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Jay Brian Schroeder (born June 28, 1961 in Milwaukeemarker, Wisconsinmarker) is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League who played for the Washington Redskins (1985-1987), Los Angeles Raiders (1988-1992), Cincinnati Bengals (1993) and Arizona Cardinals (1994).

He attended Palisades High School and was a high school football teammate of actor Forrest Whitaker.

A third round draft pick in the 1984 NFL Draft by Washington after a moderate college career at UCLAmarker, he only started one game, Schroeder was pressed into service during his rookie campaign after starting quarterback Joe Theismann suffered a career ending leg injury. Schroeder gained the starting spot on the Redskins in his second NFL season, and led them to a 12-4 record while throwing for a franchise record 4,109 passing yards and making the Pro Bowl. He managed to lead Washington all the way to the NFC title game, where his team was shut out 17-0 by the New York Giants.

The following season, Schroeder suffered a separated shoulder in the first game against the Philadelphia Eagles and was replaced by Doug Williams. Schroeder returned that season, but was continually nagged by the injury, allowing Williams to gain the starting position for the Redskins playoff run. Williams led the Redskins to a championship victory that year in Super Bowl XXII. Schroeder was traded the following season for Raiders tackle Jim Lachey, who proved to be a perennial Pro Bowl player for the Redskins.

He spent several seasons as the Raiders starting quarterback, with varying levels of success. He led the Raiders all the way to the AFC championship game as a starter in the 1990 season. However, his team was blown out by the Buffalo Bills 51-3, and Schroeder was intercepted five times during the game.

Schroeder retired in 1995 with 1,426 of 2,808 completions for 20,063 yards and 114 touchdowns, with 108 interceptions, while also rushing for 761 yards and five touchdowns.

Schroeder began his sports career in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system. He was drafted 3rd overall in the 1979 Major League Baseball Draft by the Blue Jays. He was inducted in the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

In 2007, he began coaching at Snow Canyon High Schoolmarker as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach. He now coaches for Dixie High School as the Assistant Head Coach.

He has also been working as an analyst for Sky Sports' NFL coverage since November 2007.


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