David Garrard
David Garrard
Personal Information
Born February 14 1978 (1978-02-14) (age 43)
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
Year(s) 20022010
NFL Draft 2002 / Round: 4 / Pick: 108
College East Carolina
Professional teams
* denotes offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career stats
TD-INT 89-54
Passing yards 16,003
QB Rating 85.8
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable acheivements

David Douglas Garrard was born on February 14, 1978 in East Orange, New Jersey and is a retired quarterback who played in the NFL. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at East Carolina.

David Garrard grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where he attended Southern High School. Garrard was 14 years old when his mother died from breast cancer. When Garrard began his NFL career, he created The David Garrard Foundation to promote breast cancer awareness and research.[1]

Doctors diagnosed Garrard with Crohn's disease in 2004. Despite undergoing surgery in June 2004 to remove a nearly 12-inch portion of his intestines, Garrard played during the 2004 NFL season.[2]

Garrard's wife, Mary, gave birth to the couple's first child, a son, Justin Thomas Garrard, on September 17, 2007.[3]

High school

Garrard was named an All-America choice by Prep Stars and rated the best quarterback in North Carolina while playing for Southern High in Durham.[4] Veteran high school coaches in North Carolina said Garrard possessed one of the strongest arms they had ever seen and compared Garrard to former NFL quarterback Roman Gabriel. [5]

College career


Garrard as an East Carolina Pirate

Garrard took over as the starting quarterback for the East Carolina Pirates midway through the 1998 season as a red-shirt freshman.[6] Although physically larger than most quarterbacks at more than 240 pounds, Garrard displayed exceptional mobility. Former East Carolina head football coach Steve Logan compared the experience of tackling Garrard to "getting hit by a beer truck."[7] Garrard also proved durable, starting every game for the Pirates in the 1999, 2000, and 2001 seasons.

In Garrard's sophomore season, he led the Pirates to a 9-3 record with victories over the West Virginia Mountaineers, South Carolina Gamecocks, Miami Hurricanes, and North Carolina State Wolfpack. In the fourth game of the season against Miami, East Carolina came back from a 20-3 deficit to defeat the 13th-ranked Miami Hurricanes, 27-23. Garrard threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Keith Stokes for the go-ahead score in the final minutes of the game. ECU was unable to play the scheduled home game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on its campus in Greenville, NC, because Hurricane Floyd had ravaged the eastern part of the state the prior week. The hurricane also prevented the Pirates from returning to Greenville following a road victory against South Carolina, leaving ECU's football team stranded in Columbia, SC. East Carolina moved the game against Miami to Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.[8] The victory propelled ECU into the Associated Press college football poll's top 25. The Pirates spent eleven weeks ranked in the AP poll, climbed to as high as 16th in the poll, and finished the regular season ranked 20th.[9] East Carolina dropped out of the top 25 to 27th in the voting after losing 28-14 in the Mobile Alabama Bowl to Texas Christian University and the Horned Frogs' star running back, LaDainian Tomlinson.[10]

ECU finished 8-4 in Garrard's junior season. Garrard capped the season by throwing an unbelievable touchdown and rushing for another acrobatic TD in a 40-27 victory against Texas Tech in the Galleryfurniture.com Bowl.[11] Garrard's senior season began with high expectations but ended in disappointment. Although East Carolina averaged more than 35 points per game in 2001, the Pirates finished the season with a 6-6 record.[12]

Ironically, the final game of Garrard's college career pitted him against Marshall University and its starting quarterback, Byron Leftwich, in the 2001 GMAC Bowl. Garrard and Leftwich would eventually be teammates with the Jacksonville Jaguars and compete for the team's starting quarterback position. In the highest-scoring bowl game in college football history, Leftwich brought Marshall back from a thirty-point deficit to defeat Garrard's East Carolina Pirates 64-61 in double-overtime . [13]

Garrard broke 28 school passing and offensive records[14] at East Carolina and joined a select few quarterbacks who achieved more than 9000 passing yards and 1000 rushing yards in their collegiate careers.[15]

Garrard went on to graduate from East Carolina University in 2001 with a degree in Sports Management.

