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Kyle Boller

Kyle Boller during the Ravens 2008 Training Camp.
No. 12     St. Louis Rams
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: June 17, 1981 (1981-06-17) (age 28)
Place of birth: Burbank, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Debuted in 2003 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2009
TD-INT     48–49
Passing yards     8,609
QB Rating     71.4
Stats at NFL.com

Kyle Bryan Boller (born June 17, 1981 in Burbank, California) is an American football quarterback for the St. Louis Rams of National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at California.

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Early years

Boller earned the 1998 California State Player of the Year honors after an outstanding senior season at William S. Hart High School. He led Hart to the CIF Southern Section Division III title with a 13–1 record. He passed for California prep record of 4,838 yards and threw for 59 TDs, the 2nd-best mark in California prep history, and ended the season completing 290 of 454 passes (63.9%). Because of this, he was considered by many to be the best prospect to emerge from The Valley Region of Los Angeles since John Elway came out of Granada Hills High School in 1979. During the 1998 season, Boller also played the position of safety on defense, and intercepted a pass in the final minute of the sectional championship game. He was rated the number one QB prospect in the nation by PrepStar and was that publication's national Offensive Co-Player of the Year.

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Boller became the Ravens' first round draft pick in 2003 NFL Draft (19th overall pick). He was the second quarterback selected from the Pac-10 conference after the Cincinnati Bengals selected Carson Palmer from USC with the first overall pick. He started the first 9 games of the season, going 5–3, before being injured (thigh) in a game against the St. Louis Rams. He was inactive for most of the rest of the season, being replaced by backup Anthony Wright, as he also had to have surgery to repair a muscle in his quadriceps. Boller rushed 30 times for 62 yards, and completed 116 of 224 passes for 1,260 yards with 7 TDs and 9 INTs. Before his injury, he was showing improvements on a game by game basis.

Boller started all 16 games in 2004, He set career highs, completing 258-of-464 (55.6%) for 2,559 yards with 13 TDs and 11 INTs. He also rushed 53 times for 189 yards and his 1st-career rushing TD. He had 4 games with QB ratings over 100, including a career-high 112.3 rating while going 18-of-34 for 219 yards, with a career-high 4 TDs and 0 INTs against the Giants. He once again showed improvement, and was starting to settle into his role as a starting QB in the NFL.

Despite not making the playoffs the previous year, the Baltimore Ravens were seen by the NFL and the sports media as being contenders for the Super Bowl, resulting in four primetime games: two Sunday night games, and two spots featured on Monday Night Football. A factor in this was Boller's perceived status of "coming into his own", and so the Ravens were poised to start what would be a great season by taking on the Indianapolis Colts on the first primetime Sunday Night game of the season. The Ravens held their own in the first half, limiting the Colts to only 3 points, and Boller looked solid in the pocket, leading the offense down the field to the red zone several times. But it didn't last, as Boller was injured in the third quarter, suffering a bad case of "turf toe", that would wind up keeping him out of action for 7 games. The Ravens season went downhill after that, even going four games without a single passing TD. However, despite this, he still finished 2005 completing a career-high 58.4% of his passes (171-of-293) for 1,799 yards with 11 TDs and 12 INTs despite missing almost 8 games due to injury.

When Boller came back against the Bengals, after posting an 8.0 QB rating (4-of-12 [33%] for 37 yards and 1 INT) in the 1'st half, Boller exploded in the 2'nd half, going 14-of-20 [70%] for 174 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT for a 115.4 QB rating in the final 2 quarters. In back to back games, he (and the entire team) finally seemed to come alive and show the promise everyone had been expecting, as he completed 19-of-27 passes (70.4%) for 253 yards, 3 TDs and no INTs for a career-high 136.8 QB rating in the 48–3 victory in game 14 vs. Green Bay. Then, against Minnesota, he posted a career-high 70.6 completion percentage (24-of-34) for 289 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT for a 113.5 QB rating.

Steve McNair, former Tennessee Titans QB, was traded to Baltimore in 2006. Coach Brian Billick declared McNair the starter instead of having the two compete for the job, citing McNair's credentials including 2003 NFL Co-MVP. In week 6 of the 2006 season, McNair was sacked by Carolina Panthers defenders Mike Rucker and Chris Draft. The result of that play was a mild concussion and a neck injury. McNair left the game and would not return. Boller came in to replace him in the final seconds of the first quarter, and completed 17 of 31 passes for a 58% completion percentage, 3 touchdowns, 226 yards, and one interception. Faced with a 9-point deficit with 5:10 remaining, Kyle Boller connected with Mark Clayton for a 62-yard TD pass to start a come-back attempt. When the Ravens defense gave up their second touchdown of the day, Boller was called upon to score again. This time, he faced 68 yards and was given 4:08 to score a touchdown. He drove down the field for 68 yards and capped off his drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Todd Heap. The Panthers were then able to run out the clock before Boller could get back on the field, and the Ravens lost 23 – 21. Then, after McNair's throwing hand was stepped on against Cleveland on Dec. 17, Boller led the Ravens to victory with a 13-of-21, 238-yard and two-touchdown performance (112.3 passer rating), one touchdown being the game highlight, when he connected with explosive rookie receiver Demetrius Williams for the 77 yard score. That victory clinched a playoff berth for the Ravens, who had already all but locked up their division.

