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|Date of birth:February 14, 1979|
|Place of birth: Ruston, Louisiana|
|NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32|
|Debuted in 2002 for the Washington Redskins|
|Last played in 2008 for the Denver Broncos|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2010
Patrick Allen Ramsey (born February 14, 1979) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins 32nd overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tulane.
Ramsey was born in Ruston, Louisiana and attended Ruston High School, where he was a two-year starter quarterback, and was also state champion in the javelin throw. His best friend was the son of Bert Jones, a Ruston native who had gone on to a distinguished career as an NFL quarterback, and the elder Jones became Ramsey's mentor.
Ramsey attended Tulane University and had an outstanding collegiate career as a "scholar athlete", being named five times to the Conference USA Commissioner's honor roll, and was the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete of the Year, in 2001.
During Ramsey's 1999 season, he set 20 Tulane passing records, including single season records for passing yards, attempts, and completions. In that season he threw for 25 touchdowns, the second-most ever for a Tulane player. However, he was also prone to questionable decisions, throwing 24 interceptions. In 2000, he led the third-best passing offense in the nation. He also made the All-Conference USA second-team, leading the conference in most meaningful passing statistics. In his senior season in 2001 he started 11 games and threw for 22 touchdowns. He set a school record, having at least one touchdown pass in 31 consecutive games. Upon graduating, he had the top five passing games in school history. His career totals at Tulane were surpassed only (in various individual statistics, none overall) by Shaun King, Mike McKay, Roch Hontas, and Terrence Jones.
Ramsey was drafted 32nd overall in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, to replace Tony Banks as quarterback. However, there were early difficulties with Steve Spurrier's "fun 'n' gun" offense, and Ramsey often split games with other quarterbacks. The 2003 season, Ramsey's first full season as a starter was even more difficult. He was one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the NFL that year, which was also Spurrier's last season as head coach. In 2004, Joe Gibbs returned to coach the team after a prolonged absence; he originally traded for Mark Brunell as the starting quarterback (and then quickly signed him to a long term extension) but replaced him with Ramsey in November. A month later, Gibbs named Ramsey as the starting quarterback for the 2005 season.
In the Redskins' first game against the Chicago Bears, Ramsey suffered a minor neck injury after a clothesline hit by Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. Gibbs demoted Ramsey to the role of Brunell's back-up for the second game versus the Dallas Cowboys. It was reported that Ramsey requested a trade from the Redskins, following announcement of his demotion. This report was later claimed to be false by Ramsey and the Redskins organization.
New York Jets
In March 2006, Ramsey was traded to the New York Jets for a 6th round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. After failing to earn the starting quarterback position from incumbent Chad Pennington, he was cut after the 2006 season. He only threw a single pass for the Jets.
Ramsey signed a one-year contract with the Tennessee Titans on April 3, 2009, serving as the third quarterback on the depth chart after Kerry Collins and Vince Young. He was released on October 3 when cornerback Cary Williams was activated from the practice squad.
New Orleans Saints
Ramsey signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints on July 28, 2010; he was projected to serve as a veteran backup for the Saints' starting quarterback, Drew Brees, filling the role vacated by Mark Brunell who was not re-signed after the 2009 season. On September 3, Ramsey was released as part of final cuts before the start of the 2010 NFL season, with Chase Daniel having won the backup spot.
Due to the Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback injury problems in early 2010, Ramsey was brought on as a potential temporary backup for the team. He was released from the team shortly after on October 29, 2010.
Ramsey married his wife, Virginia, on April 13, 2002, the week before the 2002 NFL Draft. The couple have two daughters, Virginia Ellen and Jane. He and his wife had their third child in the fall of 2011.[needs update]
- Patrick Ramsey player bio page at Tulane Green Wave football website (accessed December 15, 2010).
- Jason La Canfora, "Ramsey Picked Up Ex-Colt's Signals: Quarterback Has Mentor, Friend in Jones", Washington Post, December 12, 2004.
- http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/8838560[dead link]
- Titans Sign QB Ramsey ABC News via Associated Press, April 3, 2009
- Gregg Rosenthal, "Titans release Patrick Ramsey", Profootballtalk.com, October 3, 2009.
- "New Saints QB and tight end signed", WWL.com, July 28, 2010.
- Ben Volin, "Dolphins sign QB Patrick Ramsey, place Chad Pennington on IR", Palm Beach Post, November 15, 2010.
- http://twitter.com/#!/mortreport/status/3979437393584128 @mortreport
- "Dolphins Make Roster Move". Miami Dolphins website, November 30, 2010.
- "QB Tarvaris Jackson's season over", ESPN.com, December 16, 2010.
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