Alex Tanney (born November 11, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois.
|No. 3 – New York Giants|
|Born:||November 11, 1987|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||209 lb (95 kg)|
|High school:||Lexington (Lexington, Illinois)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Tanney was a three-sport high school standout athlete at Lexington High School in Lexington, Illinois. He was a two time first team Illinois All-State quarterback and led his team to the IHSA state semi-finals his senior year, and he holds nearly every football passing record at LHS. He was also named an All-State basketball player and is the all-time leading point scorer in Lexington High School history. In addition to his football career, Tanney also placed at the IHSA State Track and Field Finals his junior and senior years.
Tanney broke nearly every school record during his time at Monmouth. His career began in 2007 when he threw for 2,678 yards and 24 TDs. In his sophomore season in 2008, Tanney broke the Monmouth record of single season TD passes with 50. For his junior campaign, Tanney threw for 3,856 yards and 44 TDs which led him to be named the Melberger Award winner as D-III's top player. After redshirting the 2010 season with an injury, he came back in 2011 and threw for a career-high 3,867 yards along with 38 TDs. He won three Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year Awards in his college career along with numerous All-American Awards.
In 2011 a quarterback trick shot video highlighting Tanney's talent went viral. Subsequently, in July 2011, History Channel’s Stan Lee’s Superhumans filmed an episode featuring Tanney. The episode featured Tanney's "super-human" throwing accuracy.
On October 29, 2011, in a game against Carroll University, Tanney set the NCAA record for all-time all-division career touchdown passes with 150, surpassing Jimmy Terwilliger's record of 148. Tanney finished his collegiate career with 157 touchdown passes and also holds the D-III record for most passing yards in a career with 14,249.
Kansas City ChiefsEdit
Tanney signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent on June 5, 2012. He was placed on injured reserve with a finger injury on September 1, 2012.
On July 21, 2013, the Cowboys signed Tanney to their roster. On August 4, 2013, Tanney played the entire second half of the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. In five 2013 preseason games (including the August 29 finale against the Houston Texans, in which he played all but one series) Tanney completed 40 of 73 passes for 423 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions. Tanney was released by the Cowboys on August 30, 2013. After clearing waivers, Tanney was assigned to the Cowboys' eight-player practice squad.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit
Tanney was signed to the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans on December 16, 2014. He signed a futures contract with the Titans on December 29, 2014. The Titans released Tanney on September 5, 2015.
Tennessee Titans (second stint)Edit
On December 21, 2015, Tanney was signed off the Colts practice squad by the Tennessee Titans. He made his NFL regular-season debut on January 3, 2016 against the Indianapolis Colts, relieving the injured Zach Mettenberger in the third quarter and going 10-for-14 for 99 yards and throwing his first career touchdown pass, to Dorial Green-Beckham. On September 13, 2016, he was waived by the Titans and was re-signed to their practice squad the next day. On December 27, 2016, he was promoted to the active roster.
New York GiantsEdit
On March 4, 2019, Tanney signed a two-year contract extension with the Giants.
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
|NCAA record for all-time career touchdown passes (157)||2011|
|NCAA Division III record for passing yards (14,249)||2011|
|Associated Press Little All-American||2011|
|AFCA Division III Coaches' All-American||2011|
|D3football.com All-West Region||2008,2009, 2011|
|D3football.com All-American||2009, 2011|
|Melberger Award Trophy||2009|
|Offensive Player of the Year in the Midwest Conference||2008, 2009, 2011|
|All-Time record for pass-completions (Illinois)||2006|
|Third all-time for most pass completions, season (Illinois)||2006|
|Illinois All-State||2005, 2006|
|IHSA State Track Medalist 3200m Run (8th Place)||2006|
|IHSA State Track Medalist 1600m Run (4th Place)||2007|
- Frey, Aaron (July 23, 2011). "Fighting Scots QB Tanney to be featured on History Channel". Galesburg.com. Archived from the original on March 31, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
- Jay Ratliff on Cowboys' PUP list; Demetress Bell signs, NFL.com, Retrieved July 21, 2013
- George, Brandon (November 26, 2013). "Cleveland Browns sign QB Alex Tanney from the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad". Sports Day. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- Jones, Ross (May 12, 2014). "Browns release Vince Young 11 days after signing free agent deal". Fox Sports. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- Tidcombe, Matt (May 20, 2014). "Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Alex Tanney and Cameron Brate". The Pewter Plank. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- Philipse, Sander (August 24, 2014). "NFL Roster Cuts 2014: Buccaneers release Eric Page, Tommy Streeter, 10 more". Bucs Nation. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- Morris, Jimmy (December 16, 2014). "Titans sign TE Matthew Mulligan; Place Brett Brackett on IR". Music City Miracles. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
- "Titans Sign Eight Players to Futures Contracts". Tennessee Titans. December 29, 2014. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- Wolf, Jason (September 5, 2015). "Titans release Hakeem Nicks, 8 others". The Tennessean. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- Rodak, Mike (September 7, 2015). "IK Enemkpali, QB Alex Tanney among Bills' practice squad additions". ESPN. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
- Brown, Chris (September 8, 2015). "Matt Cassel re-signs with Bills". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
- Buscaglia, Joe (September 8, 2015). "Joe B: 5 Bills practice notes from September 8". WKBW Buffalo. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
- McCormick, Terry (September 29, 2015). "Colts sign quarterback Tanney to practice squad". 247Sports. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
- Jackson, Zac (October 20, 2015). "Colts sign CB Tony Carter". NBC Sports. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
- Lewis, Derek (November 10, 2015). "Colts re-sign quarterback Alex Tanney to practice squad". 247Sports. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
- John Glennon (December 22, 2015). "Titans sign QB Alex Tanney, place Mike Martin on IR". The Tennesseean. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
- Jim Wyatt (January 3, 2016). "Titans Fall Short at Indy in Season Finale". TitansOnline.com. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
- Wyatt, Jim. "Titans Re-Sign CB Cody Riggs, Waive QB Alex Tanney". TitansOnline.com.
- Wyatt, Jim (December 27, 2016). "Alex Tanney Promoted, Marcus Mariota to IR". TitansOnline.com.
- Wyatt, Jim (September 2, 2017). "Titans Down to 53 Players: A Position-by-Position Look". TitansOnline.com. Archived from the original on February 6, 2018.
- Wyatt, Jim (April 30, 2018). "Titans Release QB Alex Tanney, RB Muhammad". TitansOnline.com. Archived from the original on May 1, 2018.
- Eisen, Michael (May 2, 2018). "Giants sign veteran QB Alex Tanney, DT A.J. Francis". Giants.com. Archived from the original on May 3, 2018.
- Michael Eisen (September 1, 2018). "New York Giants announce 53-man roster". Giants.com.
- Alper, Josh (March 4, 2019). "Giants re-sign Alex Tanney". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
- "Alex Tanney". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
- "Midwest Conference Football Newsletter - Nov 20, 2008" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 5, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- Illinois High School Association Boys Football Records History - Individual Passing & Receiving
- Illinois High School Association Boys Track & Field Records and History - Individual Medalists