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{{Infobox NFLactive
caption=Brady Quinn at the Dillon Hall pep rally during his tenure at Notre Damemarker.
currentteam=Cleveland Browns
birthplace=Columbus, Ohio
debutteam=Cleveland Browns
highlights= * [[Sammy Baugh Trophy]] (2005) * [[Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award]] (2006) * [[Maxwell Award]] (2006) * [[Cingular All-America Player of the Year]] (2006) * [[MSNBC]] Most Valuable Player (2006) |college=[[Notre Dame Fighting Irish football|Notre Dame]] |draftyear=2007 |draftround=1 |draftpick=22 |pastteams= * [[Cleveland Browns]] (2007–present) |status=Active |statweek=11 |statseason=2009 |statlabel1=Pass attempts |statvalue1=238 |statlabel2=Pass completions |statvalue2=128 |statlabel3=Percentage |statvalue3=53.8 |statlabel4=[[Touchdown|TD]]-[[Interception (football)|INT]] |statvalue4=7-7 |statlabel5=Passing yards |statvalue5=1,375 |statlabel6=[[Passer rating|QB Rating]] |statvalue6=68.5 |nfl=QUI529720 }} '''Brayden Tyler "Brady" Quinn''' (born October 27, 1984 in [[Columbus, Ohio|Columbus]], [[Ohio]]) is the starting [[quarterback]] for the [[Cleveland Browns]] of the [[National Football League]]. Quinn was drafted by the Browns with the twenty-second overall pick of the [[2007 NFL Draft]]. ==Career== ===High school=== Quinn attended [[Coffman High School (Dublin, Ohio)|Dublin Coffman High School]] in [[Dublin, Ohio]], and ranked sixth on the [[Detroit Free Press]] "Best of the Midwest" team and was listed at number 20 on [[ESPN]]'s list of the nation's top 100 players as a preparatory student.{{cite web|url=|title=Cleveland Browns – Players – Brady Quinn|accessdate=2007-05-10}} As a high school junior in 2001 , Quinn threw for 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns to go along with 15 interceptions, posting a 9-4 record with which Coffman reached the Division I state semi-finals. As a senior in 2002 , he threw for 2,149 yards, completing 143 of 258 pass attempts, and he threw 25 touchdowns with four interceptions while rushing for 108 yards and six touchdowns. Quinn helped his team post an 8-3 record and played in the [[U.S. Army All-American Bowl]] in [[San Antonio, Texas]]. Quinn was named the [[Columbus Dispatch]] and Ohio Capital Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was an All-State choice. Quinn was named an All-Conference player in baseball as a junior and lettered three times. He was a member of [[Young Life]], the Rock Solid Club and Who's Who Among America High School Students. In the fall of 2002, then-[[University of Notre Dame|Notre Dame]] head coach [[Tyrone Willingham]] offered Quinn a scholarship, acting on a tip from fellow recruit [[Chinedum Ndukwe]]'s father.{{cite news|author=Eric Hansen|title=American dream, Part II: Ndukwe's children carry parents' goals|url=||publisher=South Bend Tribune|date=2006-07-06|accessdate=2007-05-10}} ===College=== Quinn accepted Willingham's scholarship and attended the [[University of Notre Dame]], where he shattered 36 [[Notre Dame Fighting Irish football|Fighting Irish]] records during his four seasons with the team. There were ten career records, twelve single-season records, four single-game records and ten miscellaneous records broken by Quinn throughout those four years, including the record for career pass attempts with 1,602, completions with 929, yards-per-game with 239.6, touchdown passes with 95, and the Irish's lowest interception percentage with 2.43. Quinn won 29 games as a starter at Notre Dame, tied with [[Ron Powlus]] and [[Tom Clements]] for the most in school history. On the downside, his 17 losses are the most in school history, one more than Powlus' 16 losses, and are markedly more than Clements' 5 losses. Quinn ranks in the top ten in [[NCAA]] Division I history in career pass attempts (ranked seventh), passing yards (ranked tenth) and touchdown passes (ranked ninth). For his college career, Quinn had 32 interceptions in three years. Comparing Quinn to other Notre Dame top-10 quarterbacks, that is in line with [[Steve Beuerlein]] (44 in four years), [[Terry Hanratty]] (34 in three years) and [[Joe Theismann]] (35 in three years). It contrasts with other top Notre Dame quarterbacks, such as Powlus (27 in four years), [[Rick Mirer]] (23 in four years), [[Jarious Jackson]] (21 in four years) and [[Joe Montana]] (25 in three years).Notre Dame Football - All Time Leaders, (Last viewed July 23, 2007) In [[2005 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team|2005]], under the supervision of Notre Dame's new head coach [[Charlie Weis]], formerly of the [[New England Patriots]], Quinn blossomed as a starting quarterback. He averaged 110 more passing yards per game than he had as a sophomore while nearly doubling his number of touchdown passes, throwing 32 in 2005 compared to 17 in 2004. Quinn placed fourth in the [[Heisman Trophy]] voting behind [[Reggie Bush]], [[Vince Young]] and [[Matt Leinart]].{{cite web|url=|title=2005 Heisman Trophy Candidates: The Final Ballot|accessdate=2007-05-10}} Quinn was named to the 2005 [[Associated Press|AP]] All-America Team as a third-team [[quarterback]]{{cite web|url=|title=Young, Bush headline AP All-America team|accessdate=2007-05-10}} and the 2006 All-American Team as a second-team quarterback.{{cite web|url=|title=2006 Sports Illustrated All-American Team|accessdate=2007-05-10}} Quinn received the [[Sammy Baugh Trophy]] as the nation's top passer of the 2005 season.{{cite web|url=|title=Touchdown Club Awards – Sammy Baugh Trophy Recipients|accessdate=2007-05-10}} At the end of the season, Notre Dame faced Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Quinn had 29 completions in 45 pass attempts for 286 yards in a 34-20 loss to Ohio State. Prior to the start of the [[2006 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team|2006]] college football season, Quinn was featured in a regional cover on the 2006-08-22 issue of ''[[Sports Illustrated]]'''s 2006 College Football Preview issue along with then-teammates Tom Zbikowski and Travis Thomas with the caption "Notre Dame: The Battle For No. 1." Quinn was expected to lead his Fighting Irish squad as one of the best college football quarterbacks in the country. However, the team's #2 pre-season ranking was put to the test in games against the Michigan Wolverines on 2006-09-16 in which the Irish lost 47-21 and USC Trojans on November 25, 2006 in which the Irish lost 24-44. Arguably, these were the team's two biggest games of the season, and proved to be the team's only regular-season losses.

