Matt Leinart

Matt Leinart


5/11/1983, Santa Ana, California

Birth Name

Matthew Stephen Leinart


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Matt currently plays Quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, but previously stared on the USC football team. He was expected to be chosen first or second overall, but was chosen as the tenth pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Matt has had quite a career with USC, starring on…more


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    • Reggie Bush: Matt's got the world in his hands.

    • Matt: I used to get made fun of for being cross-eyed. It's just a terrible thing because kids are so cruel to the fat kid, to the kid with the glasses. So I turned to sports.

    • Matt: (describing himself) I'm laid back. But I expect perfection. I'm very hard on myself... On the field, I have a cool confidence. I've never been arrogant. I could care less about awards. I just want to win... I don't like being in the spotlight. I just like playing. Obviously, you're going to be the hero or goat when you're the quarterback. But I'm kind of a more roll-with-things type of person... As a person, I'm pretty boring. I play video games. That's my favorite hobby.

    • Matt: I'm not the most physically gifted kid. I'm not going to scare anybody with my arm or with my running ability. But I feel like my mind sets me apart. And my accuracy.

    • Matt: (on fame) It's crazy. I get linked with people because they're celebrities I've hung out with. It's kind of sad that I can't go hang out with them without getting my name in the paper. I just want to hang out. I don't want to be in all the magazines. That's not who I am... When I go out, it's all over the TV. That's the thing about the celebrity life. You never know who's watching you. You just have to be really secure about what you're doing...I'm a normal guy, just like any other 21-year-old college student. Really, there's nothing special about me... It's hard to trust a lot of people right now and know exactly what they're after.

    • Matt: (On the USC football team) Sometimes I look around this locker room and see the guys we have and think, 'Man, does anyone really know how good we have it?'

    • Matt: I've seen it get even bigger, especially being in L.A., being as successful as we (USC) have when a lot of other sports teams aren't. The Lakers were, but there's no other big-time team right now.

    • Matt: I didn't want to celebrate until the clock hit zero, ... because who knows what can happen in three seconds. It was just a great game, and I'm still really speechless. I would imagine this will go down as one of the greatest games ever played.

    • Matt: People treat you different. There's a lot more demands. I get a lot of attention everywhere I go, other than that, it's been a great ride. I'm able to handle the pressure and expectations. I've never gotten a big head. It's a blessing what I've accomplished, but I'm still the same person.

    • Matt: I wasn't ready to give up being a kid, it was the hardest decision I ever made, but I wanted to stay in school.

    • Matt: I have team goals. I'm focused on leading this team (USC) to whatever it can accomplish. If I don't win it, I can't be upset.

    • Matt: I don't consider myself a celebrity, by no means. But I know a lot of people do, a lot of people kind of look at me like that. So when I do go out, it's like, OK, there's the USC guy.

    • Matt: Everyone thinks we're going to beat everybody by so many points, ... That's not how college football works.