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Curtis Painter

Curtis Painter
No. --     Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-06-24) June 24, 1985
Place of birth: Watseka, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Vincennes (IN) Lincoln
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 201
Debuted in 2009 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2013
Pass attempts 275
Pass completions 142
Percentage 51.6
TDINT 6–12
Passing yards 1,640
QB Rating 59.1
Stats at

Curtis Jeffrey Painter (born June 24, 1985) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Purdue Boilermakers.

High school career

Curtis Painter was born in Watseka, Illinois. During his freshman year, Painter moved to Vincennes, Indiana, where he attended Lincoln High School and was a PrepStar All-American.[1] During his high school football career, Painter had a three-year record of 28–7 with 4,946 passing yards, 49 passing touchdowns, and 17 rushing touchdowns. He ended his high school career a finalist on the Mr. Football ballot and led his team to an 11–2 record and a conference championship and a sectional championship.[1]

Painter was a 3-star rated Pro-Style Quarterback ranked by before committing to play for Purdue University.[2] He also played baseball and basketball for the Alices.[1]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Curtis Painter
Vincennes, Indiana Lincoln High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.75 Oct 8, 2003 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 24 (QB)   Rivals: 21 (QB), 5 (IN)
  • ‡ 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.


  • "2004 Team Ranking". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 

Painter committed to Purdue University on October 8, 2003.[3] Painter was not heavily recruited as he only received FBS scholarship offers from Purdue, Ball State and Indiana.[4]

College career

Painter committed to play for Purdue University on July 28, 2003 under head coach Joe Tiller. After redshirting in 2004, Painter backed up starting quarterback Brandon Kirsch for the first six games of the 2005 season, ultimately replacing Kirsch as the starter for the last five games of the season. On the season, Painter completed 89 of 170 passes, for 932 yards, with 3 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Painter became the Boilers' starting quarterback indefinitely after Kirsch left a year early of eligibility.

Painter started in 14 games in his sophomore season, where he threw for 22 touchdowns and rushed for six. He set the Big Ten Conference record in seasonal passing yards, breaking Drew Brees' 3,983 mark with 3,985. His 284.6 passing yards per game ranked seventh in the nation, while leading the conference. He led the Boilermakers to the Champs Sports Bowl, resulting in a 24–7 loss to Maryland.[5][6]

Starting in every game in his junior season, Painter threw 29 touchdown passes and rushed for 3. He averaged 295.9 yards per game, which was 12th most in the nation, while tying Drew Brees's Big Ten season record with 569 attempts. He threw for six touchdowns, completing 38 of 49 attempts with 348 total yards against Eastern Illinois. In the 2007 Motor City Bowl against Central Michigan, Painter completed 35 of his 54 passes, with three touchdowns and threw for a Motor City Bowl record 546 yards with 540 total yards, which are also school records.[7]

In his last season as the Boilermakers' main starting quarterback, the fifth year senior struggled with the absence of injured running back Jaycen Taylor and the graduation of Dustin Keller and Dorian Bryant. He hurt his throwing shoulder resulting in a 4–8 overall record and only appeared in 10 games with nine starts, while reserve quarterbacks, Justin Siller and Joey Elliot, stepped in his place. His top game on the season came against Indiana in his last collegiate game, where he threw for five touchdowns, while completing 38 of 54 attempts with a total of 448 yards.[8]

Painter received criticism for his inability to win in games against teams ranked in the top 25 polls, which overwhelmed his career record numbers amongst the likes of his predecessors in Kyle Orton and Drew Brees. He started in 41 of the 46 games in which he appeared and went 987 of 1,648 with a total of 11,163 passing yards and threw for 67 touchdowns with 46 interceptions. He was co-captain along with Ryan Baker and Jermaine Guynn[9] for the 2008 football season. He holds a degree in computer graphics technology.[1]


Passing Rushing Receiving
Season Team GS GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
2005 Purdue 5 9 98.3 170 89 52.4 932 3 5 52 251 4 0 0 0
2006 Purdue 14 14 129.6 530 315 59.4 3,985 22 19 76 107 6 0 0 0
2007 Purdue 13 13 132.3 569 356 62.6 3,846 29 11 53 -20 3 0 0 0
2008 Purdue 9 10 118.6 379 227 59.9 2,400 13 11 44 10 0 1 18 0
Totals 41 46 119.7 1,648 987 59.9 11,163 67 46 225 348 13 1 18 0
  • Painter's 3,985 passing yards in 2006 are the most in a single season in Purdue history, beating Drew Brees' 3,983 in 1998.[11]

Professional career


Prior to the 2009 NFL Draft, Painter was projected to be drafted in the seventh round by He was rated as the thirteenth-best quarterback in the draft.[12]

External video
Video analysis of Painter before the draft.
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 225 lb 4.87 s 1.69 s 2.84 s 4.48 s 7.00 s 29 in 8 ft 6 in
All values from 2009 NFL Scouting Combine[12][13]

Indianapolis Colts

Painter (left) and Peyton Manning at a 2010 game.

