Jeff Rutledge

Biography

Position: Quarterbacks

Jeff Rutledge has played for and won with great coaches his whole career and applies the knowledge he has gained at every level to young quarterbacks at Football University.

Rutledge's winning ways at quarterback began in high school. His team earned back-to-back state titles at L. Frazier Banks High School (Birmingham, AL). After his senior year, he committed to the University of Alabama. As a member of the Crimson Tide, Rutledge played quarterback for legendary Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. He led the Crimson Tide to three Conference Titles. In his senior season, he led Alabama to the 1978 National Championship. Rutledge was named All-conference and second-team All-America at Alabama. He accounted for 41 total touchdowns and a 33-5 career record. He is considered one of the best quarterbacks to ever play for Alabama.

Rutledge was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1979 Draft. He played in Los Angeles for four seasons and made a backup appearance in Super Bowl XIV. Rutledge then moved to New York where he spent the 1983-1989 seasons with the Giants, winning Super Bowl XXI in the process. He won his second ring there, winning Super Bowl XXVI. 

After his playing days, Rutledge served as the quarterbacks coach and receivers coach for Vanderbilt University from 1995-2001 before moving on as the head coach at Montgomery Bell Academy. At the time of his hire, the school had a string of losing seasons but Rutledge led them to a 41-17 mark from 2002-06, including two state championships. In the spring of 2007, Rutledge got his first NFL coaching job when he was hired as quarterbacks coach with the Arizona Cardinals. It was there that Rutledge oversaw the resurgence of Kurt Warner, who in 2008 threw for 4,500 yards and led the Cardinals  to the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance.

Playing Career

  • College: University of Alabama
  • Los Angeles Rams (1979-1982)
  • New York Giants (1983-1989)
  • Washington Redskins (1990-1992)
  •  University of Alabama (1975-1978)

Coaching Career

  • Vanderbilt University (1995-2001)
  • Montgomery Bell Academy (2002-2006)
  • Arizona Cardinals (2007-2008)
  • New York Sentinals (2009)
  • Valley Christian High School (2013)

Career Highlights

  • Inducted into Alabama Sports HOF (2011)
  • 3x SEC Champion
  • 1978 NCAA National Champion
  • 2x Super Bowl Champion (XXI, XXVI)