Alex Van Pelt

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Alex Van Pelt
No. 10
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-05-01) May 1, 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 8 / Pick: 216
Debuted in 1995 for the Buffalo Bills
Last played in 2003 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
 As player:
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
 As coach:
Career NFL statistics as of 2003
TD-INT 16-24
Yards 2,985
QB Rating 64.1
Stats at NFL.com

Alexander "Alex" Van Pelt (born May 1, 1970) is an American football coach and former quarterback.

Playing career[edit]

College[edit]

Van Pelt was a star college quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh. When Van Pelt left Pittsburgh, he held school passing records that he had taken from Dan Marino. His single season mark of 3,163 passing yards was broken in 2003 by Rod Rutherford.

  • 1989: 192/347 for 2,881 yards with 17 TD vs 12 INT. Ran for 4 TD.
  • 1990: 201/351 for 2,427 yards with 14 TD vs 17 INT. Ran for 2 TD.
  • 1991: 227/398 for 2,796 yards with 15 TD vs 14 INT. Ran for 1 TD.
  • 1992: 245/407 for 3,163 yards with 20 TD vs 17 INT.

Professional[edit]

Van Pelt was an eighth round draft pick of his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, but failed to make the opening game roster. After spending six months as the Kansas City Chiefs fourth-string quarterback in 1994, he spent the remainder of his career as a Buffalo Bill. Van Pelt was a career backup in the National Football League, where he had career totals of 16 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 477 pass attempts.

Van Pelt's first NFL win as a starter would come on November 2, 1997, against Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins. In 2001, he started 8 games, going 2-6, and playing well enough to justify a contract extension that would allow the Bills to release failed Doug Flutie successor Rob Johnson. Van Pelt would never start a game after 2001 due to a Bills trade with the New England Patriots for Drew Bledsoe, who became the full-time starting quarterback. Van Pelt remained with the team as Bledsoe's backup for the next two seasons before retiring.

Broadcasting career[edit]

After retiring from football in 2004, Van Pelt was John Murphy's partner on Bills Radio Network broadcasts. He did color commentary for the radio broadcast of all Bills games until the 2005 season.

Coaching career[edit]

University at Buffalo[edit]

Van Pelt was a volunteer winter quarterbacks coach for the University at Buffalo in 2005.

Frankfurt Galaxy[edit]

Van Pelt was the quarterbacks coach for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe, the NFL's developmental league, in 2005, where he was responsible for all offensive play calling.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On February 13, 2006, Van Pelt was hired to Dick Jauron's coaching staff as Offensive Quality Control Coach for the Buffalo Bills. On January 16, 2008 the Bills promoted him from offensive quality control coach to quarterbacks coach. On September 4, 2009, the Bills promoted Van Pelt to offensive coordinator after Turk Schonert was fired.

On January 4, 2010, Van Pelt, along with the rest of the Bills coaching staff, was fired following a disappointing 6-10 2010 season. [1]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Van Pelt was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the quarterbacks coach on February 1, 2010.[2] When Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris was fired on January 2, 2012, the whole staff was let go as well.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Van Pelt was hired by the Packers as the Running Backs Coach on February 13, 2012. On February 7, 2014 Van Pelt was promoted to Quarterbacks Coach.[3]

Personal[edit]

Van Pelt lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin with his wife Brooke and their three children. [4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/01/04/bills-fire-entire-coaching-staff/
  2. ^ Clayton, John (February 1, 2010). "Source: Bucs hire Van Pelt to coach QBs". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  3. ^ Demovsky, Rob. "Ron Zook joins Pack's coaching staff". ESPN. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Packers official bio". Green Bay Packers. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Darnell Dickerson
Pitt starting quarterback
1989–1992
Succeeded by
John Ryan
Preceded by
Turk Schonert
Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator
2009
Succeeded by
Curtis Modkins