Kevin Benjamin Kolb (/ˈkɒb/; born August 24, 1984) is a former
American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Philadelphia
Eagles in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He has also been a
member of the
Arizona Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills. He played
college football for the Houston Cougars.
Stephenville High School in Stephenville, Texas, where
he was a three-year starter at quarterback. He moved on to the
University of Houston
University of Houston where he earned
Conference USA Offensive Most
Valuable Player of the Year honors in 2006. Kolb started for two games
in place of the injured
Donovan McNabb during the
2009 NFL season for
the Eagles, and earned NFC Player of the Week honors following his
week 3 performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. Following McNabb's
trade to the
Washington Redskins in April 2010, Kolb became the
starting quarterback for the Eagles. However, after suffering a
concussion in week 1 against the Green Bay Packers, Kolb was replaced
at quarterback by Michael Vick. Vick suffered a rib cartilage injury
in week four and Kolb was named the starter. When Vick returned after
week eight, Kolb was relegated to a backup role. Kolb was traded to
Arizona Cardinals prior to the start of the 2011 season. Kolb was
released by the Cardinals on March 15, 2013.
1 Early years
2 College career
3 Professional career
3.1 Philadelphia Eagles
3.2 Arizona Cardinals
3.3 Buffalo Bills
3.5 Career statistics
5 See also
7 External links
Stephenville High School in Stephenville, Texas, Kolb
became the starting quarterback for the Yellow Jackets during his
sophomore year. He was a two-time UIL District 8-4A offensive MVP.
His most outstanding year was his senior year, 2002, in which he
completed 206 of 321 passing attempts for 3,357 yards and 29
touchdowns, as well as rushing for 197 yards. At the end of the
2002 season, he earned honorable mention All-State and second-team
Academic All-State honors.
Kolb initially committed to Oklahoma State to play college football
but rescinded this commitment when Houston hired head coach Art
Briles, a former head coach at Stephenville High School. Kolb was
also recruited by TCU, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
One day before the season-opener in 2003, Kolb was named the
starter in Houston as a true freshman, the first true freshman
quarterback to start in the season-opener in school history,
making his debut against Rice at Robertson Stadium. On September 20,
Kolb threw for 321 yards and four touchdowns and went 20-for-29
passing in the 42–35 win over Mississippi State. He was named
Conference USA Player of the Week for his performance. On October
25, Kolb accounted for over 400 yards passing and 100 yards
rushing against TCU in a 62-55 loss to the Horned Frogs, only the
fourth time this feat had been achieved in Division I-A. He tied the
league record with 578 total yards, and earned Conference
USA offensive co-player of the week honors for his performance.
Kolb finished the season with 3,131 passing yards,
25 touchdowns, and only six interceptions en route to a 7-6
record on the year, which ended with a 54-48 loss to Hawaii in the
Hawaii Bowl. Following the season, Kolb was named Conference USA
Freshman of the Year.
Kolb was named to the Walter Camp Award,
Davey O'Brien Award and
Maxwell Award watchlists prior to the start of the 2004
season. He started in all 11 games in 2004, finishing first in
the conference in total offense with 256.1 yards per game, and
he passed for 2,766 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Kolb was named to the
Maxwell Award and
Davey O'Brien Award watchlists
for the second straight year in 2005. After a losing season in
2004, Kolb led the Cougars to a 6-5 regular-season record in 2005. He
was named the Cougars' MVP in the
Fort Worth Bowl
Fort Worth Bowl in a 42-13 loss to
Kansas after passing for 214 yards and scoring one rushing
touchdown. He finished the season with
3,258 passing yards, and became the school's all-time total
offense leader. He earned third-team All-
Conference USA honors
following the season.
Kolb was named to the
Maxwell Award watchlist for the third
consecutive year in 2006. He was named the consensus Conference
USA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, and he earned preseason
all-conference honors. The 2006 season was Kolb's signature
college year, in which he threw 30 touchdowns and only four
interceptions on the way to a 10-4 record and a Conference USA
championship. He went 22-for-35 for 235 yards and three
touchdowns in a win over
Rice University on September 2, and was named
Conference USA Player of the Week for his efforts. He was
named as a finalist for the
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award on November
1. He was named the
Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year on
November 30. Kolb won the conference's offensive MVP, but Houston
lost to South Carolina 44-36 in the Liberty Bowl. He finished the
season with 3,808 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and four
interceptions. Kolb ended his career with 12,964 total passing
yards, fifth all-time.
