Ryan Fitzpatrick

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Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick Bills vs Jets.jpg
Fitzpatrick with the Buffalo Bills in 2009
No. 14     Houston Texans
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-11-24) November 24, 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth: Gilbert, Arizona
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school: Gilbert (AZ) Highland
College: Harvard
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 7 / Pick: 250
Debuted in 2005 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Ivy League (2004)
  • Ivy League MVP (2004)
  • NFL Rookie Of The Week (2006)
  • AFC Offensive Player Of The Month (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Percentage 59.8
TDINT 106-93
Passing yards 16,790
QB Rating 77.5
Stats at NFL.com

Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick[1] (born November 24, 1982) nicknamed "Amish Rifle" and "Fitzmagic" is an American football quarterback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Harvard University.

Fitzpatrick has also played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, and Tennessee Titans

College career[edit]

At Harvard, Fitzpatrick had five starts during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, working as the backup for Neil Rose. In 2001, he amassed 323 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He followed that in 2002 by collecting 1,155 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for five scores and 523 yards that year.

Fitzpatrick took over the starting job in 2003 following Rose's graduation. Fitzpatrick finished his junior campaign with 1,770 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions in seven games. Additionally, he ran for 430 yards and six rushing touchdowns, leading his team to a 7-3 record.[2]

In 2004, Fitzpatrick earned Ivy League MVP honors (Asa S. Bushnell Cup), as he accumulated 1,986 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also led Harvard to a 10–0 record, thus winning the Ivy League Championship.[3] He ranked second on the team with 448 rushing yards and five scores.

For his career, Fitzpatrick connected on 384 of 641 passes (59.9 percent) for 5,234 yards, 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He collected 1,487 yards with 16 scores on 365 carries (4.1 avg.) and totaled 6,721 yards, an average of 224.0 yards per game, while seeing action in 30 contests. He ranks second on Harvard's career list for pass completions, touchdowns, yards passing and pass completion percentage, topped only by Neil Rose (5,949 yards, 41 touchdowns, 455 completions, 62.4 percent, 1998–2002). His 641 pass attempts rank fourth in school history. His 1,006 total plays for 6,721 yards in total offense broke the old school career records of 1,005 plays by Mike Giardi (1991–93) and 6,519 yards by Rose. He is the first quarterback in Harvard history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a career.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

As is the case for most incoming NFL rookies, Fitzpatrick took the Wonderlic Test. Fitzpatrick supposedly recorded a 50 on the test in nine minutes, signifying a perfect score.[4] According to a The Wall Street Journal report that appeared in the September 30, 2005, edition, Fitzpatrick scored a 48 on the exam, not a 50—still considered an exceptionally high score, but the claim that he completed the test in nine minutes is accurate. While his actual score is unknown, he has acknowledged that he left at least one question blank.[5] As the Wonderlic score is the number of correct answers to 50 questions, the best he could have scored would be a 49. To date, Fitzpatrick has the highest Wonderlic Test score ever achieved among NFL quarterbacks.

The only player to earn a verified perfect score on the Wonderlic test was also a Harvard graduate: wide receiver/punter Pat McInally, who played his entire career with the Cincinnati Bengals.[6]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in 232 lb 4.86 s 1.67 s 2.81 s 4.07 s 7.09 s 30½ in 8 ft 9 in 48
All from NFL Combine.[7]

