Matt Cassel is a professional American-football player. The quarterback is equally a 14-year veteran of the National Football League (NFL). Cassel is somewhat a journeyman and has played for several NFL franchises in the course of his career. They include the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, and Buffalo Bills. The American football player currently plays for the Detroit Lions. Find out all you need to know about him here including his bio, wife, kids and body stats.
Matt Cassel Biography
Matthew Brennan Cassel was born on the 17th of May 1982 in Northridge, a suburb of San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California. His father, Greg Cassel (now late) was a Hollywood scriptwriter while his mother, Barbara Cassel was an award-winning set decorator. Cassel has three siblings – an elder brother, Jack; a younger brother Justin as well as a younger sister Amanda.
Matthew Cassel had his high school education at Chatsworth High School where he was a multisport athlete. He not only played football but also joined the baseball team and was outstanding in both. Cassel was so good that he received offers of athletic scholarships even before his final year of high school. He eventually picked the University Of Southern California (USC) which he attended between 2001 and 2004. In his four seasons playing for the Trojans, he was mostly used as a backup quarterback and as such, he did not record many achievements.
Cassel took part in the NFL draft in 2005 and was picked in the seventh round by the New England Patriots as the 230th overall pick that year. Cassel’s first three seasons with the Patriots (2005 to 2007) was mostly spent as a backup to star quarterback, Tom Brady. But, he finally got his chance to shine when Brady sustained an injury in the opening game of the 2008 season and he did not disappoint. He dished out incredible performances week in, week out, so much that when the season came to an end, he achieved a historical record. He became the first quarterback in the history of the NFL to record at least 10 wins, 325 completions, a 63% completion mark, 3,600 passing yards, 20 touchdown passes, 11 or fewer interceptions, as well as 250 rushing yards in a single season. Cassel was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009 and he spent four seasons with the team. His standout spell for them was his second season (2010) when his heroics led the Chiefs to the AFC West Division championship title as well as the playoffs. In recognition of his exploits, Cassel was selected for the 2011 Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl is the NFL’s annual all-star game featuring some of its best players.
Cassel left the Chiefs in 2013 and since then, he has gone on to play for the Minnesota Vikings (2013 to 2014), Buffalo Bills (2015), Dallas Cowboys (2015), Tennessee Titans (2016 to 2017), Detroit Lions (2018 to date). As of week 6 of NFL 2018 season, Cassel has played 106 career games in which he has completed 1573 of 2672 passes (58.9%) for 17, 463 yards, 104 touchdowns, and 82 interceptions. He also has a passer QB rating of 78.6%.
Wife And Kids
Matt Cassel is married to his college sweetheart, Lauren Killian Cassel. Lauren also grew up in Los Angeles and the pair reportedly met while studying at USC. Just like her husband, Lauren is athletically gifted and was an outstanding volleyball player while at USC. She captained the U.S.C. volleyball team to the N.C.A.A. national title as a senior in 2002. Cassel considers his wife’s athletic background as a valuable asset as she understands the pressure that comes from being a professional athlete and gives him sound advice. Matt Cassel and Lauren got married in 2007 and have four children together. Their children include two daughters, Quinn, and Ella as well as two sons, Matthew Jr and Clayton.
Height And Weight
Matt Cassel is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs a massive 225 lbs or 102 kg. There is no doubt that his build has helped him withstand the challenges of the position he plays in. Even though Cassel is in the twilight of his career, what makes him a valuable asset is the sheer amount of experience that he has garnered over the years. Having played not less than 106 games for at least five different teams, he has seen different types of defense and offense systems and as such knows what to do to take them apart.
Net Worth – How Rich Is Matt Cassel?
Cassel’s net worth is estimated to be $45,000,000. A huge chunk of this amount comes from his salary earnings. In the course of his 14-year career, he has reportedly earned at least $65,490,000. At present, Matt Cassel is on a one year contract with the Detroit Lions worth $1,105,000.