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Cody Pickett

Cody Pickett
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-06-30) June 30, 1980
Place of birth: Caldwell, Idaho
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Caldwell High School
College: Washington
NFL draft: 2004 / Round: 7 / Pick: 217
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT: 0–4
Passing yards: 195
QB Rating: 16.4
Stats at
Career CFL statistics
TD-INT: 4–5
Passing yards: 2,163
Stats at

Cody J. Pickett[1] (born June 30, 1980) is a former professional gridiron football quarterback in the National Football League and Canadian Football League. He was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Awards and honors 3
  • Professional career 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early years

Cody Pickett was a four-sport athlete at Caldwell High School where he graduated in 1999. He lettered in football, basketball, golf, and rodeo, in which he was a national champion. Originally recruited by Jim Lambright at the University of Washington, Pickett accepted a scholarship from new coach Rick Neuheisel to play for the Huskies.[2]

Pickett's family home was located off Chicken Dinner Road, near Caldwell, Idaho.[2][3]

College career

In his first season of 1999, Pickett was the backup to starter Marques Tuiasosopo and saw limited action; he was granted a medical redshirt for an ailing back in the last half of the 1999 season. He was the backup again to Tuiasosopo 2000; the Huskies went 11-1, won the Rose Bowl over Purdue, and finished #3 in the final polls.

Pickett was the starting quarterback at UW for three seasons 2001-03, where his primary target was wide receiver Reggie Williams. His senior season saw a head coaching change, as Neuheisel was dismissed in the summer and replaced with Keith Gilbertson.

Rather than enter the 2003 NFL Draft, Pickett chose to return to Washington for his senior season. He was considered a Heisman Trophy candidate and written up in Sports Illustrated but a shoulder injury that year hurt his chances.[4]

Awards and honors

  • Honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 (2000)
  • Honorable mention All-Pac-10 (2001)
  • Huskies Offensive Most Valuable Player (2002)
  • Second-team All-Pac-10 (2002)
  • Honorable mention SI All-American (2002)
  • Honorable mention All-American (2002)

Professional career

Pickett was selected in the 7th round (217th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Pickett started the 2005 season as the fourth-string quarterback, but became the starter after Tim Rattay was traded, and Alex Smith and Ken Dorsey were injured. Pickett played on special teams most of the season, an unusual role for a quarterback. He also played safety and wide receiver during practice.

Pickett demonstrates a Quarterback Slide at a 2009 Argonauts training camp fan day.

Pickett was traded on July 27, 2006 to the Houston Texans for a conditional draft pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He was released by the Texans on September 1, 2006. Pickett was selected to the 2007 Rhein Fire NFL Europe team as a free agent and was their starting quarterback.

In July 2007, the Oakland Raiders signed Pickett to a one-year contract, but released him on August 1st.

On September 18, 2007, Pickett was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. Pickett made his first CFL game appearance on September 12, 2008 against the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Rogers Centre in relief of starting quarterback Kerry Joseph. He made his first CFL start on September 20, 2008, against the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium.[5][6]

On August 11, 2009, head coach Bart Andrus named Cody Pickett as the starting quarterback for the team's next game, against the B.C. Lions.[7]

On February 21, 2010, Pickett was released by the Argonauts. On March 8, 2010, Pickett was signed by the Montreal Alouettes.[8] On June 7, 2010, Cody Pickett was released by the Montreal Alouettes. On June 15, 2010, Cody Pickett was signed by the Calgary Stampeders.

Following the 2010 CFL season, Pickett retired from pro football and returned to Idaho.[9]

Personal life

Pickett's father is Dee Pickett, a championship roper on professional rodeo circuit and the 1984 World Champion Cowboy, inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in August 2003. Dee also played college football; he was the starting quarterback at Boise State in 1976 and 1977.[10][11] Pickett in the off season coaches his younger sister's basketball team, Team 208, which is a travel team around the Boise, Idaho area.


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External links

  • Toronto Argonauts bio
  • Washington Huskies bio
Preceded by
Marques Tuiasosopo
Washington Huskies starting quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Casey Paus

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