Matt D'Orazio

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Matt D'Orazio
No. 2, 10
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1976-10-01) October 1, 1976 (age 41)
Elyria, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: St. Francis DeSales
(Columbus, Ohio)
College: Otterbein
Undrafted: 2000
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena statistics
Comp. / Att.: 1,165 / 1,687
Passing yards: 12,972
TDINT: 257–26
QB rating: 123.33
Rushing TD: 41
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Matthew Louis D’Orazio (born October 1, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played in the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at Otterbein College.

D'Orazio was a member of the Roanoke Steam, Rochester Brigade, Buffalo/Columbus Destroyers, Mohegan Wolves, Chicago Rush, Philadelphia Soul and Calgary Stampeders. He was named the MVP of ArenaBowl XX. He was also named the 2008 AFL MVP, as well as the ArenaBowl XXII MVP, both in the same season.

Early years[edit]

D'Orazio attended St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, and lettered in football and basketball. In football, he was an All-State selection, and in basketball, he was an All-Conference selection. His #10 jersey was retired by the school.[1]

College career[edit]

D'Orazio originally attended Youngstown State University where he red-shirted in 1995 and played in one game in 1996. He then transferred to Otterbein College, where he then set school single-season and career records for passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense. While there, he passed for 8,770 yards and 73 touchdowns while rushing for 594 yards and five touchdowns during his career. In 2012, D'Orazio was inducted into the Otterbein Athletic Hall of Fame.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Milwaukee Mustangs[edit]

D'Orazio entered the Arena Football League in 2000, when he signed with the Milwaukee Mustangs, where he only spent one season. He was placed on recallable waivers by the Mustangs on January 25, 2001.[3]

New Jersey Gladiators[edit]

Then on March 8, 2001, he signed with the New Jersey Gladiators. He was placed on recallable waivers by the Gladiators on April 9, 2001.[4]

Roanoke Steam[edit]

In 2001, D'Orazio played for the Roanoke Steam of the AFL's minor league af2.[5]

Rochester Brigade[edit]

In 2002, D'Orazio signed with the Rochester Brigade of the af2. For the season, he went 324-of-522, for 3,372 passing yards, 51 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He also rushed for 332 yards and 20 touchdowns, an af2 alltime record.[6]

Buffalo Destroyers[edit]

In 2003, D'Orazio returned to the AFL, signing with the Buffalo Destroyers' practice squad on February 19, 2003.[7] He was released by the Destroyers on April 9, 2003.[8]

Mohegan Wolves[edit]

D'Orazio played for the Mohegan Wolves of the af2 in 2003.[9]

Columbus Destroyers[edit]

He signed with the Columbus Destroyers on November 18, 2003, and played for the team until 2005.[10]

Chicago Rush[edit]

On November 3, 2005, he signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Rush.[11][12] At the end of the 2006 season, he led the league as the top-rated passer (126.2), and the top rusher with 200 yards and 10 touchdowns. In ArenaBowl XX, he threw for 250 yards and six touchdowns, as well as rushing for two. He was named Offensive Player of the Game and game MVP for his performance. In the off-season following the 2007 season, D'Orazio was released by the Rush on November 7, 2007.[11] The team did not want to wait until January to make a call on whether to keep him following his 2007 back injury during the playoffs.[13] He was replaced by former Arizona Rattlers quarterback Sherdrick Bonner.

Philadelphia Soul[edit]

In 2008, D'Orazio later signed with the Philadelphia Soul as a backup to Tony Graziani. He became the starting quarterback when Graziani was injured and was out for the season. D'Orazio was voted the AFL MVP for the season while leading Philadelphia to ArenaBowl XXII, where they defeated the San Jose SaberCats 59-56, and was named MVP of the game, as well. Along with George LaFrance, he is one of only two players to be named MVP of the ArenaBowl while playing for two different teams.[14]

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

On February 13, 2009, the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League signed D'Orazio. He was released on June 25, 2009.[15]

AFL statistics[edit]

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds TD
2000 Milwaukee 1 2 50.0 40 0 1 56.25 0 0 0
2005 Columbus 205 324 63.3 2,246 40 6 106.84 50 178 8
2006 Chicago 305 434 70.3 3,552 63 5 126.24 56 200 10
2007 Chicago 353 511 69.1 3,803 82 10 122.09 61 127 12
2008 Philadelphia 301 416 72.4 3,331 72 4 131.32 56 224 11
Career 1,165 1,687 69.1 12,972 257 26 123.33 223 729 41

Stats from ArenaFan:[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matt D'Orazio". pouringpurple.com. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ Otterbein University. "Otterbein University - Hall of Fame". Retrieved on May 10, 2013.
  3. ^ "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Stallions fall to Roanoke". chronicle.augusta.com. June 30, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ "af2 week 13: Quick Hitters". arenafan.com. June 19, 2008. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  8. ^ "AFL VETERAN PULERI SIGNS WITH BUFFALO". oursportscentral.com. April 9, 2003. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Wilkes-Barre vs. Mohegan". usatoday30.usatoday.com. July 18, 2003. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Baseball AMERICAN LEAGUE Cleveland: Moved Joel..." articles.chicagotribune.com. November 4, 2005. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  13. ^ McCarthy, Jack. "D'Orazio didn't plan on leading Soul to ArenaBowl XXII". ESPN.com, July 22, 2008. Retrieved on May 10, 2013.
  14. ^ ArenaFootball.com. "ArenaBowl". Retrieved on May 10, 2013.
  15. ^ CFL.ca. "Across the CFL: Cut Down Day 2009". June 25, 2009. Retrieved on May 10, 2013.
  16. ^ "Matt D'Orazio". arenafan.com. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 

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