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Brodie Croyle

Brodie Croyle
Croyle while with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008.
No. 12, 14
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-02-06) February 6, 1983
Place of birth: Rainbow City, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Rainbow City (AL) Westbrook Christian
College: Alabama
NFL draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 85
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT: 8-9
Passing Yards: 1,669
QB Rating: 67.8
Stats at

John Brodie Croyle (; born February 6, 1983)[1][2] is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL) in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft.[3] He played college football for the University of Alabama from 2002 to 2005.[3]

Despite being hindered by knee injuries in his senior season in high school, Croyle was a highly recruited prospect by Louisiana State University, Florida State University and the University of Alabama. On the night Croyle was ready to announce his decision to attend Florida State, he changed his mind and chose Alabama, his father's alma mater, instead. In Croyle's four years playing for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, he set numerous school records, and was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Croyle led the Crimson Tide to the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic and was named the game's offensive MVP.

Though he saw little playing time in his rookie season in the NFL, Croyle shared the starting position with Damon Huard in 2007. On November 18, Croyle started his first game as the Chiefs' starting quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts.

Croyle remained the Chiefs' starting quarterback for the remainder of the season despite losing all six games that he started. He was the incumbent starter heading into the 2008 regular season,[4][5] but suffered a shoulder injury in the Chiefs' first game.[6] Croyle returned in Week 7 but suffered a torn MCL and was ruled out for the remainder of the season.[7] Croyle began the 2009 season once again as the Chiefs' starting quarterback, filling in for an injured Matt Cassel. Croyle was released by the Chiefs in 2011 and later signed with the Arizona Cardinals. On May 21, 2012, he announced his immediate retirement from professional football.[8]


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • Kansas City Chiefs 3.1
      • 2006 season 3.1.1
      • 2007 season 3.1.2
      • 2008 season 3.1.3
      • 2009 season 3.1.4
    • Arizona Cardinals 3.2
      • 2011 season 3.2.1
      • 2012 season 3.2.2
    • Retirement 3.3
  • Personal life 4
  • Career statistics 5
    • College 5.1
    • NFL 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early years

The son of John Croyle, a former defensive end for the University of Alabama, Croyle was born on February 6, 1983. He attended high school at Westbrook Christian School in Rainbow City, Alabama and became a Super-Prep All-American selection in football.[1] In his sophomore season, Croyle passed for 3,787 yards and 44 touchdowns. That same season he passed for 528 yards and 7 touchdowns in one game. Croyle had an equally successful junior year passing for 2,838 yards and 38 touchdowns.[1] Croyle led his team to the state championship that year, but the team lost by a field goal.[9]

Entering his senior year, many scouts had Croyle ranked as high as the #2 quarterback in the country behind Joe Mauer. However, Croyle's high school career ended abruptly in the first game of his senior season against Glencoe High School after a hit by an opposing player tore Croyle's anterior cruciate ligament, causing him to miss the remainder of his final year.[10][11] When he graduated, he held the Alabama state records for career passing yards with 9,323, and career touchdowns with 105. He set marks for most passing yards in a single season, passing yards in a single game, touchdown passes in a season, and touchdown passes in a game.[1][9][10]

