Chad Pennington in his last season (2007) with the Jets. [Getty Images]
Today, June 26, is the 37th birthday of former Jets’ QB Chad Pennington.
To celebrate, let’s take a look back at his career.
Pennington was selected by the Jets with the eighteenth overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft following a solid five-year collegiate career at Marshall University. Pennington led Marshall to the first two bowl wins in program history; the school moved to Division IA (now FBS) for the 1997 season. He also performed solidly in the classroom and was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, which allows for study at England’s Oxford University.
In 2000 and 2001, Pennington served as veteran QB Vinny Testaverde’s backup, and he only made three relief appearances over these two seasons.
The 2002 season was an entirely different story, however. Following a 1-3 start, which culminated in three games where the Testaverde-led offense only mustered 13 total points, Pennington became th...