However, despite the somewhat disappointing season for the Fighting Irish in which the team finished ranked #11, Quinn posted rather impressive numbers, finishing the season with 3,426 yards on 289 completions out of 467 attempts for a completion percentage of 61.9% and 7.34 yards-per-attempt. He threw 37 touchdowns to only 7 interceptions, and was sacked 31 times. Quinn finished the regular season with a passing efficiency rating of 146.65, which ranked him 18th in the country.

Quinn and the Fighting Irish were invited to the 2007 Sugar Bowl on January 3, 2007, where the team would face off against the LSU Tigers. However, Quinn would prove to be outmatched against the strong LSU defense, which held him to only 148 passing yards. Quinn threw only two touchdown passes, both in the first half, and the Tigers held Notre Dame scoreless through the second half of the game to defeat the Fighting Irish 41-14.

Following the 2006 season, Quinn won several awards, including the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award for the best college quarterback in the nation and the Maxwell Award for the best college football player. Quinn finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting behind Troy Smith and Darren McFadden. He was named the Cingular All-America Player of the Year and was named to the 2006 AP All-America Team as a second-team quarterback.


NFL Draft

Coming into the draft Quinn was considered to be one of the top players in the country and was invited to attend the draft in person. Before the draft started, Quinn was labeled as a "franchise quarterback in the mold of Carson Palmer." He was projected to be picked in the top ten and even could have been the number one overall pick. While some suspected the Browns would select Quinn with the third pick, he fell to the 22nd pick in the draft before being picked up by them.

Following the draft, Quinn was criticized by Joe Theismann in a radio interview, claiming that Quinn looked "unprofessional" when he was on stage following his name being called. Theismann was bothered by the appearance of Quinn's hair and the fact that he was chewing gum. Quinn responded by saying that he apologizes to "anyone, obviously, who is a Notre Dame alum, or for those fans who thought I wasn't being very business like," saying that he was there for a long time and that the last thing that he thought of after his name was called was whether he was chewing gum or straightening his tie. "I was just trying to get on stage as fast as possible and get that Browns jersey in my hand," Quinn said.

