Matt Schaub
Schaub with the Texans.
No. 8     Houston Texans
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-06-25) June 25, 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
High School: West Chester (PA) East
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
College: Virginia
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 3 / Pick: 90
Debuted in 2004 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
* Atlanta Falcons ( 2004 2006)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Pro Bowl (2009, 2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
TDINT     120–70
Passing yards     21,944
Passer rating     91.9

Matthew Rutledge Schaub (born June 25, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Virginia, and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Schaub holds every passing record in Texans franchise history.[1]

High school careerEdit

Schaub attended West Chester East High School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball.[2] During his senior year he led the school's football team to win the Ches-Mont League championship.

College careerEdit

Schaub enrolled at the University of Virginia in the fall of 1999, and began his career as a member of the Virginia Cavaliers football team. He redshirted his true freshman season. In 2000, starter Dan Ellis missed some time due to injury, but fellow redshirt freshman Bryson Spinner received the bulk of playing time in relief. After the 2000 season, coach George Welsh retired and was replaced by Al Groh. Schaub was the starter for the first game of the 2001 season at Wisconsin. Over the 2001 season, Schaub and Spinner split quarterbacking duties nearly evenly. The two alternated in some games, while in others either Schaub or Spinner received nearly all the snaps. The two quarterback system worked relatively well with both effectively passing the ball to receiver Billy McMullen, the team's leading offensive threat.

Spinner transferred to the University of Richmond for the 2002 season, seemingly making Schaub the unquestioned starter. However, Schaub was briefly replaced by redshirt freshman Marques Hagans in the first game of the 2002 season against Colorado State University. Hagans was named the starter for the next game, against Florida State University, but was replaced by Schaub who went on to his breakout season. Schaub was the 2002 ACC Player of the Year, 2002 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) as a senior. Publicized in the 2003 preseason as a Heisman candidate, Schaub suffered a shoulder injury in the first game of the season and did not return for several games; therefore his overall numbers declined in his senior season. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl and was twice selected to the All-ACC Academic Football Team. His University of Virginia awards included the John Acree Memorial Trophy, given to the football player with the highest qualities of leadership and unselfish service, and the Ben Wilson Award as the team’s most outstanding offensive player.[3]

Matt Schaub finished his college career with at least 22 school records. He played in a record 40 games at the quarterback position and finished his career as one of the most accurate passers in Atlantic Coast Conference history (.670 career completion percentage). His Virginia statistics included school career records for yards passing (7502), touchdown passes (56), completions (716), attempts (1069), completion percentage (.670), 300-yard games (8), and 200-yard games (20).[3]

Professional careerEdit

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Schaub was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 3rd round of the 2004 NFL draft as the 90th overall pick. He was the fifth of seventeen quarterbacks taken in a quarterback-rich class, including Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger.

In 2004, Matt Schaub played in 6 games with the Atlanta Falcons, including starting the week sixteen contest against the New Orleans Saints, replacing injured Michael Vick.

In 2005, Schaub was named the Most Valuable Player in the American Bowl preseason game in Tokyo, Japan. In front of 45,203 fans at the Tokyo Dome, Schaub completed 11 of 13 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-21 comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts. During the regular season he played QB in 5 games, starting one. His lone start came against the New England Patriots in week 5; Schaub threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns in the 31-28 loss. Schaub was the holder on extra points and field goals.

In 2006, Schaub again was the holder on extra points and field goals. The Falcons traded him to the Houston Texans in March 2007.

Houston TexansEdit

In March 2007, the Houston Texans acquired Schaub from the Falcons for second round picks in 2007 and 2008. As part of the deal, the teams also swapped first round picks in 2007, exchanging the Falcons' 10th pick with the Texans' 8th pick.[4] Schaub was introduced to his new team at a press conference on March 22, 2007, and the same day, the Texans released David Carr, opening the door for Schaub to become their long-term starter. Head Coach Kubiak also revealed a tattoo of the number 8 on his right shoulder at that time.[5]

File:Kerry Collins and Matt Schaub.jpg

2007 seasonEdit

In each of the first two games of the 2007 season, Schaub threw for over 220 yards, a 71% completion percentage, and attained a quarterback rating of over 100; both games were victories for the Texans, winning 20-3 over the Kansas City Chiefs and 34-21 over the Carolina Panthers. The second victory marked the first 2–0 start in franchise history.[6] In week four, he started against his former team, the Atlanta Falcons, in which he completed 28 of 40 attempts, with 317 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions in what would be his second loss of the 2007 season.[7]

Though Schaub was plagued with injuries throughout the 2007 season, he and backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels improved on the team's 2006 record of 6–10, bringing the Texans to their first .500 season with an 8–8 record which is also a first in the team's short history.

