Is Matt Leinart retired?

Is Matt Leinart retired?

2013 Ket Thuc Su Nghiep/Matt Leinart Matt Leinart officially retired from football in August of 2013. Leinart did not make it out of training camp with the Buffalo Bills and retired shortly after. He finished his NFL career with a record of 30-50-1 as a starter.

He joined ESPN's College Football Network in 2010 as an analyst for the network's weekly show, "Leinart Live." In addition to his work with ESPN, Leinart has appeared on various television shows including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "GMA Weekend" with George W. Bush to discuss his retirement.

After going 10-4 as a freshman at USC in 2002, Leinart was considered one of the best quarterbacks in college football. However, he suffered multiple knee injuries during his time at USC and was eventually replaced by Mark Sanchez as the Trojans' starting quarterback.

After leaving USC, Leinart went straight into the NFL draft. He was selected second overall by the Arizona Cardinals, who were looking for a replacement for the retiring Kurt Warner at the time of the pick. However, Leinart was unable to win over Cardinals fans or coaches with his play and was eventually traded to the Texans in exchange for a third-round pick.

How long did Matt Leinart play for the Cardinals?

Leinart was with the Cardinals for four seasons, mostly as a backup to veteran Kurt Warner. On August 14, his rookie season, after a lengthy negotiation that forced him the final draft pick to sign a deal, Leinart agreed to a six-year, $51 million contract.

On December 5, 2017, Leinart was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Leinart was born with strabismus (often known as "crossed eyes") in Santa Ana, California; his left eye was not properly aligned with his right.

How long was Matt Leinart in the NFL?

There are seven seasons Matthew Stephen Leinart (born May 11, 1983) is a former American football quarterback who spent seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He attended the University of Southern California and earned the Heisman Trophy his junior year.

Matt Leinart/End of Career

Why didn’t Matt Leinart make it in the NFL?

Matt Leinart's starting position was his to lose, and he did, to a quarterback the Cleveland Browns did not want. After briefly considering trade options, the Cardinals discovered that no other club wanted Leinart more than Arizona did. The Cards released Leinart because they couldn't get anything for him. He made just one start for the team before being replaced by former No. 2 overall pick John Skelton.

Leinart had some success at Texas, but came into the 2008 season as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. However, his performance fell short of expectations as he completed only 52 percent of his passes while throwing eight interceptions and rushing for another six touchdowns. The Cardinals chose not to renew his contract after the season ended.

Leinart has never played more than 14 games in a season and has been sidelined by injury three times. In 2009, he started the first four games of the season before suffering a shoulder injury that required surgery. He returned for the final game of the year but was beaten out by Kevin Kolb during training camp the next summer. Kolb won the job over Leinart again in 2010 when he started all 16 games. Leinart lost his third and last chance to prove himself in the NFL when the Cardinals picked up Skelton off the waiver wire in December 2010.

Is Matt Leinart a bust?

Matt Leinart may never play as a starting quarterback for Arizona again after being benched. And, as much as it hurts me to say it, he has to be considered one of the greatest busts of the last five years. When you look at how much money he made playing football and compare it to the success that he has had on the field, it is hard to believe that he is even involved in the NFL anymore.

Leinart was drafted first overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2006. He was expected to be the future face of the franchise and help bring a championship back to Arizona. However, things did not work out as planned for Leinart or the Cardinals. In 2007, he started nine games before suffering an injury that ended his season. In 2008, he missed most of the season with another injury. In 2009, he lost his job as the starter to John Skelton during the offseason and was eventually traded to the Houston Texans later in the year. Leinart finished his time in Arizona with three total touchdowns to four interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes.

Even though he didn't win any games in Arizona, Leinart still made over $20 million during his time there. That's more than many entire teams can say. He also hasn't played well enough to keep his job since getting rid of Skelton.

How did Matt Leinart do in the Arizona State game?

The next week, Leinart and the Trojans defeated Arizona State. Leinart hurt his knee in the second quarter and was not expected to return, but he did and ended 12-of-23 for 289 yards in a 37-17 victory.

After the game, an injured Leinart was carted off the field with a knee injury of some sort. He stayed in the game until he got hurt and didn't seem to have any problems walking off the field under his own power. However, he missed the next week's game against Oklahoma due to the injury and was replaced by rookie quarterback Aaron Corp.

In conclusion, Leinart played through pain last year during the USC playoff run and seemed likely to do so again this year before hurting himself. He'll be back soon.

When was Matt Leinart inducted into the Hall of Fame?

On December 5, 2017, Leinart was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Leinart was born with strabismus (often known as "crossed eyes") in Santa Ana, California; his left eye was not properly aligned with his right. He played college football for the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans from 1998 to 2001 and was recognized as a first-team All-American in 2000. After graduating from USC, he entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals and went on to play nine seasons in the league, including one season with the Texas Rangers.

Leinart began his career by starting all 16 games at quarterback for the Cardinals in 2002 and leading them to a 9-7 record. The following year, he started 15 games for an 11-5 team that made the playoffs as a wild card entry. In 2004, he started 13 games for an 8-4 team that lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Leinart finished his rookie season with 2,019 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.

In 2005, Leinart led the league in passer rating (108.6) as he helped the Cardinals reach the Super Bowl for the first time in history. They fell short against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who beat them 34-31 in overtime. Leinart had three touchdown passes and no interceptions in the game.

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