The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by Arizona Cardinals in first round (10th overall) of 2006 NFL Draft, April 29, 2006…Signed first contract, Aug. 16, 2006…Placed on reserve/injured (shoulder), Oct. 9, 2007…Terminated by Cardinals, Sept. 4, 2010…Signed by Houston Texans as free agent, Sept. 7, 2010…Re-signed by Texans as unrestricted free agent, July 31, 2011…Placed on reserve/injured (shoulder), Nov. 30, 2011…Terminated by Texans, March 13, 2012…Signed by Oakland Raiders as free agent, May 2, 2012.
CAREER: Former first-round draft pick and Heisman winner, joined Raiders in May 2012…Has played in 31 NFL games with 18 starts…Career totals include 3,950 yards on 350-for-608 passing, with 15 touchdowns.
2011: Played in two games with one start, completing 10-of-13 passes for 57 yards and one touchdown – all during his Game 11 start…(11/27) at JAC: With Houston in possession of the AFC’s best record and having just lost starter Matt Schaub to a season-ending foot injury, sustained his own season-ending injury, to his throwing shoulder, in his first start in almost exactly two years; injured when Jaguars DE Jeremy Mincey drove him into the turf late in first half…Prior to injury, hit TE Joel Dreessen on a 20-yard touchdown to give Houston a 14-7 lead…Also engineered an eight-play, 67-yard TD drive in first quarter of eventual 20-13 triumph…(11/13) at TB: In reserve duty, saw first action since 2009 season; did not throw a pass…Placed on injured reserve on 11/30.
2010: In training camp with Arizona…Signed by Houston on 9/6…Inactive as the third quarterback in all 16 regular-season games.
2009: Played in eight games with one start, in addition to first postseason game, in final season with Cardinals…Completed 51-of-77 passes for 435 yards, with no TDs and three INTs…(11/29) at TEN: Made only start of season…Competed 21-of -31 passes for 220 yards…On an 80-yard fourth-quarter scoring drive, which gave Arizona a 17-13 lead, went 4-of-5 for 61 yards …Completed 20-plus yard passes to season-high five different receivers…Postseason: (1/16/10) at NO: Saw action in reserve duty in NFC Divisional game, entering for injured QB Kurt Warner…Completed 7-of-10 passes for 61 yards.
2008: Saw limited action in four regular-season games, completing 15-of-29 attempts for 264 yards, with one TD and one INT…(12/21) at NE: Saw significant playing time as a reserve…Completed 6-of-14 passes for 138 yards…Connected on a career-long 78-yard touchdown pass, to WR Larry Fitzgerald.
2007: Started first five games of the season, leading Cardinals to a 3-2 record, before sustaining a year-ending injury…Went 60-for-112, for 647 yards, with two TD and four INT…(9/10) at SF: Started season opener…Completed 14-of-28 pass attempts for 102 yards, with two interceptions – one on a desperation pass at the end of the game -- and one touchdown, a 5-yard strike to Anquan Boldin to give Arizona a 17-13 lead with less than seven minutes left…Set up the TD with a career-long 20-yard carry, part of his personal-best 35 rushing yards …(9/16) vs. SEA: Passed for 299 yards (23-for-37), a 30-yard TD toss to Leonard Pope, and orchestrated two fourth-quarter field goal drives to give Cardinals come-from-behind, 23-20 triumph…(9/23) at BAL: Eclipsed 3,000 yards passing…(9/30) vs. PIT: Led Cardinals on a 13-play, 82-yard touchdown drive that lasted seven minutes, giving Arizona a 21-7 lead with four minutes left in a 21-14 victory…(10/7) at STL: Completed 7-of-13 passes for 100 yards before suffering season-ending shoulder injury in the second quarter.
2006: Saw action in 12 games with 11 starts, taking over as starter in Week 5 of rookie season…(10/1) at ATL: Made NFL debut, replacing Kurt Warner…Completed 6-of-9 passes for 54 yards…(10/8) vs. KC: Made first career start, capping first two possessions with respective touchdowns of 49 and 5 yards to Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald…Completed 22-of-35 passes for 253 yards, in heartbreaking, 23-20 loss…(10/16) vs. CHI: Completed 24-of-42 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns…Became first QB in NFL history to throw two touchdown passes in the first quarter of his first two starts, hitting Bryant Johnson for 11 yards and Boldin for 26 to spring board Cards to 23-3 lead, before Bears returned two second-half fumbles for TDs and won on Devin Hester’s 83-yard punt return…(11/12) vs. DAL: Scored first rushing TD, a 3-yard run…(11/19) vs. DET: Garnered first NFL victory, a hard-fought 17-10 triumph in which his 9-yard TD run gave Cardinals 17-0 advantage early in second half…(11/26) at MIN: Established career highs with 31 completions on 51 pass attempts with one touchdown…Set a franchise rookie record with a career-high 405 yards passing, surpassing Jake Plummer’s 1997 mark, 388…(12/3) at STL: Threw 11-yard TD pass to Fitzgerald and led Cardinals to 10 fourth-quarter points in 34-20 win…(12/10) vs. SEA: Threw a pair of touchdowns, one a go-ahead score to Fitzgerald in fourth-quarter, in 27-21 win…(12/24) at SF: Completed 9-of-13 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown before sustaining season-ending shoulder injury on sack by Roderick Green late in first half.
COLLEGE: A three-time All-American and one of the most decorated quarterbacks in college football history, won the 2004 Heisman Trophy and guided USC to two AP national championships in three opportunities…Lost just twice in 39 starts, compiling highest winning percentage of any USC quarterback and second-best in NCAA history (37-2, .949)…Guided USC to consecutive national titles, in 2003-04…In four seasons, completed 807-of-1,245 passes (64.8 percent) for 10,693 yards, 99 touchdowns and only 23 interceptions…Started all 13 games as a senior in 2005, completing 283-of-431 passes for 3,815 yards and 28 TDs…In 41-38 loss to Vince Young and Texas in Rose Bowl title game, passed for 365 yards by completing 29-of-40 with one touchdown…During his junior Heisman season, led Trojans to a second straight national title, the first program to repeat since Nebraska in 1994-95, and one of just two teams in college history (Florida State, 1999) to pace the national polls from preseason through the postseason…In 2004, completed 269-of-412 passes for 3,332 yards and 33 touchdowns in 13 games…In 55-19 Orange Bowl triumph over previously undefeated and No. 2-ranked Oklahoma, completed 24-of-34 for 242 yards and five touchdowns…As a sophomore, completed 255-of-402 passes for 3,556 yards, with 28 touchdowns…Led team to a national championship…Against Michigan in Rose Bowl national-title contest, completed 23-of-34 for 327 yards and three touchdowns in 28-14 victory…Set Pac-10 single-season record by throwing 212 consecutive passes without an interception, over eight games…His 164.5 passing efficiency was the best in USC history, while his 38 touchdown passes were the second-most by any NCAA sophomore in history…Became the first USC sophomore ever to have back-to-back 300-yard passing games and the first Trojans sophomore to throw for 3,000 yards in a season…Sociology major.
PERSONAL: Attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. …Completed 192-of-309 passes for 2,870 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior…Against national champion De La Salle, completed 31-of-47 passes for 447 yards and four touchdowns…Led team to a 9-3 record in 2000…Named All-Serra League Offensive MVP as a junior…Completed 150-of-233 passes for 2,400 yards and 15 touchdowns…Led team to CIF Division I co-championship in 1999…Did not play sophomore season due to rotator cuff injury in his left, throwing shoulder.