Clint Stoerner

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Clint Stoerner
No. 5
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-12-29) December 29, 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth: Baytown, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Arkansas
Debuted in 2000 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 2010 for the Alabama Vipers
Career history
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Clinton Jacob Stoerner (born December 29, 1977) is a Retired American football quarterback.

High school years[edit]

Stoerner attended Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas, and was an excellent student and a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, as a junior, he started as a wide receiver and as a punter. As a wide receiver, he made 50 receptions for 670 yards (13.40 yards per reception avg.) and as a punter, he was named as an All-District selection. As a senior, Stoerner started as a quarterback and was an All-District selection and an All-State Honorable Mention selection. In baseball, he was an All-District selection. Stoerner graduated in 1996.

College career[edit]

After being recruited by a number of colleges and universities, Stoerner chose to play football for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. It was there that he was mentored by Razorback and former National Football League player Joe Ferguson. Stoerner would set single game records for pass attempts (52 against Alabama in 1999), pass attempts in a season (357 in 1997), career pass attempts (1,023), career pass completions (528), passing yards in a game (387 against LSU in 1997), passing yards in a season (2,629 in 1998), touchdown passes in a season (26 in 1998), career touchdown passes (57) and consecutive passes without an interception (134). Most of Stoerner's passing records have since been eclipsed by former Razorback quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Tyler Wilson.

Stoerner is widely known for fumbling the ball in a crucial SEC game at Tennessee. The undefeated #10 Ranked Arkansas Razorbacks were leading top-ranked Tennessee 24-21 with 1:43 to play, the Razorbacks needed only to make a first down so they could run out the clock. On a second down naked bootleg play, Stoerner stumbled on the rollout after his center stepped on his foot, and dropped the ball; Tennessee's Billy Ratliff recovered. Several plays later, Travis Henry scored Tennessee's winning touchdown with 28 seconds left and preserved their national championship season with a 28-24 victory.

Arkansas shared the 1998 SEC West Division title with Mississippi State, after falling to the Bulldogs in Starkville, Mississippi on a last second field goal, one week after losing to Tennessee. Arkansas finished the season with a record of 9-3, after losing to a Tom Brady-led Michigan team in the Citrus Bowl.

Stoerner is also widely known around the state of Arkansas for his passes to Anthony Lucas. "Stoerner to Lucas" to this day is a call that is widely known and loved around the state.

Stoerner did, however, gain a measure of redemption the following year in Fayetteville. Down 24-21 late in the 4th quarter, Stoerner completed a pass over the middle to wide receiver Anthony Lucas in the end zone, Arkansas' defense held, and the Stoerner-led Razorbacks upset a Top 5 ranked Tennessee team 28-24, mimicing the score from the previous seasons game. Stoerner led Arkansas to a Cotton Bowl Classic victory over the Texas Longhorns on January 1, 2000, 27-6. It was Arkansas' first Cotton Bowl championship since the 1976 game. Arkansas finished the 1999 season with a record of 8-4.

Professional career[edit]

National Football League[edit]

Stoerner was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. He played in five NFL seasons; four with the Cowboys, where he was the starter for two games in 2001. He was on the roster for one season with the Miami Dolphins, but did not see the field. He also played two seasons in NFL Europe, for the Scottish Claymores in 2001 and the Amsterdam Admirals in 2004.

Arena Football League[edit]

After finding limited success in the NFL, Stoerner moved to the Arena Football League. He was signed by the Dallas Desperados for the 2005 season where he was their starting quarterback. He broke nearly every AFL rookie passing record and was named the league's rookie of the year. After being released by the Desperados, Stoerner signed with the Nashville Kats and split starting quarterback duties with Leon Murray. He returned to the Kats in 2007, but was released after two games. He was then signed by the Philadelphia Soul to back up Juston Wood after starting Quarterback Tony Graziani was injured with a separated shoulder four games into the season.

All American Football League[edit]

Stoerner was signed to Team Arkansas in the All American Football League. However, he was released from his contract (along with every other AAFL player) when the league postponed its debut season.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Stoerner is active in charity work in Arkansas, Texas and Tennessee focusing primarily on charities providing help to children with Down Syndrome. He also devotes time every year helping children develop their football skills at several camps including the Clint Stoerner Football Camp held every summer in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Little Rock, Arkansas. He has one brother, Hank Stoerner. Son of Ernie, retiree of ExxonMobil Baytown.

Stoerner has most recently opened an Insurance agency in Central Arkansas called the Stoerner and Havas Insurance Agency. He is an independent insurance agent, focusing his efforts on property and casualty insurance. He is a member of the Professional Insurance Agents Association (PIA).

Stoerner is also on the radio morning show of Little Rock-based Sports 93.3 The Source FM as a sports analyst. Clint specializes in college and pro football analysis.

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