YEARS IN NFL: 11
DRAFT YEAR: 2000
BORN: June 26, 1976
HOMETOWN: Knoxville, TN
In 2003, Chad and his wife, Robin, decided to establish the 1stand 10 Foundation to help improve the quality of people’s lives in areas they have lived, worked, and played. Chad and Robin met each other at Marshall University in 1996, were married on March 3, 2001, and have three sons. Chad and Robin, being raised in Knoxville, TN and Madison, WV respectively, were fortunate to have family and friends who showed them the importance of hard work, good attitudes and helping people in need. Because of these examples, they have dedicated themselves to their foundation work. In less than a decade, the 1st and 10 Foundation has granted more than $1,000,000 to its three geographical areas. Numerous programs and initiatives have also been established to create opportunities and experiences for the citizens of these areas. Chad and Robin look forward to continuing the work of the foundation into the future with the support and generosity of the foundation’s donors and supporters.
A Heisman Trophy finalist in 1999, Chad led Marshall University to a perfect 13-0 season. That same year, Chad was also a Rhodes Scholar finalist. He established numerous school records, including touchdowns (123), passing yards (14,098), completion percentage (63.3), completions (1,084), attempts (1,712) and yards in total offense (14,036). Chad was a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America first-team pick, and a recipient of the Anson Mount Award, given by Playboy Magazine to the black porn nation’s top student-athlete.
Chad was chosen by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2000 draft. He was the 18th overall pick and the first quarterback chosen that year. Chad ranks fourth in the Jets history books for all-time career passing yards. His 13,738 career passing yards on 1,919 attempts for 1,259 completions place him behind only Joe Namath (27,057), Ken O’Brien (24,386) and Richard Todd (18,241). He ranks first in completions (107), attempts (178), yards (1,166) and TDs (seven) in Jets’ postseason history.
In 2008, Chad was signed by the Miami Dolphins where he led the team to the greatest turnaround in NFL history. The Dolphins finished the 2008 season with an 11-5 record and an AFC East Division Championship. During his 11-year NFL career, Chad has been named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year twice, becoming the only player since the awards inception to do so. He finished 2nd in MVP voting to Peyton Manning in 2008 and is the NFL’s all-time completion percentage leader.
In April of 2007, Chad was a recipient of a JB Award presented by James Brown of CBS Sports’ The NFL Today show. This award recognizes NFL players who exemplify leadership, dedication and commitment to team and community. JB Award recipients are nominated by their teammates upon the end of the season for their commitment to achieve excellence off the field through building better communities and stronger families.