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While some NFL starting quarterbacks appear from arch bloodlines (the Mannings) and astounding bookish careers (Andrew Luck, amid others), others accept different, ambagious anchorage to the big time.
This is an assay of how all 32 starting quarterbacks fabricated their way to the pros, from aerial academy to academy and all the twists and turns that got them there.
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The accustomed starting quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, EJ Manuel, grew up in Virginia and played aerial academy football at Bayside Aerial in Virginia Beach. He had a acclaimed career there and was advised a 5-star recruit as he advised area to comedy on the bookish level.
Manuel chose to comedy at Florida State, area he abstruse beneath coaches Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher and helped the Seminoles to their best run of success aback the aboriginal 2000s, captivation a 25-6 almanac as the starting quarterback.
Manuel was called 16th all-embracing in this able April’s abstract by the Bills, acceptable the aboriginal quarterback taken off the board.
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Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a Texas native, and he played aerial academy football at Big Spring, area he absolutely played some aegis in accession to signal-calling.
He afresh abounding Texas A&M. Already Mike Sherman, his accustomed abhorrent coordinator with Miami, took over as the Aggies coach, he confused Tannehill to receiver, area Tannehill played actual well, alike earning All Big-12 atonement acknowledgment ceremoniousness in 2009.
Tannehill got his breach at quarterback in 2010 and never looked back. In 2011, he was the Aggies’ absolute starter, starting all 13 amateur and casting 29 touchdown passes, putting him absolutely on the alarm of NFL teams.
The Dolphins called him eighth all-embracing in the 2012 draft.
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, one of the greatest signal-callers of all time and a lock for the Hall of Fame, grew up in California as a 49ers fan. He played aerial academy brawl at Junipero Serra Aerial School. In accession to football, Brady was additionally an able baseball player, acceptable abundant to be drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1995.
He abounding the University of Michigan, but it was generally a attempt for Brady to see the field, as he was affected to sit abaft Brian Griese and attempt with Drew Henson. Brady eventually absurd the starting calendar in his final two seasons and able with a flourish, arch Michigan to a Citrus Basin win over Alabama.
While Brady wasn’t a absorbed anticipation entering the 2000 NFL draft, the rest, as they say, is history.
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Mark Sanchez is accession California kid. He played aerial academy brawl at both Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo. He was a arch aerial academy amateur and eventually committed to comedy at USC.
Sanchez didn’t become the full-time amateur at USC until his inferior year in 2008, but he had an absurd season, throwing 34 touchdown passes and arch the Trojans to a 12-1 record.
From there, he became the aboriginal USC quarterback to leave academy aboriginal to access the NFL draft, bidding then-head drillmaster Pete Carroll to say that Sanchez bare added condiment at the bookish level.
That didn’t stop the Jets from demography him with the fifth all-embracing aces in the 2009 NFL draft.
After watching this, it’s accessible to anticipate that Carroll was appropriate in his assessment.
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Joe Flacco is a New Jersey built-in who played aerial academy brawl at Audubon Aerial School. He originally abounding the University of Pittsburgh, area he was abundantly called the advancement abaft Tyler Palko.
How’d that one about-face out?
Flacco afresh transferred to the University of Delaware, area he put up huge numbers as a Blue Hen and afflicted NFL scouts, ambience abundant academy records.
He was drafted by the Ravens with the 18th aces of the 2008 abstract and has never looked back. He’s fabricated the playoffs every year and was the MVP of Super Basin XLVII, arch the Ravens to a 34-31 achievement over the 49ers.
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Andy Dalton is accession Texas kid. He abounding Katy Aerial School, area he starred afore chief to appear Texas Christian University.
Dalton was a four-year amateur for the Horned Frogs. He went 34-3 in his final three seasons, including a 12-1 division and BCS anchorage in 2009, area they absent to Boise State.
He was drafted by the Bengals in the additional annular of the 2010 draft, and he’s helped Cincinnati authorize for the playoffs in anniversary of his aboriginal two seasons.
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Brandon Weeden had an acutely absorbing alley to his column as starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns.
In accession to his abilities on the gridiron, he was additionally an able bullpen at Edmond Santa Fe Aerial Academy in Oklahoma. He was so acceptable at baseball that he was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2002 and was alike included in a barter for then-Dodgers bullpen Kevin Brown. All Yankees admirers acceptable appetite to accident their active into a bank afterwards account Brown’s name.
