Team

Christian Ponder
QB #9
Height:
6-2
Weight:
230
College:
Florida State
Hometown:
Dallas, TX
Experience:
5
Passing
YearTeamGAttCompPctAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDTD%IntInt%Lng20+40+SckSckYRate
TOTAL 38 1,057 632 59.8 27.8 6,658 6.3 175.2 38 3.6 36 3.4 72 77 9 95 501 75.9
2016 SF 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 DEN 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 2 44 22 50 22 222 5 111 0 -- 2 4.5 18 0 0 6 34 45.8
2013 MIN 9 239 152 63.6 26.6 1,648 6.9 183.1 7 2.9 9 3.8 47 26 2 27 119 77.9
2012 MIN 16 483 300 62.1 30.2 2,935 6.1 183.4 18 3.7 12 2.5 65 28 3 32 184 81.2
2011 MIN 11 291 158 54.3 26.5 1,853 6.4 168.5 13 4.5 13 4.5 72 23 4 30 164 70.1
Rushing
YearTeamGAttAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDLng1st1st%20+40+FUM
TOTAL 38 126 3.3 639 5.1 16.8 7 29 38 30.2 5 0 6
2016 SF 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 DEN 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 2 4 2 16 4 8 1 8 2 50 0 0 0
2013 MIN 9 34 3.8 151 4.4 16.8 4 19T 12 35.3 0 0 3
2012 MIN 16 60 3.8 253 4.2 15.8 2 29 11 18.3 4 0 2
2011 MIN 11 28 2.5 219 7.8 19.9 0 28 13 46.4 1 0 1
Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 38 1 -15 -15 -0.4 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 SF 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 DEN 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 MIN 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 MIN 16 1 -15 -15 -0.9 -15 0 0 0 0 0
2011 MIN 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 38 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2016 SF 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 DEN 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 MIN 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012 MIN 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 MIN 11 2 2 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 38 20 11 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
2016 SF 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 DEN 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2013 MIN 9 7 4 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 1 0 0
2012 MIN 16 7 5 0 2 -- 0 -- 0 1 0 0
2011 MIN 11 6 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 0 0

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Selected by Minnesota Vikings in the first round (12th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft, April 28, 2011…Signed by Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, March 13, 2015.

Selected by Minnesota Vikings in the first round (12th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft, April 28, 2011…Signed by Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, March 13, 2015.

AT A GLANCE:

  • Fifth-year quarterback originally drafted in the first round (12th overall) by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2011 NFL Draft.
  • Appeared in 38 games with 36 starts for the Vikings from 2011-14, earning a completion percentage of 59.8 and a 75.9 career passer rating.
  • Started all 16 games in 2012, becoming the sixth quarterback in Vikings franchise history to do so.
  • Did not throw an INT in eight of his 16 games started in 2012, tied for the second most by a Vikings passer in a single season.
  • Earned National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award after earning bachelor’s degree in two-and-a-half years, and an MBA before his final year of football at Florida State.

CAREER: Experienced signal caller enters his first training camp with Oakland after four seasons with Minnesota…Started 36-of-38 games for the Vikings from 2011-14…Career totals include 6,658 passing yards on 632-of-1,057 passing (59.8 percent) with 38 TDs and 36 INTs for a passer rating of 75.9…Spent all 16 weeks on Minnesota’s active roster in 2014, making one start in place of rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater…In 2013, started just nine games due to a rib injury and a concussion…Started all 16 games for the only time in his career in 2012, helping key a seven-win turnaround from the previous year, a franchise record…Set career highs in completions (300), passing yards (2,935) and TDs (18), while also posting a personal-best passer rating of 81.2…Started 10-of-11 games as a rookie in 2011, setting then-team records for attempts (291), completions (158),  passing yards (1,853) and completion percentage (54.3) by a rookie.

2014 (with Min.): Spent all 16 weeks on the Vikings’ active roster behind rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater…Appeared in two games with one start, totaling 22 completions on 44 attempts for 222 yards and two INTs…(10/2) at GB: Made only start of the season in relief of Bridgewater, completing 50 percent of his passes for an average of 5.0 yards per attempt.

2013 (with Min.): Started just nine games due to a rib injury and a concussion…Finished the year with 152 completions out of 239 attempts (63.6 percent), 1,648 yards, seven TDs and nine INTs for a passer rating of 77.9…Ran for four TDs on 34 attempts, totaling 151 yards (4.4 avg.)…(9/8) at Det.: Started second straight season opener…Threw first TD pass of the season to RB Adrian Peterson, a 4-yard strike…(9/15) at Chi.: Tossed a 20-yard scoring strike to TE Kyle Rudolph…(9/22) vs. Cle.: Rushed for two TDs on five attempts, tied for second most rushing TDs in a game by a Vikings quarterback…Also tossed a season-high 42 pass attempts, completing 25 of them for 228 yards…(9/29) vs. Pit.: Inactive with a rib injury for the International Series game in London…(10/27) vs. GB: Returned to the starting lineup and ran for a TD…Posted an 86.4 passer rating on Sunday Night Football…(11/7) vs. Was.: Notched a win on Thursday Night Football, posting a season-best 113.1 passer rating…(11/24) at GB: Started in the Vikings’ first tie since 1978, a 26-26 deadlock with the Packers…Completed 21-of-30 passes for 233 yards.