Cleveland Browns

Brady Quinn's NFL debut as a Brown

After an initial holdout, Quinn signed a five-year deal with the Browns worth a reported $20.2 million, with $7.5 million guaranteed and up to $30 million in incentives. However, his 10-day absence from training camp all but ensured he would not win the Browns' starting job during his rookie season. He was placed third on the Browns' depth chart behind Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson. However, after a dismal 35-7 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, Charlie Frye was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a sixth round draft pick, moving Quinn to second on the Brown's depth chart. On December 30, 2007, when Anderson hurt his pinky and wrist, Quinn made his official NFL debut in the Browns' final game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers. Although there was speculation that the Browns would trade Anderson to get back into the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Browns' general manager, Phil Savage, later stated that he hoped to sign Anderson, and keep both quarterbacks for the 2008 season.

After having a Pro-Bowl season and leading the Browns to a 10-6 record, Derek Anderson was named the starting quarterback for the 2008 season, leaving Quinn on the sidelines once again. However, after a 3-5 start by the team, coach Romeo Crennel chose Brady to be the starting quarterback for the Browns' game against the Denver Broncos. Though he played quite well, and helped the Browns build a two-touchdown lead into the third quarter, the Broncos rallied back to win, ruining Quinn's first official start. However, he went on to win the next game against the Buffalo Bills. Unfortunately, he also broke his finger during this victory, and though he tried to play through it during the next game against the Houston Texans, he announced on November 25 that he would have surgery, sidelining him for the rest of the 2008 season. The Browns would go on to lose their last 6 games of the season and end with a dismal 4-12 record.

Soon after the season was over, Romeo Crennel was fired as Cleveland's head coach. He was replaced by former New York Jets' coach Eric Mangini, who was unsure of who would be the Browns's starting quarterback. Thus, a competition for the starting job between Quinn and Anderson occurred throughout the offseason. Since he had only started in 3 games at that point, Quinn was still considered "unproven" in the NFL, and thus many fans rooted for him to win the job. Four days before the Browns's 2009 opener, it was announced that Quinn and Anderson were informed who was the winner of the quarterback competition. Though Mangini decided not to announce the winner to the media until Sunday, a congratulatory Twitter post from Buffalo Bills' wide receiver Terrell Owens congratulated Quinn for winning the job. His tweet proved to be correct, and on the morning of the Cleveland Browns 2009 season opener, it was officially announced to the media that Quinn had won the starting quarterback position. In the opening game against the Minnesota Vikings, he went 21-35 for 205 yards with one touchdown, one fumble, and one interception in a 34-20 loss. Brady continued to be the Browns' starter until Game 3 against the Baltimore Ravens, when he was benched at halftime in favor of Derek Anderson. The following week, Mangini decided to make Anderson the starter, putting Quinn back onto the bench. He did not see action again until Week 8, when he was brought in with three minutes to go in a 30-6 loss against the Chicago Bears. As the Browns headed into their bye week, it was not indicated who would be starting for the rest of the season. However, it was announced five days before their Week 10, Monday Night Football game against the Baltimore Ravens that Quinn was once again being awarded the starting quarterback position. Eric Mangini indicated that Quinn's continued hard work, determination, and growth, even while sitting on the bench, were major factors in his decision to give Brady the position back. Though he struggled in his first game back, as the Browns were shut out 16-0, Quinn followed it up in Week 11 with his best professional outing yet, throwing for 304 yards with 4 touchdowns against the Detroit Lions. Though the Browns lost the game 38-37, this performance was a vast improvement over the rest of his starts in 2009.

Personal life

Quinn's sister, Laura, is married to A. J. Hawk, a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers and a former All-American at Ohio Statemarker. He is a second cousin to Zachery Ty Bryan, who starred as Brad on the television show Home Improvement. Quinn graduated from Notre Dame with dual degrees in political science and finance. He is currently dating Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone.




  1. Browns sign 3, not Thomas or Quinn, Sporting News, July 22, 2007, (Last viewed July 24, 2007).
  2. Quinn, Browns haggling over escalator clauses
  3. "Browns will listen to offers for D.A." Mary Kay Cabot, The Plain Dealer, January 1, 2008
  4. Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 10, 2008,
  5. Quinn to start Thursday
  7. Freshman QB from Ohio might be ready to lead Irish, retrieved October 10, 2007.
  8. [1].

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Year Passing Rushing
2004 191 353 2586 54.1 7.33 54 17 10 25 125.87 54 -4 -0.1 22 3 0 0 0
2005 292 450 3919 64.9 8.71 80 32 7 20 158.40 70 90 1.3 16 1 0 0 0
2006 289 467 3426 61.9 7.34 55 37 7 31 146.65 82 71 0.9 60 2 0 0 0
Totals 929 1602 11762 59.9 7.34 80 95 39 89 134.40 254 182 0.7 22 6 0 0 0

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