Matt Leinart Biography
Birthdate: May 11, 1983
Birthplace: Santa Ana, California
After a storybook career at USC, Matt Leinart is now the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. Get the low down on this risin' superstar, who just wrapped up his rookie season.
Matt Leinart - Growing UpFor Matt Leinart, the road to superstardom started off slow. At the age of three, Matt underwent surgery for strabismus, an eye disorder that causes cross-eyes. Matt was also overweight as a child. His physical frame, along with his specialty eye-glasses, made him the target of bullies growing up. Although they hurt his feelings at the time, Matt still got the last laugh. Matt became an All-American quarterback at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California .
Matt Leinart - Dominating at USCBeing a big-time high school quarterback, expectations were sky-high for the 6'5" Leinart when he arrived on USC's campus in the fall of 2001. He didn't disappoint. In his four year career, Matt posted an astonishing 37-2 record as a starter. Add two National Championships, numerous records and a Heisman Trophy Award, and Matt had himself a near perfect collegiate career.
Matt Leinart - The RookieMatt was the tenth pick of the 2005 NFL Draft, where he was selected by the Arizona Cardinals. His rookie year was filled with a lot of up and downs. While the Cardinals finished a disappointing 4-7, Matt Leinart set a rookie record with 405 passing yards in a loss against the Minnesota Vikings.
Matt Leinart - Touchdowns and TabloidsWhen Matt was a senior at USC, he got just as much attention off the field as he did on the field. Regarded as the best college quarterback in the country, Matt Leinart was another big star in a city full of celebrities. He reportedly dated Paris Hilton and Kristen Cavallari from MTV's Laguna Beach. Matt also appeared on MTV's Punk'd and was named as one of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People of 2006.
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