Historical Chad Pennington Milestones
Chad Pennington was drafted 18th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft after four great seasons at Marshall University. Teamed with fellow future NFL superstar Randy Moss at Marshall, Pennington led the Thundering Herd to victory in the 1999 Motor City Bowl, the school's first Bowl victory in over 20 years. As Pennington led Marshall to three Mid-American Conference titles, he caught the attention of many NFL teams. Seen as probably the most intelligent player to enter the NFL in some time, Pennington was drafted in the middle of the first round by the New York Jets. After seeing limited action his first two seasons, Pennington was handed the reigns of the offense in 2002 and hit the ground running. He turned a 1-4 start to the 2002 season into an AFC East Championship while throwing for 3,120 yards with 22 touchdowns and set a franchise quarterback rating record of 104.2. Despite his unbelievable accuracy and in-depth comprehension of the game, Pennington could not escape injury. Hampered by two operations to the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, Pennington made numerous contractual sacrifices for the franchise to retain key players such as superstar receiver Laveranues Coles. With his arm troubles behind him, Pennington led Gang Green back to the postseason in 2006. Pennington started the season with two back-to-back 300-yard games, and set a new career high with 339 yards against Minnesota in Week 15. Pennington was named the 2006 Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year. He would win the award again in 2008 with the Miami Dolphins as well.
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