Christian Hackenberg

Christian Hackenberg
No. 5New York Jets
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1995-02-14) February 14, 1995
Place of birth: Lehighton, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Fork Union (VA) Military
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Christian Blaize Hackenberg (born February 14, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After playing high school football at Fork Union Military Academy, Hackenberg was a highly sought-after recruit, and committed to Penn State prior to the revealing of sanctions against the program in wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, but ultimately stayed with the program, and won the starting quarterback job his freshman year.

In the 2016 NFL draft, Hackenberg was drafted by the Jets in the 2nd round, 51st overall.[2]

Early years

Hackenberg attended Fluvanna County High School for his freshman year before transferring to Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia. He was ranked as the best pro-style quarterback recruit by ESPN,[3] and the second best pro-style quarterback recruit by[4]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Christian Hackenberg
Fork Union, VA Fork Union Military Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 4.84 Feb 29, 2012 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN grade: 88
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


Hackenberg committed to Penn State after being recruited by a tandem of Penn State coaches – quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher and running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Charles London, turning down offers from Alabama, UConn, Florida, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.[4] Scouted as a five-star recruit by both and, and the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation, Hackenberg was described as an accurate, drop-back passer with ample athleticism who had a high ceiling.[5]

College career

As a true freshman in 2013, Hackenberg was named the team's starting quarterback.[6] In his first three games of the season, he twice earned Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week accolades, with a 72-percent completion percentage, 851 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, including a game against Eastern Michigan in which he set the Penn State single-game record for passing yards by a freshman with 311 (previous record of 280 held by Zack Mills).[7] Coach Bill O'Brien commended Hackenberg's leadership of the team, noting that the team fed off his calm demeanor, in contrast to O'Brien's fiery personality. He did note that Hackenberg made some mistakes typical of younger players, but he was on the fast track to grasping O'Brien's complex offensive schemes.[8] Hackenberg was a five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week and was named the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Hackenberg broke one Penn State overall and 11 school freshman games, or season passing and total offense records this year, including game (30) and season completions (231), game (340) and season passing yardage (2,955) and game (4) and season (20) touchdown passes. He also broke freshman marks for game (55) and season passing attempts (392) and the number of 200-yard (9) and 300-yard (4) passing games.


NCAA career statistics
Penn State Nittany Lions
Season Passing Rushing
GP GS Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB rating Att Yards Avg TD
2013 12 12 231 392 2,955 58.9 20 10 134.0 49 −68 −1.4 4
2014 13 13 270 484 2,977 55.8 12 15 109.4 93 −94 −1.0 0
2015 12 12 184 345 2,386 53.3 16 6 123.8 65 −84 −1.3 2
NCAA career totals 37 37 685 1,221 8,318 56.1 48 31 121.4 207 -246 -1.2 6


Professional career

On January 2, 2016, Hackenberg officially declared for the 2016 NFL Draft.[10] According to ESPN's Todd McShay, Hackenberg was the fifth-best quarterback among those eligible to enter the draft.[11]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 223 lb32 in9 in 4.78 s 7.04 s 31 in 9 ft 5 in
All values from NFL Combine[12]

Hackenberg was drafted in the 2nd round (51st overall) by the New York Jets in the 2016 NFL Draft. On May 12, 2016, Hackenberg signed a 4-year deal worth $4.66 million featuring a $1.6 million signing bonus.[13]

Hackenberg made his professional debut on August 27, 2016 during the third preseason game against the New York Giants, where he completed 6 out of 16 passes for 105 yards with a touchdown and an interception.[14] He also played in the preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 1, 2016, where he was 11 for 31 with 54 passing yards and an interception returned for a touchdown.[15]


  1. Moyer, Josh. "Hackenberg named B1G Freshman of the Year". ESPN. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  2. Cimini, Rich. "Jets take Christian Hackenberg, adding intrigue to QB situation". ESPN. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  3. "Christian Hackenberg". Football Recruiting – Player Profiles – ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. February 6, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  4. 1 2 "Christian Hackenberg". Yahoo! Sports – Football Recruiting. Yahoo!. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  5. "Christian Hackenberg – Scouting Report". Football Recruiting – Player Profiles – ESPN Insider (subscription required). ESPN Internet Ventures. February 6, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  6. Moyer, Josh (August 30, 2013). "Penn State Nittany Lions to start Christian Hackenberg at QB". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  7. "Hackenberg named Big Ten Freshman of Week". Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. NBC Universal. September 16, 2013. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  8. Flounders, Bob (September 18, 2013). "The Big Easy: Calm, confident Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg making big strides early in his career". The Patriot News. Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  9. "Christian Hackenberg". USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  10. Kalland, Robby (January 2, 2016). "Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg declares for the NFL Draft". Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  11. Shanker, Jared (January 2, 2016). "Christian Hackenberg to enter draft". Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  12. "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Christian Hackenberg". National Football League.
  13. Cimini, Rich. "Hackenberg signs rookie deal with Jets". ESPN. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  14. Slater, Darryl. "Jets' Christian Hackenberg shows progress, inexperience in debut". NJ. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  15. Schwab, Frank. "Jets QB Christian Hackenberg posts an unbelievably awful stat line". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
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