Matt threw for a career high 405 yards in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings on November 26, 2006.
Matt was excused from practice with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 to be in Southern California for the birth of his son, Cole.
In Matt's first career NFL start against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 8, 2006, he completed 22 of 35 passes for 253 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Matt was nicknamed "Lion Heart Leinart" or simply "Lion Heart" by some of his Arizona Cardinal teammates.
Matt played quarterback at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California.
Matt won the Walter Camp Award in 2004 as the college football Player of the Year.
Matt was the Rose Bowl MVP in 2004 and the Orange Bowl MVP in 2005.
Matt's career college statistics at USC in 3 seasons include 10,693 yards, 99 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, 807 completions out of 1,245 pass attempts in 39 games.
People Magazine named Matt among one of the 100 Most Beautiful People in 2006.
Matt was the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
When he was nominated for the 2005 Heisman, Matt was given the chance to vote for the winner since he was a past Heisman recipient. He voted for Reggie Bush instead of himself.
Matt led USC to two straight national championships in 2003 and 2004. He led USC to the championship game against the Vince Young-led Texas Longhorns in 2005 but did not clinch a victory.
After winning the Heisman Trophy in his junior year, Matt opted to return to USC instead of putting his name in the NFL draft, a move that is becoming rare among students.
Matt was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2005, his senior year. Reggie Bush, his teammate, received the award.
Matt is friends with former-Mr. Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey. Nick has partied with him at clubs, and has attended USC football practices.
Matt sat out his high school sophomore season (1998) with a rotator cuff injury to his left (throwing) shoulder.
Matt has a 2.75 grade point average at USC.
Matt was named to the 2004 Playboy Pre-Season All-American team.
Matt is left-handed.
Matt wears jersey number 11 for USC.
Recently, Matt attended a party with USC teammate Reggie Bush. Fans were excited to take pictures with the two players. A guy sent some pictures of a girl with Matt via email to friends along with a false story saying that Matt was slapped by the girl after groping her. The story quickly spread over the internet.
Matt has a reputation of being quite a party-animal.
Matt is 6'5" tall, and he weighs 225 pounds.
Matt attended Mater Dei High School. He graduated in 2000.
Matt was born with strabismus (cross-eyes); he underwent surgery when he was three years old and was then fitted with corrective glasses.
Matt won the Heisman Trophy in 2004.
Matt's roommate at USC is Dwayne Jarrett.
Matt is currently studying Sociology at USC.
Matt is currently the quarterback for the USC Trojans.
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.