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Brian Hoyer was born in Lakewood, Ohio on October 13, 1985. He attended Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, where he played baseball and football. As a pitcher, he led the Wildcats to the 2002 Division I State Championships, where he pitched 6 innings and only allowed 2 earned runs. As a two-year starter for the Wildcats football team, he accumulated a 16-7 record as a quarterback.
During the 2002 season, Brian Hoyer completed 131 of 263 passes for 18 touchdowns, 2,130 yards, and 12 interceptions. In 2003, he led the team to an 11-1 record with 258 of 412 passes for a total of 45 touchdowns, 5,570 yards, and 15 interceptions. He was a senior Associated Press Division I all-state selection and participated in the 2004 Ohio All-Star Classic.
In 2004, Brian Hoyer elected to go to Michigan State University, where he was redshirted for the 2004 season. In 2005, he played in 5 games, where he completed 15 of 23 passes for 2 touchdowns and 167 yards. He tied a Big Ten single game record when he and Drew Stanton threw 7 touchdown passes against Illinois.
In 2006, Brian Hoyer completed 82 of 144 passes for 4 touchdowns, 863 yards, and 3 interceptions during 8 games. During the 2007 season, he was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection. He played in 13 games and completed 223 of 376 throws for a total of 20 touchdowns, 2,725 yards, and 11 interceptions. Notably, he had six 200-yard passing games in the 2007 season.
As a 2008 senior, Brian Hoyer was among 26 preseason picks for the 2007 Jonny Unitas Golden Arm Award. As a senior, he played 13 games and completed 180 of 353 passes for a total of 9 touchdowns, 2,404 yards, and 9 interceptions. In 2009, Brian Hoyer was invited to the annual NFL Scouting Combine, but failed to be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. However, he signed with the New England Patriots immediately after the draft concluded.
Brian Hoyer’s Patriots preseason debut against Cincinnati resulted in 11 of 19 passes completed for 112 yards. In the preseason finale, Brian Hoyer played as quarterback for the entire duration of the game against the New York Giants. He led the Patriots in a 21-0 comeback that resulted in a 38-27 win. He completed 18 of 25 passes for a total of 1 touchdown, 242 yards passed, and no interceptions.
He finished the preseason with 98.1 passer rating and 29-44 for 354 yards. As a result, the Patriots released three other potential quarterbacks, making Brian Hoyer the only backup for Tom Brady. He played his first professional game against the Tennessee Titans, where he completed 5 of 5 passes for 35 yards and a 1 yard rushing touchdown. His drive helped set a New England record for point scored as the Patriots ended the game with a 59-0 win.
During the 2010 season, he continued to serve as Brady’s only backup. Late in the season, he threw his first career interception against the Cleveland Browns. However, he threw his first touchdown throw of his professional career in a 42 yard pass to Brandon Tate against the Miami Dolphins. In 2011, he saw limited action as the Patriots drafted Ryan Mallett. Although, Brian Hoyer kept his position as Brady’s backup during the 2011 season. However, during final cuts of the 2012 season, Brian Hoyer was released by New England.
In November 2012, Pittsburgh signed Brian Hoyer to assist as their starting quarterback and backup were both injured within a week of each other. He served as backup to Charlie Batch in weeks 12 and 13, but was later released in December 2012. Later that month, he was claimed on waivers by Arizona. He played in week 16 and the 2012 season finale for the Cardinals. In May 2013, he was released by Arizona.
In May 2013, Brian Hoyer signed a 2-year contract with the Cleveland Browns. He started three games for the Browns in the 2013 season, accumulating two wins. However, he sustained an ACL tear in his third starting game against the Buffalo Bills. He continued as starter for the Browns in the 2014 season despite the fact that Cleveland drafted Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
During Week 5, Brian Hoyer threw 3 touchdowns, 292 yards, and 1 interception against the Tennessee Titans for a 29-28 win. This game marked the largest comeback in Browns history and the largest comeback for an NFL road team. In December 2014, Brian Hoyer was placed as backup over Johnny Manziel. In March 2015, Brian Hoyer elected for a $10.5 million, 2-year deal with the Houston Texans. And, as of August 24, the Texans named Brian Hoyer as the starter over Ryan Mallett.
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