Painter was drafted in the sixth round of the Drew Willy was called in as second back-up. Painter made his debut on December 27, 2009, against the New York Jets, throwing an interception and losing a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.[14] Painter saw no game action as the backup to Manning in 2010.[15]

Painter was relegated to third string quarterback for the Colts at the start of the 2011 season when the Colts signed Kerry Collins to take over for Manning after surgery on his neck sidelined him. Painter replaced an injured Collins in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[16] In that game he went 5 for 10 with 60 yards and a fumble.[17]

Painter started his first NFL game in week 4 of the 2011 season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 3, 2011.

Painter's first career touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon against the Buccaneers, was the fifth longest touchdown pass in Colts history at 87 yards.[18] Since his first touchdown, he has thrown four more, and has posted multiple 200-yard games, but has yet to win a game.[19] Painter made eight starts for the injured Peyton Manning during the 2011 regular season but did not lead the Colts to a victory in any game before being benched in favor of third-string quarterback Dan Orlovsky prior to the December 4, 2011 Week 13 game versus the New England Patriots. He was released after the 2011 season on March 9, 2012.

Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens signed Painter on April 19, 2012. Painter was signed after the Ravens conducted tryout sessions that also included former Ravens draft choice Kyle Boller and former Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon.[20] The signing reunited Painter with his former head coach in Indianapolis, Jim Caldwell, who was hired as the Ravens quarterbacks coach on January 30, 2012.[21]

Painter was able to post good numbers against the Atlanta Falcons 3rd team defense during a Thursday night exhibition game. Painter threw for 3 touchdowns, and nearly 70 yards. He was still released on August 31, as the Ravens chose to go with last year's 6th Round Pick Tyrod Taylor, who had versatility on his side.[22]

New York Giants

On January 4, 2013, Painter signed a reserve contract with the New York Giants.[23] Painter filled in for Eli Manning in the second half of week seventeen against the Washington Redskins after Manning suffered a sprained ankle near the end of the first half.[24] Early in the second half, Painter's pass was intercepted by Reed Doughty.[25] On March 12, 2014, Painter signed an undisclosed contract extension to stay with the franchise.[26] According to the Giants on April 29, 2014, Painter will miss at least four weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.[27] Painter was released by the Giants on August 30, 2014, when Giants' coach Tom Coughlin decided to keep backup QB Ryan Nassib as the second string QB behind Eli Manning rather than keeping three QBs.[28]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Player Bio: Curtis Painter". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  2. ^ " Pro-Style Quarterbacks 2004". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Curtis Painter". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  4. ^ "Curtis Painter". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  5. ^ "Boilermakers Battle Terps in Champs Sports Bowl". December 27, 2006. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Hollenbach, Terrapins Top Boilermakers". December 30, 2006. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Boilermakers win a shoot-out". The Vancouver Province. 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  8. ^ "Tiller era ends with big win". November 22, 2008. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  9. ^ "2008 Purdue Football Alphabetical Order". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  10. ^ "Curtis Painter #7 QB". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  11. ^ "2011 Purdue Football Information Guide". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  12. ^ a b "Curtis Painter, DS #13 QB, Purdue". Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  13. ^ "Curtis Painter". Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  14. ^ Marot, Michael (December 27, 2009). "Jets end Colts’ pursuit of perfection 29-15".  
  15. ^ Cohn, Justin A. (August 13, 2011). "Colts searching for Manning’s backup".  
  16. ^ "Colts QB Collins still being evaluated for possible concussion". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  17. ^ "Watch Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts (09/25/2011)". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  18. ^ "Buccaneers rally to drop struggling Colts to 0-4". CNN ( Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  19. ^ "Curtis Painter Stats - New York Giants - ESPN". 1985-06-24. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  20. ^ Zreibec, Jeff (April 19, 2012). "The Ravens decided against a reunion with Kyle Boller, but they will reunite Curtis Painter with Jim Caldwell.".  
  21. ^ Mink, Ryan (January 30, 2012). "Ravens Hire Caldwell As QBs Coach". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  22. ^ "Painter released by Ravens". Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  23. ^ Rock, Tom (2013-01-04). "Curtis Painter of Jets folklore joins the Giants".  (subscription required)
  24. ^ Hanzus, Dan (2013-12-29). "Eli Manning (ankle) will not return to N.Y. Giants' finale".  
  25. ^ "New York Giants quarterback Curtis Painter picked off".  
  26. ^ Pedulla, Tom (March 13, 2014). "Patriots Said to Add Darrelle Revis; the Jets Pick Up Eric Decker". The New York Times. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  27. ^ "New York Giants QB Curtis Painter Underwent Arthroscopic Knee Surgery; Will Miss Four Weeks". 
  28. ^ Raanan, Jordan. "NFL roster cuts: Giants to waive Curtis Painter, keep only two QBs with Ryan Nassib as backup". 

External links

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  • Indianapolis Colts bio
  • New York Giants bio
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brandon Kirsch
Purdue Boilermakers starting quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Joey Elliott
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