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Encyclopedia > Tyler Palko
Tyler Palko
New Orleans SaintsNo. 3
Quarterback
Date of Birth: August 9, 1983 (1983-08-09) (age 24)
Place of Birth: Imperial, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
National Football League Debut
2007 for the New Orleans Saints
Career Highlights and Awards
  • No notable achievements
Career History
College: University of Pittsburgh
Undrafted in 2007
 Teams:

Tyler Palko (born August 9, 1983 in Imperial, Pennsylvania) is an American football quarterback. He is the former starting quarterback for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National... In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players uniform. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Imperial is an unincorporated village located in Findlay Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ... The 2007 season of the National Football League (NFL) is the 88th season played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ... An undrafted sportsperson or undrafted free agent is specific type of sportsperson who plays, or attempts to play, in a professional sports league. ... The 2007 season of the National Football League (NFL) is the 88th season played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National... The 2007 New Orleans Saints season is the 41st season for the team in the National Football League. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Imperial is an unincorporated village located in Findlay Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ... 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. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... The Pittsburgh Panthers is the name given to the sports teams of University of Pittsburgh. ...

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High school career

Palko attended West Allegheny High School in Imperial, Pennsylvania. Palko was the Associated Press 2001 Pennsylvania Big School Player of the Year at West Allegheny.[1] He was a USA Today All-America Team (second team) and three-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AAA Player of the Year. Palko also led his West Allegheny Indians to a PIAA state title in 2001 for AAA in Pennsylvania. Imperial is an unincorporated village located in Findlay Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, also known simply as the PG, is the largest daily newspaper serving metropolitan Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. // The paper began publication on July 29, 1786, with the encouragement of Hugh Henry Brackenridge as a four-page weekly, initially called The Gazette. ...


College career

Palko played for the University of Pittsburgh football team, where he led the Panthers. He started his career in 2002 as a lettered true freshman. He only completed 2-3 passes for 13 yards on the season, but rushed for an eight yard touchdown late in Pitt's Insight Bowl victory over Oregon State. The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Insight Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A post-season American college football bowl game played in Arizona since 1989. ... Oregon State University (OSU) is a research and degree-granting four-year public university located in Corvallis, Oregon. ...


The following season, 2003, Palko redshirted. In 2004, as a redshirt-sophomore, Palko earned second-team All-Big East honors and was named Pitt's MVP and offensive captain as a first-year starter. Palko's 3,067 yards and 24 touchdowns with only seven interceptions were capped off with a great drive near the end of the season. Palko's 24 TDs led the Big East and were third-highest single-season in Pitt history, and his passying yardage total was the most ever for a sophomore and third best overall in Pitt history as well. Palko also had four 300-yard passing games and one 400-yard passing game that season alone. Palko started early against USF with a career-high 411 yards, fifth-highest in school history, and matched a personal best of five touchdowns with no interceptions that game. Palko burst into the national limelight against Notre Dame when he threw five touchdown passes and totaled 334 yards with no INTs. His signature performance came late in the fourth quarter, when Palko led two late scoring drives: one for a TD and one for a game-winning field goal with one second left to play. Palko led three consecutive scoring drives against Temple to overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and overcame the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Backyard Brawl after being down 13-9 in the fourth quarter, by leading a drive that consisted of four third-down conversions that ended with a two-yard run by Palko for the score. The game was famous for Palko's hurdle of defensive back star Pacman Jones in the second quarter on a scramble for a first down. Palko's fourth quarter heroics earned Pittsburgh a trip to the Fiesta Bowl to play the Utah Utes. Palko did not have a night to remember being sacked nine times and suffering a humiliating 35-7 loss to Utah Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletics conference consisting of thirteen universities, mostly in the northeastern United States: Boston College (scheduled to leave in 2005) University of Connecticut (UConn) Georgetown University (Plays Division I-AA football in the Patriot League) University of Notre Dame (Plays Division I-A football... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... USF can stand for: Nintendo Ultra 64 Sound Format Universal Subtitles Format (XML based subtitle format for movies and karaoke, used in matroska) University of San Francisco University of South Florida United States Frigate (U.S. Navy, now obsolete) Universal Studios Florida Unterhaltungs Software Forum (German game developer community) USF... Not to be confused with the University of Notre Dame Australia University of Notre Dame du Lac The University of Notre Dame (standard name; full legal name University of Notre Dame du Lac) is a Roman Catholic institution of higher learning located in Notre Dame, Indiana, USA adjacent to the... For the private Christian university in Tennessee, see Tennessee Temple University. ... The West Virginia Mountaineers are the athletic teams of West Virginia University. ... First played in 1895, the Backyard Brawl is an annual football game between the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University. ... Adam Bernard Pacman Jones (born September 30, 1983) is an African American cornerback and kick return specialist currently signed to the Tennessee Titans American football franchise of the National Football League (NFL). ... The Fiesta Bowl, now sponsored by Tostitos tortilla chips (a Frito-Lay product), is a United States college football game played annually since 1971. ... The Utah Utes are the athletics teams of the University of Utah. ...


