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Tommy Grady
No. 4     
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-18) March 18, 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth: Huntington Beach, California
Career information
College: Utah
Undrafted in 2008
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Miami Dolphins ( 2009)*
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* ArenaBowl champion (XXXII)
  • ArenaBowl XXXII MVP (2019)
  • 2× First-Team All-Arena (2012, 2018)
  • AFL MVP (2012, 2018)
  • AFL Offensive Player of the Year (2012, 2018)
  • 2× AFL passing yards leader (2012, 2016)
  • AFL passing touchdown leader (2012)
  • AFL record 142 touchdown passes, season (2012)
  • AFL record 5,870 passing yards, season (2012)
  • AFL record 507 passing completions, season (2012)
  • AFL record 743 passing attempts, season (2012)
  • AFL record 12 touchdown passes, game (2012)
  • NAL champion (2017)
Comp. / Att.     2,793 / 4,356
Passing yards     32,008
TDINT     701–113
QB rating     114.91
Rushing TDs     15
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Thomas Grady (born March 18, 1985) is an American football quarterback for the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League (AFL).

After a standout high school career at Edison High School, Grady signed with the University of Oklahoma to continue his football career. After a lack of playing time for two years, Grady transferred to the University of Utah. While at Utah, Grady saw limited action again, making only three starts in his career.

After being passed on in the 2008 NFL Draft, Grady signed with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgs of af2 in 2009. When the Yard Dawgs transitioned into the Arena Football League, Grady was re-signed and led the Yard Dawgs to a 6–10 record. In 2011, Grady signed with the Utah Blaze, where he threw for 107 touchdowns while leading the Blaze to a 9–9 record, just missing the playoffs. After re-signing for the 2012 season, Grady posted the greatest single season for a quarterback in AFL history. He set single season records for touchdown passes (142) and passing yards (5,863), while also tying a single game record with 12 touchdown passes against the Cleveland Gladiators. He re-signed with the Blaze in 2013 to a three-year maximum contract.

Early lifeEdit

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Tommy Grady
QB
Huntington Beach, California Edison High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.9 Jul 8, 2003 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 5 (QB)   Rivals: 3 (QB), 9 (CA) 70 National
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

On July 8, 2003, Grady committed to Oklahoma.[1] Grady chose Oklahoma over offers from Florida State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Washington.[2]

College careerEdit

OklahomaEdit

Grady began his college career at the University of Oklahoma, He redshirted in 2003, and watched from the sidelines as starter Jason White won the Heisman Trophy. As White's backup in 2004, Grady completed 12 of 14 passes for 63 yards and one touchdown.

UtahEdit

Grady transferred to the University of Utah in 2005. He saw limited action as a junior in 2006, completing 7 of 14 passes for 102 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He entered his senior season as a backup, but took over as quarterback when starter Brian Johnson suffered an injury early in the year. Grady played in nine games, including six starts (4-2 record). He finished the season with 58 completions in 115 attempts, for a total of 681 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions. The highlight of the year for Grady was leading the Utes to a 44-6 rout over #11 ranked UCLA.

College career statistics Edit

NCAA collegiate career statistics
Oklahoma Sooners
Season Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB Rating Att Yards Avg TD
2004 12 14 63 85.7 1 0 147.1 1 9 9.0 0
Utah Utes
2006 7 14 102 50.0 1 3 91.9 3 0 0.0 0
2007 58 115 681 50.4 4 3 106.4 12 -28 -2.3 0
NCAA career totals 77 143 846 53.8 6 6 109.0 16 -19 -1.2 0
[3]

Professional careerEdit

Grady was rated the 35th best quarterback in the 2008 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[4]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 7 in 244 lb 27 in 8 ft 5 in

Oklahoma City Yard DawgzEdit

In 2009, after training camp with the NFL Dolphins, Grady played for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of af2. In 2010, Grady was re-signed by the Yard Dawgz. He was the starter for the Yard Dawgz in its only season in Arena Football League. He led the team to a 6–10 record.

Utah BlazeEdit

In 2011, Grady signed with the Utah Blaze. In the 2011 season, he led the Blaze to a 9–9 record, and threw for over 100 touchdowns.

He re-signed with the Blaze for the 2012 season.[5] Grady led the Blaze to a 12–6 record, with a playoff berth. During the season, Grady set a single-season record for touchdown passes with 142, breaking the previous mark of 117 set by Chris Greisen.[6] Grady's play during the season landed him the Arena Football League Offensive Player of the Year Award.[7] Grady also broke Greisen's record of passing yards in a single season, with 5,870.[7] During a July 13 game against the Cleveland Gladiators, Grady threw 12 touchdown passes, tying an AFL single-game record.[8]

Grady re-signed with the Blaze on November 1, 2012 to a three-year maximum.[7]

Pittsburgh PowerEdit

Grady was assigned to the Pittsburgh Power on September 6, 2013 after he was selected in the dispersal draft of the Chicago Rush and Blaze players.[9] The Power folded after the 2014 season.

