Flynn at training camp with the Green Bay Packers in 2011
No. 15 Oakland Raiders
|Date of birth:June 20, 1985|
|Place of birth: Tyler, Texas|
|High school: Robert E. Lee HS|
|NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 7 / Pick: 209|
|Debuted in 2008 for the Green Bay Packers|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Matthew Clayton Flynn (born June 20, 1985) is an American football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012 and then was traded to the Raiders in 2013. He played college football at LSU.
Early life and family 
Matt Flynn was born and raised in Tyler, Texas, and is the son of Alvin and Ruth Flynn. Flynn's father, a civil attorney, was a quarterback at Baylor in the 1960s, and his mother is a former dance team choreographer. Matt has two brothers, Adam and Bill, and two sisters, Rebecca and Amanda.
High School career 
Flynn attended Robert E. Lee High School where he was coached by Mike Owens, and was teammates with Justin Warren, Brandon Pettigrew, and Ciron Black. Flynn was one of the top-rated high school quarterbacks in the state of Texas, alongside Drew Tate of Baytown, Texas. As a junior in 2001, Flynn led his team to a 5A playoff appearance but lost to the eventual state champion Mesquite High School. Flynn completed 101 of 199 passes for 1,650 yards, 13 touchdowns and 9 interceptions for the season. As a senior, he completed 124 of 206 passes for 1,679 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also displayed his ability on the ground with 305 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. Flynn displayed toughness by leading Robert E. Lee High School to a semifinal appearance in one of the toughest classifications in Texas despite playing his last four games with a broken foot. His team lost to Midland High School 24-14.
College career 
Flynn redshirted the 2003 season at LSU. In 2004, he served as third string quarterback behind starter Marcus Randall and backup JaMarcus Russell. He also doubled as LSU's holder on placekicks. Flynn played in all 12 games, but only three games as quarterback. His collegiate first completion went to Xavier Carter for a 67-yard touchdown against Mississippi State. Flynn also made a short appearance in the 2004 Capital One Bowl, completing 1 of 4 passes for 11 yards in a 25-30 losing effort against Iowa. He finished the season with 4 completions on 10 attempts for 99 yards and 1 TD.
The departure of Randall left Russell and Flynn battling for the starting QB position in the 2005 season. Russell eventually got the job, leaving Flynn as backup. He played in seven games at quarterback for the Tigers in 2005, completing 27 of 48 passes for 457 yards, 7 touchdowns and 1 interception. In a win over North Texas, Flynn threw a perfect 7-of-7 for 139 yards and 3 TDs, all in the fourth quarter. In the 2005 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs, starting quarterback Russell was injured and Flynn finished the game. He was then given the nod to start for the Tigers in the 2005 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the University of Miami Hurricanes. In that game, he led the Tigers to a 40-3 rout of Miami.
In 2006, Flynn again served as backup to Russell, appearing in seven games. He completed 12 of 20 passes for 133 yards over the season, recording 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Both TDs came in a 49-0 rout against Kentucky on October 14, 2006.
2007: BCS National Championship season 
With JaMarcus Russell's departure, Flynn finally became a starter as a fifth-year senior. He started every game that season except the SEC Championship in which he was injured.
Flynn threw a 22 yard TD pass to Demetrius Byrd to win the game against Auburn on October 20, 2007 with 1 second remaining on the clock; Colt David kicked the extra point to make the final score LSU 30-Auburn 24.
He then led the Tigers to a 4th quarter comeback against Alabama. Flynn and the Tigers then went on to beat Louisiana Tech the following weekend and climb back to the #1 spot after a loss by then-#1 Ohio State. The following week the Tigers beat Ole Miss. In his final game at Tiger Stadium, Flynn and the Tigers lost to Arkansas, seemingly losing any chance at the national title. However, LSU, without Flynn, beat Tennessee for the SEC Championship, and losses by Missouri and West Virginia vaulted LSU back into the title game in New Orleans.
Professional career 
Green Bay Packers 
Flynn was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 7th round (209th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. On July 23, he was signed to a four-year rookie contract through the 2011 season. In 2008, he won the competition for the back-up role to Aaron Rodgers, beating out fellow rookie and second-round pick Brian Brohm. The battle for the second-string position became the most intriguing battle in camp. Flynn was seen as being less talented than Brohm because of Brohm's superior size, arm and foot speed, coupled with the fact that Brohm was selected much higher in the draft compared to Flynn.
On December 19, 2010, Flynn made his first NFL start against the New England Patriots after starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not cleared medically to start. Flynn threw three touchdown passes; one each to John Kuhn, James Jones and Greg Jennings against New England, but threw an interception that was returned by Kyle Arrington for a touchdown in the second half. The game went down to the final play when Flynn, with the ball at the New England 15-yard line, lost it when he was sacked. The Packers lost the game 31-27. Flynn completed 23 of 37 passes for 254 yards in the loss.
On January 1, 2012, Matt Flynn started the final game of the season against the Detroit Lions. He threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns in the 45-41 victory, both of which set all-time Green Bay Packers records.
Seattle Seahawks 
On March 18, 2012, Flynn signed a three-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks worth $19.5 million, with $10 million guaranteed. He decided to wear the number 15, his number from college. Flynn was brought in to compete with 2011 starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and 2012 NFL Draft third round pick Russell Wilson for the starting quarterback position. When Wilson was named the starter it made Flynn and his contract expendable.
Oakland Raiders 
Personal life 
Flynn is engaged to his long-time girlfriend Lacey Minchew.
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- Flynn's attitude keys Tigers' smooth QB transition - College Football - ESPN
- An early look: Six golden nugget quarterbacks
- Ruth Flynn, Director - Tyler Junior College Apache Belles
- Flynn vying for his position, again
- Bowe's 3 TDs highlight LSU's rout of Kentucky
- Chet Hilburn, The Mystique of Tiger Stadium: 25 Greatest Games: The Ascension of LSU Football (Bloomington, Indiana: WestBow Press, 2012), p. 39
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- Matt Flynn's historic day leads Packers' backups past Lions
- Matt Flynn Contract, Salaries, and Transactions
- "Russell Wilson named starting QB by Seattle Seahawks". NFL.com. 2012-08-26. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
- Flynn throws his talents into the QB competition
- Darin Gantt (2013-04-01). "Report: Flynn-to-Raiders deal done". ProFootballTalk.com.
- Twitter / aflynnie: HUGE congrats to my brother
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