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Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez
Sanchez during the Jets' 2009 preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
NameMark Sanchez
CaptionSanchez during the Jets' 2009 preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
CurrentteamNew York Jets
Birth DateNovember 11, 1986(age 29)
Birth PlaceLong Beach, California
DebutteamNew York Jets
HighschoolMission Viejo
CollegeSouthern California
Pastteams *New York Jets (2009 present)
Highlights *Tied for most postseason road victories by an NFL quarterback (4) *Sporting News All-Rookie Team selection *3× Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week Winner *Other accomplishments
Statlabel1Pass attempts
Statlabel2Pass completions
Statlabel4TD INT
Statvalue435 37
Statlabel5Passing Yards
Statlabel6Passer rating

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Mark Travis John Sanchez (born November 11, 1986) is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft as the fifth overall selection by the Jets and the second quarterback taken overall. He played college football at the University of Southern California (USC).

Sanchez grew up in a well-disciplined and athletic family. In the eighth grade, he began to play football and began to learn the intricacies of the quarterback position, training with his father, Nick. A well-regarded prospect, Sanchez committed to Southern California following his successful high school career in which he led his team to a championship title during his final season. At USC, Sanchez was relegated as the backup quarterback during his first three years though he rose to prominence due to his brief appearances on the field in 2007 due to injuries suffered by starting quarterback John David Booty. Sanchez also became popular within the community due to his Mexican-American heritage. Named the starter in 2008, Sanchez led USC to a 12 1 record and won the Rose Bowl against Penn State for which Sanchez was awarded the Most Valuable Player award for his performance on offense.

Although many considered him too inexperienced, Sanchez announced his intention to enter the NFL Draft. He was selected by the Jets and named the starting quarterback prior to the start of the season. Despite a subpar performance, Sanchez led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game, a losing effort to the Indianapolis Colts, becoming the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to win his first playoff game and the second to win two playoff games. In his second season, Sanchez continued to develop and led the Jets to the playoffs and the team's second consecutive AFC Championship Game where they narrowly lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24 19.

With the win over the New England Patriots the week prior, Sanchez tied four other quarterbacks for the most post-season road victories by a quarterback in NFL history. In leading the Jets to two consecutive conference championships, Sanchez joined quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to reach the conference championship in their first two seasons in the league.

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