Brodie Croyle

Position Quarterback
Born Feb 6, 1983
Nationality United States United States
Team History
Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 2011 - 2012
Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 2006 - 2010

Brodie Croyle is a former professional American football player.

He played for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He also played college football for the University of Alabama. He was drafted into the NFL in 2006 by the Chiefs. He was their 85th overall pick during the 3rd round. Croyle stayed with the Chief from 2006 to 2010.

He later signed with the Arizona Cardinals but soon after, he announced his retirement from pro football.

A Stellar High School Career

Brodie was born John Brodie Croyle on February 6, 1983. His father was a former college football player for the University of Alabama. Brodie would later end up attending his dad’s alma mater.

He attended the Westbrook Christian School which is located in Rainbow City, Alabama. As a sophomore, he had 44 touchdowns and passed for 3,787 yards. He had a great junior year too where he made 38 touchdowns and passed 2,838 yards.

That year, he would lead the school’s team to the State Championships. They lost by a field goal.

An Injury in His Senior Year

By the time he was a High School senior, Brodie was ranked the No.2 quarterback in the country by many college scouts, just behind Joe Mauer.

His high school football career, however, was abruptly ended when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. It was during a game against Glencoe High School when he was hit by an opposing player.

He would sit out the remainder of his senior season.

Records Set

Despite the injury, his high school career would prove stellar enough that he has set some records for Alabama that year. Including the record for total passing yards and touchdowns.

He set the record for most passing yards in a game, most passing yards in a season, most touchdown passes in a season, and the most touchdown passes in a game.

College Offers

Even with the injured knee, Brodie was such a spectacular player that he still received many great offers. This included offers from schools in both the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southeastern Conference.

He was initially going to sign up with the Florida State University because of Mark Richt, who was then the team’s offensive coordinator. But when Richt transferred over to the University of Georgia, Brodie decided instead to sign with his father’s alma mater, the University of Alabama.

A career with the Alabama Crimson Tide

The Crimson Tides did not worry about Croyle’s injury so much when they signed him on. The talent he displayed before his injury was significant enough and they believed he would heal well enough.

Croyle red-shirted his freshman year. He became the top backup just behind Tyler Watts. His coaches voted him as the Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman.

The Crimson Tide went through three different coaches between 2001 and 2003. They went from Dennis Franchione to Mike Price to Mike Shula. In 2011, Croyle, unfortunately, suffered a separated shoulder. He also suffered from two cracked ribs.

He did not reveal the extent of his injury to the public and by the end of the 2003 season, he was named the Dixie Memorial Award Winner. He also won the Derrick Thomas Community Award.

Croyle also made Crimson Tide history with his 341 pass attempts.

In 2004, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament on his right knee. This forced him to sit out the rest of the season.

By 2005, he made a full recovery and helped lead his team to the #8 spot in the national ranking. In that season’s Cotton Bowl Classic, Croyle was named the Most Valuable Player. He shared this with DeMeco Ryans.

College Career Records

Croyle was the first Alabama Quarterback, since 1996, to start every season. He also went down in Alabama’s school history for having the highest single-season total of 2,499 passing yards.

Playing for the NFL

Brodie’s reputation for being injury-prone caused him to not be picked until the third round of the 2006 NFL draft.

In April 2006, he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was their 85th overall selection. He signed a four-year contract with the team.

2006 and 2007 Season with the Chiefs

Croyle only played in two games during his 2006 season. In 2007, after Trent Green’s trade to the Miami Dolphins, Croyle played in place of Damon Huard while Huard had a calf injury.

He substituted for Huard in October in a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the game, he threw his first NFL touchdown pass. In November, he would again substitute for Huard. He would later be named as the starting quarterback.

On November 25, he injured his back and would be replaced by Huard while he recovered. Both Croyle and Huard would rotate positions for starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2007 season.

2008 Season

He began in 2008 as the starting quarterback for the Chiefs but he suffered an injury during the season opener. The Chiefs would later hire Ingle Martin from the Tennessee Titans to supplement Huard and Tyler Thigpen while Croyle was recovering.

Brodie would later start for the Chiefs in Week 7. He was later injured again and it was later declared that he was sitting out the rest of the season.

2009 Season

In 2009, the Chiefs had acquired Matt Cassel. Cassel would go on to become the starting quarterback for that season.

This left Croyle and Thigpen to compete for the position of the second quarterback. When Cassel was injured, Croyle took his place.

Brief Stint with the Arizona Cardinals

When his contract with the Chiefs expired, Croyle became a free agent for a short period before signing with the Arizona Cardinals. He was waived in September 2011 only to be resigned again in 2012.

Retirement

Brodie Croyle announced that he was retiring from the NFL on May 21, 2012.

Career Statistics


TD-INT: 8–9
Passing Yards: 1,669
QB Rating: 67.8
CMP%: 56.7
Games Played: 18

Highlights and Awards:

  • Finalist for the Johnny Unitas
  • Golden Arm Award (2005)
  • AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic MVP (2006)

Show more less

What's Your Take?

0 comments
Reply to
Loading