009 HOU 1 0 3 9 33.3 33 3.7 21 0 1 0 5.6 3 9 3 0 1 0
2010 WAS 4 3 74 133 55.6 884 6.6 64 7 4 9 81.2 3 6 2.0 0 4 4
2011 WAS 13 13 265 458 57.9 3,151 6.9 51 16 20 25 72.4 20 11 .6 1 8 6
Career 54 47 863 1,562 55.2 10,654 6.5 64 56 62 92 71.4 81 106 1.3 4 32 25

Source, 'Retrieved January 6, 2010.


Year Team G Cmp Att Cmp% Yds Yds/Att TD Int Rate
2005 CHI 1 17 41 41.5 192 4.7 1 1 54.1
2006 CHI 3 52 92 56.5 591 6.4 3 3 73.2
Total 4 69 133 51.9 783 5.9 4 4 67.3

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2000 Florida Gators football team

The 2000 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Gators competed in Division I-A of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. They were coached by Steve Spurrier, who led the Gators to their sixth SEC championship, a Sugar Bowl berth, and an overall win-loss record of 10–3 (.769). The season was the team's eleventh of twelve under Spurrier.

2001 All-SEC football team

The 2001 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by various selectors for the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season.

The LSU Tigers won the conference, upsetting the Tennessee Volunteers 31 to 20 in the SEC Championship game. Tennessee had previously upset the preseason #1 Florida Gators 34 to 32 in a game rescheduled due to the 9/11 Attacks. All three teams finished in top ten of both the AP and coaches poll, with Florida and Tennessee ranking in both of the top five. Florida led the conference with five consensus first-team All-SEC selections by both the AP and the coaches. Both LSU and Tennessee tied for second with three.

Florida quarterback Rex Grossman, the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, was voted the coaches SEC Player of the Year and AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Florida defensive end Alex Brown was the AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

2001 Florida Gators football team

The 2001 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2001 college football season. The Gators competed in Division I-A of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), playing their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus.

They were coached by Steve Spurrier, who posted an overall win-loss record of 10–2 (.833) for his twelfth and final season before departing to the National Football League (NFL). Spurrier led the Gators to a 56–23 Orange Bowl victory over the Maryland Terrapins in his final game.

Sophomore quarterback Rex Grossman threw for over 4,000 yards and was Heisman Trophy runner-up. Grossman, wide receiver Jabar Gaffney and defensive end Alex Brown were consensus All-Americans. Brown's 33 sacks is still a school record for a career.

2001 Sugar Bowl

The 2001 Sugar Bowl a 2000–2001 BCS game was played on January 2, 2001. This 67th edition to the Sugar Bowl featured the Florida Gators, and the Miami Hurricanes, in an in-state rivalry game. Miami came into the game ranked 3rd in the BCS, 2nd in both the Coaches and AP Poll, at 10–1, whereas Florida came into the game ranked 7th in the BCS at 10–2.

Florida started the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Florida quarterback Rex Grossman to tight end Kirk Wells. Miami responded with a 44-yard Todd Sievers field goal to trim the lead to 7–3. Later in the quarter, quarterback Ken Dorsey fired an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeremy Shockey, and Miami took a 10–7 lead after 1 quarter.

Todd Sievers kicked a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter to extend the lead to 13–7. Florida kicker Jeff Chandler kicked a 51-yard field goal before halftime to get the Gators to 13–10. In the third quarter, running back Earnest Graham rushed 36 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, and Florida took a 17–13 lead.

Ken Dorsey later fired a 19-yard touchdown pass to running back D.J. Williams, and Miami reclaimed the lead, 20–17. A Ken Dorsey touchdown later in the quarter increased the lead to 27–17. Florida got within 27–20 following a Jeff Chandler field goal, but Miami scored the game's final 10 points to close the scoring.

The game featured a rare penalty incurred by a mascot. Sebastian the Ibis received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for excessive celebration when he celebrated a Miami touchdown with Najeh Davenport.

