Jason Gesser


Jason Gesser

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birthplace =Honolulu, Hawaii
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college =Washington State
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* Tennessee Titans (2003 - 2004)
* Calgary Stampeders (2005)
* Utah Blaze (2006 - present)
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Jason John Gesser (Born May 31, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American football quarterback for the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League. He is the grandson of Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame member Joseph "Red" Dunn. [ [http://wsucougars.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/gesser_jason00.html http://wsucougars.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/gesser_jason00.html] ]

High school years

Gesser attended Saint Louis School and played football for Cal Lee. In his junior year he was named to the All-State team and led the Crusaders to a State championship. In his senior year, St. Louis ranked as high as fourth in the National Prep poll and won a second straight State title. He was All-West pick by Prep Star and an academic All-American choice by Prep Star. The Crusaders were 24-0 in games Gesser started. [ [http://wsucougars.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/gesser_jason00.html http://wsucougars.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/gesser_jason00.h] tml]

College career

Gesser played college football at Washington State University. He is the only player in Cougar history to be elected as captain three consecutive years. Gesser led WSU to 10 consecutive wins from 2001-2002. He finished seventh in the 2002 Heisman Trophy race. In 2002, he and Carson Palmer were named Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year. [ [http://www.utahblaze.com/index.cfm?switch=players&id=72 http://www.utahblaze.com/index.cfm?switch=players&id=72] ] He has the most wins of any quarterback in Washington State history. [ [http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-7936012_ITM http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-7936012_ITM] ]

Professional career

National Football League (NFL)

He was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted in April 2003. [ [http://www.komotv.com/news/archive/4091411.html http://www.komotv.com/news/archive/4091411.html] ] He spent the entire season with the team but did not see any playing time behind Steve McNair, Billy Volek, and Neil O'Donnell. In February 2004, he was arrested and charged with suspicion of drunken driving. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=1737288 http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=1737288] ] He was released after the 2004 preseason. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=1875437 http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=1875437] ]

Canadian Football League (CFL)

On May 5, 2005, Gesser was signed by the Calgary Stampeders. He started the season as Henry Burris' backup, but took over the starting role when Burris tore a ligament in his left thumb. [ [http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Calgary/2005/09/14/1216522-sun.html http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Calgary/2005/09/14/1216522-sun.html] ] He only started two games, both victories, before spraining his ankle. [http://www.cfl.ca/index.php?module=roster&func=display&ros_id=179] He finished the season completing 23 of 42 passes for 356 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. [ [http://www.cfl.ca/index.php?module=roster&func=display&ros_id=179 http://www.cfl.ca/index.php?module=roster&func=display&ros_id=179] ]

Arena Football League (AFL)

In 2006 Gesser signed with the AFL's Utah Blaze. He was the backup at the beginning of the season before replacing the injured Joe Germaine. He completed 89 of 145 passes for 1,092 yards, 23 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. After going winless in four starts, he was replaced by Andy Kelly. [ [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SLTB&p_theme=sltb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=1117B997A3A54E20&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SLTB&p_theme=sltb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=1117B997A3A54E20&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM] ] Gesser saw little playing time behind a healthy Germaine in 2007, completing two of three passes for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Coaching

Gesser says his ultimate goal is coaching at the college level, preferably at Washington State. [ [http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2003233192_ringer29.html http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2003233192_ringer29.html] ] During the 2006 off-season he was a quarterbacks coach at Federal Way High School in Federal Way, Washington. In 2007 he was offensive coordinator at Parkland's Franklin Pierce High School. [ [http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/preps/343107_fbdefense12.html http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/preps/343107_fbdefense12.html] ] He and fellow ex-Cougar Ryan Leaf both campaigned for the position of quarterbacks coach when it became available after the 2007 season. [ [http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/budwithers/2004066631_withers12.html http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/budwithers/2004066631_withers12.html] ] That job eventually went to Offensive Coordinator Todd Sturdy. [ [http://wsucougars.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/sturdy_todd00.html http://wsucougars.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/sturdy_todd00.html] ]

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