Cassel is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. He was very into baseball at a younger age but changed as he got older. He has backed up many Heisman trophy winners such as Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart in college. In the…more
Cassel was a communication major at USC.
Cassel's sports hero is Joe Montana.
Cassel was featured in the HBO documentary "Freshman Year," filmed in 1999 and 2000.
Cassel is 6 ft 4 in and weighs 232 lb.
Cassel was a member of the Northridge, California baseball team that reached the finals of the 1994 Little League World Series.
Cassel played one season of baseball for USC in and was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 36th round of the 2004 baseball draft.
Cassel's younger brother, Justin, is a pitcher on the Winston-Salem Warthogs, a Low-A baseball affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
His older brother, Jack, is a pitcher in the San Diego Padres organization
Cassel played in the last game of the Patriots 2005 regular season and he played the final three quarters. He was sacked for a safety, threw an interception, and threw a pass to Tim Dwight which resulted in a drop kick goal by Doug Flutie. This hasn't happened since 1941.
When he was in his first season with New England he was third on the depth chart behind another Heisman winner, Doug Flutie.
On October 2, 2005 Cassel saw his first bit of action in a regular season game against the San Diego Chargers. The Patriots lost and Cassel went 2-4 with 15 yards and an interception
Cassel is the only football player that has backed up two Heisman winners.
Cassel attended Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, California.
Cassel was picked ahead of more accomplished college quarterbacks such as Timmy Chang and Heisman winner Jason White in the 2005 NFL Draft.
He is the only football player in history to have backed up two Heisman winning quarterbacks. (In his first season in New England, he was third on the Patriots' depth chart behind Heisman winner Doug Flutie; in 2006 he was third, behind yet another Heisman winner, Vinny Testaverde).
As a result of Leinart's success, Cassel spent time at tight end, even making his lone collegiate start at that position. He eventualy returned to the quarterback position and was once again the backup QB during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
In the fall of 2002, Cassel lost the battle for the starting position to the previously 3rd string quarterback Leinart.
Cassel was the backup for Palmer during his Heisman-winning 2002 season.
Cassel spent all of his time at USC as a backup behind Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.
He was drafted in the 2005 NFL Draft Round 7 , Pick 230.