However, after Hackett and most of his staff were fired in 2000, Leinart considered other programs such as Georgia Tech and Arizona State and visited Oklahoma before USC eventually hired Pete Carroll.
Leinart attended the University of Southern California, where he played for coach Pete Carroll's USC Trojans football team from 2001 to 2005. As a freshman the next year, he understudied senior quarterback Carson Palmer, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2003 NFL Draft.
Before their split, Blake welcomed a son, Ford, 4, and daughter Finley, 1, with Brynn. Tommy and Gail Griffin raised Blake and his older brother Taylor — and the bi-racial couple is always on hand to cheer on their son.
“This is what everybody says, and I didn’t really get it,” Blake told about becoming a father. It makes you think about things in a different way,’ and you’re always like, ‘Oh yeah, totally.’ But then, when it happens, you’re like, ‘Woah. "When you look back at all the things that they’ve done, it makes me want to be the kind of people that they are,” Blake said.
As a junior, he led his team to a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division I co-championship and was named the Serra League's Offensive Most Valuable Player.
Wearing number 7, he was chosen as the Gatorade California high school football player of the year.
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Despite that college success, his NFL career never really took off. 10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals, where he played from 2006-09.
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He was the starting quarterback for the Trojans in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Leinart played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Arizona Cardinals (2006–2009), Houston Texans (2010–2011), Oakland Raiders (2012), and Buffalo Bills (2013).
Leinart signed a deal with the Pac-12 Network, making his official debut as a Studio Analyst on August 30, 2014.
He is a recurring guest, via voicemail, on the Barstool Sports podcast Pardon My Take.
Leinart was born in Santa Ana, California, with strabismus (commonly known as "crossed eyes"); his left eye was not aligned correctly with his right.