Jay Schroeder

Jay Schroeder
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Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-06-28) June 28, 1961
Place of birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Palisades (CA)
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
Career history
As player:
As coach:
As executive:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 114–108
Yards: 20,063
QB Rating: 71.7
Player stats at NFL.com

Jay Brian Schroeder (born June 28, 1961) is a former professional American football quarterback. He played college football at UCLA, after which he was selected in the third round (83rd overall) of the 1984 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins where he played for three seasons. He then played for the Los Angeles Raiders five season, he then spent one season each with the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals.

While with the Washington Redskins, Schroeder was selected to his only Pro Bowl in his final season with the team. He also won his only Super Bowl ring, when the Redskins won Super Bowl XXII over the Denver Broncos.

American football career

Schroeder attended Palisades High School and was a high school football teammate of actor Forest Whitaker.

He was a third round draft pick in the 1984 NFL Draft by Washington after a college career at UCLA, in which he started only one game. He did produce a memorable moment, throwing a game-winning touchdown pass on a deflection to future NFL star Freeman McNeil to beat arch-rival USC.[1] He also played minor league baseball in the Pioneer League.

Schroeder entered as quarterback for the Redskins when starter Joe Theismann suffered a career ending leg injury on Monday Night Football in the second quarter of the eleventh game of the season against the New York Giants November 18, 1985. Schroeder's first pass after Theismann was taken off the field was a 43-yard completion to Art Monk.[2] The Redskins came close to a touchdown after the catch, but a fumble by John Riggins inside the five yard line was recovered by Lawrence Taylor. Washington eventually won the game, 23-21.

Schroeder led the Redskins to a 4-1 record after that game. He gained the starting spot on the Redskins in his third NFL season, and led them to a 12-4 record while throwing for a then team record 4,109 passing yards (Kirk Cousins, 4,166 yards, 2015). He led Washington to the NFC title game where they were shut out 17-0 by the New York Giants.

The following season, Schroeder suffered a separated shoulder in the first game against the Philadelphia Eagles and was replaced by Doug Williams. Williams disliked Schroeder for pointedly waving him off the field when head coach Joe Gibbs thought Schroeder had been injured and sent Williams in as a precaution. Schroeder returned that season, but was continually nagged by the injury, allowing the more popular Williams to gain the starting position for the Redskins' playoff run.

Williams led the Redskins to a championship victory that year in Super Bowl XXII. Schroeder was traded the following season for Raiders tackle Jim Lachey, who proved to be a perennial Pro Bowl player for the Redskins.

Schroeder spent several seasons as the Raiders' starting quarterback. He led the Raiders to the AFC championship game as a starter in the 1990 season. His team was blown out by the Buffalo Bills 51-3 with Schroeder intercepted five times.

Todd Marinovich replaced him for one regular season and one playoff contest in the 1991 season, and Jeff Hostetler arrived in 1993 after Schroeder was waived.

Schroeder retired in 1995 with 1,426 of 2,808 completions for 20,063 yards and 114 touchdowns, with 108 interceptions, while also rushing for 761 yards and five touchdowns.

Baseball career

Schroeder began his sports career in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system. He was drafted 3rd overall in the 1979 Major League Baseball Draft by the Blue Jays.[3] He was inducted in the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

Coaching career

Starting in 2000, he was an offensive coordinator at Christian High School San Diego, in El Cajon, California, a suburb of San Diego, under Head Coach Matt Oliver. In 2007, he coached at Snow Canyon High School and as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach. He then became an assistant coach for Oaks Christian High School in California. In December 2010, Jay was hired as the Director of Football Operations[4] at Village Christian School in Sun Valley, California. He also coached Varsity and JV golf at Village Christian.

He has also occasionally worked as an analyst for Sky Sports' NFL coverage since November 2007.

He is currently the quarterbacks coach at Desert Hills High School in St. George, Utah.[5]


  1. "Schroeder's Pass to McNeil Haunts Trojans Even Now". Los Angeles Times. 1985-11-20.
  2. Brennan, Christine (1985-11-19), "Theismann Out for the Year, Redskins Win", The Washington Post, retrieved 2010-12-18
  3. "1979 Toronto Blue Jays Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  4. "NFL Great Jay Schroeder Named New Football Director" Retrieved 2010-12-15
  5. Briggs, Richard (August 22, 2014). "Desert Hills football prepares for championship defense". TheSpectrum.com. Retrieved August 22, 2016.

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