Jay Schroeder

Jay Brian Schroeder (born June 28, 1961) is an American former professional football quarterback. He played college football at UCLA, after which he was selected in the third round (83rd overall) of the 1984 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins where he played for four seasons. He then played for the Los Angeles Raiders for five seasons and spent one season each with the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals.

Jay Schroeder
Schroeder playing for the Redskins in 1986
No. 10, 13, 11
Personal information
Born: (1961-06-28) June 28, 1961
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Palisades
(Pacific Palisades, California)
NFL Draft:1984 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
  • Christian High School (2000–2006)
    Offensive coordinator
  • Snow Canyon High School (2007)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • Oaks Christian School
    Assistant coach
  • Desert Hills High School (2014–2021)
    Quarterbacks coach
As an executive:
  • Village Christian Schools (2010–2013)
    Director of football operations
  • Awaken Christian Academy (2022-present)
    Director of football operations
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
QB Rating:71.7
Player stats at NFL.com

While with the Washington Redskins, Schroeder was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1986 season. He also won a Super Bowl when the Redskins defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII.

American football career

Schroeder attended Palisades High School and was a high school football teammate of actor Forest Whitaker.

He was a third round draft pick in the 1984 NFL Draft by Washington after a college career at UCLA, in which he started only one game. He did produce a memorable moment, throwing a game-winning touchdown pass on a deflection to future NFL star Freeman McNeil to beat arch-rival USC.[1] He also played minor league baseball in the Pioneer League.

Schroeder replaced injured Joe Theismann in a Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants on November 18, 1985. Schroeder's first pass after Theismann was taken off the field was a 43-yard completion to Art Monk.[2] The Redskins came close to a touchdown after the catch, but a fumble by John Riggins inside the five yard line was recovered by Lawrence Taylor. Washington eventually won the game, 23–21.

Schroeder led the Redskins to a 4–1 record after that game. He gained the starting spot on the Redskins for the 1986 NFL season, and led them to a 12–4 record while throwing for a then team record 4,109 passing yards, a team record which stood for 29 years,[3] but he remains the third all time leader in single season passing for Washington. He led Washington to the NFC title game where they were shut out 17–0 by the New York Giants.

The following season, Schroeder suffered a separated shoulder in the first game against the Philadelphia Eagles and was replaced by Doug Williams. Williams disliked Schroeder for pointedly waving him off the field when head coach Joe Gibbs thought Schroeder had been injured and sent Williams in as a precaution. Schroeder returned that season, but was continually nagged by the injury, allowing the more popular Williams to gain the starting position for the Redskins' playoff run.

Williams led the Redskins to a championship victory that year in Super Bowl XXII. Schroeder was traded the following season for Raiders tackle Jim Lachey, who proved to be a perennial Pro Bowl player for the Redskins. Schroeder spent five seasons with the Raiders. In 1990, he led Los Angeles to the AFC championship where the Raiders lost to the Buffalo Bills 51–3 as Schroeder threw five interceptions.

Todd Marinovich replaced him for one regular season and one playoff contest in the 1991 season, and Jeff Hostetler arrived in 1993 after Schroeder was waived.[4]

Schroeder retired in 1995 with 1,426 of 2,808 completions for 20,063 yards and 114 touchdowns, with 108 interceptions, while also rushing for 761 yards and five touchdowns.

Baseball career

Schroeder began his sports career in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system. He was drafted 3rd overall in the 1979 Major League Baseball Draft by the Blue Jays.[5] He had a career batting average of .213 in the minors. He was inducted in the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

Coaching career

Starting in 2000, Schroeder was an offensive coordinator at Christian High School in El Cajon, California, a suburb of San Diego, under Head Coach Matt Oliver. In 2007, he coached at Desert Hills High School serving as both the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach. He then became an assistant coach for Oaks Christian High School in California.

In December 2010, Schroeder was hired as the Director of Football Operations[6] at Village Christian School in Sun Valley, California. He also coached Varsity and JV golf at Village Christian.

He has also occasionally worked as an analyst for Sky Sports' NFL coverage since November 2007.

Jay was formerly the quarterbacks coach at Desert Hills High School in St. George, Utah.[7]

He is currently doing radio Live in various parts of Las Vegas/Henderson area with long time Las Vegas CBS Sportscaster Rich Perez on Social media, Las Vegas primarily on Sundays live at Carlos and Charlies inside the Flamingo hotel at 12:00–1:00 and Super Bowl Sunday 1:00–2:00pm.


  1. "Schroeder's Pass to McNeil Haunts Trojans Even Now". Los Angeles Times. November 20, 1985.
  2. Brennan, Christine (November 19, 1985), "Theismann Out for the Year, Redskins Win", The Washington Post, retrieved December 18, 2010
  3. "Washington Redskins Single-Season Passing Leaders". www.pro-football-reference.com. Pro Football Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  4. Litsky, Frank (March 25, 1993). "PRO FOOTBALL; Raiders Land Hostetler For 3 Years, $8 Million". New York Times.
  5. "1979 Toronto Blue Jays Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  6. "NFL Great Jay Schroeder Named New Football Director" Archived December 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved December 15, 2010
  7. Briggs, Richard (August 22, 2014). "Desert Hills football prepares for championship defense". TheSpectrum.com. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
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