As a junior in 2005, Palko earned second-team Big East honors for the consecutive season and was also named Pitt's captain for the second year also. Palko's passing stats were not as productive as the previous year's, with 2,392 yards and 17 touchdowns with nine interceptions, but his rushing of six scores was a career-high and a team-high for the season and Palko was Pitt's third leading scorer with 36 points. Palko's 371 yards and four TDs against Rutgers were season-highs while his 35 completions of 58 attempts were both career highs. He continued his performance against West Virginia for 308 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a loss. Palko threw for 198 yards and a touchdown against the second-team best Big East team in Louisville. In the season-opener against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Palko threw for 220 yards with one TD and one INT while rushing for a four-yard score as well. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rutgers University Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is located in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Camden and Newark, New Jersey. ... West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. Other campuses include: West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg; West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery; Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser; and a clinical campus for the Universitys... The University of Louisville (also known as U of L) is a public, state-supported university located in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In his final season as a Panther, 2006, Palko failed to produce better statistically than his sophomore year, with 2,871 yards passing, but topped the 2004 results with 25 touchdowns. Palko only rushed for 77 yards and two scores on the season though. Palko and the Panthers opened the season against Virginia with 283 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. Palko followed it up with a 267 yard performance (Cincinnati), 277 yard performance (Michigan State), and ended the 200+ yard game streak against The Citadel with 313 yards for four scores. Against West Virginia late in the season, Palko threw for a season-high 341 yards along with two scores in a 45-27 loss. In the season finale against the Louisville Cardinals, Palko threw for 307 yards with a touchdown, but threw three interceptions as well. Palko's yardage was first in the Big East, passing efficiency of 173.4 was first in the conference, and his completons per game was also first. His ten 300-yard passing games on the season tied a Big East-record set by Rutgers' Ryan Hart from 2002-2005. Palko, along with linebacker H.B. Blades, were invited to attend the Senior Bowl at season's end. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... The University of Cincinnati is a coeducational public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Michigan State University is a university in East Lansing, Michigan near the state capital of Lansing. ... The Citadel may be: The Citadel, a 1937 novel by Scottish author A.J. Cronin The Citadel, a 1938 film based on the novel The Citadel, two 1960 U.S. and one 1983 BBC adaptations of the novel The Citadel, a diving spot in Martinique The Citadel, a fictional alien... For University of Louisvilles independent weekly student newspaper, see The Louisville Cardinal. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Horatio Benedict Blades, Jr. ... The Senior Bowl is an all-star college football exhibition game usually played either at or towards the end of the college football season in January. ...


Palko ended his career tied for second in school history in career touchdown passes with Alex Van Pelt with 66 touchdowns passing and was second in school history in career passing yardage, trailing Dan Marino by 254 yards. Palko's career totals of 8,343 passing yards with 66 touchdown passes ranks him as one of the top three greatest passers in Panther-history. Alex Van Pelt (born May 1, 1970 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former American Football quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. ... Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr. ...


NFL Career

Expectedly, Tyler Palko went undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft. No blue-chip quarterbacks were sought by NFL programs, with standout and Heisman trophy candidate Quinn going in the 20's and even being passed over by quarterback-needy teams such as the Miami Dolphins. That coupled with such standouts as Florida's Chris Leak and Akron's Luke Getsy not even being drafted. City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... Christopher Leak (born May 3, 1985 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American football quarterback. ... Luke Getsy (born February 16, 1984) is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. ...


On April 28, 2007, Palko was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints, but was removed from active roster at the end of training camp. City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National...


On Sept 6, 2007, he was signed to the Saints practice squad.


On September 6, 2007 he was moved from the Saints' practice squad to the team roster as third string quarterback.


On September 10, 2007 he was waived from the Saints, but reinstated to the practice team on September 11, 2007.


On September 16, 2007 he was once again signed to the active roster of the New Orleans Saints.


On October 7, 2007 he was once again waived by the Saints.


October 9, 2007 Tyler was placed back onto the practice squad. [2]


Trivia

  • Palko became the first opposing quarterback to throw for five touchdowns in a single game as a visitor team player against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
  • In January 2007, Palko was voted one of Pittsburgh's most 25 beautiful people by Pittsburgh Magazine.[3]

This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

References

  1. ^ CBS Sportsline Tyler Palko profile [1]
  2. ^ NOS Transaction report for all team transactions [2]
  3. ^ Pittsburgh Magazine Online [3]

External links

West Allegheny High School
New Orleans Saints
Tyler Palko at NO Saints
Tyler Palko at NFL.com
Tyler Palko page at Pittsburgh Panthers Football
CBS Sports Scouting Report for Tyler Palko


 
 

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