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Kliff Kingsbury
Date of birth: August 9, 1979 (1979-08-09) (age 30)
Place of birth: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
Career information
Position(s): QB
College: Texas Tech
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 6 / Pick 201
Organizations
 As player:
2003-2004
2004-2005
2005
2005
2006
2006
2007
2007
2008
New England Patriots *
New Orleans Saints *
Denver Broncos *
New York Jets
Cologne Centurions
Buffalo Bills *
Montreal Alouettes *
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Team Texas
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Awards: Sammy Baugh Trophy
Playing stats at NFL.com

Kliff Kingsbury (born August 9, 1979 in San Antonio, Texas) is currently on the football staff at the University of Houston in the position of quality control.

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High school career

Kingsbury played high school football at New Braunfels High School, where his father was head coach. Kingsbury also excelled in baseball, basketball and track.[1]

College career

Kingsbury played collegiately for the Texas Tech Red Raiders from 1998-2002. He assumed the starting role in 2000, starting in 39 games between 2000 and 2002.

Kingsbury played 43 games as a collegian, completing 1,231 of 1,883 passes for 12,429 yards and 95 touchdowns and 40 interceptions for Texas Tech University. He finished his career as the school's most decorated player. He left Texas Tech as the owner of 39 school records, 13 Big Twelve Conference and seven NCAA 1-A records and is only the third player in college football history to throw for over 10,000 yards, gain over 10,000 yards in total offense and complete over 1,000 passes in a career. He also became just the fourth player in college football annals to throw for over 3,000 yards three times during his career.[2]

Kingsbury also excelled in the classroom as he was one of 14 collegiate football players to receive a post-graduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame as he also garnered Verizon Academic Player of the Year honors in 2002. As a senior he was awarded the Sammy Baugh Trophy, annually presented to the nation's best college quarterback. He was also selected Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-American and Player of the Year as well as being a unanimous All-Big Twelve Conference first-team pick and named the Associated Press' Offensive Player of the Year after a season during which he shattered his own school single-season records as he completed 479 of 712 passes (67.3 percent) for 5,017 yards, 45 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions. He also added two rushing scores on 102 carries.[2]

He averaged 350.2 yards per game and his 45 touchdown passes nearly doubled his previous season's mark. As a junior, Kingsbury was a Verizon All-District first-team selection and All-Big Twelve Conference second-team pick by the league's coaches for his performance. He completed 365 of 529 passes for 3,502 yards, 25 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Kingsbury was an Academic All-Big Twelve Conference choice following his sophomore campaign. He assumed the starting role and connected on 362 of 585 passes for 3,418 yards, 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He added two scores on 78 carries. In his red-shirt freshman year, Kingsbury appeared in six games, starting the season finale against Oklahoma. He completed 25 of 57 passes for 492 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in his initial collegiate season.[2]

He held 39 school, 13 Big 12 and seven NCAA records at the time of his graduation. He was a management major in college.[1] He was also a member of the Epsilon Nu Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Texas Tech.

Professional career

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2003 & 2004 (NFL)

Kingsbury, 6-3, 213-pounds, was selected by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2003 Draft with the 201st overall selection. He spent his rookie season of 2003 on the Patriots' injured reserve list with an arm injury and was waived by the Pats on September 6, 2004 and subsequently was signed to the New Orleans Saints' practice squad, where he spent the entire 2004 season. He went to training camp with the Saints this season and completed 10-of-21 passes for 139 yards with a long of 57 yards and two interceptions.[2]

2005 (NFL)

The 26-year old native of San Antonio, TX was signed to the Denver Broncos' practice squad on Sept. 6, 2005 and was released on Sept. 21, 2005. As a Free agent he signed with the New York Jets on September 28, 2005.[2]

Kingsbury made his NFL debut in the fourth quarter of a game against the Denver Broncos on November 20, 2005, while a member of the New York Jets.

2006 (NFL/NFLE)

The New York Jets assigned Kingsbury to the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe in 2006. He posted the top quarterback rating of any Cologne quarterback (73.7) while completing 58 of 102 passes for 633 yards and two touchdowns. He also led Cologne with a 56.9 completion percentage. Kingsbury was subsequently signed by the Buffalo Bills and attended training camp with the Bills, but did not see any regular season action with the team in 2006.[1]

2007 (CFL)

On March 30, 2007, Kingsbury signed with the Montréal Alouettes. He spent part of training camp in Montréal before being traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on June 20 in exchange for quarterback Brad Banks.

AAFL career

Kliff is listed on the Team Texas Roster for the All American Football League.

Coaching career

In August 2008, Kingsbury joined the University of Houston football staff in the position of quality control.[3]

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