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Encyclopedia > Ken O'Brien
Ken O'Brien
Date of birth November 27, 1960 (1960-11-27) (age 46)
Place of birth Flag of United States Long Island, New York
Position(s) Quarterback
College Sacramento State
UC Davis
NFL Draft 1983 / Round 1/ Pick 24
Pro Bowls 2
Stats
Statistics
Team(s)
1983-1992
1993
New York Jets
Philadelphia Eagles
College Football Hall of Fame

Ken O'Brien (born November 27, 1960 in Long Island, New York) was an American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. He was one of the six quarterbacks in the famed Quarterback class of 1983 and in 1997 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is an alumnus of University of California, Davis and Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about Long Island in New York State. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... California State University, Sacramento, more commonly referred to as Sacramento State and Sac State, is a public university located in the city of Sacramento, California, USA. It is part of the California State University system. ... The University of California, Davis, commonly known as UC Davis, is one of the ten campuses of the University of California, and was established as the University Farm in 1905. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1983 NFL Draft is also frequently known as the Quarterback class of 1983, because of the six quarterbacks taken in the first round. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Hunter Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about Long Island in New York State. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Hunter Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1983 NFL Draft is also frequently known as the Quarterback class of 1983, because of the six quarterbacks taken in the first round. ... College Football Hall of Fame front. ... The University of California, Davis, commonly known as UC Davis, is one of the ten campuses of the University of California, and was established as the University Farm in 1905. ... Jesuit High School of Sacramento, California, USA (founded 1963) is a Catholic high school run by the Society of Jesus. ... Carmichael is a census-designated place located in Sacramento County, California. ...


Ken O'Brien played quarterback for over a decade in the National Football League. Taken with the 24th pick of the first round by the New York Jets out of UC Davis, O'Brien amassed over 25,000 yards in his 11 year career. In 1985, he led the NFL in passer rating. He retired after spending the 1993 season with the Philadelphia Eagles. After retiring, O'Brien had a stint as an assistant coach for the University of Southern California, where he coached Heisman Trophy winner and current Cincinnati Bengal Carson Palmer. The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Hunter Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... The University of California, Davis, commonly known as UC Davis, is one of the ten campuses of the University of California, and was established as the University Farm in 1905. ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan in June 2006. ... Official Logo The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (often known simply as the Heisman Trophy or The Heisman), named after former college football player and coach John Heisman, is awarded annually to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the U.S. The award is considered the highest individual player honor... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... Carson Palmer (born December 27, 1979 in Fresno, California) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Cincinnati Bengals franchise. ...


Legacy

O'Brien holds a mixed legacy with analysts. While he certainly was not a Draft Day Bust, he never fully lived up to his potential. Also, the Jets of the 1980's were known for their fast starts and slow finishes as was O'Brien while he played. Given that the best years of his career seemed to happen early and that he increasingly became more erratic and less prolific as his career progressed, many cite him as a disappointment.


Trivia

  • In week 3 of the 1986 season, threw for 462 yards and 4 touchdowns(all to Wesley Walker) in a legendary 51-45 overtime win. The opponent? Irony of ironies: the Miami Dolphins, quarterbacked by Dan Marino. Marino threw for 465 yards and 6 touchdowns. The combined 927 passing yards is an NFL record for opposing quarterbacks, and the 884 combined passing yards by the two teams(subtracting 43 yards on 5 sacks) is an NFL record. In overtime, O'Brien hit Walker with a 43-yard TD pass for the win. In fact, the Jets and Dolphins had more than a few high-scoring shootouts in the mid-to-late 80's with O'Brien and Marino leading the way...which probably isn't a coincidence considering what happened in the 1983 draft.
  • Ken O'Brien made a guest appearance on the television show Home Improvement in the episode "The Eve Of Construction", as part of Tim Taylor's 'all-star' team of home builders, building for charity. As the episode aired March 9, 1994, it was just after Ken had played his final game. He stated that he played for 'whoever will take me' (though Tim cites him as playing for the Eagles).
1983 NFL Draft
First Round
John Elway | Eric Dickerson | Curt Warner | Chris Hinton | Billy Ray Smith | Jimbo Covert | Todd Blackledge | Michael Haddix | Bruce Matthews | Terry Kinard | Tim Lewis | Tony Hunter | James Jones | Jim Kelly | Tony Eason | Mike Pitts | Leonard Smith | Willie Gault | Joey Browner | Gary Anderson | Gabriel Rivera | Gill Byrd | Jim Jeffcoat | Ken O'Brien | Dave Rimington | Don Mosebar | Dan Marino | Darrell Green

 
 

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