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Alex Van Pelt
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quarterbacks coach
Personal information
Date of birth: May 1, 1970 (1970-05-01) (age 39)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 8 / Pick: 216
Debuted in 1995 for the Buffalo Bills
Last played in 2003 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
 As player:
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2003
TD-INT     16-24
Yards     2,985
QB Rating     64.1
Stats at

Alexander "Alex" Van Pelt (born May 1, 1970 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American football coach and former quarterback. He is currently the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccanneers of the National Football League.


Playing career



Van Pelt was a star college quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh. When Van Pelt left Pittsburgh, he held school passing records that he had taken from Dan Marino. His single season mark of 3,163 passing yards was broken in 2003 by Rod Rutherford.


Van Pelt was an eighth round draft pick of his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, but failed to make the opening game roster. He played his entire career as a Buffalo Bill, after being released by Pittsburgh. Van Pelt was a career backup in the National Football League, where he had career totals of 16 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 477 pass attempts. Van Pelt also spent six months of his career as the Kansas City Chiefs fourth-string quarterback in 1994.

Van Pelt's first NFL win as a starter would come on November 2, 1997, against Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins. In 2001, he started 7 games, going 2-5, and playing well enough to justify a contract extension that would allow the Bills to release failed Doug Flutie successor Rob Johnson. Van Pelt would never start a game after 2001 due to a Bills trade with the New England Patriots for Drew Bledsoe, who became the full-time starting quarterback.

Broadcasting career

After retiring from football in 2004, Van Pelt was John Murphy's partner on Bills Radio Network broadcasts. He did color commentary for the radio broadcast of all Bills games until the 2005 season.

Coaching career

University at Buffalo

Van Pelt was a volunteer winter quarterbacks coach for the University at Buffalo in 2005.

Frankfurt Galaxy

Van Pelt was the quarterbacks coach for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe, the NFL's developmental league, in 2005, where he was responsible for all offensive play calling.

Buffalo Bills

On February 13, 2006, Van Pelt was hired to Dick Jauron's coaching staff as Offensive Quality Control Coach for the Buffalo Bills. On January 16, 2008 the Bills promoted him from offensive quality control coach to quarterbacks coach. On September 4, 2009, the Bills promoted Van Pelt to offensive coordinator after Turk Schonert was fired.

On January 4, 2010, Van Pelt, along with the rest of the Bills coaching staff, was told he could pursue new positions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Van Pelt was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the quarterbacks coach on February 1, 2010.[1]


Van Pelt lives in Buffalo, New York with his wife and three children.


  1. ^ Clayton, John (February 1, 2010). "Source: Bucs hire Van Pelt to coach QBs". Retrieved 2010-02-01. 

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Preceded by
Darnell Dickerson
Pitt Starting Quarterback
Succeeded by
John Ryan
Preceded by
Rob Johnson
Buffalo Bills Starting Quarterback
Succeeded by
Drew Bledsoe
Preceded by
Turk Schonert
Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator
Succeeded by
Curtis Modkins


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