Jacksonville SharksEdit

On January 20, 2015, Grady was assigned to the Jacksonville Sharks.[10]

On October 14, 2016, Grady was assigned to the Washington Valor during the dispersal draft after Jacksonville chose to leave the Arena Football League. However, Grady elected to remain with the Sharks in the newly-created National Arena League.

On November 29, 2016, it was announced that Grady had signed with the Sharks for the 2017 season.[11][12] He suffered a season-ending foot injury on April 24, 2017, against the Monterrey Steel.[13][14] Grady played in 5 games for the Sharks in 2017, completing 71 of 113 passes for 1,060 yards, 23 touchdowns and 1 interception.[15] On August 14, 2017, Grady signed with the Sharks for the 2018 season.[16]

Albany EmpireEdit

On April 2, 2018, Grady was assigned to the Albany Empire.[17]

AFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds TD
2010 Oklahoma City 363 597 60.8 4,307 81 17 104.87 23 -28 1
2011 Utah 382 580 65.9 4,365 107 11 120.01 30 44 5
2012 Utah 507 743 68.2 5,870 142 21 119.67 38 62 7
2013 Utah 310 541 57.3 3,570 67 28 86.73 17 32 1
2014 Pittsburgh 429 710 60.4 4,717 115 17 109.72 17 30 1
2015 Jacksonville 402 598 67.2 4,684 95 12 121.96 7 -17 0
2016 Jacksonville 400 587 68.1 4,495 94 7 125.39 3 10 0
2018 Albany 228 341 66.9 2,957 81 6 126.19 9 -12 0
Career 3,021 4,697 64.3 34,965 782 119 115.73 144 121 15

Stats from ArenaFan:[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Tommy Grady". www.rivals.com. Yahoo!. https://sports.yahoo.com/footballrecruiting/football/recruiting/player-Tommy-Grady-8659. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  2. "Tommy Grady". www.scout.com. MSN. http://oklahoma.scout.com/a.z?s=146&p=8&c=1&nid=222195. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  3. "Tommy Grady". www.sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/tommy-grady-1.html. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  4. "Tommy Grady". nfldraftscout.com. http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=8579&draftyear=2008&genpos=QB. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  5. Blaze sign QB Grady
  6. Jack Wang (July 13, 2012). "Utah Blaze's Grady thriving after college career on bench". The Salt Lake Tribune. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/54477515-77/grady-blaze-utah-game.html.csp. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Kyle Goon (November 1, 2012). "Utah Blaze sign QB Tommy Grady to 3-year deal". The Salt Lake Tribune. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/55195587-77/blaze-league-utah-grady.html.csp. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  8. "Utah Blaze Throttle Gladiators 83-63". www.kutv.com. CBS. July 14, 2012. http://www.kutv.com/sports/features/utah-blaze/stories/vid_23.shtml. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  9. "Pittsburgh Power Assigned 2012 AFL MVP Quarterback Tommy Grady". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. September 6, 2013. http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4679998. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  10. Chad Cushnir (January 20, 2015). "Sharks sign QB Tommy Grady". www.firstcoastnews.com. First Coast News. http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/sports/2015/01/20/jacksonville-sharks-quarterback-tommy-grady/22072877/. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  11. "All-Arena QB Tommy Grady returns to Sharks". news4jax.com. http://www.news4jax.com/sports/football/sharks/all-arena-qb-tommy-grady-returns-to-sharks. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  12. "ALL-ARENA QUARTERBACK TOMMY GRADY RETURNS TO SHARKS". jaxsharks.com. November 29, 2016. http://www.jaxsharks.com/news/?article_id=1146. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  13. Elliott, Jeff (April 29, 2017). "QB Fleming helps keep Jacksonville Sharks undefeated". jacksonville.com. https://web.archive.org/web/20170706002908/http://jacksonville.com/sports/2017-04-29/qb-fleming-helps-keep-jacksonville-sharks-undefeated. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  14. Shotola, Steven (April 26, 2017). "Sharks Stunned Steel 60-21 in Mexico - Jacksonville becomes the only undefeated team in the NAL". nationalarenaleague.com. https://web.archive.org/web/20170706002908/http://www.nationalarenaleague.com/news-m/234-sharks-stunned-steel-60-21-in-mexico-jacksonville-becomes-the-only-undefeated-team-in-the-nal.html. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  15. "Jacksonville Sharks". thestatguys.com. https://www.webcitation.org/6rk2GymKM. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  16. "ALL-ARENA QUARTERBACK TOMMY GRADY RETURNS TO SHARKS". jaxsharks.com. August 14, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170816023822/http://www.jaxsharks.com/news/?article_id=1273. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  17. "Team Transactions". arenafan.com. https://web.archive.org/web/20180403212808/http://www.arenafan.com/teams/Albany_Empire-238/transactions/. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  18. "Tommy Grady". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/players/11057/. Retrieved July 4, 2017.

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