2002 Florida Gators football team

The 2002 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2002 college football season. The Gators competed in Division I-A of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. They were led by first-year head coach Ron Zook, who coached them to a second-place finish in the SEC East, an Outback Bowl berth, and an overall record of 8–5 (.615).

2003 Chicago Bears season

The 2003 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 84th season in the National Football League. The team improved to a 7–9 over its 4–12 record from 2002,under head coach Dick Jauron. The team was once again in a quarterbacking carousel with quarterbacks Kordell Stewart, Chris Chandler, and rookie Rex Grossman. In the end, head coach Dick Jauron was fired after the conclusion of the season.

2003 Outback Bowl

The 2003 Outback Bowl was a college football bowl game held on January 1, 2003 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Michigan Wolverines, third-place finishers in the Big Ten Conference, defeated the Florida Gators, who finished second the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference, 38-30. Michigan running back Chris Perry was named the game's MVP.

2004 Chicago Bears season

The 2004 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 85th season in the National Football League. The team failed to improve on their 7-9 record as they fell to a 5–11 record, under first-year head coach Lovie Smith. The team was once again in a quarterbacking carousel after the injury of starter Rex Grossman early on in the season. This was the team's eighth losing season in the past nine seasons.

According to statistics site Football Outsiders, the 2004 Bears had the third-worst offense, play-for-play, in their ranking history. Chicago's 231 points and 3,816 offensive yards were dead-last in the league in 2004. Their team quarterback passer rating was 61.7 for the year, also last.

The Bears started four different quarterbacks in 2004 – Chad Hutchinson, Craig Krenzel, Jonathan Quinn, and Rex Grossman. Grossman (the only Bears quarterback who would average more than 200 yards passing per game in 2004) would eventually establish himself as the starter, and two seasons later, would lead the Bears to their second NFC Championship and an appearance in the Super Bowl.

2005 Chicago Bears season

The 2005 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 86th season in the National Football League and 24th post-season completed in the National Football League. The team improved to an 11–5 record from a 5-11 record in 2004, earning them their first NFC North title and the second seed in the NFC for the playoffs.

The season started off with the club trying to rebound from a 5–11 season under now coach Lovie Smith. Smith, in his first year with the Bears, had been eager to lead his young team to a Super Bowl, but a preseason injury to starting quarterback Rex Grossman spelled disaster for the Bears.The 2005 Bears began the season on a negative note, winning only one of their first four games. Despite their poor passing game, the Bears managed to win eight consecutive games, through perseverance on defense and a solid running game. The Bears eventually clinched a playoff berth on Christmas Day against the Green Bay Packers. However, in their first playoff game in almost four years, the Carolina Panthers upset the Bears, 29–21.

2006 Chicago Bears season

The 2006 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 87th season in the National Football League and 25th post-season completed in the National Football League. The Bears posted a 13–3 regular season record, the best in the NFC, improving on their previous year’s record of 11–5. The Bears retained their NFC North divisional title, and won the National Football Conference Championship title against the New Orleans Saints, on January 21, 2007. The Bears played the Indianapolis Colts at Super Bowl XLI, where they lost 29–17. They finished the 2006 NFL season tied for second in points scored, and third in points allowed.Due to the NFL's scheduling formula the Bears played 6 intra-division games, posting a record of 5–1. Because of rotating cycle scheduling, the Bears matched up against all four teams in the AFC East (going 2–2) and NFC West (going 4–0). In the remaining games, the Bears played the NFC's other reigning division winners, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants, posting a record of 2–0. During the entire season, the Bears played 10 games at home, 8 games on the road, and 1 game at a neutral field for the Super Bowl. Including the playoffs and Super Bowl, the Bears finished with a record of 15–4.

Noteworthy football stories for the 2006 season were replacing retired cornerback and kick returner Jerry Azumah, the quarterback controversy between productive but inconsistent and potentially fragile Rex Grossman and veteran free agent Brian Griese, the record setting returns by Devin Hester, Bernard Berrian's breakout season, competition between the Bears' running backs (Cedric Benson and Thomas Jones), and 5th round draft pick Mark Anderson's 12 quarterback sacks as a rookie.