In 2007, Weeden absitively to ply his barter at football already again, enrolling at Oklahoma State, area he starred in the Cowboys’ advance offense.
He was eventually drafted in the aboriginal annular of the 2012 abstract by Cleveland. Weeden, afresh 28 years old, is the oldest amateur to accept anytime been drafted in the aboriginal round
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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger grew up in Ohio and played aerial academy brawl at Findlay, area he didn’t alike band up at quarterback until his chief year.
He abounding academy at Miami (Ohio) and started for the three seasons he played. In 2003, he threw 37 touchdown passes and led the RedHawks to a basin achievement over Louisville afore declaring aboriginal for the NFL draft.
While Roethlisberger was the third quarterback off the lath in the 2004 draft, abaft Eli Manning and Philip Rivers, he’s activity to the Hall of Fame, as he already has two Super Basin championships and three appearances in the big game.
Not bad for a guy who alone played quarterback for one year in aerial school.
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Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is a Pennsylvania built-in who played aerial academy brawl at West Chester East Aerial School.
He played academy brawl at the University of Virginia, area he played in 40 amateur at the quarterback position and became one of the best abounding passers in the history of the ACC.
Schaub was called by the Atlanta Falcons in the third annular of the 2004 abstract and was traded to Houston in 2007. He’s been the amateur there anytime since.
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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck comes from able bloodlines, as his ancestor Oliver played quarterback in the NFL and is currently the able-bodied administrator at West Virginia University.
Luck abounding Stratford Aerial Academy in Texas, area he sparkled, authoritative him a abominable approved prospect. He absitively to appear Stanford University.
At Stanford, Luck was unstoppable. He would accept been the No. 1 aces in the 2011 abstract had he declared, but he absitively to acknowledgment to the Cardinal for his chief season. He able his career at Stanford with 82 touchdown passes, and the Colts fabricated him the aboriginal aces of the 2012 draft.
In his amateur year, Luck led the Colts to an 11-5 almanac and a wild-card anchorage in the AFC playoffs. The approaching appears to be actual ablaze for both Luck and the Colts.
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Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert grew up in Missouri and played aerial academy brawl at Parkway West. He was abominable approved afterwards advancing out of academy and, afterwards alteration his mind, eventually absitively to comedy at the University of Missouri.
Gabbert shined beneath drillmaster Gary Pinkel for the Tigers, starting for two abounding seasons and putting up big numbers (40 touchdown passes).
His bookish career was abundant to accomplish him the 10th all-embracing aces in the 2011 abstract by Jacksonville.
To say that he’s underwhelmed in the pros would be an insult to those who accept underwhelmed. Gabbert has been apace abominable appropriately far in the NFL.
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Titans quarterback Jake Locker grew up in Washington. He played aerial academy brawl at Ferndale Aerial School, area he was additionally an able baseball player, drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2006. But he didn’t assurance because he capital to apply on football.
Locker enrolled at the University of Washington, where, admitting accepting the array of abilities that helped him become the eighth all-embracing aces in the 2011 draft, he able with a 10-21 almanac as the amateur on a poor Huskies team.
2013 will be Locker’s aboriginal division as the absolute amateur in Tennessee.
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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the son of Archie and brother of Eli, grew up in New Orleans, area he abounding and starred at Isidore Newman Aerial School. He afresh abounding the University of Tennessee instead of his dad’s alma mater, Ole Miss.
Manning was a brilliant for the Vols, throwing 89 touchdown passes in his career and activity 39-6 as the starter. And in 1997, he infamously able additional in Heisman acclamation to then-Michigan Wolverine Charles Woodson.
However, Manning didn’t win a civic appellation at Tennessee and was branded as addition who couldn’t win the big game. That moniker that followed him to the NFL, back he was the aboriginal all-embracing aces of the 1998 draft, called by the Colts.
Manning afford that characterization by arch Indianapolis to Super Basin XLI glory, acceptable d MVP honors. He’s a lock for the Hall of Fame.
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Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith grew up in California and played aerial academy football at Helix Charter, area was the admiral of his chief class.
Smith played academy brawl at the University of Utah, area he abstruse beneath drillmaster Urban Meyer. He able with a 21-1 almanac as the Utes amateur and able fourth in Heisman voting in 2004.
His abilities were abundant to accomplish him the aboriginal all-embracing aces of the 2005 draft, called by the 49ers. Smith had an active career in San Francisco, who traded him to the Chiefs this able offseason, area he is now the absolute starter.
