Alex Tanney
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-11-11) November 11, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth: Lexington, Illinois
Career information
College: Monmouth (IL)
Undrafted in 2012
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Kansas City Chiefs ( 2012)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Melberger Award (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Pass completions     10
Pass attempts     14
Percentage     71.4
TDINT     1–0
Passing yards     99
Passer rating     114.9

Alex Tanney (born November 11, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois.

Early lifeEdit

Tanney was a three-sport high school standout athlete at Lexington High School in Lexington, Illinois. He was a two time first team Illinois All-State quarterback and led his team to the IHSA state semi-finals his senior year, and he holds nearly every football passing record at LHS. He was also named an All-State basketball player and is the all-time leading point scorer in Lexington High School history. In addition to his football career, Tanney also placed at the IHSA State Track and Field Finals his junior and senior years.

College careerEdit

Tanney broke nearly every school record during his time at Monmouth. His career began in 2007 when he threw for 2,678 yards and 24 TDs. In his sophomore season in 2008, Tanney broke the Monmouth record of single season TD passes with 50. For his junior campaign, Tanney threw for 3,856 yards and 44 TDs which led him to be named the Melberger Award winner as D-III's top player. After redshirting the 2010 season with an injury, he came back in 2011 and threw for a career-high 3,867 yards along with 38 TDs. He won three Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year Awards in his college career along with numerous All-American Awards.

In 2011 a quarterback trick shot video highlighting Tanney's talent went viral. Subsequently, in July 2011, History Channel’s Stan Lee’s Superhumans filmed an episode featuring Tanney. The episode featured Tanney's "super-human" throwing accuracy.[1]

On October 29, 2011, in a game against Carroll University, Tanney set the NCAA record for all-time all-division career touchdown passes with 150, surpassing Jimmy Terwilliger's record of 148. Tanney finished his collegiate career with 157 touchdown passes and also holds the D-III record for most passing yards in a career with 14,249.

Professional careerEdit

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Tanney signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent on June 5, 2012. He was placed on injured reserve with a finger injury on September 1, 2012.

Dallas CowboysEdit

On July 21, 2013, the Cowboys signed Tanney to their roster.[2] On August 4, 2013, Tanney played the entire second half of the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. In five 2013 preseason games (including the August 29 finale against the Houston Texans, in which he played all but one series) Tanney completed 40 of 73 passes for 423 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions. Tanney was released by the Cowboys on August 30, 2013.[3] After clearing waivers, Tanney was assigned to the Cowboys' eight-player practice squad.[4]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On November 26, 2013, the Cleveland Browns signed Tanney off the Cowboys' practice squad.[5] On May 12, 2014, the Browns released Tanney.[6]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Tanney was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on May 20, 2014.[7] The Buccaneers released Tanney on August 24, 2014.[8]

Tennessee TitansEdit

Tanney was signed to the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans on December 16, 2014.[9] He signed a futures contract with the Titans on December 29, 2014.[10] The Titans released Tanney on September 5, 2015.[11]

Buffalo BillsEdit

Tanney was signed to the practice squad of the Buffalo Bills on September 7, 2015.[12] Tanney was dropped from the practice squad a day later, after the team re-signed Matt Cassel.[13][14]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Tanney signed to the practice squad of the Indianapolis Colts on September 29, 2015.[15] He was released on October 20, 2015.[16] Tanney re-signed to the practice squad on November 10, 2015.[17]

Tennessee Titans (second stint)Edit

On December 21, 2015, Tanney was signed off the Colts practice squad by the Tennessee Titans.[18] He made his NFL regular-season debut on January 3, 2016 against the Indianapolis Colts, relieving the injured Zach Mettenberger in the third quarter and going 10-for-14 for 99 yards and throwing his first career touchdown pass, to Dorial Green-Beckham.[19] On September 13, 2016, he was waived by the Titans and was re-signed to their practice squad the next day.[20] On December 27, 2016, he was promoted to the active roster.[21]

On September 2, 2017, Tanney was placed on injured reserve.[22] On April 30, 2018, Tanney was released by the Titans.[23]

New York GiantsEdit

On May 2, 2018, Tanney signed with the New York Giants.[24] Tanney was named on the Giants’ 53-man roster on September 1, 2018 as the primary backup to Eli Manning.[25]

