Jay Christopher Cutler was born in Columbus, Georgia on April 29, 1983. A quarterback for the Chicago Bears, who were also his boyhood team, he previously spent the first three seasons of his NFL career with the Denver Broncos.
Having spent most of his childhood in Indiana, Cutler went to Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, where he spent three years as the football team's starting quarterback. In his senior year, he led Heritage Hills to an unbeaten and untied 15-0 record and the Associated Press named him as a first-team All-State selection.
After choosing to attend Vanderbilt University, Cutler went on to start 45 games for the Vanderbilt Commodores; more than any other quarterback in the school's history. As a freshman, he earned first-team All-SEC honors, before setting a school record for pass completion as a junior. In his final year, he was named as the SEC Offensive Player of the Year by both coaches and the media, becoming the first player from the school to win the award in almost 40 years. Throughout his time at Vanderbilt, he never missed a game through injury and in 2005, he was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
In the 2006 NFL Draft, Cutler was widely expected to be a high pick, due to the fact that he was considered one of the top three quarterback prospects. The Denver Broncos selected him with the 11th pick of the draft and he was chosen as the team's starting quarterback in November, replacing Jake Plummer in that role. That year, he became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw two or more touchdown passes in each of his first four starts. He continued as the Broncos' starting quarterback in 2007 and 2008 and although the team failed to reach the playoffs on either occasion, Cutler impressed with his performances, culminating with a Pro Bowl selection at the end of the 2008 season.
Prior to the 2009 season, Cutler became involved in a dispute with new head coach Josh McDaniels, over rumours that the Broncos were considering trading him. As a result, Cutler asked to be traded and he joined the Chicago Bears. In 2010, he led the team to the NFC North Division Title and by the end of the 2012 season, he was the team's all-time leader for career pass completions.
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