Trent Farris Dilfer (born March 13, 1972 in Santa Cruz, California) is an American football quarterback who currently plays for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. He previously played for the Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was traded from the Cleveland Browns in May 2006 for former 49ers quarterback Ken Dorsey to be Alex Smith's mentor backup.
Early life and family
Dilfer attended Aptos High School in California, and upon graduation attended Fresno State. He is married to Cassandra Dilfer, a former Fresno State swimmer, and they have three daughters (Madeline, Victoria & Delaney) and a son, now deceased (Trevin).
On April 27 2003, the Dilfers lost their son, Trevin Scott Dilfer, who died in a California hospital after a 40-day battle with heart disease at the age of 5. On June 2 2003 Trent made his first public comments regarding his family's loss, and still grieving, openly wept.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dilfer's professional football career began when he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with their 1st pick in the [[1994 draft (6th overall) after his junior season at Fresno State. Dilfer was the first Tampa Bay quarterback to ever go to the Pro Bowl, which some say was a reward for a highly efficient season in the Buccaneers' limited offense. In the first 12 games of that year Dilfer passed for 2213 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. However, Dilfer's performance was perceived to decline in his last four games. In the playoffs the Buccaneers defeated their NFC Central rivals, the Detroit Lions, before losing to their long-time division rivals, and defending Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers. While with the Bucs, he won more games than any quarterback in franchise history and took the team to their first playoff game in 15 years.
Dilfer threw for 21 touchdowns with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in both the 1997 and the 1998 NFL seasons. In the 1996-1999 NFL seasons, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dilfer averaged 2,729 yards a season and had a total of 58 touchdowns.
After the 1999 season, the Bucs granted unconditional free-agent status to Dilfer on 11 February 2000, rather than pay him a 4.6 million dollar bonus due in March. He signed with the Ravens on March 8 2000 and became the backup for Tony Banks. After two straight losses and four straight weeks without an offensive touchdown, Banks was replaced with Dilfer. The Ravens would lose their third straight game and fail to score a touchdown for the fifth straight week. It would be the last time the Ravens would lose that season, or go without a touchdown. The Ravens finished the season winning seven straight to earn a wild card berth at 12-4. The 7-1 run also gave Dilfer a 45-39 record as a starter at that point.
In the playoffs, Dilfer went 3-0, and the Ravens advanced to Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa to meet the New York Giants. Halfway through the first quarter Dilfer connected with Brandon Stokley on a deep post for a 38-yard touchdown, badly beating Jason Sehorn. A third down 44-yard pass to Qadry Ismail would set up a field goal before halftime, to give Baltimore a 10-0 lead. The Ravens eventually won easily, 34-7. Dilfer's game stats were 12 completions for 153 yards and 1 TD. Dilfer did the I'm Going to Disney World! commercial since game MVP Ray Lewis was seen as too controversial.
Surprisingly, Dilfer was released after the season. He was seen as a "caretaker" quarterback, due to the strength of the Ravens' defense, and head coach Brian Billick's run-heavy offense. He was replaced by Kansas City Chiefs' Pro Bowler Elvis Grbac, which was viewed as a horrible mistake on the part of the Ravens and was highly criticized by both fans and the Baltimore press. In 2001 Grbac's passer rating was 5.5 points lower than Dilfer's was in 2000.
On August 3 2001, the Seattle Seahawks signed Dilfer as a back-up quarterback to then-starter Matt Hasselbeck. Dilfer saw his first action when Hasselbeck injured his groin in week three against the Oakland Raiders. Dilfer started and won the next two games, before being replaced by a healthy Hasselbeck. Dilfer came on in a relief role against the Washington Redskins, when Hasselbeck struggled. He continued as the starter when Hasselbeck suffered a separated left shoulder. Dilfer started the final two games of the season, and with Seattle in the playoff hunt, won them both. He ended the season by throwing five touchdowns and two interceptions in two three-point victories. The Seahawks' NFC wild-card hopes ended when the Ravens beat the Minnesota Vikings 19-3 on Monday Night Football. At the end of the season, Dilfer's passer rating was 92.0 and he had won 15 straight starts.
Partially because the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback, Hasselbeck, was coming off a season where he went 5-7 as a starter and threw eight interceptions and seven touchdowns, Dilfer was re-signed by the team to a four-year deal on March 1, and was slated as the starter heading into training camp. However, in an exhibition game against Indianapolis, Dilfer sprained his medial collateral ligament in his right knee. With the injury, Dilfer lost the starting job to Hasselbeck. Dilfer returned to the starting position against the Arizona Cardinals with a 13-24 loss. On October 28 2002, in week 8, he mysteriously suffered a season-ending torn achilles tendon against the Dallas Cowboys on the synthetic turf at Texas Stadium. At that point in the season, the Seahawks were 2-5.
In 2003, Dilfer was used sparingly in a relief role, and was primarily used to mentor Hasselbeck.
San Francisco 49ers
In May 2006, Dilfer was traded to the San Francisco 49ers to serve as a mentor to the 2005's Draft's #1 pick Alex Smith. In return, the Niners gave the Browns Ken Dorsey and a 7th round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft .
Dilfer is considered one of the hardest-working and most down-to-earth players in the NFL, and is recognized as one of the best teammates and mentors in the game. Outside of football, he has a strong Christian faith, and continues to provide charity money and work in his spare time. He established TD4HIM, an organization in memory of Trevin, and he participates and hosts charity golf events to raise money for Aptos High.
Dilfer is regarded by many to be the worst starting quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl. But although his pro career has been somewhat mediocre, his contributions on and off the field have made him one of the most respected players in the league.
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