Alex Van Pelt
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Van Pelt at Packers training camp in 2014.
|Green Bay Packers|
|Date of birth:||May 1, 1970|
|Place of birth:||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school:||San Antonio (TX) Churchill|
|NFL Draft:||1993 / Round: 8 / Pick: 216|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
Van Pelt attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a star college quarterback for the Pittsburgh Panthers football team. When Van Pelt left Pittsburgh, he held school passing records that he had taken from Dan Marino. His single season mark of 3,163 passing yards was broken in 2003 by Rod Rutherford.
- 1989: 192/347 for 2,881 yards with 17 TD vs 12 INT. Ran for 4 TD.
- 1990: 201/351 for 2,427 yards with 14 TD vs 17 INT. Ran for 2 TD.
- 1991: 227/398 for 2,796 yards with 15 TD vs 14 INT. Ran for 1 TD.
- 1992: 245/407 for 3,163 yards with 20 TD vs 17 INT.
Van Pelt was an eighth round draft pick of his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, but failed to make the opening game roster. After spending six months as the Kansas City Chiefs fourth-string quarterback in 1994, he spent the remainder of his career as a Buffalo Bill. Van Pelt was a career backup in the National Football League, where he had career totals of 16 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 477 pass attempts.
Van Pelt's first NFL win as a starter would come on November 2, 1997, against Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins. In 2001, he started 8 games, going 2-6, and playing well enough to justify a contract extension that would allow the Bills to release failed Doug Flutie successor Rob Johnson. Van Pelt would never start a game after 2001 due to a Bills trade with the New England Patriots for Drew Bledsoe, who became the full-time starting quarterback. Van Pelt remained with the team as Bledsoe's backup for the next two seasons before retiring.
University at Buffalo
On February 13, 2006, Van Pelt was hired to Dick Jauron's coaching staff as Offensive Quality Control Coach for the Buffalo Bills. On January 16, 2008 the Bills promoted him from offensive quality control coach to quarterbacks coach. On September 4, 2009, the Bills promoted Van Pelt to offensive coordinator after Turk Schonert was fired.
On January 4, 2010, Van Pelt, along with the rest of the Bills coaching staff, was fired following a disappointing 6–10 2009 season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Van Pelt was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the quarterbacks coach on February 1, 2010. When Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris was fired on January 2, 2012, the whole staff was let go as well.
Green Bay Packers
Van Pelt was hired by the Packers as the Running Backs Coach on February 13, 2012. On February 7, 2014 Van Pelt was promoted to Quarterbacks Coach.
Van Pelt lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin with his wife Brooke and their three children.
- Clayton, John (February 1, 2010). "Source: Bucs hire Van Pelt to coach QBs". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
- Demovsky, Rob. "Ron Zook joins Pack's coaching staff". ESPN. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
- "Packers official bio". Green Bay Packers. Retrieved June 10, 2014.