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Jack Trudeau

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Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-09-09) September 9, 1962 (age 53)
Place of birth: Forest Lake, Minnesota
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Career information
College: Illinois
NFL draft: 1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Career history
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TDs-INT: 42-69
Yards: 10,243
QB Rating: 63.3
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Jack Francis Trudeau (born September 9, 1962) is a former professional American football player and morning show co-host on Fox Sports Radio. He was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft. A quarterback from the University of Illinois, Trudeau played ten NFL seasons from 1986 to 1995.

Early life

Trudeau was born in Forest Lake, Minnesota. He graduated from Granada High School in Livermore, California.


Trudeau was the starting quarterback of the Illinois Fighting Illini football team his sophomore through senior years. As a sophomore, he helped the Illini become the first and only Big Ten team to beat all nine conference opponents in a single season. The Illini went to the 1984 Rose Bowl where they lost to UCLA, 45-9. Trudeau earned All-Big Ten honors in 1984 and 1985. He set Illinois school records in pass attempts (1151), completions (737), yards (8146) and touchdowns (51). He also set an NCAA record with 215 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. In 1984, he finished runner-up to Doug Flutie for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the top college quarterback in the nation.

NFL career

During his rookie season, Trudeau started eleven games - all Colts' losses. After splitting time with Gary Hogeboom and Blair Kiel in 1987, Trudeau led the Colts to three wins in their final four games and the franchise's first playoff appearance since moving to Indianapolis in 1984. He started the Colts' 38-21 Wild Card Round loss in Cleveland, throwing two touchdown passes in the defeat. In 1988, he played in just two games as Chris Chandler supplanted him under center. Trudeau had his best season as a pro in 1989, starting twelve games and throwing for career-highs in yards (2,317) and touchdowns (15) en route to being named the Colts' Offensive MVP. However, in the 1990 NFL Draft, the Colts traded with Atlanta to select Indianapolis native Jeff George with the first overall pick, and George began that next season as the starter. Trudeau only made fourteen more starts over the next four seasons for the Colts, and was mostly a backup. Despite some modest success, the fans of Indianapolis never really bonded with Trudeau.

During the 1994 season, Trudeau signed with the New York Jets to back up Boomer Esiason. When Esiason went down with an injury early in the season, Trudeau started two games, including on against the Colts - his former team. Trudeau was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft to become the third-string quarterback behind Frank Reich and Kerry Collins in the team's inaugural season. After appearing in just one game with Carolina, Trudeau retired following the 1995 season.

Trudeau finished his ten-year NFL career with 10,243 passing yards, 42 touchdowns, 62 interceptions, and a 63.3 passer rating in 67 games.


He is married to wife (Lisa), with a daughter (Danielle) and three sons (John, Beau, and Trey). His brother, Kevin Trudeau, was drafted at age 18 as a pitcher for the New York Yankees organization. Also, after retirement from football, Jack invested to be a co-owner of Wolf Run Golf Club in Indiana. .[1] He now is a weekly guest on The Bob and Tom Show, broadcast out of Indianapolis, discussing happenings in the NFL, primarily in regards to the Indianapolis Colts.

Graduation incident 2007

On June 2, 2007, Trudeau was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor when he hosted a Park Tudor high school graduation party for his daughter, who was not arrested, but was breathalyzed along with her three younger brothers (none of whom tested positive for any alcohol). Depositions further prove that some of the graduating students brought concealed alcohol into the party.[2] On August 10, 2007, Trudeau was offered a plea agreement,[3] in which he was to accept responsibility for the party. On December 14, 2007, Trudeau and his wife accepted an agreement where they will each have to pay a $2,500 fine. However, neither of them had to plead guilty to their charges.[4]

Radio career

Trudeau went on to host a local sports talk morning show with Zakk Tyler on WNDE in Indianapolis, and in 2011, the show (called Zakk and Jack) was picked up for national syndication by Fox Sports Radio, replacing Stephen A. Smith's program.[5] The show was then cancelled by FSR later that same year, as the pair were replaced by Andy Furman and former NFL defensive back Artrell Hawkins.

Trudeau was involved in a controversial exchange in August 2011 with Indiana Hoosiers football head coach Kevin Wilson who responded to Trudeau's mocking of Indiana's football team in which Wilson pointed out Trudeau's criminal history.[6]