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Steve Bellisari
No. 9     
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-04-21) April 21, 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth: Boca Raton, Florida
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 6 / Pick: 205
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* St. Louis Rams ( 2002)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Stats at NFL.com
Comp. / Att.     215 / 350
Passing yards     2,547
TDINT     52–15
QB rating     102.88
Rushing TD     8
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Steve Bellisari (born April 21, 1980) is a former American football quarterback. He is best known for his time playing football at Ohio State University from 1998 to 2001.

College careerEdit

Bellisari, a special teams player and a defensive back his first year, replaced Joe Germaine as the Ohio State starting quarterback in 1999. He had a stellar prep career at Boca Raton High School, but had a disappointing career at Ohio State.

In contrast to the accurate Germaine, Bellisari was a more athletic, yet at times erratic thrower. Notably, however, Bellisari's interception rate was 3.82%, lower than more highly recognized Ohio State quarterbacks Art Schlichter, Mike Tomczak, Greg Frey, and Bobby Hoying. Bellisari experienced an increasingly controversial tenure as Ohio State's starting quarterback, culminating in a one-game suspension towards the end of his senior season following an arrest for drunk driving.[1] He was re-instated before the Michigan game, but did not start.[1][2] Bellisari traveled with the team to the Outback Bowl against South Carolina, where he finished his career as a substitute, leading Ohio State back from a large deficit to tie the game before giving up an interception that allowed South Carolina to kick a winning field goal.[3]

StatisticsEdit

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
1998 Ohio State 3 5 60.0 24 4.8 0 0 100.3 0 0 0.0 0
1999 Ohio State 101 224 45.1 1,616 7.2 12 9 115.3 116 332 2.9 2
2000 Ohio State 163 310 52.6 2,319 7.5 13 13 120.9 107 179 1.7 1
2001 Ohio State 98 185 53.0 1,599 8.6 8 6 133.4 72 97 1.3 2
Career 365 724 50.4 5,558 7.7 33 28 122.2 295 608 2.1 5

Source:[4]

Professional careerEdit

Bellisari was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 2002 NFL Draft and converted to safety. After being out of football, in 2005 Bellisari played for the Dayton Warbirds of the NIFL, an indoor football league, and later moved up to the Manchester Wolves in the second half of the 2005 af2 season, leading them into the playoffs with four straight victories to finish out the year. Seldom turning the ball over in his stay with the Wolves, Bellisari was driving the Wolves down the field late in the fourth quarter when he threw his last pass as a Wolf, a game-sealing interception to the Florida Firecats. The final score was Florida 40, Manchester 39.

AFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds TD
2007 New Orleans 190 304 62.5 2,262 47 12 107.37 27 50 7
2008 New Orleans 25 46 54.3 285 5 3 73.19 2 5 1
Career 215 350 61.4 2,547 52 15 102.88 29 55 8

Stats from ArenaFan:[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sullivan, Lucas (November 19, 2001). "Bellisari reinstated, apologizes; Tressel names Krenzel starter". The Lantern. https://www.thelantern.com/2001/11/bellisari-reinstated-apologizes-tressel-names-krenzel-starter/. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  2. Estle, Sarah; O'Neil, Dave (November 28, 2001). "Bellisari sentenced to three days in jail". The Lantern. https://www.thelantern.com/2001/11/bellisari-sentenced-to-three-days-in-jail/. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  3. Sullivan, Luke (December 31, 2001). "Buckeyes show fight in bowl rematch". The Lantern. https://www.thelantern.com/2001/12/buckeyes-show-fight-in-bowl-rematch/. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  4. "Steve Bellisari". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/steve-bellisari-1.html. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  5. "Steve Bellisari". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/players/5198/. Retrieved August 11, 2017.

External linksEdit

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