Matt Schaub is a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. He played three seasons for the Atlanta Falcons and holds the Houston Texans franchise records for passing yards and touchdowns.
Schaub was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 25, 1981. He lettered in football, basketball, and baseball at West Chester East High School in West Chester, PA. As a senior, he led West Chester East to a Ches-Mont League championship. Prior to the 1999 season, he signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Virginia.
University of Virginia
Schaub redshirted his true freshman season in 1999 and saw only limited snaps as a redshirt freshman the next season. He started for the Cavaliers against Wisconsin in the 2001 season opener and split reps with teammate Bryson Spinner for the remainder of the season. After Spinner left the program, Schaub became the starter as a junior in 2002 and had a breakout season, throwing for 2,976 yards and 28 touchdowns. He was voted the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year while also being named all-conference first team.
He was listed as a Heisman Trophy dark horse prior to his senior season, but a shoulder injury cost him several games early in the season and his numbers dipped. Schaub left Virginia with school records for career passing yards, touchdown passes, completion percentage, and 300 yard games.
Schaub was the fifth quarterback taken in the 2004 NFL Draft, as the Atlanta Falcons selected him with the 90th overall pick in the third round. As a rookie, he made one start for an injured Michael Vick and appeared in six games, throwing one touchdown and four interceptions. He played in five games in 2005, throwing for three touchdowns in his only start against the New England Patriots. Atlanta traded him to the Houston Texans in March 2007 for two second round picks.
Schaub was named the Texans starting quarterback entering the 2007 season. He missed five games due to injury, but managed to throw for 2,241 yards and nine touchdowns. After missing five more games in 2008, he made his first Pro Bowl in 2009, after throwing for a franchise-record 4,770 yards and 29 touchdowns. He threw for over 4,000 yards again the following season, but the Texans floundered to a six-win season.
Houston started the 2011 season winning seven of its first ten games, but Schaub suffered a season-ending Lisfranc fracture on a quarterback sneak in Week 10. T.J. Yates replaced him and helped the Texans reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. After eclipsing the 4,000 yard mark and making the Pro Bowl for a second time in 2012, he endured a rough 2013 season and lost his starting job to Case Keenum.
With the Texans in rebuilding mode, the franchise traded Schaub to the Oakland Raiders on March 21, 2014 for a sixth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
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