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Jeff Rutledge
Date of birth: January 22, 1957 (1957-01-22) (age 52)
Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
Jersey №: 8, 17, 10
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 9 / Pick: 246
 As coach:




(Quarterbacks/Receivers Coach)
(Quarterbacks Coach)
Montgomery Bell Academy
(Head Coach)
Arizona Cardinals
(Quarterbacks Coach)
New York Sentinels
(Quarterbacks/Tight Ends Coach)
 As player:
Los Angeles Rams
New York Giants
Washington Redskins
Playing stats at

Jeffrey Ronald Rutledge (born January 22, 1957 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American football coach and former professional quarterback. He is currently the quarterbacks and tight ends coach for the New York Sentinels of the United Football League.

Playing career

Drafted in the ninth round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams from the University of Alabama, where he was the MVP of the 1979 Sugar Bowl, Rutledge played in 14 NFL seasons from 1979 to 1992 for three different teams. He was a backup in Super Bowl XIV as a member of the Los Angeles Rams, he played in Super Bowl XXI as a member of the New York Giants, and was a backup in Super Bowl XXVI as a member of the Washington Redskins.

Rutledge spent most of his career as a back-up QB and a holder on kicks. His finest moment as a professional player came when as a member of the Redskins he came off the bench in a game versus the Detroit Lions in 1990. Trailing 35-14 with 10:37 left in the third quarter Rutledge replaced an ineffective Stan Humphries and led a great comeback. He completing 30 of 42 passes for 363 yards and a touchdown as well as rushing 12 yards for the game tying touchdown with only 24 seconds remaining. In overtime, he hit Art Monk with a vital 40 yard pass on third and 15 to help drive for Chip Lohmiller's game winning field goal.

It meant Rutledge got the nod to start the following week on Monday Night against the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that was to become infamously known as the "Body Bag Game". Rutledge and then Stan Humphries were knocked out of the game, leaving emergency quarterback Brian Mitchell (a kick returner and former college quarterback) to finish the game. Rutledge would never start an NFL game again but he did see spot duty in relief of returning starter Mark Rypien in the Skins 1991 Super Bowl Championship season including some playing time in the Skins last game of the regular season, again against the Philadelphia Eagles.

A winner at every level played, back to back state titles at L. Frazier Banks High School in Birmingham, Alabama. A member of three SEC Championship teams and a National Championship team at Alabama and being a member of two Super Bowl Championship teams.

Coaching career

In the spring of 2007 Rutledge got his first NFL coaching job when he was hired as quarterbacks coach with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. Reports on Feb. 11, 2009, indicated Rutledge had been fired as QB coach for the Cardinals. Rutledge currently resides in Arizona.

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