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Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn grew up in Texas and abounding Robert E. Lee Aerial School, eventually allotment to comedy academy brawl at LSU.
Flynn played abaft JaMarcus Russell for best of his time at LSU, animated in a advancement role, but he got his befalling to alpha in 2007. He didn’t disappoint, arch the Tigers to the civic championship.
Despite his bookish accolades, Flynn was alone a seventh-round aces in 2008, called by the Green Bay Packers. Admitting his low abstract status, Flynn formed his way up to be Aaron Rodgers’ backup.
In 2012, he was traded to Seattle. But due to the actualization of Russell Wilson, he was afresh dealt to the Raiders, area he now sits aloft their quarterback abyss chart.
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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers grew up in Alabama and played aerial academy brawl at Athens Aerial School.
He absitively to appear North Carolina State, area he was a four-year starter, smashing about every academy and appointment (ACC) record. He able his career with an NCAA-record 51 afterwards starts and was the 2003 ACC Amateur of the Year.
Rivers was called fourth all-embracing by the New York Giants in the 2004 draft, but he was promptly dealt to the San Diego Chargers as allotment of a amalgamation for Eli Manning.
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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was built-in in California but confused to Wisconsin, area he abounding and played football at Burlington Aerial School.
From there, he chose to comedy academy football at Eastern Illinois, area he played for the Division I-AA Panthers. He had a acclaimed career and, in 2002, became the aboriginal Panther to anytime win the Walter Payton Award, accustomed annually to the best amateur in Division I-AA.
Romo went undrafted in 2003, but he was active afterwards by the Cowboys. He served as a advancement quarterback and holder on bliss afore accepting his big breach in 2006, back he took over as starting quarterback in Dallas.
Since then, Romo has been “The Man” in Big D. And he afresh active a big-money arrangement extension that will accumulate him in Dallas for the accountable future.
Not bad for a guy who wasn’t alike drafted.
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Giants quarterback Eli Manning, the little brother of Peyton and son of Archie, grew up in New Orleans and abounding Isidore Newman Aerial School, aloof like his big brother.
The adolescent Manning did, however, adjudge to appear his father’s alma mater, Ole Miss. Manning starred there for four seasons, assuming able-bodied abundant to be called aboriginal all-embracing in the 2004 NFL abstract by the San Diego Chargers, who afresh dealt him to the New York Giants.
Manning has won two Super Bowls (XLII and XLVI) for Big Blue, and he was called the game’s MVP both times.
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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick grew up in Virginia. He aboriginal abounding Homer L. Ferguson Aerial School, but it closed, so Vick afresh went to Warwick Aerial School, area he bedeviled the competition.
Vick chose to appear academy at Virginia Tech, area he exploded assimilate the arena as a freshman, about allowance the Hokies win a civic title. He larboard Virginia Tech afterwards his green division and was called aboriginal all-embracing in the 2001 NFL abstract by the Atlanta Falcons, who had traded up with the San Diego Chargers to access the pick.
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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is the son of two Army sergeants. Thus, he confused from abode to abode as a adolescent boy. He was built-in in Okinawa, Japan, and lived in assorted places in the United States afore his ancestors acclimatized in Texas.
Griffin abounding aerial academy at Copperas Cove, area he starred both on the amphitheatre and on the track. He absitively to appear Baylor University, which additionally boasted a top clue and acreage program.
Griffin was majestic in his time in Waco, activity on to win the 2011 Heisman Trophy.
He was called by the Redskins with the additional aces in the 2012 draft.
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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler grew up in Indiana, but he abiding for the Chicago Bears as a boy. He played aerial academy football at Heritage Hills.
From there, he abounding academy at Vanderbilt University and was called the SEC Abhorrent Amateur of the Year in 2005.
He was called with the 11th aces of the 2006 abstract by the Denver Broncos, who afterwards traded him to the Bears.
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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was built-in in Tampa, but his ancestors confused to Texas, area he abounding Highland Park Aerial School, assertive the competition.
Stafford abounding academy at the University of Georgia, area he started and starred for three seasons, arena able-bodied abundant to be called by the Lions with the aboriginal all-embracing aces of the 2009 draft.
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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was built-in and aloft in California (with a few years spent in Oregon as well) and grew up a 49ers fan. He abounding Pleasant Valley Aerial School.
Despite his blatant aerial academy numbers, Rodgers didn’t accept abundant absorption from Division I schools and played his apprentice year at Butte Association Academy in California. Afterwards one division of dominance, he transferred to the University of California, Berkley.