On March 4, 2019, Tanney signed a two-year contract extension with the Giants.[26]


Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2015 TEN 1 0 10 14 71.4 99 7.1 1 0 114.9 0 0 0.0 0


Awards and accomplishmentsEdit

Award/Honor Year(s)
NCAA record for all-time career touchdown passes (157) 2011
NCAA Division III record for passing yards (14,249) 2011
Associated Press Little All-American 2011
AFCA Division III Coaches' All-American 2011 All-West Region 2008,2009, 2011 All-American 2009, 2011
Melberger Award Trophy 2009
Offensive Player of the Year in the Midwest Conference[28] 2008, 2009, 2011
High school
All-Time record for pass-completions (Illinois)[29] 2006
Third all-time for most pass completions, season (Illinois)[29] 2006
Illinois All-State 2005, 2006
IHSA State Track Medalist 3200m Run (8th Place)[30] 2006
IHSA State Track Medalist 1600m Run (4th Place)[30] 2007


  1. Frey, Aaron (July 23, 2011). "Fighting Scots QB Tanney to be featured on History Channel". Archived from the original on March 31, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  2. Jay Ratliff on Cowboys' PUP list; Demetress Bell signs,, Retrieved July 21, 2013
  5. George, Brandon (November 26, 2013). "Cleveland Browns sign QB Alex Tanney from the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad".
  6. Jones, Ross (May 12, 2014). "Browns release Vince Young 11 days after signing free agent deal".
  7. Tidcombe, Matt (May 20, 2014). "Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Alex Tanney and Cameron Brate".
  8. Philipse, Sander (August 24, 2014). "NFL Roster Cuts 2014: Buccaneers release Eric Page, Tommy Streeter, 10 more".
  9. Morris, Jimmy (December 16, 2014). "Titans sign TE Matthew Mulligan; Place Brett Brackett on IR".
  10. "Titans Sign Eight Players to Futures Contracts". December 29, 2014.
  11. Wolf, Jason (September 5, 2015). "Titans release Hakeem Nicks, 8 others".
  12. Rodak, Mike (September 7, 2015). "IK Enemkpali, QB Alex Tanney among Bills' practice squad additions".
  13. Brown, Chris (September 8, 2015). "Matt Cassel re-signs with Bills".
  14. Buscaglia, Joe (September 8, 2015). "Joe B: 5 Bills practice notes from September 8" (in en-US).
  15. McCormick, Terry (September 29, 2015). "Colts sign quarterback Tanney to practice squad".
  16. Jackson, Zac (October 20, 2015). "Colts sign CB Tony Carter".
  17. Lewis, Derek (November 10, 2015). "Colts re-sign quarterback Alex Tanney to practice squad".
  18. John Glennon (December 22, 2015). "Titans sign QB Alex Tanney, place Mike Martin on IR". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  19. Jim Wyatt (January 3, 2016). "Titans Fall Short at Indy in Season Finale". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  20. Wyatt, Jim. "Titans Re-Sign CB Cody Riggs, Waive QB Alex Tanney".
  21. Wyatt, Jim (December 27, 2016). "Alex Tanney Promoted, Marcus Mariota to IR".
  22. Wyatt, Jim (September 2, 2017). "Titans Down to 53 Players: A Position-by-Position Look". Archived from the original on February 6, 2018.
  23. Wyatt, Jim (April 30, 2018). "Titans Release QB Alex Tanney, RB Muhammad". Archived from the original on May 1, 2018.
  24. Eisen, Michael (May 2, 2018). "Giants sign veteran QB Alex Tanney, DT A.J. Francis". Archived from the original on May 3, 2018.
  25. Michael Eisen (September 1, 2018). "New York Giants announce 53-man roster".
  26. Alper, Josh (March 4, 2019). "Giants re-sign Alex Tanney". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  27. "Alex Tanney". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  28. "Midwest Conference Football Newsletter - Nov 20, 2008".
  29. 29.0 29.1 Illinois High School Association Boys Football Records History - Individual Passing & Receiving
  30. 30.0 30.1 Illinois High School Association Boys Track & Field Records and History - Individual Medalists

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