Tommy Grady

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Tommy Grady
Free agent
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1985-03-18) March 18, 1985 (age 36)
Huntington Beach, California
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Huntington Beach (CA) Edison
College: Utah
Undrafted: 2008
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • ArenaBowl champion (XXXII)
  • ArenaBowl XXXII MVP (2019)
  • 2× First-Team All-Arena (2012, 2018)
  • AFL MVP (2012, 2018, 2019)
  • AFL Offensive Player of the Year (2012, 2018)
  • 2× AFL passing yards leader (2012, 2016)
  • AFL passing touchdown leader (2012)
  • AFL record 142 touchdown passes, season (2012)
  • AFL record 5,870 passing yards, season (2012)
  • AFL record 507 passing completions, season (2012)
  • AFL record 743 passing attempts, season (2012)
  • AFL record 12 touchdown passes, game (2012)
  • NAL champion (2017)
Career Arena statistics
Comp. / Att.:2,793 / 4,356
Passing yards:32,008
TDINT:701–113
QB rating:114.91
Rushing TDs:15
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Thomas Grady (born March 18, 1985) is an American football quarterback, most recently for the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League (AFL).

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After a standout high school career at Edison High School, Grady signed with the University of Oklahoma to continue his football career. After a lack of playing time for two years, Grady transferred to the University of Utah. While at Utah, Grady saw limited action again, making only three starts in his career.

After being passed on in the 2008 NFL Draft, Grady signed with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgs of af2 in 2009. When the Yard Dawgs transitioned into the Arena Football League, Grady was re-signed and led the Yard Dawgs to a 6–10 record. In 2011, Grady signed with the Utah Blaze, where he threw for 107 touchdowns while leading the Blaze to a 9–9 record, just missing the playoffs. After re-signing for the 2012 season, Grady posted the greatest single season for a quarterback in AFL history. He set single season records for touchdown passes (142) and passing yards (5,863), while also tying a single game record with 12 touchdown passes against the Cleveland Gladiators. He re-signed with the Blaze in 2013 to a three-year maximum contract.

Early life

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeight40Commit date
Tommy Grady
QB
Huntington Beach, California Edison High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)215 lb (98 kg)4.9Jul 8, 2003 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout: 4 stars.svg     Rivals: 4 stars.svg     247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 5 (QB)   Rivals: 3 (QB), 9 (CA) 70 National
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Oklahoma Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  • "2003 Oklahoma Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  • "2003 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 5, 2012.

    On July 8, 2003, Grady committed to Oklahoma. [1] Grady chose Oklahoma over offers from Florida State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Washington. [2]

    College career

    Oklahoma

    Grady began his college career at the University of Oklahoma, He redshirted in 2003, and watched from the sidelines as starter Jason White won the Heisman Trophy. As White's backup in 2004, Grady completed 12 of 14 passes for 63 yards and one touchdown.

    Utah

    Grady transferred to the University of Utah in 2005. He saw limited action as a junior in 2006, completing 7 of 14 passes for 102 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He entered his senior season as a backup, but took over as quarterback when starter Brian Johnson suffered an injury early in the year. Grady played in nine games, including six starts (4-2 record). He finished the season with 58 completions in 115 attempts, for a total of 681 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions. The highlight of the year for Grady was leading the Utes to a 44–6 rout over #11 ranked UCLA.

    College career statistics

    NCAA collegiate career statistics
    Oklahoma Sooners
    SeasonPassingRushing
    CompAttYardsPct.TDIntQB RatingAttYardsAvgTD
    200412146385.710147.1199.00
    Utah Utes
    200671410250.01391.9300.00
    20075811568150.443106.412-28-2.30
    NCAA career totals7714384653.866109.016-19-1.20

    [3]

    Professional career

    Grady was rated the 35th best quarterback in the 2008 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com. [4]

    Pre-draft measurables
    HeightWeight Vertical jump Broad jump
    6 ft 7 in
    (2.01 m)
    244 lb
    (111 kg)
    27 in
    (0.69 m)
    8 ft 5 in
    (2.57 m)
    All values from Utah Pro Day [4]

    Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz

    In 2009, after training camp with the NFL Dolphins, Grady played for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of af2. In 2010, Grady was re-signed by the Yard Dawgz. He was the starter for the Yard Dawgz in its only season in Arena Football League. He led the team to a 6–10 record.

    Utah Blaze

    In 2011, Grady signed with the Utah Blaze. In the 2011 season, he led the Blaze to a 9–9 record, and threw for over 100 touchdowns.

    He re-signed with the Blaze for the 2012 season. [5] Grady led the Blaze to a 12–6 record, with a playoff berth. During the season, Grady set a single-season record for touchdown passes with 142, breaking the previous mark of 117 set by Chris Greisen. [6] Grady's play during the season landed him the Arena Football League Offensive Player of the Year Award. [7] Grady also broke Greisen's record of passing yards in a single season, with 5,870. [7] During a July 13 game against the Cleveland Gladiators, Grady threw 12 touchdown passes, tying an AFL single-game record. [8]

    Grady re-signed with the Blaze on November 1, 2012 to a three-year maximum. [7]

    Pittsburgh Power

    Grady was assigned to the Pittsburgh Power on September 6, 2013 after he was selected in the dispersal draft of the Chicago Rush and Blaze players. [9] The Power folded after the 2014 season.

    Jacksonville Sharks

    On January 20, 2015, Grady was assigned to the Jacksonville Sharks. [10]

    On October 14, 2016, Grady was assigned to the Washington Valor during the dispersal draft after Jacksonville chose to leave the Arena Football League. However, Grady elected to remain with the Sharks in the newly-created National Arena League.

    On November 29, 2016, it was announced that Grady had signed with the Sharks for the 2017 season. [11] [12] He suffered a season-ending foot injury on April 24, 2017, against the Monterrey Steel. [13] [14] Grady played in 5 games for the Sharks in 2017, completing 71 of 113 passes for 1,060 yards, 23 touchdowns and 1 interception. [15] On August 14, 2017, Grady signed with the Sharks for the 2018 season. [16]

    Albany Empire

    On April 2, 2018, Grady was assigned to the Albany Empire. [17]

    AFL statistics

    YearTeamPassingRushing
    CmpAttPctYdsTDIntRtgAttYdsTD
    2010 Oklahoma City 36359760.84,3078117104.8723-281
    2011 Utah 38258065.94,36510711120.0130445
    2012 Utah 50774368.25,87014221119.6738627
    2013 Utah 31054157.33,570672886.7317321
    2014 Pittsburgh 42971060.44,71711517109.7217301
    2015 Jacksonville 40259867.24,6849512121.967-170
    2016 Jacksonville 40058768.14,495947125.393100
    2018 Albany 22834166.92,957816126.199-120
    Career3,0214,69764.334,965782119115.7314412115

    Stats from ArenaFan: [18]

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