Kolb was invited to play in the 2007
East–West Shrine Game
East–West Shrine Game on
January 20, 2007, and the
2007 Senior Bowl
2007 Senior Bowl on January 27.
6 ft 3 in
32 1⁄2 in
9 ft 4 in
All values from 2007 NFL Scouting Combine.
Kolb was rated as the sixth-best quarterback in the
2007 NFL Draft
2007 NFL Draft by
NFLDraftScout.com, and was projected to be drafted in the third or
fourth round. He hired Jeff Nalley and Vann McElroy as his agents
prior to the draft, and they hired former NFL quarterback Jerry Rhome
to work with Kolb to get him ready for the pre-draft workouts. He
worked out with Danny Arnold in
Stafford, Texas in February 2007 in
order to prepare for the NFL Scouting Combine. Kolb worked out for
Baltimore Ravens in the first week of April, and followed it up
with a visit to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kolb was drafted by the
Philadelphia Eagles in the second round (36th
overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was the third quarterback taken in
the draft behind
JaMarcus Russell (1st overall) and
Brady Quinn (22nd
overall). He signed a four-year, $4.285 million contract with the
team on July 25, 2007. Kolb spent 2007 as the third-string
Donovan McNabb and A. J. Feeley.
In his second year in the league, Kolb was promoted to second-string
quarterback ahead of A. J. Feeley. He played the entire second
half of the Eagles game against the
Baltimore Ravens on November 23
after an infamous benching of McNabb. Kolb threw an interception
in the endzone to Ed Reed, who took it back 108 yards for a
touchdown, an NFL record. Kolb completed only 17 passes on 34
attempts for 144 yards, throwing no touchdowns and four
interceptions during the season.
Kolb's first NFL start was a 48-22 loss against the New Orleans Saints
at home on September 20, 2009 due to an injury to Donovan McNabb. His
first career touchdown was recorded in the first quarter of that game
on a 71-yard pass to DeSean Jackson; he threw for 391 yards on 31
completions. On September 27, 2009, Kolb made his second start in
place of McNabb, throwing for 327 yards and two touchdowns in a
34-14 win against the Kansas City Chiefs. Kolb became the first
quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards in
each of his first two career starts. He was named the NFC Offensive
Player of the Week after his efforts against the Chiefs.
Kolb expressed his desire to be the starting quarterback for the
Eagles during the 2010 offseason: "Obviously my goal is to be the
starter and to start for 16 games and to lead this team as far as we
can go. Personally, I don't have a lot of personal goals right now,
they're more team-oriented, besides me getting on the field and
proving I can take over this thing." Kolb gained many comparisons
to the situation
Aaron Rodgers endured backing up
Brett Favre during
his first three seasons. Kolb and Rodgers reached out to one another
to share their similar plights.
On March 26,
Adam Schefter reported that the Eagles expected Kolb to
be the starting quarterback for the 2010 season. On April 4,
McNabb was traded to the Washington Redskins, making Kolb the starting
quarterback. Kolb signed a one-year contract extension worth
$12.25 million on April 29, keeping him under contract with the Eagles
through the 2011 season.
In the Eagles' season-opener against the Green Bay Packers, the
supposed start of the "
Kevin Kolb Era," he was tackled by Packers
linebacker Clay Matthews, and sustained a concussion. For
precautionary measures, Kolb was withdrawn from the game. After
passing a series of tests, he was nonetheless withheld for the game
against the Detroit Lions. On September 21, backup quarterback
Michael Vick was named the starting quarterback over Kolb for the rest
of the season following Vick's win over the Lions. Kolb took over
for Vick in a game against the Redskins in week 4 after Vick suffered
a chest injury. Kolb went 22-for-35 with 201 passing yards, one
touchdown and an interception in place of Vick. However, he was still
beaten by the Redskins and their new starting quarterback, Donovan
McNabb, 17-12. Due to Vick's injury, Kolb started the next three
games. Against the
Atlanta Falcons in week 6, Kolb went 23-for-29
for 326 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, and was
named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week following his
performance. During the game, Kolb made an illegal horse-collar
tackle on Falcons safety William Moore following an interception. The
Eagles were penalized 15 yards and Kolb was later fined $5,000 by
the league, the first time a quarterback was fined for a horse-collar
tackle. Kolb’s final appearance with the Eagles came in the
regular season finale, as the Eagles were resting many starters to be
healthy for the playoffs.
