Billy Joe Hobert (born January 8, 1971) is a former professional
American football quarterback; he played nine seasons in the National
Football League with four teams, primarily as a reserve.
1 College career
2 Professional career
3 Personal life
5 External links
While at the University of Washington, Hobert led the Huskies to a
national championship in 1991, during his redshirt sophomore season.
He was elevated to the starting position after junior Mark Brunell
suffered a serious knee injury during spring drills, causing him to
miss most of the 1991 season.
After the success of the 1991 season, Hobert became implicated in a
NCAA scandal when it was revealed he had received a series of
loans totaling $50,000 made by the father-in-law of a friend,
while Hobert himself had no assets and no specific payment
schedule. The story broke in early November 1992, when the
top-ranked Huskies were 8–0 and on a 22-game winning
streak; they lost three of four games to finish 9–3.
This cost Hobert his college eligibility, and was an aggravating
factor in the university receiving Pac-10 sanctions for lack of
institutional control; it led to head coach Don James resigning in
protest in August 1993 over a two-year bowl ban.
Although several other Huskies players were implicated in
improprieties, Hobert became the most well-known face of the
sanctions, leading to him receiving death threats.
1991 Season: 173/285 for 2,271 yards with 22 touchdowns, 10
interceptions, 56 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns.
Hobert was the 58th pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, selected in the third
round by the Los Angeles Raiders, sixty picks ahead of fellow Husky
quarterback Brunell. He was the third quarterback selected in the
draft, behind the top two overall picks,
Drew Bledsoe and Rick Mirer.
Hobert was also selected in the sixteenth round (453rd overall) of the
1993 baseball draft by the Chicago White Sox, but chose to pursue a
career in the NFL.
Hobert was a back-up quarterback for four seasons with the Raiders,
then went on to play for the
Buffalo Bills in 1997. He was initially
expected to compete with
Alex Van Pelt
Alex Van Pelt and Todd Collins for the
starting quarterback position made vacant by Jim Kelly's retirement;
however, after a notorious incident in Buffalo where he publicly
admitted that he was unprepared to play, he was promptly released in
mid-October. Hobert was acquired later that season by the New
Orleans Saints, where he remained through 1999; he signed with the
Indianapolis Colts in 2000. While on the Colts roster for two years,
he did not play a snap during the regular season.
Hobert grew up in Orting, Washington.
Hobert's first marriage ended in divorce and he then married a former
college soccer player named Danielle who worked in Al Davis' Raiders
office. He has five children between the two. After years of hard
partying and infidelity, Hobert became a born again Christian during
the Saints pre-season camp in 1998.
^ Billy Hobert Archived 2011-11-21 at the Wayback Machine..
^ a b Farrey, Tom; Nalder, Eric (November 6, 1992). "Hobert blows
$50,000 loan". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Seattle
Times). p. C1.
^ "College Football: Huskies suspend Hobert after learning of loans".
New York Times. November 6, 1992. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
^ a b c d e Carpenter, Les (June 20, 2002). "Billy Joe Hobert:
Villain, hero? Debate rages". Seattle Times. Retrieved October 6,
^ Borst, Don (November 6, 1992). "Hobert takes plunge from lofty
perch". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (McClatchy News
Service). p. C7.
^ "Washington is No. 1 in Stanford's book". Eugene Register-Guard.
(Oregon). Associated Press. November 1, 1992. p. 1E.
^ "Blowout of Stanford moves Huskies to No. 1 in AP poll".
Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 2,
1992. p. C1.
^ Bonk, Thomas (January 2, 1993). "Wheatley conducts 1-man Rose parade
past Huskies". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times).
^ "It's judgment day for Washington". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon).
Associated Press. August 22, 1993. p. 8E.
^ Cour, Jim (August 23, 1993). "Penalty hits UW; James resigns".
Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 1A.
^ Farrey, Tom (August 24, 1993). "Riding hot seat at UW".
Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Seattle Times).
^ Boling, Dave (August 23, 1993). "UW head coach quits over
sanctions". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. A1.
^ Noland, Eric (August 24, 1993). "Hobert bemoans sanctions".
Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Los Angeles Times).
^ "1991 Washington Football Stats".
^ "1993 MLB Draft, 16th round".
^ "Bills waive unprepared Hobert". Los Angeles Times. Associated
Press. October 16, 1997. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
Career statistics and player information from
NFL.com • Pro-Football-Reference
Washington Huskies starting quarterbacks
Los Angeles /
Oakland Raiders starting quarterbacks
Tom Flores (1960–1961, 1963–1966)
Babe Parilli (1960)
Cotton Davidson (1962–1964, 1966)
Hunter Enis (1962)
Don Heinrich (1962)
Dick Wood (1965)
Daryle Lamonica (1967–1973)
George Blanda (1968)
Ken Stabler (1971–1979)
Larry Lawrence (1974–1975)
Mike Rae (1976–1977)
Jim Plunkett (1980–1986)
Dan Pastorini (1980)
Marc Wilson (1981, 1983–1987)
Rusty Hilger (1987)
Vince Evans (1987, 1993, 1995)
Jay Schroeder (1988–1992)
Steve Beuerlein (1988–1989)
Todd Marinovich (1991–1992)
Jeff Hostetler (1993–1996)
Billy Joe Hobert (1995–1996)
Jeff George (1997–1998)
Donald Hollas (1998)
Wade Wilson (1998)
Rich Gannon (1999–2004)
Rick Mirer (2003)
Marques Tuiasosopo (2003, 2005)
Kerry Collins (2004–2005)
Aaron Brooks (2006)
Andrew Walter (2006, 2008)
Josh McCown (2007)
Daunte Culpepper (2007)
JaMarcus Russell (2007–2009)
Bruce Gradkowski (2009–2010)
Charlie Frye (2009)
Jason Campbell (2010–2011)
Kyle Boller (2011)
Carson Palmer (2011–2012)
Terrelle Pryor (2012–2013)
Matt Flynn (2013)
Matt McGloin (2013, 2016)
Derek Carr (2014–present)
EJ Manuel (2017)
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints starting quarterbacks
Gary Cuozzo (1967)
Billy Kilmer (1967–1970)
Karl Sweetan (1968)
Ronnie Lee South (1968)
Edd Hargett (1970–1971)
Archie Manning (1971–1975, 1977–1981)
Bobby Scott (1973–1974, 1976–1977, 1981)
Larry Cipa (1974–1975)
Bobby Douglass (1976–1977)
Dave Wilson (1981, 1983–1986)
Ken Stabler (1982–1983)
Guido Merkens (1982)
Richard Todd (1984)
Bobby Hebert (1985–1989, 1991–1992)
John Fourcade (1987, 1989–1990)
Steve Walsh (1990–1991, 1993)
Wade Wilson (1993)
Mike Buck (1993)
Jim Everett (1994–1996)
Doug Nussmeier (1996–1997)
Heath Shuler (1997)
Billy Joe Hobert (1997–1999)
Danny Wuerffel (1997–1998)
Kerry Collins (1998)
Billy Joe Tolliver
Billy Joe Tolliver (1998–1999)
Jake Delhomme (1999)
Jeff Blake (2000)
Aaron Brooks (2000–2005)
Todd Bouman (2005)
Drew Brees (2006–present)
Mark Brunell (2009)
Luke McCown (2015)
1991 Washington Huskies football—UPI & USA Today/CNN national
Billy Joe Hobert
Head coach: Don James
Assistant coaches: Keith Gilbertson