FBU Quarterbacks Coach Jeff Rutledge has played for and won with great coaches his whole career, and now 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, where he was part of a team that 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, Coach Rutledge played quarterback for legendary Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. During his time there he led the Crimson Tide to three conference titles. In his senior year, he led Alabama to the pinnacle of college football by winning the 1978 National Championship, throwing a touchdown pass during the game. Rutledge was named All-conference and second-team All-America at Alabama. He accounted for 41 total touchdowns and a 33-5 career record for Bear Bryant. He is considered one of the best quarterbacks to ever play for Alabama.
During the 1979 NFL Draft, Rutledge was selected by the Los Angeles Rams. He played in Los Angeles for four seasons, making a backup appearance in Super Bowl XIV. Rutledge then moved to New York where he spent the 1983-89 seasons with the Giants, winning Super Bowl XXI in the process - the Giants' first championship since 1956. He then he moved on to the nation's capital to play for the Washington Redskins, from 1990-92. He won his second ring there, winning Super Bowl XXVI. His biggest highlight came while with Washington. He entered a game trailing 35-14 with 10:37 left in the third quarter, and proceeded to throw for 363 yards and a touchdown, also running for the game-tying touchdown with 24 seconds remaining. The Redskins went on to win in overtime.
After his playing days, Rutledge served as the quarterbacks coach and receivers coach for Vanderbilt 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.
|FBU Quarterbacks Coach|
|University of Alabama (1975-78)
Drafted: Round 9 / Pick 246
• Valley Christian High School (2013)
♦ Inducted into Alabama Sports HOF (2011)