2006 Chicago Bears–Arizona Cardinals game

On October 16, 2006, during the sixth week of the National Football League (NFL) regular season, the Chicago Bears defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 24–23, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The undefeated Bears staged the "comeback of the year" against the 1-win Cardinals after trailing by 20 points at halftime. This game is the first game in which the Bears won after trailing by 20 or more points since 1987 (they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27–26). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first win in Bears history in which they trailed by at least 20 points in the second half, and the Cardinals became the first team in NFL history to lose consecutive games in a season after being ahead by 14 or more points at the end of the first quarter in each of their games. The Bears also set an NFL record for the biggest comeback without scoring an offensive touchdown in league history. Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart became the first quarterback in history to throw at least 2 touchdown passes in each of his first 2 career starts. The last time a team won after committing 6 turnovers was over 20 years prior.The postgame press conference was notable for Cardinals head coach Dennis Green's profanity-laced rant, highlighted by the quote "The Bears are who we thought they were". The game was ranked #6 on NFL Top 10 on NFL Network for Top Ten Greatest Comebacks of All Time under the title "Cardinals Blow It"/"Monday Night Meltdown", as well as Top Ten Meltdowns at #7.

Bloomington High School South

Bloomington High School South (sometimes BHSS or simply South) is a high school in Bloomington, Indiana.

Florida Gators football statistical leaders

The Florida Gators football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Florida Gators 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 Gators represent the University of Florida in the NCAA's Southeastern Conference.

Although Florida began competing in intercollegiate football in 1906, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1950. 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 1950, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

Freshmen were barred from varsity football due to conference rules since 1922, and 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 Gators have played in 15 bowl games since then, giving recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

Similarly, the Gators have played in the SEC Championship Game 12 times since it began in 1992, so players in those seasons had 12 games to rack up stats.

All of the top 10 Gator seasons when ranked by total offensive yards have come under recent coaches Steve Spurrier (1990–2001) and Urban Meyer (2005–2010). Indeed, the offensive lists are dominated by players who played under one of these coaches.These lists are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

Kelvin Hayden

Kelvin Darnell Hayden, Jr. (born July 24, 1983) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Illinois.

Hayden has also played for the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears. He returned a Rex Grossman interception 56 yards for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLI against the Bears. It was his first career interception.

List of Chicago Bears players

The following are lists of past and current players of the Chicago Bears professional American football team.

List of Chicago Bears starting quarterbacks

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

List of Florida Gators starting quarterbacks

This list of Florida Gators starting quarterbacks includes members of the Florida Gators football team who have started at the quarterback position in one or more regular season or post-season games. The Florida Gators represent the University of Florida in the sport of American football, and they compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Florida Gators quarterbacks have led their teams to 689 wins, forty post-season bowl games, eight SEC championships, and three consensus national championships.

Three Gators quarterbacks have won the Heisman Trophy: Steve Spurrier (1966), Danny Wuerffel (1996), and Tim Tebow (2007). Five have been recognized as first-team All-Americans: Spurrier (1966), John Reaves (1971), Wuerffel (1996), Rex Grossman (2000), and Tebow (2007). Eighteen have been inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame, including sixteen recognized as "Gator Greats" for their college sports careers, and two as "Distinguished Lettermen" for their post-college career achievements. Two former Gators quarterbacks have returned to lead the Gators as their head coach: Doug Dickey (1970–78) and Steve Spurrier (1990–2001).

List of Washington Redskins starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League, and its predecessors the Boston Braves (1932) and Boston Redskins (1933–1936). The Washington Redskins franchise was founded in Boston, Massachusetts as the Boston Braves, named after the local baseball franchise. The name was changed the following year to the Redskins. For the 1937 NFL season, the franchise moved to Washington, D.C., where it remains based.Of the 50 Redskins starting quarterbacks, two have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Sammy Baugh and Sonny Jurgensen.

Michael Haynes (defensive lineman)

Michael Washington Augustis Haynes Jr. (born September 13, 1980) is a former American football defensive end who played five seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

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