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Brandon Weeden

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Weeden in 2010 with Oklahoma State
No. 3 Dallas Cowboys
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-10-14) October 14, 1983 (age 32)
Place of birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Career information
High school: Edmond (OK) Santa Fe
College: Oklahoma State
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career Template:If empty statistics as of Week 16, 2014
TDINT: 26–28
Passing yards: 5,419
QB Rating: 72.5
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Brandon Kyle Weeden[1] (born October 14, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted as the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.[2]

He was the starting quarterback for the Oklahoma State Cowboys from 2010 to 2011. Prior, he was a professional baseball player for 3 years.

Early years

Weeden was the starting quarterback at Edmond Santa Fe High School, where he led the team to a victory in the state semifinals and was named team MVP and offensive player of the year. He finished 2nd in the state of Oklahoma in passing yards with 2,863 and accounted for 25 touchdowns. He named an all-state football and later that year was also named all-state in baseball. Weeden graduated from Edmond Santa Fe High School in 2002.

Professional baseball career

A pitcher, Weeden was drafted in the second round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees as their first selection in the draft.[3] After the 2003 season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers with Jeff Weaver and Yhency Brazobán for Kevin Brown. Following the 2005 season, he was selected in the Rule 5 draft by the Kansas City Royals. Weeden played his last season of professional baseball in 2006 with the Class-A High Desert Mavericks of the California League. Injuries and a high ERA led to Weeden quitting baseball.[4]

College football career

Weeden enrolled at Oklahoma State in 2007 and redshirted his first year. The following year, in 2008 he appeared in only one game against Missouri State.

Starting in 2009, Weeden played in three games, including one in the absence of injured Zac Robinson on Nov. 19. Alex Cate started the game, but Weeden replaced him at halftime and led the Cowboys to an 11-point comeback victory, 31-28 over Colorado in the nationally-televised Thursday night game.

In 2010 Weeden was named the starter for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. In week two Weeden suffered a severe injury to his thumb, which led to two interceptions and two fumbles in a win over Troy. Weeden said, "Hurt thumb, no thumb, whatever, it doesn't matter. I don't care if I don't have a thumb. You've got to take the snaps." He followed that performance by throwing six touchdowns the following week. He was named Big-12 Offensive Player of the Week in the victory over Tulsa.[5][6]

The win helped move Oklahoma State into the Coaches' Poll top 25 for the first time in 2010. Coach Gundy reflected on the win: "Sometimes, you have games like that. We were rolling on all cylinders." Weeden added, "We had a great week of practice....It was a whole lot of fun tonight."[7]

"Such a big deal has been made of my age. I use it to my advantage. I think it's a positive this year. I think it's a positive for my future. It's one of those deals, the way I look at it is, name one person who wouldn’t want to be in the position I am, and have the kind of path I’ve had?"

 —Brandon Weeden[8]

In his senior season, 2011, he led Oklahoma State to an 11-1 regular season, a number 3 ranking in the BCS standings, and a berth in the 2012 BCS Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. He also broke school records in total attempts, completions, yardage, and touchdowns (all which were previously held by incumbent Coach Mike Gundy). In 12 games, Weeden completed 379 of 522 passes for 4,328 yards.

In the 2012 Fiesta Bowl, the last game of his college football career, Weeden threw for 399 yards, completed 29 of 42 passes, and had 4 touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing) along with one interception in a 41-38 win against the Stanford Cardinal in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

School records

Weeden set numerous records for passing, and offensive performance at Oklahoma State University, many of which surpassed records set by his college coach, Mike Gundy, when Gundy was a player.[9]

  • Passing Yards, Season -1 (2011)
  • Total Offense, Season -2 (2011)
  • Completed Passes, Season - 408 (2011)
  • Completion Percentage, Season - 72.3 (2011)
  • Passing Yards, Single Game - 502 (2011, versus Kansas State)
  • Completions, Single Game - 47 (2011, versus Texas A&M)

Career accomplishments

  • 2010 All-Big 12 Quarterback, First Team
  • 2010 Player of the Year Award (3rd, behind teammates Kendall Hunter and Justin Blackmon)
  • 2010 Manning Award Finalist
  • 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Champion (Beat Stanford 41-38)

Professional career

2012 NFL Draft

Weeden was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft; he became the second oldest player ever taken in the first round, at 28 years old.[10]