After Steve McNair was injured in the first game of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals, Boller was given the opportunity to start. He came in late in the game and drove the team downfield. Due to some questionable refereeing a touchdown pass was reversed ending the game. Boller was then named the interim starter in Week 2, in a home game against the New York Jets. He had a strong showing, throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions for 185 yds and a QB rating of 97.9. In Week 3, McNair retook the reigns of the team, facing the Arizona Cardinals. The team was up in the 4th, and they switched Boller in to rest McNair, and in spite of a late comeback effort by Kurt Warner, Boller managed to get the team in position for a game winning field goal. The following 2 games Boller was back on the bench. In weeks 6 and 7, Boller was once again named the interim starter for the Ravens.

Following the Week 8 Bye, the Ravens once again decided to go with Steve McNair as their starter. Two bad losses against division rivals followed. After week 10, which featured a humiliating loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, during which McNair committed 3 inexplicable fumbles, it was decided that Boller would officially be the starting QB for the remainder of the season. This initially paid off, as he led the Ravens in a hard fought game against the Browns, in which Boller led the team to a late comeback, which ended in what seemed to be a win, after a missed field goal attempt by Cleveland. However, the refs reviewed the play and found that it was in fact a good field goal, and the game went into overtime. The Ravens lost 33–30.

In what might be viewed as the 2007 Ravens' finest moment they faced the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. Boller, behind an unusually steady offensive line, ended the game with 2 TDs and 1 INT. It was arguably the best game of his career. The Ravens ultimately lost 27–24. Of all of the Patriots' opponents during their undefeated season that year, the Ravens came closest to upsetting their undefeated season. In an unrelated contest, Kyle Boller defeated Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in nationwide voted poll to take 2007's title as "Sexiest NFL Quarterback," a title Brady had become accustomed to receiving.

The Ravens next traveled to Miami to face off against the winless Miami Dolphins. Boller took one too many hard hits, and had his season end with a mild concussion. Backup rookie QB Troy Smith played the remainder of the game, leading the team into overtime, where they eventually lost, 22–16, giving the Dolphins their sole win of the season.

The 2007 Ravens ended their season with a record of 5–11, which led to the firing of head coach Brian Billick.

Following the retirement of Steve McNair, Boller faced a three way battle for the starting job between himself, former Heisman winner Troy Smith, and the Ravens' 2008 First Round Draft choice, Joe Flacco. Boller was given the starting job against the New England Patriots in the 2008 pre-season opener, but following a shoulder injury suffered in a preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, his season ended when the Ravens placed him on Injured Reserve on September 3. Joe Flacco took his starting spot.[1]

St. Louis Rams

An unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Boller signed with the St. Louis Rams on April 4 as the backup to starting quarterback Marc Bulger.[2] Boller saw action on September 27 against the Green Bay Packers after Bulger sustained a bruised rotator cuff. He passed for 164 yards, two touchdowns and an interception along with 31 rushing yards in the 36–17 loss. In Week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers, he threw an interception and fumbled once, both recovered by the 49ers and returned for touchdowns.

Career highlights

  • Holds the all-time Baltimore Ravens record for most career passing yards (7,846). (The previous record was 7,148 set in 1997 by Vinny Testaverde.)[3]
  • Most games played as Baltimore Ravens quarterback (55).
  • Most games started as Baltimore Ravens quarterback (42).
  • Most seasons as Baltimore Ravens quarterback (6).

Personal life

Boller is engaged to former a Miss California , Carrie Prejean.[4]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Justin Vedder
Cal Starting Quarterback
1999-2002
Succeeded by
Aaron Rodgers
Preceded by
Jeff Blake
Baltimore Ravens Starting Quarterbacks
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Steve McNair
Preceded by
Steve McNair
Baltimore Ravens Starting Quarterbacks
2007
Succeeded by
Troy Smith

Simple English

Kyle Boller
No. 7     Oakland Raiders
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: June 17, 1981 (1981-06-17) (age 29)
Place of birth: Burbank, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Debuted in 2008 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only

Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
TDINT    48-49
Passing yards    8,609
QB Rating    71.4
Stats at NFL.com

Kyle Bryan Boller (born June 17, 1981 in Burbank, California) is an American Football Quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). Boller was drafted out of the University of California by the Baltimore Ravens with the 19th pick in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Boller is married to former Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean.

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