2012 (with Min.): Helped key Vikings’ biggest turnaround in franchise history, going from 3-13 in 2011 to 10-6 and earning a Wild Card playoff berth in 2012…Started all 16 regular season games, the sixth passer in team history to achieve that mark…His 10 wins on the season is tied for the seventh best mark in team history…Since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1976, only three Vikings passers have won more games in a season than Ponder’s 10 in 2012: Randall Cunningham (13, 1998), Brett Favre (12, 2009) and Daunte Culpepper (11, 2000)…Totaled a career-high 2,935 passing yards on 300-of-483 passing (62.1 percent) with 18 TDs and 12 INTs for a rating of 81.2…Tied for second in Vikings history with eight games without an INT, trailing only Favre’s 10 games in 2009…Earned a passer rating of at least 100 points in four games, going 3-1 in those contests…(9/9) vs. Jac.: Led team to a comeback victory against the Jaguars in the season opener, completing 74.0 percent of his 27 passes for a rating of 105.5…(9/23) vs. SF: Rambled for the fourth longest TD run by a Vikings quarterback with a 23-yard scoring jaunt…(10/14) at Was.: Posted season-high 352 passing yards…(12/30) vs. GB: Posted career-best 120.2 passer rating and tied his career high with three TDs in the season finale...Postseason: (1/5/13) at GB: Inactive with an elbow injury.

2011 (with Min.): Started final 10 games of the season, matching QB Fran Tarkenton for the then-team record for starts by a rookie quarterback and tied Tarkenton’s then-team record with two wins as a rookie…Completed 158-of-291 passes (54.3 percent) for 1,853 yards with 13 TDs and 13 INTs for a 70.1 rating…Had a pair of games with a 100-plus passer rating…Set then-team records for attempts, completions, passing yards and completion percentage by a rookie…Holds single-game team records for passing attempts and passing yards by a rookie…(10/16) at Chi.: Saw first NFL action on Sunday Night Football… (10/23) vs. GB: Started first career game, setting Vikings record on first play from scrimmage with a 72-yard pass to WR Michael Jenkins, then the longest pass play by a Vikings rookie passer…(10/30) at Car.: Earned first win in his second career start, taking the team on a seven-minute drive in the fourth quarter for a game-winning FG in a 24-21 victory…(12/4) vs. Den.: Set franchise rookie record for passing yards in a game with 381 against the Broncos, breaking Tarkenton’s 51-year-old record by over 100 yards…(12/24) at Was.: Started in the win at the Redskins, but left in the third quarter with a concussion.

COLLEGE: Played four years (2007-10) at Florida State…Ended Seminoles career ranked third in school history with 22 career wins…Finished his collegiate career with 35 games played, 6,872 passing yards on 596-of-965 passing (61.8 percent) with 49 TDs and 30 INTs…Also rushed for 833 yards on 296 attempts (2.8 avg.) with 10 TDs…Left FSU ranked among the all-time school leaders in most major passing categories: second in career completion percentage; third in total offense (7,705 yards), third in completions, fourth in passing yards and fifth in passing TDs…Threw TD passes in 25 of his final 34 games…As a senior, threw for career-high 20 TDs in 12 starts…Topped 2,000 passing yards for the third straight season…Became the first FSU quarterback to lead the team to wins over Miami and Florida in the same season since Chris Weinke in 1999…Finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award…As a junior, threw for career-high 2,717 yards, with 14 TDs and just seven INTs…Finalist for Wuerffel Trophy, Maxwell Award and Manning Award as a junior…Completed 68.8 percent of his passes (227-330) with an 8.2 yards per attempt average, both personal bests…Named Florida State’s offensive MVP as a sophomore in 2008, throwing for 2,006 yards and 14 TDs in 13 starts…Ran for 423 yards in his first full season of action, becoming the first Seminoles quarterback to rush for at least 400 yards since Charlie Ward...Played in just one game as a freshman, totaling 105 yards on 8-of-18 passing with one TD and two INTs…Earned bachelor’s degree in finance in just two and a half years…Went on to earn his MBA in May 2010, playing his final season of football at FSU with two degrees in hand…Earned National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award.

PERSONAL: Attended Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas…Earned All-District V and All-Region I Class 5A honors as a senior…Threw for 20 TDs and rushed for 12 more as a senior…In his final year, threw for 318 yards and three TDs against eventual state champion and perennial power Southlake Carroll…Named inaugural Vikings Children’s Fund Rookie of the Year for his work with the foundation in 2011…Father, David Ponder, was a defensive tackle at Florida State from 1980-83 and played for the Dallas Cowboys in 1985, as well as in the Canadian Football League…Married ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder in 2012…Couple is active with MAD Ministries, an organization that benefits inner-city youth in the US and internationally.

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