<td colspan="20" align="center">Measurables are from NFL Combine,[11] all other values from Oklahoma State Pro Day (2012-03-09)</td>
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt<th>Arm length</th><th>Hand size</th> 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 3/4 in 221 lb<td align="center">31 34 in</td><td align="center">9 58 in</td> 4.89 s 2.85 s 1.66 s 4.45 s 7.36 s 32 in 8 ft 6 in

Cleveland Browns


File:Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy 2012.jpg
Weeden (left) and Colt McCoy during Browns training camp

The Browns gave Weeden the starting job.[12] In his first game, Weeden had a 5.1 passer rating after throwing four interceptions in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, which is the sixth lowest in a season opener by any quarterback attempting at least 15 passes since the merger in 1970.[13] However, one week later, he was much improved throwing for 2 touchdowns, completed 26 passes on 37 attempts for 322 yards, no interceptions with a passer rating of 114.9. During Week 6, Weeden celebrated his 29th birthday by completing 17 passes on 29 attempts for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns en route to his first NFL win by defeating the intrastate rival Cincinnati Bengals.[14] In the Browns victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12, Weeden's helmet collided with Joe Thomas' knee, giving him a concussion.[15] Weeden practiced three days later, and played the following week against the Oakland Raiders.[16] Weeden threw for a Browns rookie-record 3,385 yards.

2013 season

Weeden won the starting job for the 2013 season. Weeden injured his thumb in the fourth quarter of week two 14-6 loss at Baltimore. He smashed his thumb on the helmet of left guard John Greco while throwing a pass and had to leave the game for treatment and X-rays. Backup Jason Campbell played the Browns' final offensive series as they dropped to 0-2. The Browns won their first game of the season under 3rd string quarterback Brian Hoyer, with Weeden sitting with a thumb injury. The following week it was announced Weeden would again sit for Week 4, giving Hoyer another start. On September 28, Weeden admitted that he was not guaranteed to reclaim the starting quarterback position over Hoyer when he returned from injury. The next day the Browns again won under Hoyer, leaving Weeden's status on the team in question. The next day after on September 30, it was announced Weeden would again sit in favor of Hoyer. However, the Browns had still not named who their permanent starter would be going forward. On Thursday Night Football vs the Buffalo Bills, Hoyer went down during the game and was replaced by Weeden. Weeden was able to guide the Browns to their third straight victory as they won 37-24 over the Bills. The next day on October 4, it was announced that Hoyer would miss the rest of the 2013 regular season with a torn ACL. Despite the injury to Hoyer, Weeden was not guaranteed to reclaim the starting quarterback position. Later in the week, it was announced Weeden would start Week 6 for the Browns, and would remain the starter for the future if his play didn't begin to regress. In his Week 6 start, Weeden played poorly, completing 26 of 43 passes for 292 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions in a 31-17 loss to the Detroit. Despite the poor performance, head coach Rob Chudzinski stated that the Browns would stick with Weeden as the starting quarterback. Weeden put out another poor performance Week 7 vs the Green Bay Packers, completing only 17 of 42 passes for 149 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in a 31-13 loss to the Packers. On October 23, Weeden was once again benched, this time in favor of Campbell, for the Browns Week 8 matchup vs the 7-0 Kansas City Chiefs.

On March 12, 2014, the Browns released Weeden after just two seasons with the team.[17]

Dallas Cowboys

2014 season

With backup quarterback Kyle Orton threatening with a possible retirement, the Dallas Cowboys signed him to a two-year contract on March 17, 2014.[18] He was promoted to the backup quarterback position after the Cowboys waived Kyle Orton. Following a Week 8 back injury to Tony Romo, Weeden was named the starter in a 17–28 loss against the playoff bound Arizona Cardinals.[19]

Many Cowboys fans have adopted the slogan "Weeden 4 Life" as a rallying cry to show their support.


Regular season

Year Team G GS Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
Att Comp Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sack YdsL Fum FumL
2012 CLE 15 15 517 297 57.4 3385 6.5 14 17 72.6 27 111 4.1 0 28 186 6 1
2013 CLE 8 5 267 141 52.8 1731 6.5 9 9 70.3 12 44 3.7 0 27 180 6 2
2014 DAL 5 1 41 24 58.5 303 7.4 3 2 85.7 6 -1 -0.2 0 1 9 1 -
Total 23 20 784 438 55.9 5116 6.5 23 26 71.8 39 155 4.0 0 55 366 12 3

Personal life

In the summer of 2009, he married Melanie Meuser. They have a son named Cooper.[20]


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