2008 seasonEdit

Schaub returned as the starter for the 2008 season. He played poorly in the first two games, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans but then had a great game against the Jacksonville Jaguars despite another loss. He sat out the week 5 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. In week 6, Schaub set the Texans franchise record for passing yards with 379 in a comeback win against the Miami Dolphins in which Schaub scored the winning TD on a QB draw with 3 seconds left. Schaub helped teammate wide receiver Andre Johnson lead the league in both receptions and receiving yards through week 8 of the season, having 56 catches for 772 yards. The new quarterback-receiver tandem had their best day together through midseason during the week 8 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals where Schaub threw for 280 yards, completing over 85% of his passes (24 of 28), 10 of those going to Johnson for 143 yards in the 35-6 rout. Schaub's season was broken up however with a knee injury against the Minnesota Vikings, which expected to keep him out for around 4 weeks, making Sage Rosenfels the new starter.

Against the Green Bay Packers, Schaub completed 28 of 42 pass attempts for 414 yards and 2 touchdowns, also leading the Texans down the field to set up a Kris Brown game winning field goal. He played well down the stretch and the team finished 8-8 despite starting 0-4.

2009 seasonEdit

File:Matt Schaub - Houston Texans.jpg

During the 2009 NFL season, Schaub led the Texans to a 9-7 record, the first winning record in team history. He led the league in passing yards (4,770), completions (396), yards per game (298) and passing attempts (583), while finishing fifth in touchdowns (29), compiling a quarterback rating of 98.6. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl as an injury replacement to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, winning MVP honors.[8]

2010 seasonEdit

There were high hopes for the Texans with the league's leading passer (in yards) coming back for the 2010 year, but with the development of the running game, Matt Schaub was only 9/17 for 107 yards for a touchdown and an interception in a Week 1 victory against the Indianapolis Colts. Hopes for strong start to the season were rejuvenated when Matt Schaub threw for 497 yards in an overtime victory over the Washington Redskins on September 19, 2010.[9] Schaub would finish the season with 4370 passing yards, good for 4th in the league, but the team would finish 6-10 and miss the playoffs.

2011 seasonEdit

In 2011, the Texans made numerous defensive improvements as Matt Schaub led the Texans to its most successful season to date, helping guide his team part of the way to their first ever playoff appearance and clinching the first division title in Texans franchise history. Schaub started all 10 of the first regular season games, and while not on pace for one of his better seasons statistically, he helped his team reach 7-3, the best start after 10 weeks in franchise history.[10] After a week 10 game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Schaub was placed on IR with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot after a quarterback sneak. Schaub was initially replaced by Matt Leinart, who would go on to get knocked out for the season as well, leading to the eventual replacement by rookie T. J. Yates. The team finished 4-4 (includes playoff games) without Schaub as the starting quarterback.[11]

2012 seasonEdit

Schaub entered the 2012 season in the final year of the contract he signed when he initially joined the Texans back in 2007.

After the season opening win against the Miami Dolphins, Schaub signed a four year, $62 million extension with the Texans, keeping him under contract through 2016.[12]

During the week 3 game against the Denver Broncos, Schaub was illegally hit by Broncos defender Joe Mays and was thought to have lost part of his earlobe on the play, however he suffered only a laceration.[13]

In week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Schaub threw for a career-high 527 yards and a career-high 5 touchdown passes in a 43-37 overtime victory for the Texans. Schaub's 527 yards is tied with Hall of Famer and former Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon for the second-most passing yards in a single game in NFL history.[14]

In week 12, during the Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions, Schaub was kicked in the groin by Ndamukong Suh. Schaub rallied the Texans from a 10-point deficit to win once again in overtime, 34-31. After the game, Schaub said that he wouldn't want Suh on his team, calling him "not Houston Texan-worthy."[15]

