A. J. Feeley

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A. J. Feeley
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At a game in Denver in November, 2010.
No. 14, 7, 4
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-05-16) May 16, 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth: Caldwell, Idaho
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Ontario (OR)
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 5 / Pick: 155
Debuted in 2001 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Last played in 2011 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts 762
Pass completions 425
Percentage 55.8
TD-INT 28-31
Passing yards 4,618
QB Rating 69.1
Stats at NFL.com

Adam Joshua Feeley (born May 16, 1977) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Oregon.

He was also a member of the Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, and Carolina Panthers.

Early career[edit]

Feeley played high school football at Ontario High School as a quarterback in Ontario, Oregon. In four years, he passed for 5,428 yards and 59 touchdowns.[1] In addition to football, he also played baseball and basketball.[2] He opted, however, to play college football for the Oregon Ducks.

College career[edit]

Feeley was a four-year letterman at Oregon, and saw most of his playing time in his sophomore and junior years. He was a nominee for the Davey O'Brien Award[3] as a junior, throwing for 1,951 yards and 14 touchdowns before being sidelined with an elbow injury. However, most of his senior year he was a backup to starter Joey Harrington, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions.

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Feeley was taken in the fifth round (155th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent most of his time in Philadelphia as a third-stringer, backing up Donovan McNabb and Koy Detmer. His first professional action came on January 6, 2002 when he came off the bench and rallied the Eagles to a 17-13 win in a late-season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

When McNabb and Detmer went down with injuries in the middle of the 2002 season, it fell upon the young Feeley to preserve the team's Super Bowl aspirations. The most sober hopes were that Feeley would be just good enough to allow the Eagles to slip into the playoffs. Instead, he guided the team to win in four of his five starts before McNabb took over in the playoffs.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Feeley did not see a snap in 2003, but he showcased himself enough the year before to draw suitors from around the league. He was traded to the Miami Dolphins in March 2004 in exchange for Miami's 2005 second round pick (used by Philadelphia to select wide receiver Reggie Brown), and competed for the Dolphins' starting quarterback job for 2004. Feeley was a disappointment, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns with a 61.7 quarterback rating. He and Jay Fiedler traded starts throughout the season. He finished the season with career highs in pass completions and attempts (191-for-356), yardage (1,893), touchdowns (11), and interceptions (15).

However, he did have one moment of glory in Miami. Feeley's 2-11 Dolphins upset the 12-1 Patriots on Monday Night Football. Feeley threw a game-winning touchdown to Derrius Thompson to upset the defending Super Bowl champions. The game has become known as "The Night That Courage Wore Orange" within Dolphin fan circles, owing to the unusual orange jerseys donned by Feeley and his teammates that night.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Relegated to a backup role in Miami, he was traded to the San Diego Chargers midway through the 2005 season, but did not see any action all year.

Return to Philadelphia[edit]

Feeley was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles to replace Koy Detmer on August 30, 2006 shortly after being released by the Chargers. When McNabb was lost for the season on November 18, 2006, there was speculation that the more youthful Feeley might be named as the new starting quarterback, but head coach Andy Reid went with Jeff Garcia, who led the Eagles to a late-season turnaround and division title. Feeley did play most of the Eagles' meaningless regular season finale against the Atlanta Falcons, leading the team to victory with 321 passing yards and three touchdown passes.

Feeley signed a three-year contract extension with the Eagles on February 25, 2007.

Starting in place of an injured Donovan McNabb on November 25, Feeley threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions in a 31-28 game loss to the then-undefeated New England Patriots.

On December 2, Feeley played again for the injured McNabb.[4] He threw four interceptions,[5] three of those to Lofa Tatupu in a 28-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.[5]

He was released by the Eagles on September 6, 2009.[6]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Feeley was signed by the Carolina Panthers on September 15, 2009 after starter Jake Delhomme threw four interceptions and lost one fumble in week one and backup Josh McCown was placed on injured reserve.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

On March 5, 2010, Feeley agreed to a two-year contract with the St. Louis Rams.[7][8] Although he was in competition for the starting job, #1 pick Sam Bradford won the starting job in the preseason. During the 2011 Regular Season, Feeley replaced an injured Bradford for three games and he led the Rams to a stunning upset of the New Orleans Saints on October 30. It was the first win of the season for St. Louis which entered the game with a 0-and-6 record.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Feeley married U.S. women's international soccer player Heather Mitts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.[9][10] They currently reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[citation needed] The couple have a baby boy born in early 2014.


  1. ^ "EAGLES GAME DAY FOOTBALL / THREE AND OUT WITH A. J. FEELEY", The Press of Atlantic City, 10 December 2006
  2. ^ "FEELEY READY FOR ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY", Joe Schad, The Palm Beach Post, 29 February 2004
  3. ^ "Update - In The Running", p. 25, 3 November 1999, Eugene Register-Guard
  4. ^ "Rams sign journeyman QB A.J. Feeley". The Telegraph (Alton). March 6, 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Brooks, Bucky (2 December 2007). "Week 13's key players, adjustments and strategies". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (2009-09-06). "Eagles release Feeley, claim Dixon". WPVI-TV. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  7. ^ "Rams finalize deal for A.J. Feeley". nbcsports.com. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Nathan Rollins (2010-03-08). "NFL Free Agency: A.J. Feely Signs 2 YR Contract With The Rams". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  9. ^ Vega, Michael (2009-04-02). "Breaking news | National teamer Mitts excited to kick-start WPS play with Boston". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  10. ^ "A.J. Feeley and Heather Mitts - Photo Gallery". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 

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