Additionally, Fitzpatrick ran a 4.86 in the 40-yard dash, had a 295-pound bench press, 415-pound squat, and 325-pound power clean.[8] He is also known as the first Harvard graduate to start an NFL game at quarterback.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Fitzpatrick played his first NFL game on November 27, 2005. Coming into the eleventh game of the regular season in the second quarter against the Houston Texans to replace injured veteran journeyman Jamie Martin, Fitzpatrick led the Rams from a 24–3 halftime deficit to a 33–27 overtime win, throwing for 310 yards and three touchdowns, completing 63.3% of his passes and 117.4 QB rating for the game. This made Fitzpatrick one of only seven players who passed for more 300 yards in their NFL debut. The others were Otto Graham, 346 yards (1950); Ed Rubbert, 334 (a replacement player for the Washington Redskins during the 1987 strike); Mark Rypien, 303 (1988), Peyton Manning, 302 (1998), Cam Newton, 422 (2011), Robert Griffin III, 320 (2012), and Andrew Luck, 309 (2012). The win earned him the next three starts, although he was unable to come close to his debut performance. The nadir came two weeks later in a 13–27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in which he threw for 235 yards, no touchdowns, and five interceptions for a QB rating of 32.4 for the game. He was replaced by Martin after halftime the following week, after struggling in a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles in which he completed just 41.7% of his passes for a total of 69 yards.[9]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

On September 1, 2007, Fitzpatrick was traded to the Bengals for a seventh-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.[9]

A restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, Fitzpatrick signed his one-year tender offer from the Bengals on April 17. Due to an injury to starting quarterback Carson Palmer, Fitzpatrick made his first Bengals start on September 28, 2008 against the Cleveland Browns. Fitzpatrick was not only the leading passer, but also the leading rusher in the Bengals' 20–12 loss. With Carson Palmer sitting out the game on October 12, 2008, Fitzpatrick got the start against the New York Jets, and every other game that season.

During the 2008 NFL season, Fitzpatrick ranked third in rushing yards among quarterbacks, finishing behind Tyler Thigpen and David Garrard.[10]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Fitzpatrick signed with the Buffalo Bills on February 27, 2009. He made his first appearance on October 18, 2009 against the New York Jets when starter Trent Edwards went down with an injury, leading the Bills to a 16–13 overtime win, while throwing for 116 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Fitzpatrick started the following two games, resulting in a win over the Panthers and loss to the Texans.

On November 18, 2009 he was named the starting quarterback of the Buffalo Bills by interim head coach Perry Fewell who took over the coaching duties after former coach Dick Jauron was fired. He went 3–3 as a starter under Fewell, throwing seven touchdowns, six interceptions and 1060 yards. Overall, Fitzpatrick went 5–4 in games in which he had a majority of the playing time for a team that finished with a 6–10 record.

Despite the strong showing, new head coach Chan Gailey decided to go with Trent Edwards as the starter for the 2010 season, relegating Fitzpatrick to the backup role. On September 20, 2010, Fitzpatrick was named the new starting quarterback following the Bills 0–2 start.[11]

In a 49–31 comeback win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Fitzpatrick threw for 316 yards and 4 touchdowns, including 3 to Steve Johnson. This performance marked the first time in NFL history that a team had come back from 17 points down to win by 18 or more.[citation needed]

During the second week of the 2011 season, Fitzpatrick led the Bills to touchdown drives on five straight possessions in the second half to rally past the Raiders. It was the first time in league history a team had scored offensive touchdowns on five straight possessions in the second half.[12] In the 2011 season, Fitzpatrick was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September. On October 28, 2011, Fitzpatrick signed a six year, $59 million contract extension including a $10 million signing bonus with the Bills.[13] He had three 300-yard performances in the 2011 season, with a season high 369 yards vs. the Patriots. After the 2011 season, it was revealed that Fitzpatrick had broken his ribs in a game against the Washington Redskins, which was presumably a factor in his decline in play over the rest of the season. Fitzpatrick finished the 2011 season with 3,832 yards and 24 touchdowns, but threw a league-leading 23 interceptions.

Fitzpatrick returned as the Bills' starter at the beginning of the 2012 season, and was released on March 12, 2013.[14]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

On March 18, 2013, Fitzpatrick signed a two-year contract with the Tennessee Titans.[15]

Fitzpatrick replaced Jake Locker for the Titans in Week 4 due to an injury in the third quarter. Fitzpatrick completed 3 of his 8 passes for 108 yards, which included a 77 yard TD pass to Nate Washington, in a 38-13 win against the Jets.