After the 2010 season, there was speculation that the Eagles would
look to make a deal for Kolb since Vick was the clear starting
quarterback. However, due to the 2011 NFL Labor Dispute, the
Eagles were unable to trade away Kolb. On July 19, 2011, Kolb
expressed interest in playing for the Arizona Cardinals, saying
"Arizona would be a great place" to play.
Kolb was traded to the
Arizona Cardinals on July 28, 2011, in exchange
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft
pick in the 2012 NFL Draft (which the Eagles traded for draft
picks used on
Vinny Curry and Brandon Boykin). Expected to start,
Kolb had a decent preseason debut for the Cardinals in preseason play
against the Oakland Raiders, going 4-for-7 for 68 yards; among
the four completions was a 43-yard pass to wide receiver Larry
Kolb started his first game for the Cardinals on September 11, 2011
Carolina Panthers in the first week of the 2011 NFL
season. Kolb was 18 of 27 for 309 yards, two touchdowns, and no picks
in the 28-21 win over the Panthers. He also posted a 130.0 passer
rating in the game, third best in the NFL in Week 1. However, over the
rest of the season, his play markedly deteriorated as the Cardinals
lost several close games. Furthermore, he was hampered by various
injuries. A foot injury (turf-toe) that he incurred in a game against
Baltimore Ravens sidelined him for several games. His backup
quarterback, John Skelton, performed ably as he stepped in and won
games against St. Louis (once at home, once away) and against
Philadelphia. Upon return from his turf-toe injury, Kevin led the
Cardinals to a comeback win against the Dallas Cowboys in overtime.
The game was memorable for the blunder committed by Cowboys head coach
Jason Garrett, who called a time-out to "ice" his own kicker on a
potential game-winning field goal. The ensuing kick after the time-out
was not good, and in overtime, Kevin threw a touch-pass to LaRod
Stephens-Howling who ran it into the end-zone for the winning score.
But in the very next game against the San Francisco 49ers, Kolb was
inadvertently kicked in the back of the head early in the first
series. He left the game with concussion-related symptoms, and did not
return that season.
Following a Week 1 injury to Skelton, Kolb entered the game during the
4th quarter, leading the team on a come-from-behind victory. Skelton
was eventually ruled out for the Week 2 matchup against the New
England Patriots. Arizona was handed their first loss of the season by
the 2-2 St. Louis Rams, by a final score of 17-3. Kolb completed just
around 50% of his passes, and was sacked 9 times (The 2012 Cardinals
became the first team since their 2003 counterparts to allow eight or
more sacks in consecutive games).
Kolb proved his worth to the coaching staff following October 14's
matchup against the Buffalo Bills, in which Kolb suffered a rib injury
late in the fourth quarter. Skelton began taking snaps for the injured
Kolb and was only able to complete 2 of 10 passes with a game-costing
interception in the OT period. This injury caused Kolb to miss the
following seven games, all of which the Cardinals lost.
The Cardinals released Kolb on March 15, 2013 after failing to agree
to a restructured contract.
Kolb agreed to a two-year contract for $13 million with the Buffalo
Bills on March 30, 2013. On August 24, Kolb suffered a severe
concussion in a preseason game against the Washington Redskins. He was
placed on injured reserve on August 30. Kolb was released on March
Kolb retired in 2014 due to post-concussion syndrome, citing lingering
effects from three career concussions.
NFL career totals
Kolb married his wife Whitney Huddleston in February 2007. Whitney
gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Kamryn June, on
January 10, 2009, and their second child, a daughter named Atley
Rose, was born in April 2010.
Kolb majored in business entrepreneurship at the University of
Kolb competed in North Texas fishing tournaments in the offseason.
Kolb also enjoys hunting wild hogs in his spare time. It may seem
dangerous to hunt with just a twelve-inch Bowie knife, but Kolb,
assured the public, "Our dogs go and find 'em first, and then we stab
the pigs. It's a little bit dangerous, but as long as you know what
you're doing, you'll be all right."
On June 28, 2014, Kolb was arrested in Willacy County, Texas, for
boating while intoxicated.
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