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J. T. O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan during his 2008 tenure with the 49ers.
No. 4     Cincinnati Bengals
Personal information
Date of birth: August 25, 1979 (1979-08-25) (age 30)
Place of birth: Burbank, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: UC-Davis
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 6 / Pick: 186
Debuted in 2004 for the Frankfurt Galaxy
Career history
 As player:
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
TDINT     9–13
Passing yards     1,866
QB Rating     69.9
Stats at

John Thomas "J. T." O'Sullivan (born August 25, 1979 in Burbank, California) is an American football quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at UC-Davis.

O'Sullivan has been a member of the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers.


Early years

O'Sullivan attended Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California, and was a letterman in football and baseball. In football, he was a two-time All-Metro League selection and led his school to a Sac-Joaquin Section crown in 1995. In baseball, he played catcher and was an All-Metro League selection. John Tremain O'Sullivan graduated from Jesuit High School in 1997.

College career

He played quarterback for the University of California, Davis and holds an NCAA Division II record (tie) for touchdown passes in a playoff game with 6, set on November 25, 2000 against Mesa State. He finished his three-year college career with 10,745 passing yards and 94 touchdown passes.

Professional career


New Orleans Saints

He spent time in NFL Europe, and in 2004 he finished with the 2nd best passer rating in the league and led his team to World Bowl XII. He was with the New Orleans Saints in 2002 and 2003 before being traded with a second round draft pick to the Green Bay Packers for Mike McKenzie in 2004.

Green Bay Packers

He played the first regular season game of his career in 2004 while with the Packers, where he took a knee twice to end the game.

First stint with Bears

O'Sullivan spent part of 2005 with the Chicago Bears.

Minnesota Vikings

O'Sullivan also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings in 2005

New England Patriots

O'Sullivan was with the New England Patriots for part of 2006.

Carolina Panthers

On December 26, 2006, O'Sullivan was signed to the practice squad for the Carolina Panthers.

Second stint with Bears

On February 8, 2007 he signed with the Chicago Bears. In 2007, He also participated again in NFL Europa for the Frankfurt Galaxy franchise for the second time. Prior to World Bowl XV, O'Sullivan (along with Centurions RB Derrick Ross) shared the 2007 NFL Europa offensive MVP.[1]

O'Sullivan was released by the Chicago Bears on July 7, 2007.

Detroit Lions

On July 10, 2007, O'Sullivan was signed by the Detroit Lions. Due to injuries to Detroit's other two quarterbacks, starter Jon Kitna and backup Dan Orlovsky, O'Sullivan played the Lions' final two 2007 preseason games in their entirety. On September 16, 2007, during his second career regular season game O'Sullivan threw his first regular season touchdown pass, a seven-yarder to Calvin Johnson.

San Francisco 49ers

After hiring O'Sullivan's former offensive coordinator Mike Martz, the San Francisco 49ers signed O'Sullivan to a one-year contract on February 29, 2008. On August 12, 2008, Coach Mike Nolan appeared on KNBR's "Murph and Mac Show" and announced that O'Sullivan had moved into the lead for the 49ers starting quarterback job.

On August 22, 2008, Coach Mike Nolan officially declared O'Sullivan as the starting quarterback for the 49ers 2008 regular season. After a poor performance against the Seattle Seahawks (2 interceptions, 4 fumbles) on October 26, O'Sullivan was benched and replaced by Shaun Hill by the new coach Mike Singletary. O'Sullivan led the league in both interceptions and fumbles at the time of his demotion. Hill was named the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.

Cincinnati Bengals

An unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, O'Sullivan signed a two-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on March 5, 2009.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chris Weinke
San Francisco 49ers
starting quarterbacks

Succeeded by
Shaun Hill


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