Stan Yagiello
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Personal information
Born: (1963-05-04) May 4, 1963 (age 57)
Livingston, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Livingston (NJ)
College:William & Mary
Career history
* Washington Redskins ( 1986)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* All-ECAC (1985)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:1
Career Arena statistics
Games played:6
QB Rating:57.97
Player stats at

Stan Yagiello (born May 4, 1963) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He also was a member of the Pittsburgh Gladiators and the New York Knights in the Arena Football League. He played college football at William & Mary.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Yagiello grew up in Livingston, New Jersey and attended Livingston High School.[1] He was a member of the state champion baseball and football teams where he was first-team All-State in 1979 and 1980. He was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 16th round of the 1981 MLB Draft.[2]

College career[edit | edit source]

Yagiello chose to pass on professional baseball and accepted a football scholarship from The College of William & Mary.[3] As a true freshman, he appeared in 3 games as a backup behind Chris Garrity, before being redshirted.

As a redshirt freshman, he platooned at quarterback with Dave Murphy, until the sixth game of the season against Dartmouth College, when he took over the regular starting role.[4][5]

As a sophomore, he had 18 out of 28 completions for 236 yards, 3 touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown, in a 28-12 win against the Virginia Military Institute.[6]

As a junior, he had 261 completions (school record) out of 428 pass attempts (school record) for 2,801 passing yards (second in school history).

As a fifth year senior, he had 240 completions (second in school history) out of 413 pass attempts (second in school history) for 2,962 passing yards (school record), 23 touchdown passes (school record) and was ranked 11th nationally in passing efficiency.[7] He made 24 completions for 405 yards (school record) and 2 touchdowns, in a 31-14 win against James Madison University.[8] He had 345 passing yards (second in school history) against Norfolk State University.

He finished his college football career as the first four-year starter in school history.[9] He also set career school records with 737 completions out of 1,246 pass attempts for 8,249 passing yards, 51 touchdown passes and twenty 200-yard passing games.

Yagiello also played college baseball, leading his team with a .437 batting average and a .470 on-base percentage as a junior in 1984.[10][3]

In 1997, he was inducted into the William and Mary Athletics Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Washington Redskins[edit | edit source]

Yagiello was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins after the 1986 NFL Draft, when he dropped because he wasn't considered as having the height needed to play professional football.[7] On August 18, he was released to make room for quarterback Doug Williams, who was coming from the United States Football League.[11][3]

Toronto Argonauts[edit | edit source]

On February 5, 1987, he signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.[12] He was released on June 19.

Montreal Alouettes[edit | edit source]

In June 1987, after his release from the Argonauts, Yagiello signed with the Montreal Alouettes. He was released a few weeks afterwards.[3]

Pittsburgh Gladiators (AFL)[edit | edit source]

On July 6, 1987, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Gladiators of the Arena Football League, to replace backup quarterback Kevin Russell.[3]

Dallas Cowboys[edit | edit source]

After the NFLPA strike was declared on the third week of the 1987 season, those contests were canceled (reducing the 16 game season to 15) and the NFL decided that the games would be played with replacement players. On September 21, he was signed to be a part of the Dallas Cowboys replacement team, that was given the mock name "Rhinestone Cowboys" by the media.[13] He was a backup quarterback behind Kevin Sweeney, Danny White and Loren Snyder. He played in one game and was cut on October 7.[14]

New York Knights[edit | edit source]

In 1987, he was signed by the New York Knights of the Arena Football League to be the backup quarterback.[15] He was released on June 2, 1988.[16]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Bodnar in star spot at William and Mary". Rahway New Record. November 3, 1983. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  2. "Stan Yagiello MLB". Baseball Reference. USA TODAY Sports. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Gary Tuma (July 7, 1987). "Gladiators release Russell, sign Yagiello". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.,1977664. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  4. "College Football Preview". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  5. "Wallace Injured as Midshipmen Rout William and Mary, 39-3". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  6. "Stan Yagiello passed for three touchdowns and ran for...". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Fanfare". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  8. "William & Mary 31, James Madison 14". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  9. "Former Tribe Great David Corley '03 Elected to W&M Athletics Hall of Fame". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  10. "Former Tribe Great David Corley '03 Elected to W&M Athletics Hall of Fame". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  11. "The Washington Redskins Monday released former USFL kicker Jim Asmus". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  12. Argos sign QB. (1987, Feb 06). The Vancouver Sun, pp. D.3-D3.
  13. "On the Field, Jets Fall to Dallas". Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  14. "Cowboys".,2469815&hl=es. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  15. "Stan Yagiello". ArenaFan. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  16. "Transactions". Retrieved January 12, 2019.

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