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Seneca Wallace

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Seneca Wallace in 2012
No. -- Free agent
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-08-06) August 6, 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth: Sacramento, California
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Career information
High school: Rancho Cordova (CA) Cordova
College: Iowa State
NFL draft: 2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 110
Career history
*Offseason, preseason, and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
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TD−INT: 31−19
Passing Yards: 4,947
Passer Rating: 80.8
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Seneca Sinclair Wallace (born August 6, 1980) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Iowa State.

Early years

Wallace attended Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, California, and was a letterman in football and basketball. In basketball, he won All-Sierra Conference honors and All-Sacramento honorable mention honors.

College career

Wallace attended Sacramento City College in order to stay close to home at his mother's request. He transferred to Iowa State University for his junior and senior year.

Wallace received widespread notice in 2002 while with the Iowa State Cyclones in a play known affectionately to some as "The Run," in which he traversed back to the 32 yard line before running it in for a 12-yard touchdown versus Texas Tech. While quarterbacking the Iowa State Cyclones in 2001 and 2002, he threw 26 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.

Professional career

2003 NFL Combine

<td colspan="20" align="center">All values from NFL Combine</td>
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 196 lb 4.50 s 1.62 s 2.67 s 4.14 s 6.98 s 34 in 10 ft 7 in N/A reps

Seattle Seahawks

He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Iowa State University. It is widely thought his draft value dropped because of his insistence that he play quarterback for the team, rather than Antwaan Randle El-type wide receiver. Intrigued by his athleticism, the Seattle Seahawks gave him that chance. Wallace made his mark in the 2005 NFL Playoffs when he caught an acrobatic 28-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck in the NFC Championship game against former Seahawks cornerback Ken Lucas of the Carolina Panthers.

In 2006, Wallace started in four games as quarterback after an injury to Hasselbeck's right knee. Under his leadership, the team won two games and lost two. His passer rating was 76.2 for the 2006 season, passing just under 1000 yards, throwing 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

In 2007, Mike Holmgren began using Wallace as a wide receiver in limited formations. By week seven Wallace had caught two passes, run two end arounds, and thrown an incomplete pass on an end around option pass.

In 2008, Wallace started two pre-season games at quarterback and had good statistics against the Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders. After injuries to wide receivers that hurt the Seattle Seahawks, Wallace was moved to that position, but strained a calf in his first game.

After the injury of Matt Hasselbeck, he returned as a starter in week seven of the season at Tampa Bay, where the team lost 20-10. The next week, he led his team to a 34-13 win over San Francisco. In week 9, Wallace threw for the longest touchdown pass in Seattle Seahawks franchise history with a 90-yard completion to Koren Robinson in the Seahawks' first play from scrimmage. However, the Seahawks lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 26-7. Wallace played again in the 21-19 road loss to the Miami Dolphins in week ten. Hasselbeck was cleared by team doctors to play and was the starter again for week 11. Because of another injury to Hasselbeck, Wallace started in week 14 against the New England Patriots, where he threw 20 completions in 28 attempts for 212 yards and three touchdowns. His passer rating for the game was 128.9. He also ran for 47 yards on three carries. However, a lost fumble by Wallace late in the fourth quarter led to a 24-21 Seahawks loss. The following week, he captured his second win as a starter as the Seahawks beat the St. Louis Rams 23-20 at the Edward Jones Dome. Hasselbeck returned from injury, but Wallace remained the starter for the rest of the season. Wallace had another good performance in a victory against the New York Jets in week 16, but lost to the eventual NFC champion Arizona Cardinals in week 17.

Cleveland Browns

On March 8, 2010 Wallace was traded to the Cleveland Browns for the 7th round, 209th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. With this trade, Wallace was reunited with his former Seattle coach and then-Browns president Mike Holmgren. He made his regular season debut September 12, 2010 after starting quarterback Jake Delhomme injured his ankle during a week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He would go on to start the next four games before suffering a high ankle sprain during week 5 versus the Atlanta Falcons.[1] On March 3, 2011, Wallace signed a three-year deal with the Browns.[2] Wallace was released by the Cleveland Browns after the conclusion of the 2012 preseason.

New Orleans Saints

On April 15, 2013, the New Orleans Saints signed Wallace to a one-year deal.[3] On August 19, 2013, he was released by the Saints.[4]

San Francisco 49ers

On August 22, 2013, he signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers.[5] A week later on August 29, 2013 he asked for his release.[6] He later said that (contrary to some news reports) he was not retiring, but had decided to leave the 49ers because he felt they were not giving him a chance to make the team, and had signed him only to pressure their principal backup quarterback, Colt McCoy, to accept a pay cut.[7]

Green Bay Packers

On September 2, 2013, Wallace signed with the Green Bay Packers.[8] He first played for the Packers on November 4, 2013 after an injury to the left shoulder of Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter of the Monday night game against the Chicago Bears. His first start for the Packers was on Sunday, November 10, 2013 against the Philadelphia Eagles. During the game's opening drive, Wallace suffered a season ending groin injury and had to leave the game. He was replaced by quarterback Scott Tolzien,[9] who made his first regular season NFL appearance.[10]

Seneca Wallace was the first ever African-American to start a game as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.


  1. ^ "Seneca Wallace player profile". Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  2. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (2011-03-04). "Cleveland Browns sign Seneca Wallace to 3 year deal, D'Qwell Jackson to one-year deal". Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  3. ^ "New Orleans Saints Twitter Page". Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  4. ^ "Sean Payton announces New Orleans Saints roster moves". August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ Wesseling, Chris (August 22, 2013). "Seneca Wallace signs San Francisco 49ers contract". Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ Cam Inman, "QB Seneca Wallace ends comeback attempt with 49ers", San Jose Mercury News, August 29, 2013.
  7. ^ Tommy Birch, "Seneca Wallace happy to be with Packers after ‘miscommunication’ with 49ers", Yahoo! Sports, August 30, 2013.
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  9. ^ Pellisero, Tom. "Packers to start Scott Tolzien in Week 11 after Seneca Wallace injured". USA TODAY Sports. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ Boarman, John. "Seneca Wallace injured, Scott Tolzien in for Packers at QB". Tireball Sports Media. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 

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