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Brandon Weeden
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Tennessee TitansNo. 3
Quarterback
Born: October 14 1983 (1983-10-14) (age 36)
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career Highlights and Awards
High school: Edmond Santa Fe H.S., Edmond, OK, U.S.
College: Oklahoma State
Year(s): 2012
Debuted with: Cleveland Browns
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Professional Teams
Career Stats
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Career Highlights and Awards
  • 2010 All-Big 12 Quarterback, First Team
  • 2010 Player of the Year Award
  • 2010 Manning Award Finalist
  • 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Champion

Brandon Kyle Weeden (born October 14, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was drafted with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.[1]

He was the starting quarterback for the Oklahoma State Cowboys football team from 2010 to 2011. In that time, Weeden, along with teammate receiver Justin Blackmon, broke several school passing/receiving records at Oklahoma State.

Early yearsEdit

Weeden was the starting quarterback at Edmond Santa Fe High School, where he led the team to a victory in the state semifinals in the school's first-ever playoff appearance, and was eventually named team MVP and offensive player of the year. He finished second in Oklahoma in passing yards with 2,863 and accounted for 25 touchdowns. He was also an all-state baseball player and basketball player. He graduated from Santa Fe in 2002.

Professional baseball careerEdit

A pitcher, Weeden was drafted in the second round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees as their first selection in the draft.[2] After the 2003 season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers with Jeff Weaver and Yhency Brazoban for Kevin Brown. Following the 2005 season, he was selected in the Rule 5 Draft by the Kansas City Royals. [3] Weeden played his last season of professional baseball in 2006 with the Class-A High Desert Mavericks of the California League. Injuries and a high ERA led to Weeden quitting baseball.[4]

College football careerEdit

Weeden enrolled at Oklahoma State in 2007 and redshirted his first year. The following year, in 2008 he appeared in only one game against Missouri State.

In 2009 Weeden played in three games, including one in the absence of injured Zac Robinson on Nov. 19. Alex Cate started the game, but Weeden replaced him at halftime and led the Cowboys to an 11-point comeback victory, 31-28 over Colorado in the nationally-televised Thursday night game.

In 2010 Weeden was named the starter for the Cowboys. In week two Weeden suffered a severe injury to his thumb, which led to two interceptions and two fumbles in a win over Troy. Weeden said, "Hurt thumb, no thumb, whatever, it doesn't matter. I don't care if I don't have a thumb. You've got to take the snaps." He followed that performance by throwing six touchdowns the following week. He was named Big-12 Offensive Player of the Week in the victory over Tulsa.[5][6]

The win helped move Oklahoma State into the Coaches' Poll top 25 for the first time in 2010. Coach Gundy reflected on the win: "Sometimes, you have games like that. We were rolling on all cylinders." Weeden added, "We had a great week of practice....It was a whole lot of fun tonight."[7]

"Such a big deal has been made of my age. I use it to my advantage. I think it’s a positive this year. I think it’s a positive for my future. It’s one of those deals, the way I look at it is, name one person who wouldn’t want to be in the position I am, and have the kind of path I’ve had?" — Brandon Weeden[8]

In his senior season, 2011, Weeden led Oklahoma State to an 11-1 regular season, a number 3 ranking in the BCS standings, and a berth in the 2012 BCS Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. He also broke school records in total attempts, completions, yardage, and touchdowns (all which were previously held by incumbent Coach Mike Gundy). In 12 games, Weeden completed 379 of 522 passes for 4,328 yards. In the 2012 Fiesta Bowl, the last game of his college football career, Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards, completed 29 of 42 passes, and had 4 touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing) along with one interception in a 41-38 win against the Stanford Cardinal in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

School RecordsEdit

Brandon Weeden set numerous records for passing, and offensive performance at Oklahoma State University, many of which surpassed records set by his college coach, Mike Gundy, when Gundy was a player.[9]

  • Passing Yards, Season - 4,727 (2011)
  • Total Offense, Season - 4,625 (2011)
  • Completed Passes, Season - 408 (2011)
  • Completion Percentage, Season - 72.3 (2011)
  • Passing Yards, Single Game - 502 (2011, versus Kansas State)
  • Completions, Single Game - 47 (2011, versus Texas A&M)

Career AccomplishmentsEdit

  • 2010 All-Big 12 Quarterback, First Team
  • 2010 Player of the Year Award (3rd, behind teammates Kendall Hunter and Justin Blackmon)
  • 2010 Manning Award Finalist
  • 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Champion (Beat Stanford 41-38)

2012 NFL DraftEdit

Weeden was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft; the oldest player ever taken in the first round, at 28 years old.[10] As was expected at the beginning of training camp, Weeden beat out Colt McCoy, the Browns' starting quarterback in 2011, for the starting job, getting named by head coach Pat Shurmur in mid-preseason.

Measurables are from NFL Combine,[11] all other values from Oklahoma State Pro Day (2012-03-09)
Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt<th>Arm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 221 lb<td align="center">31 ¾ in<td align="center">9  in 4.89 s 2.85 s 1.66 s 4.45 s 7.36 s 32 in 8 ft 6 in

Personal lifeEdit

In the summer of 2009 he married Melanie Meuser. The couple resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma.[12]

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