Steve Pelluer

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Steve Pelluer
No. 16, 11
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-07-29) July 29, 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth: Yakima, Washington
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Interlake High School
College: Washington
NFL draft: 1984 – 5th round – 113th pick
Career history
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT: 29-39
Passing yards: 6,870
QB Rating: 71.6
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Steven Carl Pelluer (born July 29, 1962) is a former professional American football player who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 5th round of the 1984 NFL Draft. A 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), 209 lb (95 kg) quarterback from the University of Washington, Pelluer played in eight NFL seasons from 1984 to 1991.

Early life[edit]

Pelluer attended Interlake High School in Washington and was a letterman in football and basketball. In football, he led his team to the state quarterfinals as a junior and as a senior.

He went on to play at the University of Washington. As a sophomore in 1981, he took over the starting quarterback position, after Tim Cowan injured his thumb in the second game of the season. He finished with 110 of 234 completions, for 1,138 yards and 9 touchdowns, while leading the team to a Pacific-10 Conference title and a 28-0 win over the University of Iowa in the 1982 Rose Bowl. In 1982 even though his record was 7-1, he lost his starting job to Cowan. In 1983 he had one of the best quarterback seasons in school history, receiving All-Pac-10 and the conference's offensive player of the year honors, after completing 213 of 317 (.672 avg.) passes, for 2,212 yards and 11 touchdowns.[1]

He left as the school's second career leader in passing yards, while compiling a 26-7 record.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Pelluer was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 1984 NFL Draft. He was the third string quarterback in 1984 and 1985. In 1985, with first place in the NFC East division at stake, he was forced to enter a tight game against the New York Giants, because both starting quarterbacks, Danny White and backup Gary Hogeboom had been injured. Pelluer played well in relief and led the Cowboys to a victory that clinched the NFC East Title.[2][3]

In 1986 he was the backup quarterback after Hogeboom was traded, and when White suffered a season-ending injury in week 9, he became the starter for the remainder of the season, showing a strong arm and great mobility. Playing against the Seattle Seahawks, he set the franchise record for consecutive passes completed (14) without an incompletion.

In 1987 he was White's backup, but took the starting job in week 10. In 1988 at a low point in franchise history, he started 14 of the 16 games, passing for 3,139 yards and 17 touchdowns, but the team finished just 3-13 (3-11 in his starts). That year against the Chicago Bears, while sliding feet first, he received a highlight-reel hit by linebacker Mike Singletary, that forced him to leave the game with a concussion.[4] He was the last quarterback to start and win a game for a Tom Landry-coached team.

The next year he asked to be traded, after Jimmy Johnson was hired as the new head coach and the team drafted two rookie quarterbacks (Troy Aikman and Steve Walsh).[5]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

In 1989, the Kansas City Chiefs sent a third round draft choice in 1990 and a fourth round draft choice in 1991 to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for Pelluer. He was a member of the team for two years and started only three games.

Denver Broncos[edit]

In 1992, he was signed in Plan B free agency by the Denver Broncos and was released before the season started.[6]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)[edit]

He was out of football for three years, until signing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 1995.[7] He was lost for the season after dislocating his shoulder in the second game against the Birmingham Barracudas.

Frankfurt Galaxy (WLAF)[edit]

In 1996 he played with the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football, becoming one of the three top quarterbacks in the league and helping his team reach the World Bowl. He returned the next year, but was a reserve player, before deciding to retire at the end of the season.

Personal life[edit]

Starting with the 2010 season, Pelluer's nephew Cooper is a linebacker at the University of Washington.[8][9][10]