Career statisticsEdit

Season Team G GS Comp Att Pct. Yds Avg TD Int Sck Sck Yrds Rate
2004 Falcons 6 1 33 70 47.1 330 4.7 1 4 4 14 42.0
2005 Falcons 16 1 33 64 51.6 495 7.7 4 0 6 27 98.1
2006 Falcons 16 0 18 27 66.7 208 7.7 1 2 2 8 71.2
2007 Texans 11 11 192 289 66.4 2,241 7.8 9 9 16 126 87.2
2008 Texans 11 11 251 380 66.1 3,043 8.0 15 10 23 149 92.7
2009 Texans 16 16 396 583 67.9 4,770 8.2 29 15 25 149 98.6
2010 Texans 16 16 365 574 63.6 4,370 7.6 24 12 32 226 92.0
2011 Texans 10 10 178 292 61.0 2,479 8.5 15 6 16 98 96.8
2012 Texans 16 16 350 544 64.3 4,008 7.4 22 12 27 216 90.7
2013 Texans
CAREER TOTAL 118 82 1,816 2,823 64.3 21,944 7.8 120 70 151 1,013 91.9

Texans franchise recordsEdit

  • Highest Passer Rating, Career - 93.3 (2007-2012)
  • Highest Passer Rating in a Single Season - 98.6 (2009)
  • Most Career Passing Yards - 20,911 (2007-2012)[16]
  • Most Passing Yards in a Single Season - 4,770 (2009)[16]
  • Most Passing Yards in a Game - 527 (11/18/2012 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Most 4,000 passing yard seasons, career – 3
  • Most 3,000 passing yard seasons, career – 4
  • Most consecutive seasons, 4,000 yards passing – 2 (2009-2010)
  • Most consecutive seasons, 3,000 yards passing – 3 (2008-2010)
  • Most 400+ yard passing games, career – 4
  • Most 300+ yard passing games, career – 25
  • Most 300+ yard passing games, season – 9 (2009)
  • Most Consecutive Passing 300+ yard Games - 4 (2010)
  • Most Career Pass Attempts - 2,662 (2007-2012)
  • Most Pass Attempts in a Single Season - 583 (2009)
  • Most Pass Attempts in a Game - 62 (12/13/10 vs. Baltimore Ravens)
  • Most Career Pass Completions - 1,732 (2007-2012)
  • Most Pass Completions in a Single Season - 396 (2009)
  • Most Pass Completions in a Single Game - 43 (11/18/2012 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Highest Completion Percentage, Career - 65.1 (2007-2012)
  • Most Career Passing Touchdowns - 114 (2007-2012)[16]
  • Most Passing Touchdowns in a Single Season - 29 (2009)[16]
  • Most Passing Touchdowns in a Game - 5 (11/18/2012 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Most Career 4th Quarter Comeback Wins - 9 (2007-2012)[16]
  • Most 4th Quarter Comeback Wins in a Single Season - 2 (4 times) (tied with David Carr)
  • Most Career Game Winning Drives - 12 (2007-2012)
  • Most Game Winning Drives in a Single Season - 4 (2009)[16]
  • Most Career Wins - 43 (2007-2012)

See alsoEdit


  1. Houston Texans team records
  2. "Official Website of NFL Quarterback Matt Schaub -". 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Schaub Selected in NFL Draft". Virginia Sports Information. 2004-04-24. Retrieved 2007-09-18.
  4. Pasquarelli, Len (2007-03-22). "Falcons agree to deal backup QB Schaub to Houston". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  5. AP (2007-03-22). "Texans introduce Schaub". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 2007-03-25. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  6. AP (2007-09-15). "Schaub's TDs lead Texans to first 2-0 start in team history". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-09-18.
  7. NFL Game Center: Post Game - Houston Texans at Atlanta Falcons - 2007 Week 4 NFL
  8. He was a Pro Bowl starter. "Offenses light up soggy Pro Bowl scoreboard as AFC comes out on top". ESPN. 2010-01-31. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  9. Scurfield, Nick (2010-09-12). "Foster leads Texans to 34-24 win". Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  11. "Texans' Matt Schaub put on IR". Associated Press. November 23, 2011.
  12. "Matt Schaub signs Houston Texans contract extension". Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  13. Hendricks, Maggie. "Matt Schaub loses piece of ear on illegal hit". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  14. Schaub's big day
  15. Matt Schaub: Ndamukong Suh not "Texan-worthy"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 "Houston Texans Team Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2012-08-19.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dan Ellis (starter in 2000)
Bryson Spinner (split duty in 2001)
Virginia Cavaliers quarterback
Succeeded by
Marques Hagans
Preceded by
Larry Fitzgerald (2008)
NFL Pro Bowl MVP
Succeeded by
DeAngelo Hall (2010)
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