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Full Name: Trent Farris Dilfer Primary Position: QB
Height/Weight: 6' 4"/227 College: California State University, Fresno
Birthdate: March 13, 1972 High School: Aptos (CA)
Birthplace: Santa Cruz, California
Pro Experience: 13 years


Biography

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.


Professional career

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.

Baltimore Ravens

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.

Seattle Seahawks

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.

In 2004, Dilfer started in only two games, and won them both: November 28 versus the Miami Dolphins, 24-17, and December 26 versus the Arizona Cardinals, 24-21.

Cleveland Browns

In March 2005, Dilfer was traded to the Cleveland Browns where he was named the starting quarterback for the 2005 NFL season and mentored rookie quarterback Charlie Frye.

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 [1].

Charitable Contributions

Trent remains a very popular figure with Baltimore Ravens fans both for his play during the 2000 season and for his charitable activities.

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.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Passing Stats

year team league games ATT CMP PCT YDS YPA TD INT SKD SKY RAT
1994 TAM NFL 5 82 38 46.3 433 5.28 1 6 8 42 36.3
1995 TAM NFL 16 415 224 54 2774 6.68 4 18 47 331 60.1
1996 TAM NFL 16 482 267 55.4 2859 5.93 12 19 28 207 64.8
1997 TAM NFL 16 386 217 56.2 2555 6.62 21 11 32 196 82.8
1998 TAM NFL 16 429 225 52.4 2729 6.36 21 15 27 172 74
1999 TAM NFL 10 244 146 59.8 1619 6.64 11 11 26 189 75.8
2000 BAL NFL 11 226 134 59.3 1502 6.65 12 11 23 135 76.6
2001 SEA NFL 6 122 73 59.8 1014 8.31 7 4 10 72 92
2002 SEA NFL 6 168 94 56 1182 7.04 4 6 7 36 71.1
2003 SEA NFL 5 8 4 50 31 3.88 1 1 1 8 59.9
2004 SEA NFL 5 58 25 43.1 333 5.74 1 3 4 21 46.1
2005 CLE NFL 11 333 199 59.8 2321 6.97 11 12 23 139 76.9
2006 SFO NFL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 year NFL career 123 2953 1646 55.7 19352 6.55 106 117 236 1548 71.3

Rushing Stats

year team league games ATT YDS AVG TD LNG
1994 TAM NFL 5 2 27 13.5 0 15
1995 TAM NFL 16 23 115 5 2 21t
1996 TAM NFL 16 32 124 3.9 0 19
1997 TAM NFL 16 33 99 3 1 17
1998 TAM NFL 16 40 141 3.5 2 17
1999 TAM NFL 10 35 144 4.1 0 28
2000 BAL NFL 11 20 75 3.8 0 19
2001 SEA NFL 6 11 17 1.5 0 11
2002 SEA NFL 6 10 27 2.7 0 13
2003 SEA NFL 5 2 -1 -0.5 0 0
2004 SEA NFL 5 10 14 1.4 0 11
2005 CLE NFL 11 20 46 2.3 0 12
2006 SFO NFL 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 year NFL career 123 238 828 3.5 5 0

Fumble Recovery Stats

year team league games TOT OWR OPR YDS TD
1994 TAM NFL 5 2 0 0 0 0
1995 TAM NFL 16 13 1 0 -9 0
1996 TAM NFL 16 10 4 0 -4 0
1997 TAM NFL 16 9 3 0 -22 0
1998 TAM NFL 16 9 2 0 -5 0
1999 TAM NFL 10 6 0 0 -4 0
2000 BAL NFL 11 8 1 0 -7 0
2001 SEA NFL 6 3 0 0 -3 0
2002 SEA NFL 6 2 0 0 -12 0
2003 SEA NFL 5 2 0 0 0 0
2004 SEA NFL 5 1 0 0 0 0
2005 CLE NFL 11 9 0 0 0 0
2006 SFO NFL 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 year NFL career 123 74 11 0 -66 0

Receiving Stats

year team league games REC YDS AVG TD LNG
1994 TAM NFL 5 0 0 0 0 0
1995 TAM NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0
1996 TAM NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0
1997 TAM NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0
1998 TAM NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0
1999 TAM NFL 10 0 0 0 0 0
2000 BAL NFL 11 1 -1 -1 0 -1
2001 SEA NFL 6 1 -5 -5 0 -5
2002 SEA NFL 6 0 0 0 0 0
2003 SEA NFL 5 0 0 0 0 0
2004 SEA NFL 5 0 0 0 0 0
2005 CLE NFL 11 0 0 0 0 0
2006 SFO NFL 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 year NFL career 123 2 -6 -3 0 0

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