Thursday, June 29, 2006

Brady Quinn

Brady Quinn (born October 27, 1984 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American football quarterback for the University of Notre Dame football team. Brady graduated from Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio, and is majoring in finance and political science. He is 6'4" (1.93 meters) tall and weighs in at 231 pounds (105 kilograms). Brady's football ability is helped by the fact that in addition to his athleticism, he is quite strong. He can bench press 350 pounds (160 kg), squat 475 pounds (215 kg) and also holds a Black Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Brady is described as a quiet, gentlemanly individual who would ultimately like to be an attorney. He was employed part-time by a Columbus, Ohio law office during the summer of 2005.

During the 2005 College Football season, Quinn completed 292 of 450 pass attempts for 3,919 yards and 32 touchdowns statistically making him one of the year's top performing QBs in NCAA Div. I-A college football. He finished the season 5th in total offense, 7th in pass efficiency, 7th in points responsible for, 6th in passing, 3rd in total passing yards, and 3rd in passing yards per game.[1]

Under Brady, the Irish Passing offense finished the year 4th in the nation.[1]

He is currently one of three team captains, and is on track to break nearly every Notre Dame career passing record. In his career, he has broken the Notre Dame all-time and single season team records for attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns.[2]

Although he was not invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City, Quinn finished fourth in the voting for the prestigious honor, receiving seven first-place votes. He finished behind Reggie Bush (winner), Vince Young (2nd), and Matt Leinart (3rd). As he will be the only player out of the top 10 vote getters that will be returning for the 2006 NCAA season, Quinn is the de facto front-runner for the 2006 Heisman trophy.[3][4]

Head Coach Charlie Weis is often credited for Quinn's development into one of the nation's top passers. Weis also developed NFL superstar Tom Brady.

In terms of other accomplishments, Quinn was the recipient of the Sammy Baugh trophy which is awarded to college football's top passer by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.

Brady and fellow Notre Dame standout athlete Chris Quinn (who played for the Notre Dame basketball team) went to the same highschool; however, they are not related.