Fitzpatrick played in 11 games and started 9 of them. He finished the season with a 3-6 record as the starting quarterback where he respectively beat division rivals, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans, in the final two games of the season.

Fitzpatrick was released on March 14, 2014 and replaced by Charlie Whitehurst.[16]

Houston Texans[edit]

On March 18, 2014, Fitzpatrick signed a two-year contract with the Houston Texans.[17] He was named the Texans' starting quarterback by new Head Coach Bill O'Brien on June 17.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team G GS Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sack YdsL Fum FumL
2005 STL 4 3 76 135 56.3 777 5.8 4 8 58.2 14 64 4.6 2 9 49 3 1
2006 STL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 CIN 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 CIN 13 12 221 372 59.4 1,905 5.1 8 9 70.0 60 304 5.1 2 38 193 11 5
2009 BUF 10 8 127 227 55.9 1,422 6.3 9 10 69.7 31 141 4.5 1 21 127 3 2
2010 BUF 13 13 255 441 57.8 3,000 6.8 23 15 81.8 40 269 6.7 0 24 145 8 5
2011 BUF 16 16 353 569 62.0 3,832 6.7 24 23 79.1 56 215 3.8 0 22 148 7 2
2012 BUF 16 16 306 505 60.6 3,400 6.7 24 16 83.3 48 197 4.1 1 30 161 8 6
2013 TEN 11 9 217 350 62.0 2,454 7.0 14 12 82.0 43 225 5.2 3 21 109 1 0
Total 75 68 1,341 2,257 59.4 14,444 6.4 106 81 77.0 254 1,188 4.7 6 144 823 40 21

Personal life[edit]

Fitzpatrick is married to Liza Barber.[19][20] In 2010, Fitzpatrick was tabbed as the fifth-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ryan Fitzpatrick Pro-Football-Reference Profile". rbref.com. 
  2. ^ 2003 Harvard Football Stats. Totalfootballstats. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  3. ^ Harvard Completes Undefeated Season. Harvard Magazine. Retrieved 2013-03-15
  4. ^ http://legendsrevealed.com/sports/2013/02/20/did-ryan-fitzpatrick-really-score-a-perfect-50-on-his-wonderlic-test/
  5. ^ "The Harvard Crimson :: Sports :: Embracing Brains and Brawn". Thecrimson.com. 2005-03-03. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Who knows if this Longhorn is short on IQ". Usatoday.Com. 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  7. ^ "Ryan Fitzpatrick, Pro Scout Draft.com". Nfldraftscout.com. 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  8. ^ Ryan Fitzpatrick Combine Results. NFL Combine Results. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  9. ^ a b Ryan Fitzpatrick Career Game Log. ProFootballReference. Retrieved 2013-03-15
  10. ^ QB Rushing Stats 2008. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-03-15
  11. ^ "Bills bench Trent Edwards, will start Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB". USA Today. September 20, 2010. 
  12. ^ Brandt, Gil (2011-09-21). Odysseys. Nfl.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-17.
  13. ^ Fitzpatrick agrees to new six-year, $59M contract with Bills. Tsn.ca (2011-10-28). Retrieved on 2012-12-17.
  14. ^ Wawrow, John (2013-03-12). "Bills open free agency by cutting QB Fitzpatrick". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  15. ^ Ryan Fitzpatrick signs with Tennessee. ESPN.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  16. ^ Ryan Fitzpatrick released by Tennessee Titans. NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  17. ^ David Smith, Michael. "Texans sign Ryan Fitzpatrick". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  18. ^ Sessler, Marc (June 17, 2014). "Ryan Fitzpatrick named Houston Texans' starting QB". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  19. ^ "Fitzpatrick readies for 2nd season with Rams". Azcentral.com. 2006-08-02. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  20. ^ Hobson, Geoff. "News – Brains and brawn – Cincinnati Bengals". Bengals.com. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  21. ^ Sporting News (2010-09-27). "SN names the 20 smartest athletes in sports". SportingNews.com. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 

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