College career

Despite the knee injury, Croyle received interest from members the

  • Kansas City Chiefs biography

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Brodie Croyle #12 Biography, Accessed 5 March 2008. Archived March 3, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c Brodie Croyle on, Accessed 5 March 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Chiefs select QB Brodie Croyle in round 3, 29 April 2006.
  4. ^ a b Covitz, Randy. Herm says Croyle will be No. 1 quarterback in 2008 Kansas City Star, 24 December 2007.
  5. ^ a b Williamson, Bill. Several '08 picks should make immediate impact, 18 June 2008.
  6. ^ a b Associated Press (2008-09-08). "Chiefs QB Croyle out for this week". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Associated Press (2008-10-19). "Chiefs QB Croyle sprains right knee, done for the season". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  8. ^ a b Lin, Dennis (2012-05-21). "Former Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle retires from NFL". The Birmingham News. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  9. ^ a b c d e One on One: Brodie Croyle, Part One, 3 September 2007.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i Gil Brandt's Analysis By Position: Quarterbacks, 27 April 2006.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i Thorman, Chris. For every Croyle injury..., 27 December 2007.
  12. ^ Last-second field goal lifts Bama to Cotton Bowl win, 2 January 2006.
  13. ^ a b Cotton Bowl notebook: Croyle’s UA career ends with win, records, Accessed 5 March 2008.
  14. ^ Chiefs agree to terms with Hali and Croyle, 29 July 2006.
  15. ^ a b Associated Press. Injury problems raising concerns about Croyle's role with Chiefs, 26 December 2007.
  16. ^ 2006 QB Wonderlic scores Wonderlic Blog, 9 March 2006.
  17. ^ a b c Associated Press. Backup no more: Huard earns starting role in K.C., 25 August 2007.
  18. ^ King, Jason. It's not easy being (Trent) Green Kansas City Star, 22 May 2007.
  19. ^ Teicher, Adam. Green expresses frustration; Chiefs re-sign Allen Kansas City Star, 22 May 2007.
  20. ^ Nugent, Mike. A New Era in Kansas City, 13 November 2007.
  21. ^ King, Jason. Herm refutes Green's assertion that quarterback competition stacked against him Kansas City Star, 23 May 2007.
  22. ^ Teicher, Adam. QB Croyle has the look of a starter Kansas City Star, 19 June 2007.
  23. ^ a b c Associated Press. Jags' defense contains Chiefs' ground attack in near shut-out, 7 October 2007.
  24. ^ Associated Press. Edwards: Croyle will be Chiefs' starting quarterback, 12 November 2007.
  25. ^ a b Associated Press. Vinatieri's field goal with 4 ticks left wins it for Colts, 18 November 2007.
  26. ^ Brodie Croyle to start as Chiefs quarterback Kansas City Star, 12 November 2007.
  27. ^ a b Pasquarelli, Len. After missing game due to injury, Chiefs QB Croyle set to return vs. Broncos, 7 December 2007.
  28. ^ a b Associated Press. Chiefs' QB Brodie Croyle injured after INT against Lions, 23 December 2007.
  29. ^ a b Associated Press. Jets clip Chiefs in OT to beat Edwards in return to Giants Stadium, 30 December 2007.
  30. ^ a b Rand, Jonathan. The Croyle Question, 20 December 2007.
  31. ^ "Chiefs QB Brodie Croyle leaves game against Pats". Associate Press. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  32. ^ Wyatt, Jim (2008-09-10). "Ingle Martin leaving Titans for Chiefs". Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  33. ^ "Chiefs QB Thigpen to start vs. Falcons". Associated Press. 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  34. ^ King, Peter (2009-02-28). "Chiefs complete trade for Cassel". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  35. ^ "Chiefs acquire QB Matt Cassel, LB Mike Vrabel in trade with Patriots". Kansas City Chiefs. 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  36. ^ a b Associated Press (2009-08-14). "Thigpen and Croyle duel for Chiefs' backup QB spot". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  37. ^ a b "The Morning After". Kansas City Chiefs. 2009-08-16. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  38. ^ a b Associated Press (2009-09-16). "Haley: Cassel (knee) a question mark". Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  39. ^ Associated Press (2009-09-13). "Kansas City 24, Baltimore 38". Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  40. ^ Associated Press (2009-09-16). "Cassel picks up pace in practice". Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  41. ^ One on One: Brodie Croyle, Part 2, 3 September 2007.
  42. ^ a b Hicks, Tommy. "Croyle ready to run offense, walk down aisle", Press-Register, 1 July 2007.


Year Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards TDs Int Att Yds Avg TD
2006 3 7 23 0 2 3 -3 -1.0 0
2007 127 224 1,227 6 6 7 18 2.6 0
2008 20 29 151 0 0 -- -- -- --
2009 23 40 230 2 0 -- -- -- --
2010 8 19 38 0 1 -- -- -- --
Totals 181 319 1,669 8 9 10 15 1.5 0


Year Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards TDs Int Att Yds Avg TD
2002 60 123 1,046 5 5 37 -2 -0.1 3
2003 182 341 2,303 16 13 71 7 0.1 0
2004 44 66 534 6 0 9 -27 -3.0 0
2005 202 339 2,499 14 4 64 -156 -2.4 1
Totals 488 869 6,382 41 22 181 -178 -1.0 4


Career statistics

Croyle volunteers at the Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home and school founded by his father for children from troubled and abusive situations,[1][41] and at the Drumm Farm in Independence, Missouri, a facility that provides foster children with a safe and stable home.[1] Croyle serves as a spokesperson for Johnson County Court Appointed Special Advocate.[1] On July 14, 2007 Croyle married Kelli Schutz, the 2005 winner of the America's Junior Miss competition.[1][42] The couple met in Mobile, Alabama in 2006, while Croyle was preparing for the Senior Bowl.[42]

Personal life

On May 21, 2012 Croyle announced his retirement from the NFL.[8]


On January 8, 2012, Croyle was signed by the Arizona Cardinals to replace quarterback Max Hall, who was waived.

