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|Date of birth:March 3, 1984|
|Place of birth: Delray Beach, Florida|
|College: Bowling Green|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 5 / Pick: 164|
|Debuted in 2008 for the Florence Phantoms|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Career Arena football statistics
|Stats at ArenaFootball.com|
Omar T. Jacobs (born March 3, 1984 in Delray Beach, Florida) is an American football quarterback, who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Bowling Green State University.
Jacobs graduated from Atlantic Community High School, Delray Beach, Florida. His senior year (2002), he led his team to Florida's state semifinals, throwing for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in a loss. He was also awarded Palm Beach County player of the year honors and 2nd team All-State honors.
In 2004, his sophomore season, Jacobs set the record for the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in NCAA Division I-A history (10.25:1). In 2005, Jacobs was expected to contend for the Heisman Trophy, awarded to the year's best college football player, but an injury to his non-throwing shoulder considerably reduced his productivity.
Jacobs skipped his senior season at Bowling Green to enter the NFL draft. Jacobs left Bowling Green State University as the school's all-time leader in touchdown passes (71) and third in career passing yards (6,938).
- 2003: 19/28 for 345 yards with 4 TD vs 0 INT. 18 carries for 89 yards and 2 TD.
- 2004: 309/462 for 4,002 yards with 41 TD vs 4 INT. 95 carries for 300 yards and 4 TD.
- 2005: 195/321 for 2,591 yards with 25 TD vs 7 INT. 40 carries for 62 yards and 1 TD.
Awards and honors
- CNNSI.com honorable mention All-American
- MVP of the 2004 GMAC Bowl
- First-team All-MAC
- MAC Offensive Player of the Year
- Led the nation in touchdown passes with a MAC-record 41
- Led the nation in points responsible for per game (22.5)--his 45 touchdowns responsible for also was a MAC record
- Second nationally in total yards per game (358.5)--his 4,002 yards passing was the second highest total in the country
- Third nationally in passing efficiency (165.47)
- 41 touchdowns to four interceptions thrown was the best ratio in NCAA I-A history
- Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist
- Two-time MAC East Offensive Player of the Week
- Second-team preseason All-American choice by The Sporting News
- Preseason candidate for the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award
He was selected in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, with the 164th overall pick, by the Pittsburgh Steelers. At the end of the preseason, he was sent to the practice squad. Jacobs was released from the practice squad and cut from the team following training camp.
On November 21, 2006, he was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad and cut on January 3, 2007.
Kansas City Chiefs
On February 12, 2007, he was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs and allocated to NFL Europe where he was to play for the Berlin Thunder. However, prior to the start of the season, Jacobs was injured and spent the entire preseason on injured reserve. He was cut by the Chiefs on September 2.
Before the Florence Phantoms 2008 season, Jacobs was signed to the roster where he would be the starting quarterback. Jacobs completed 208-362 passes for over 3,000 yards with 56 touchdowns and 12 interceptions to lead the Phantoms to their first ever AIFA Championship Bowl win. He also won the AIFA Championship Bowl II MVP Award, and the AIFA League MVP Award. Jacobs had planned to move to the Arena Football League to play for the Tampa Bay Storm for the 2009 season, but when the AFL was canceled, he returned to Florence.
San Jose Wolves
On Dec. 3, 2009, Jacobs was signed by the San Jose Wolves of the AIFA.
In 2010, Jacobs signed with the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League. He didn't see any playing time in 2010, and in 2011, he spent the season as the backup to Aaron Garcia. He would return in 2012 to compete with Chris Leak for the starting quarterback spot.