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Jordan Edward Rodgers (born August 30, 1988)[1] is an American sports commentator and former college and professional American football quarterback. Rodgers signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2013, and also played on practice and preseason squads for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins, as well as the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League. He is the brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Early yearsEdit

Rodgers was born in Chico, California,[2] and raised there with eldest brother Luke and their middle brother, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.[3][4] Rodgers attended Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, where he started at quarterback and led the team to an 8-3-1 record as a senior while also lettering in basketball and track.[5]

College careerEdit

After completing high school, he attended and played quarterback at Butte College. At Butte, he was the backup quarterback and helped the team earn the 2008 junior college national title with a 12-0 record. The following year as a starter, he broke the school record for total offense, passing for 2,219 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also earned academic honors.[5]

After completing his two years at BCC, he was awarded a scholarship to Vanderbilt University after also considering the University of Kansas and Western Kentucky University.[6]

In 2011, he began the season as the second-team quarterback and finished the season with seven starts. He completed 108 passes in 216 attempts for 1,524 yards and nine passing touchdowns. He was also the team's second-leading rusher with 420 yards on 117 carries.[5]

In 2012, he was named offensive co-captain. He started 11 games, becoming the first quarterback to lead the Commodores to back-to-back bowl appearances and a 9-4 record. His quarterback statistics were among the best in Vanderbilt history, with 191 completions, 2,539 yards and 15 touchdowns, completing 59.9 percent of his passes. Rodgers also threw for two touchdowns and ran for one in the team's win over North Carolina State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, which was the team's seventh consecutive win to end the season. His 2012 statistics rank #8 in the school's single season leaders.[5]

Rodgers was an instrumental part of a SEC record while playing for the Commodores, serving as the primary quarterback for career SEC leading wide receiver Jordan Matthews. Once Rodgers became the starting quarterback in 2011, Matthews production rapidly increased. In 2012, the two combined for 90 completions in a season where Matthews set the school record for receiving yards in a season with 1,323, a record he would break again the following year.

Despite playing only two seasons at Vanderbilt, he currently ranks 7th is school history in career total offense. He finished his career with 299 completions, 4,063 passing yards and 24 touchdown passes. His honors include the 2010, 2011 and 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll and the 2012 Unitas Award Watch List.[5]

His record as a starter was 11-8, with victories over fellow SEC teams Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Auburn, and Mississippi.

Professional careerEdit

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft.[7] He was released on July 22, 2013.[8]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Rodgers to the team's practice squad on October 7, 2013 after releasing quarterback Josh Freeman. He remained on the practice squad for the remainder of the season as Mike Glennon became the starter and Dan Orlovsky the backup.[9] Jordan was cut by the Buccaneers on February 10, 2014.

Miami DolphinsEdit

On April 3, 2014, Rodgers was signed by the Miami Dolphins to challenge third-string quarterback Pat Devlin. He was cut on May 12, 2014.[10]

BC LionsEdit

On October 20, 2014, Rodgers was signed as a member of the BC Lions practice roster.[11] After attending the team's mini-camp in April 2015, he quit.[12]

In the mediaEdit

Rodgers made a cameo appearance in the 2015 film Pitch Perfect 2 along with actual members of the Green Bay Packers. He did not have a speaking role, but sang along with the other football players during a "sing off."

Rodgers was a contestant and the eventual winner on season 12 of The Bachelorette, starring Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher. Rodgers proposed, and as of June 2018, the two remain engaged.

Broadcasting careerEdit

On August 2, 2016, Rodgers was hired by ESPN as a college football analyst for the news program SEC Now on the SEC Network.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1.  "Jordan Rodgers"ESPNArchived from the original on August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  2. Jump up^ "Jordan Rodgers"BC Lions. Archived from the original on November 23, 2014.
  3. Jump up^ Seemayer, Zach (July 15, 2016). "Exclusive Pics: Jordan Rodgers Spotted Out for First Time After Airing Family Drama on 'The [Bachelorette - headline truncated in source"]. WUSA-TVArchived from the original on July 16, 2016. Retrieved July 25,2016.
  4. Jump up^ Imigfs, Paul (April 27, 2013). "Rodgers' younger brother Jordan signs with Jacksonville"Fox SportsArchived from the original on February 26, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  5. Jump up to:a b c d e "Jordan Rodgers". Vanderbilt Football official site. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  6. Jump up^ http://vanderbilt.scout.com/2/1249225.html
  7. Jump up^ Wesseling, Chris (April 27, 2013). "Aaron Rodgers' brother to join Jacksonville Jaguars"National Football League. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  8. Jump up^ "Jaguars waive QB Jordan Rodgers, who missed most of offseason after sports hernia surgery"Fox NewsAssociated Press. July 22, 2013. Archived from the original on July 27, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  9. Jump up^ Yasinskas, Pat (October 7, 2013). "Buccaneers add QB with a 'name'". ESPN. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  10. Jump up^ Walker, James. "Dolphins cut Jordan Rodgers". Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  11. Jump up^ "October 2014". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  12. Jump up^ "Lions won't have QB Jordan Rodgers at training camp". May 25, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  13. Jump up^ Messer, Lesley (May 12, 2016). "Jordan Rodgers on The Bachelorette"ABC News. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  14. Jump up^ Bonner, Mehera (August 1, 2016). "'The Bachelorette' Season 12 Finale Recap: JoJo Fletcher Chooses Jordan Rodgers or Robby Hayes for Her Final Rose"Us Weekly. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  15. Jump up^ "Jordan Rodgers joins SEC Network"ESPN Front Row. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
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