Professional career

Garrard was drafted as the apparent successor to starting quarterback Mark Brunell. However, following the 2002 season, the Jaguars fired then head coach Tom Coughlin, and new head coach Jack Del Rio drafted Byron Leftwich with the seventh overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Leftwich replaced an injured Mark Brunell as the starting quarterback during the 2003 season and Garrard continued to serve as the team's backup quarterback.


Garrard started for the Jaguars' when Leftwich was injured during Week 9 of the 2004 NFL season with a sprained left knee. After the 2004 season, Garrard opted to stay with the Jaguars as a back-up instead of pursuing a chance at starting for another team.


Garrard also started 5 games of the 2005 season when Leftwich went down with an injury in week 11. With Garrard as starting quarterback, the Jaguars finished the regular season by going 4-1 and made the playoffs, with the only loss coming at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts. Leftwich then returned as the Jaguars starter for the wildcard playoff game, but was intercepted for a touchdown and proved ineffective in a 28-3 loss to the New England Patriots.[16]


In 2006, Del Rio named Garrard the starter in Week 8 and attributed the change to Leftwich's chronic injury problems, but Leftwich claimed he was healthy enough to continue serving as the team's starter.[17] Garrard was inconsistent and went 5-5 to finish the season as the Jaguars missed the playoffs. In November 2006, Garrard was intercepted four times in a 13-10 loss at home against the Houston Texans.[18]


In February 2007, Del Rio attempted to avoid a quarterback controversy by naming Leftwich the team's unconditional starting quarterback. However, Garrard outplayed Leftwich in the 2007 preseason, throwing for 456 yards, one passing touchdown and another rushing touchdown. Del Rio said Garrard gave the Jaguars a better chance to win than Leftwich[19] and announced Garrard would be the starting quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 31, 2007.[20] The Jaguars released Leftwich the next day.[21]


Garrard's first down run against the Steelers in the fourth quarter

Garrard led the Jaguars to a 11-5 record and threw for 18 TDs and 2,509 yds opposed to only 3 interceptions, which gave him a quarterback rating of 102.2.

On January 5, 2008, In the AFC Wild Card Game, David led his team to a 31-29 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Down 29-28 with 2:36 to go, he led his team in a field goal-scoring drive highlighted by a 32-yard QB run on 4th and 2 that eventually set up the game winning field goal by Josh Scobee.

On January 12, 2008, In the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, David threw for 278 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception against the then unbeaten New England Patriots. The Patriots won the game, 31-20.

On April 7, 2008 it was announced that the Jaguars and Garrard had agreed to a contract extension, worth $60 million for 6 years.[22]


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  9. CNNSI.com - College Football - Associated Press Weekly Tracking College Football Poll - Friday January 07, 2000 05:23 PM
  10. NCAA Football - Texas Christian vs. East Carolina
  11. CNNSI.com - 2000 NCAA Football Bowls - NCAA Football Scoreboard: Recap: East Carolina at Texas Tech - Thursday December 28, 2000 12:19 AM
  12. East Carolina Game by Game Results
  13. Taylor, Grant. "Leftwich Leads Herd Back From 30– Point Deficit for 2001 GMAC Bowl Win", Marshall University News, 2001-12-19. Retrieved on 2007-06-17. 
  14. Layout 1
  15. "Official 2004 NCAA Football Division 1-A and Division 1-AA Records", NCAA, pp. 588. Retrieved on 2007-06-17. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. 
  16. http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=globe&page=nfl/scores/final/boxscore.aspx?GAMEID=1780
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  18. http://sports.chron.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=chron&page=nfl/scores/final/boxscoreip.aspx?GAMEID=1922
  19. ESPN - Garrard to be starting QB; Jags to trade or release Leftwich - NFL
  20. Ketchman, Vic (2007-08-31). His time has come. Jacksonville Jaguars. Retrieved on 2007-09-01.
  21. Yahoo! Sports - Sports News, Scores, Rumors, Fantasy Games, and more
  22. Ketchman, Vic. "Now Garrard's a done deal", Jaguars.com, 04-07-2008. Retrieved on 04-07-2008. 

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