Tommy Grady

Tommy Grady
No. 4Jacksonville Sharks
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-18) March 18, 1985
Place of birth: Huntington Beach, California
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Huntington Beach (CA) Edison
College: Utah
Undrafted: 2008
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-Team All-Arena (2012)
  • AFL Offensive Player of the Year (2012)
  • National Guard MVP of the Year (2012)
  • AFL Single Season Record for touchdown passes (142 in 2012)
  • AFL Single Season Record for passing yards (5,870 in 2012)
  • AFL Single Season Record for passing completions (507 in 2012)
  • AFL Single Season Record for passing attempts (743 in 2012)
  • AFL Single Game Record for touchdown passes (12 in 2012)
Career Arena statistics as of 2015
Comp. / Att.: 2,393 / 3,769
Passing yards: 27,513
TD-INT: 607-106
QB Rating: 113.27
Rushing TDs: 15
Player stats at

Thomas "Tommy" Grady (born March 18, 1985) is an American football quarterback for the Jacksonville Sharks of the National Arena League (NAL).

After a standout high school career at Edison High School, Grady signed with the University of Oklahoma to continue his football career. After a lack of playing time for two years, Grady transferred to the University of Utah. While at Utah, Grady saw limited action again, making only three starts in his career. After being passed on in the 2008 NFL Draft, Grady signed with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgs of af2 in 2009. When the Yard Dawgs transitioned into the Arena Football League, Grady was re-signed and led the Yard Dawgs to a 6-10 record. In 2011, Grady signed with the Utah Blaze, where he threw for 107 touchdowns while leading the Blaze to a 9-9 record, just missing the playoffs. After re-signing for the 2012 season, Grady posted the greatest single season for a quarterback in AFL history. He set single season records for touchdown passes (142) and passing yards (5,863), while also tying a single game record with 12 touchdown passes against the Cleveland Gladiators. He re-signed with the Blaze in 2013 to a three-year maximum contract.

Early life

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Tommy Grady
Huntington Beach, California Edison High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.9 Jul 8, 2003 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 5 (QB)   Rivals: 3 (QB), 9 (CA) 70 National
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


On July 8, 2003, Grady committed to Oklahoma.[1] Grady chose Oklahoma over offers from Florida State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Washington.[2]

College career


Grady began his college career at the University of Oklahoma, He redshirted in 2003, and watched from the sidelines as starter Jason White won the Heisman Trophy. As White's backup in 2004, Grady completed 12 of 14 passes for 63 yards and one touchdown.


Grady transferred to the University of Utah in 2005. He saw limited action as a junior in 2006, completing 7 of 14 passes for 102 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. He entered his senior season as a backup, but took over as quarterback when starter Brian Johnson suffered an injury early in the year. Grady played in six games, including three starts. He finished the season with 58 completions in 115 attempts, for a total of 681 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions. The highlight of the year for Grady was leading the Utes to a 44-6 rout over #11 ranked UCLA.

College career statistics

NCAA collegiate career statistics
Oklahoma Sooners
Season Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB Rating Att Yards Avg TD
2004 12 14 63 85.7 1 0 147.1 1 9 9.0 0
Utah Utes
2006 7 14 102 50.0 1 3 91.9 3 0 0.0 0
2007 58 115 681 50.4 4 3 106.4 12 -28 -2.3 0
NCAA Career Totals 77 143 846 53.8 6 6 109.0 16 -19 -1.2 0


Professional career

Grady was rated the 35th best quarterback in the 2008 NFL Draft by[4]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 7 in 240 lb 27 in 8 ft 5 in
All values from Utah Pro Day[4]

Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz

In 2009, Grady played for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of af2. In 2010, Grady was re-signed by the Yard Dawgz. He was the starter for the Yard Dawgz in its only season in Arena Football League. He led the team to a 6-10 record.

Utah Blaze

In 2011, Grady signed with the Utah Blaze. He led the Blaze to a 9-9 record, and threw for over 100 touchdowns.

He re-signed with the Blaze for the 2012 season.[5] Grady led the Blaze to a 12–6 record, with a playoff berth. During the season, Grady set a single-season record for touchdown passes with 142, breaking the previous mark of 117 set by Chris Greisen.[6] Grady's play during the season landed him the Arena Football League Offensive Player of the Year Award.[7] Grady also broke Greisen's record of passing yards in a single season, with 5,863.[7] During a July 13 game against the Cleveland Gladiators, Grady threw 12 touchdown passes, tying an AFL single-game record.[8]

Grady re-signed with the Blaze on November 1, 2012 to a three-year maximum.[7]

Pittsburgh Power

Grady was assigned to the Pittsburgh Power on September 6, 2013 after he was selected in the dispersal draft of the Chicago Rush and Blaze players.[9] The Power folded after the 2014 season.

Jacksonville Sharks

On January 20, 2015, Grady was assigned to the Jacksonville Sharks.[10] On November 29, 2016, it was announced that Grady had signed with the Sharks for the 2017 season.[11][12]

Washington Valor

On October 14, 2016, Grady was assigned to the Washington Valor during the dispersal draft.


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  3. "Tommy Grady". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
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  5. Blaze sign QB Grady
  6. Jack Wang (July 13, 2012). "Utah Blaze's Grady thriving after college career on bench". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  7. 1 2 3 Kyle Goon (November 1, 2012). "Utah Blaze sign QB Tommy Grady to 3-year deal". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  8. "Utah Blaze Throttle Gladiators 83-63". CBS. July 14, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  9. "Pittsburgh Power Assigned 2012 AFL MVP Quarterback Tommy Grady". OurSports Central. September 6, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  10. Chad Cushnir (January 20, 2015). "Sharks sign QB Tommy Grady". First Coast News. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  11. "All-Arena QB Tommy Grady returns to Sharks". Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  12. "ALL-ARENA QUARTERBACK TOMMY GRADY RETURNS TO SHARKS". November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
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