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Ricky Stanzi
Stanzi with the Cleveland Browns in 2016
Free agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-09-03) September 3, 1987 (age 34)
Place of birth: Mentor, Ohio
Career information
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 135
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Kansas City Chiefs ( 2011 2012)
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
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Stats at

Ricky Stanzi (born September 3, 1987) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at University of Iowa.

Early years

Originally from Kirtland, Ohio, Ricky attended Immaculate Conception School from Kindergarten to 8th Grade. Stanzi went to Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, Ohio and was rated a 3 star recruit.[1] He accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Iowa to play quarterback.[2]

College career

Stanzi posted .743 record as starting quarterback all three Bowl Games he started. Additionally, Stanzi also posted a 6–3 record against ranked opponents, including a 3–0 mark against top-5 opponents in his career. Notable wins include going 3–0 over Joe Paterno' Penn State teams and 3–0 over Kirk Cousins' Michigan State teams.[3]

Stanzi took over as starter at Iowa as a sophomore beginning in the 2008 season. He completed 150 passes for 1,956 yards with 14 TDs.

On November 7, 2009, during his junior season, Stanzi was replaced by James Vandenberg after suffering a sprained right ankle. It was later confirmed that Stanzi had surgery on his ankle.[4] Stanzi returned at the conclusion of the season to lead Iowa to an Orange Bowl victory over Georgia Tech. Stanzi ended up passing for 2,417 yards and 17 touchdowns in his junior season – completing 56.2 percent of his attempts.

Stanzi was 14–4 in his career as Iowa's starter going into his senior season, and in July 2010, Stanzi was named to the 2010 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and Manning Award watch lists. He was also a finalist for The 2010 Premier Player of College Football Trophy which is awarded based on fan votes.[5][6]

Stanzi returned to Iowa in 2010 with 9 touchdowns and no interceptions through his first four games. He completed 19-of-25 passes with three passing touchdowns on September 24, 2010.

One of Stanzi's most memorable moments of the 2010 season occurred on November 6 in a game against Indiana, in which he connected with Marvin McNutt for a 52-yard touchdown which put Iowa up 18–13 with 2:56 remaining in the game. Stanzi put up big numbers in the 2010 season with a 167.2 quarterback rating along with 22 touchdowns. Stanzi ranked third in the nation in passing efficiency.

College statistics

Year Team Attempts Completions Completion % Yards TDs INT
2006 Iowa
2007 Iowa 4 0 0.0% 0 0 0
2008 Iowa 254 150 59.1% 1,956 14 9
2009 Iowa 304 171 56.3% 2,417 17 15
2010 Iowa 345 221 64.1% 3,004 25 6
College Totals 907 542 59.8% 7,377 56 30

Professional career

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 38 in 223 lb 4.93 s 1.65 s 2.81 s 4.43 s 6.95 s 32 12 in 9 ft 2 in 30[7]

Kansas City Chiefs

Stanzi was selected with the 135th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.[9] Stanzi was activated for the first time in his NFL career for the Chiefs against the New England Patriots on November 21, 2011. At the end of the 2011 NFL season, Stanzi was second-string behind Kyle Orton.

Stanzi was expected to be the backup to Matt Cassel, and competed in the 2012 preseason with Brady Quinn, who was signed by the Chiefs on March 17, 2012. However, Quinn eventually won the number two spot.

Stanzi was released by the Chiefs on August 25, 2013.[10]

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed Stanzi off waivers on August 27, 2013. He was released on September 28 and re-signed on September 30. The Jaguars released Stanzi on August 29, 2014.[11]


The Houston Texans signed Stanzi to their practice squad on December 16, 2014. The New York Giants signed Stanzi off the Texans practice squad to a Reserve/Future contract on January 8, 2015.[12] On September 5, 2015, he was waived by the Giants.[13] The Detroit Lions signed Stanzi to their practice squad on September 8, 2015.[14] Stanzi participated in rookie minicamp on a tryout basis with the Cleveland Browns in 2016.[15] However, he went unsigned, and spent 2016 out of football. In April 2017, Stanzi participated in The Spring League, a developmental football league intended to provide a platform for free agents to be seen by scouts.[16]

Calgary Stampeders

Following the Spring League games, Stanzi signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL on May 16, where he competed to be the backup quarterback to Bo Levi Mitchell, a role which was held by fellow Iowa alumnus Drew Tate the previous season.[17] During the 2 game CFL preseason, Stanzi completed 13 of 18 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown, and added one rush for 14 yards.[18] Stanzi officially was named to the regular season active roster for the Stampeders on June 17.

On July 29, 2017 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Stanzi made his professional regular season debut when he entered during garbage time of Calgary's 60–1 victory. Stanzi's first CFL pass attempt was a completion to receiver Anthony Parker. Stanzi finished the game with one completion on two attempts, for 5 yards.[19] Stanzi finished the year with 4 completions on 8 attempts for 53 yards, no touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, all of his playing time coming during garbage time. The Stampeders advanced to the 105th Grey Cup, but were defeated by the Toronto Argonauts. Stanzi's opposing quarterback during the Spring League, McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who likewise spent 2017 as a CFL backup, was a member of the victorious Argonauts roster. The Stampeders would win the Grey Cup the following year, but Stanzi missed out, having been released after the first game of the 2018 regular season.[20]


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  2. "Player Bio: Ricky Stanzi". Iowa Hawkeyes Athletics.
  3. "Official Athletics Website of the Iowa Hawkeyes".
  4. Rittenberg, Adam (November 10, 2009). "Iowa's Stanzi has surgery, doubtful until bowl". ESPN. Retrieved November 11, 2009.
  5. Logue, Andrew (July 14, 2010). "Stanzi named to O’Brien watch list". Retrieved July 16, 2010.
  6. "Stanzi Named to Manning Watch List". July 27, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  7. "Historical NFL Wonderlic Scores". Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  8. "Ricky Stanzi Combine Profile". Retrieved March 15, 2011.
  9. "2011 NFL Draft Listing" (in en).
  10. Ferrin, Reid (August 25, 2013). "Chiefs Announce Roster Moves". Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  11. "Cut day: C Mike Brewster, QBs Ricky Stanzi and Stephen Morris waived".
  12. "Giants sign QB Ricky Stanzi". Pro-Football Talk. NBC Sports. January 8, 2015.
  13. Eisen, Michael (September 5, 2015). "New York Giants announce 53-man roster". Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  14. Katzenstein, Josh (September 8, 2015). "Lions add QB Ricky Stanzi to practice squad". The Detroit News. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  15. Jackson, Zac (May 13, 2016). "Browns giving QB Ricky Stanzi a look".
  16. "Is Spring League an NFL springboard? It's at least a shot".
  17. "Calgary Stampeders will have three-way battle for backup quarterback position". May 23, 2017.
  18. "Ricky Stanzi – Calgary Stampeders".
  19. "2017-07-29 Game Tracker – Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders (2395) –".

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