Cowboys Get Matt Cassel From Bills: Here Are Some Astounding* Matt Cassel Facts
The Dallas Cowboys quarterback crisis has been averted, for now. As you know, Tony Romo has a broken clavicle, and suddenly no one in Dallas wanted to hand the keys to Brandon Weeden ("But I have my learner's permit!").
So Dallas just traded a 2017 draft pick for Cassel, who has 72 NFL starts with the Patriots, Chiefs and Vikings. Here are some astounding* Matt Cassel Facts:
-- Cassel had 425 yards passing, 3 TDs and 4 ints in three games with the Vikings last season.
-- As an 11-year-old, his Northridge home was destroyed by an earthquake. The main damage was due to flooding -- the water from the pool went into the first floor of the house.
-- As a 12-year-old, Cassel was the starting first baseman on the Northridge, CA team that reached the finals of the 1994 Little League World Series.
-- Cassel spent his entire USC career backing up Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.
-- In 2008, Cassel was in much the same position as Weeden is in now. Cassel was the backup to Brady, with little actual game experience. The Patriots considered signing another QB when Doug Flutie retired as the team's No. 2. But when Brady went down with a torn ACL, the team went with Cassel, and he excelled.
-- Career passing stats: Attempts 2,369; Completions 1,397; TD–INT 96–70; Passing yards 15,674; Passer rating 80.1.
-- He once saved a family from a house fire.
* = May be only slightly interesting.
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