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Matt Leinart

Matt Leinart
Matt Leinart with his Heisman trophy in winter 2005.
CaptionMatt Leinart with his Heisman trophy in winter 2005.
CurrentteamHouston Texans
Currentnumber11
CurrentpositionQuarterback
Birth DateMay 11, 1983(age 33)
Birth PlaceSanta Ana, California
Heightft6
Heightin5
Weight232
Debutyear2006
DebutteamArizona Cardinals
Highlights * 2× Archie Griffin Award Winner (2003, 2004) * Heisman Trophy Winner (2004) * Manning Award Winner (2004) * Johnny Unitas Award Winner (2004) * 2× NCAA QB of the Year (2004, 2005) * AP National Champion (2003, 2004) * Walter Camp Award Winner (2005)
CollegeSouthern California
Draftyear2006
Draftround1
Draftpick10
Pastteams * Arizona Cardinals (2006 2009) * Houston Texans (2010 present)
Statweek17
Statseason2010
Statlabel1Pass attempts
Statvalue1595
Statlabel2Pass completions
Statvalue2340
Statlabel3Percentage
Statvalue357.1
Statlabel4TD-INT
Statvalue414-20
Statlabel5Passing yards
Statvalue53,893
Statlabel6QB Rating
Statvalue670.8
NflLEI453701

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Matthew Stephen Leinart (born May 11, 1983), is an American professional football quarterback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. Leinart previously played for four seasons (2006 2009) with the Arizona Cardinals, largely in a backup role to the now-retired Kurt Warner, before being released on September 4, 2010.

Leinart played collegially at the University of Southern California. In 2004, he led the Trojans to the BCS national championship and was named that year's winner of the Heisman Trophy as well as the winner of the inaugural Manning Award, which is awarded to the country's top quarterback. The championship was vacated by the BCS on June 6, 2011.

The left-handed passing Leinart was selected tenth overall in the 2006 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Despite possessing what draft experts believed was a good frame for a quarterback (6'-5”, 230 pounds), they believed his lack of a strong throwing arm, such as that possessed by his predecessor, Carson Palmer (now with the Cincinnati Bengals), would be a detriment in his professional career.

After Kurt Warner's retirement, Leinart was named the presumptive starter. However, he lost the starting job in training camp to veteran Derek Anderson, who signed with the Cardinals as a free agent before the 2010 season.

After some speculation, Leinart agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Texans on September 6, 2010.


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