2012 season

After leaving the Chiefs as a free agent, Croyle signed with the Arizona Cardinals on August 23, 2011. Croyle was waived on September 2, 2011.

2011 season

Arizona Cardinals

Croyle played the entire game at quarterback for the Chiefs' regular season opener against the Baltimore Ravens when Cassel was still unable to play. Despite completing 16-of-24 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, the Chiefs lost to the Ravens 38–24.[39][40] However solid play during week 1 was not enough, Cassel returned to practice and started against the Oakland Raiders in Week 2.[38]

After the Chiefs acquired quarterback Matt Cassel from the New England Patriots,[34][35] Croyle entered training camp competing against Tyler Thigpen for a roster spot as backup quarterback.[36] The first depth chart in training camp listed Croyle as the second quarterback ahead of Thigpen.[36] Croyle entered the Chiefs' first preseason game of 2009 (against the Houston Texans) as the second quarterback and finished as the team's leading passer (12-of-18 for 145 yards) and looked poised throughout the evening to post a 91.2 quarterback rating.[37] The Chiefs would go on to lose the game 16–10.[37] After quarterback Matt Cassel was injured on August 29 against the Seattle Seahawks,[38] Croyle started the final game of the preseason against the St. Louis Rams.

2009 season

After missing four games, Croyle returned to start against the Tennessee Titans in Week 7.[7] He was injured on Kansas City's 14th play when he was sandwiched between two rushing defenders while throwing a pass early in the second quarter. He limped off the field.[7] He slammed his helmet to the turf once he reached the sideline, then hobbled down a tunnel.[7] After the game, Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards announced that Croyle would miss the remainder of the 2008 season.[7]

Croyle entered the 2008 season as the Chiefs' starting quarterback.[4][5] During the season opener against the New England Patriots on September 7, Croyle left the game in the third quarter with a bruised shoulder after being sacked by linebacker Adalius Thomas. Prior to the injury, Croyle completed 11 out of 19 with no touchdowns or interceptions.[31] Two days after the game, the Chiefs signed quarterback Ingle Martin off the Tennessee Titans' practice squad to back up Damon Huard and Tyler Thigpen in Croyle's absence.[32] In Croyle's absence, Damon Huard started the Chiefs' game against the Oakland Raiders the following week.[6] Huard suffered a neck injury, so Tyler Thigpen became the third Chiefs starting quarterback in as many games.[33]

2008 season

Croyle lost all six games that he started for the Chiefs in 2007. Despite his poor performance as a starter, Croyle's statistics were considered to be hard to evaluate.[30] With a lack of pass protection and the absence of a stable starting running back in Larry Johnson, the Chiefs may not have seen Croyle at his best in 2007.[30]

In the final game of the season, Croyle led the Chiefs to a 10–10 tie with the Jets with just three minutes remaining.[29] However, the Chiefs lost 13–10 with a Jets field goal in overtime. Croyle would finish the game 20-of-43 for 195 yards.[29]

Croyle started his first home game at Arrowhead Stadium on November 25 against the Oakland Raiders, but injured his back in the 20–17 loss. The injury sidelined Croyle for the following week's game against the San Diego Chargers, and Damon Huard started in Croyle's place. The injured quarterbacks continued to rotate playing time, and Croyle was again declared the starter for Kansas City's game against the Denver Broncos on December 9.[27] The plan, barring injury, was for Croyle to start the remaining games of the 2007 season, so that coach Herm Edwards and his staff could better evaluate him moving forward into 2008.[27] However, Croyle bruised his hand while trying to stop a defender from running an interception in for a touchdown[15][28] and Damon Huard, who was the only active quarterback on the Chiefs' roster besides Croyle,[28] filled in for the remainder of the game.

On November 11, Croyle again substituted for an injured Huard in the final half of a 27–11 loss to the Denver Broncos. Croyle finished the game 17-for-30 for 162 yards, with one interception, in the loss that dropped Kansas City to 4–5 on the year.[24] The following day, Croyle was named the starting quarterback for the Chiefs' upcoming game against the Indianapolis Colts, and made his first start on November 18 at the RCA Dome in a 13–10 loss.[25][26] Croyle was the first quarterback drafted by Kansas City to start a game for the Chiefs since Todd Blackledge started a game in 1984. Croyle was 19-of-27 for 169 yards with one touchdown, but he lost a fumble that set up Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal.[25]

On October 7, in a regular season home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Huard was injured in the fourth quarter. Croyle substituted for the remainder of the game and threw his first NFL touchdown pass on the final play of regulation to Samie Parker in the 17–7 loss.[23] The touchdown helped Kansas City avoid its first shut-out loss at home since 1994.[23] Croyle's last minute drive made him 6-for-13 for 83 yards and one touchdown.[23]

