Charles Kanoff
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-10-06) October 6, 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth: Pacific Palisades, California
Career information
College: Princeton
Undrafted in 2018
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Arizona Cardinals ( 2018)
Career highlights and awards

Charles "Chad" Kanoff (born October 6, 1994) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Detroit Lions. He played college football at Princeton. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018.

Early yearsEdit

Kanoff was born in Los Angeles, California to Chris and Mary Ellen Kanoff.

He attended Harvard-Westlake School where he was ranked 14th nationally among dual-threat quarterbacks by ESPN. Kanoff was named first-team All-CIF quarterback his senior year. He was Co-Mission League Offensive MVP and two-time first-team all-league selection. He threw for 3,400 yards and 38 touchdowns with a 63% completion rate his senior year and recorded 85 career touchdowns (passing and rushing) and was also the team captain.

Kanoff also played basketball and volleyball and helped the basketball team win CIF championship in basketball sophomore year. He was awarded second-team All-CIF honoree, National AP Scholar with Distinction, CIF Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, San Fernando Valley Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, and voted Best Male Athlete at Harvard Westlake.

College careerEdit


Kanoff earned the Donold B. Lourie Award as the top offensive freshman and saw time late in victories over both Columbia and Cornell, though did not attempt a pass.


Kanoff missed the entire season due to injury.


Kanoff was named the starting quarterback and became the first Princeton quarterback since Chad Roghair (1991) to win his first four collegiate starts. He threw for 2,295 yards in first season as starter; total is sixth-most in Princeton history. Kanoff completed the season with 57.2 percent of passes and had eight touchdown throws. He threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns against Yale; added 321-yard game at Yale and completed season-long pass of 63 yards against Columbia. Kanoff posted season-best 41 rushing yards against Colgate.


Kanoff earned second-team All-Ivy League honors as starting quarterback after leading Princeton to the Ivy League championship. Kanoff was the team's tri-captain. He completed 61.8% of his passes for 1,741 yards and six touchdowns. Kanoff completed 21 of 25 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns in 48-13 win at Columbia; was named the Princeton Athlete of the Week and selected to the Ivy League honor roll following that game. He completed 17 of 23 for 198 yards and a touchdown in 56-7 win at Cornell and ended season with 4,036 career passing yards, fifth most in Princeton history. Kanoff helped Princeton lead the Ivy League in scoring (34.6), total (415.5), and rushing (183.2) yards. He threw four interceptions in first two games of the season, and only threw two in the final eight games. Kanoff was the recipient of the Richard W. Colman Scholar-Athlete Award at the season-ending Lourie Football Banquet.


Kanoff became Princeton's 11th Bushnell Cup winner as the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year after a record-breaking season. He won unanimous first-team All-Ivy League quarterback and was the recipient of the Poe-Kazmaier Trophy, the top honor given by the football team at the Donald B Lourie '22 Football Banquet. Kanoff broke the Princeton career record for passing yards with 7,510 which was previously held by Doug Butler in 1986. He moved into sixth place in the Ivy League career passing yards list and also broke the Princeton and Ivy League record for single-season passing yards with 3,474; previous Ivy mark was Jeff Mathews with 3,412 yards in 2011 and previous Princeton mark was Butler with 3,175 yards in 1983. He broke the Princeton and Ivy League record for single-season completion percentage with 73.2%; previous Ivy mark was Gavin Hoffman with 70.5% in 2000 and previous Princeton mark was Jason Garrett with 68.2% in 1988. Kanoff finished second in the Princeton rankings and fourth on the Ivy League rankings in career completion percentage (64.5%) and broke the Princeton pass efficiency single-season record and finished third on the Ivy list with 168.4; previous Princeton mark was 151.64, set by Quinn Epperly in 1983. He broke the Princeton record for single-season completions and finished third on the Ivy League single-season list with 284; previous Princeton mark was Butler with 224 completions in 1983. Only Brown's James Perry (309, 1999) and Eric Webber (289, 2000) completed more. Kanoff broke the Princeton record for career completions and finished fourth on the Ivy League career list with 655; previous Princeton mark was 542 (Butler, 1983-85), and only Mathews (901), Perry (789) and Cornell's Ricky Rahne (678) had more in the Ivy League. He broke the Princeton record and finished second on the Ivy League list for passing touchdowns with 29; previous Princeton mark was 25 (Butler/Epperly), and only Webber had more (30, 2000). Kanoff finished second on the Princeton career touchdown passes list with 43 (Butler threw 47). He set Princeton record and finished sixth on the Ivy League list with 11 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass. Kanoff tied the Ivy League record for most 400-yard passing games (three) and 300-yard passing games (eight) in a single season. Kanoff handed Harvard its worst home Ivy loss in 50 years (52-17) by going 31 for 35 for 421 yards and two touchdowns and added 454 passing yards and four touchdowns against eventual Ivy champion Yale.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Arizona CardinalsEdit

After going undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, Kanoff signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals on May 1, 2018.[2] He was waived on September 1, 2018 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[3][4] He was promoted to the active roster on November 24, 2018.[5] He was waived on November 29, 2018 and re-signed to the practice squad.[6] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Cardinals on December 31, 2018.[7] His longest NFL pass came on August 15th with a 59 yard touchdown pass to rookie Andy Isabella against the Oakland Raiders.[8] On August 31, 2019, Kanoff was waived by the Cardinals during final roster cuts.

Preseason Statistics

Teams Passing Rushing
Season Team GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
2018 ARZ 4 0 15 36 41.7 178 4.9 1 0 66.7 2 -2 -0.5 0
2019 ARZ 3 0 10 19 52.3 128 6.7 1 1 69.6 3 -4 -1.3 0
Career 7 0 25 55 45.5 306 5.6 2 1 68.1 5 -6 -1.2 0

Detroit LionsEdit

On September 4th, 2019, Kanoff signed a deal with the Detroit Lions.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Kanoff has two older sisters, Katherine and Christine, and a younger brother James. He enjoys music, basketball and surfing.


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