Rodgers played two seasons at California afore entering the NFL draft, area his now-infamous bead to 24th all-embracing occurred afore he was called by the Packers.
Since then, Rodgers has won a alliance MVP (2011), a Super Basin appellation and Super Basin MVP (2010), and he afresh active the bigger big-money arrangement in NFL history.
That’s appealing acceptable for a guy who had to absorb a year at a association college.
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Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder grew up in Texas and abounding aerial academy at Colleyville Heritage.
He chose to comedy academy brawl at Florida State, area he started for three seasons. His comedy there bent the eye of the Vikings, who called Ponder with the 12th all-embracing aces in the 2011 draft.
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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan grew up in Pennsylvania and abounding William Penn Charter School, area he excelled at football, baseball and basketball.
He absitively to comedy football and accustomed an action from Boston College.
Ryan led the Eagles to a No. 2 all-embracing baronial in 2007 and entered the NFL abstract afterwards his inferior season.
He was called by the Falcons with the third all-embracing aces of the 2008 abstract and has guided the aggregation to the postseason in four of his aboriginal bristles seasons.
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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton abounding aerial academy at Westlake in Atlanta, Georgia, and played able-bodied abundant to accept a scholarship action from the University of Florida.
He started his bookish career as a Gator, abetment up Tim Tebow in 2007, afore appointment to Blinn Academy in Texas at the cessation of the 2008 campaign.
In 2009, Newton bedeviled at Blinn and chose to alteration to Auburn for the 2010 season.
Newton’s 2010 division at Auburn was one for the history books, as he led the Tigers to an best record, the civic championship and won the Heisman Trophy in the process.
All of those accolades were abundant for the Panthers to baddest Newton with the aboriginal all-embracing aces of the 2011 draft.
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees grew up in Texas and abounding Westlake Aerial Academy afore chief to comedy bookish football at Purdue University. He was a Heisman finalist in both 1999 and 2000 and set abundant B1G casual annal in the process.
Brees was called by the Chargers in the additional annular of the 2001 abstract with one of the picks they acquired in their barter with Atlanta that netted the Falcons Michael Vick.
He active with the Saints as a chargeless abettor in 2006 and led them to celebration in Super Basin XLIV, area he was called the game’s MVP.
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Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman abounding aerial academy at Grandview in Missouri and committed to comedy academy football at Kansas State.
He was bang for the Wildcats, starting for the bigger allotment of three seasons.
Freeman was called by the Buccaneers with the 17th all-embracing aces of the 2009 draft.
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Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is a California kid. He abounding Santa Margarita Aerial School, area he played able-bodied abundant to t the eye of USC and its arch coach, Pete Carroll.
Palmer won the Heisman Trophy in his time at Troy and was the aboriginal all-embracing aces of the 2003 draft, called by the Cincinnati Bengals.
He was dealt to the Raiders in the average of the 2011 division and was traded to the Cardinals beforehand this offseason.
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Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was built-in and aloft in Oklahoma, and he abounding Putnam City North Aerial School.
He absitively to comedy academy football at the University of Oklahoma, area started for the majority of his three seasons in Norman. He additionally won the Heisman Trophy as a sopre.
After abasing his accept during the 2009 season, Bradford absitively to abandon his chief attack and access the NFL draft. He was the aboriginal all-embracing aces in the 2010 draft, called by the Rams.
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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was built-in in Milwaukee but was accustomed up for acceptance to a ancestors in California. There, he abounding John H. Pittman Aerial School.
Kaepernick chose to comedy academy football at the University of Nevada, area he served as the apache in drillmaster Chris Ault’s pistol offense. He aggregate blatant numbers during his time with the Wolfpack, acceptable abundant that he was called in the additional annular of the 2011 abstract by the 49ers.
Kaepernick replaced Alex Smith as the 49ers amateur during the 2012 division and led San Francisco to aural a few yards of acceptable Super Basin XLVII.
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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and abounding Bookish School, area he starred in both baseball and football.
He absitively to appear North Carolina State, area he connected to comedy both sports.
With Wilson borderline of whether to accompany a career in football or baseball (he had been drafted by the Colorado Rockies), he was accepted his absolution from NC State and absitively to appear the University of Wisconsin, area he concentrated on football.
Wilson was majestic for the Badgers, allowance them win the B1G appellation in 2011.
He was the third-round aces of the Seahawks in 2012 and started all 16 amateur as a rookie, about arch the Seahawks all the way to the NFC appellation game.
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