Throughout the offseason, Croyle was given every opportunity to win the starting job over Damon Huard. Against the New Orleans Saints while Huard sat out with a calf injury, Croyle completed only 5 of 17 passes for 45 yards as the Chiefs lost 30–7 and dropped to 0–3 in exhibition.[17] but poor play in the pre-season led to Huard being named the Chiefs' starting quarterback for the season opener against the Houston Texans.[17]

In April 2007, nearly a year after Croyle was drafted, Chiefs starting quarterback Trent Green was traded to the Miami Dolphins. In the months prior to the trade agreement, Green had stated that he was being treated unfairly on and off the field and that the pre-season quarterback competition was "weighted" towards Croyle.[18][19][20] Head coach Herman Edwards, who was emphasizing a "youth movement" on the team's roster at the time, voiced his displeasure with Green's outspoken comments and simply said that he was "trying to create competition."[21] Edwards indicated throughout the off-season that the Chiefs' starting quarterback position was up for grabs.[22]

Croyle in my mind is going to be a good quarterback in this organization—no doubt about it.[17]

Herman Edwards in 2007.

2007 season

Croyle saw few snaps his rookie season and played in only 2 games.[2] He completed 3 of 7 passes for 23 yards including 2 interceptions.[2] One of those interceptions was returned by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Rian Wallace for a touchdown. Croyle originally was assigned the number four as his jersey number but later switched back to his collegiate number twelve after the release of wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe.

2006 season

Kansas City Chiefs

(* represents NFL Combine)

Pre-draft measureables
Weight 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
205 lb (93 kg)* 4.92s[10] 4.25[10] 7.34[10] 30.5[10] X 24[16]

On April 29, 2006, the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Croyle in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft as the 85th overall selection, and he signed a four-year contract on July 28.[1][14] Croyle's reputation for being injury prone caused him to drop into the third round of the draft.[3][10][15]

Professional career

His 2,499 passing yards in 2005 were the highest single-season total in Alabama's school history. His total 202 completions and 339 passing attempts rank as the second-best seasonal marks in school annals.[1] His 2,311 yards of total offense were the third-best seasonal mark in the history of the school, and his 1.18 interception percentage was the lowest single-season mark in school history as well.[1]

Undaunted, he fully recovered from the injury in 2005 and started all 12 games as a senior; completing 202 of 339 passes for 2,499 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions and one rushing touchdown. Croyle led the Crimson Tide to a #8 national ranking, a 10–2 record, and a 13–10 victory over Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl Classic, where he shared the game's Most Valuable Player honors with teammate DeMeco Ryans.[1][10][11][12][13] In his final season at Alabama, Croyle attempted a then-school-record 190 passes without an interception and a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation’s most outstanding senior quarterback.[1] He became the first Alabama quarterback to start every game in a season since 1996.[13]

Croyle started the 2004 season hoping to help his team improve on their last record of 4–9. Croyle started three games, completing 44 of 66 passes for 534 yards with six touchdowns.[1] But during the third game of the season against Western Carolina University, Croyle tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his other knee.[10][11] Croyle was forced to sit out the rest of the season, and the team finished with a 6-6 record.[11]

[1] His 341 pass attempts on the season were the highest seasonal total in Crimson Tide history while his 16 touchdown passes tied the single-season mark.[11][1] Community Award.Derrick Thomas and won the MVP He was subsequently named the Dixie Memorial Award winner as the club’s [11] The Crimson Tide's 2003 season ended with a record of 4–9.[11] Coach Price mentored Croyle throughout the 2003 spring drills and practice but was dismissed from the head coach position in May 2003 for his conduct off the field. Soon after,

was hired to replace Franchione in January 2003. Mike Price head coach Washington State. Texas A&M resigned to take the same position at Dennis Franchione After the 2002 season, Alabama head coach [11] Most Improved Freshman after starting two games in 2002.Ozzie Newsome his freshman year at Alabama, Croyle earned a spot as the top backup in his second season behind senior starter Tyler Watts. Croyle's coaches voted for him as the red-shirting After [1] in January 2001.University of Alabama Croyle graduated early from high school and enrolled at the [11]. Interestingly enough, the Crimson Tide were not fazed by Croyle’s rather serious ligament tear, for they felt he would heal well enough that his talent still warranted a spot on the roster.Alabama Crimson Tide On the night before he was to announce his college decision to play for Florida State, Croyle announced that he would instead play for the [9]

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