Matt Schaub is an American footballer who was drafted into the National Football League in 2004 by the Atlanta Falcons as a quarterback. The player, born on June 25, 1981, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with the full name Matthew Rutledge Schaub, was a student at West Chester East High School, West Chester, Pennsylvania. There, he played football, basketball, and baseball, receiving letters in all.
At the conclusion of his high school education, he enrolled at the University of Virginia in the fall of 1999 and started his college career with the Virginia Cavaliers football team, finishing with not less than 22 school records. He played in 40 games and concluded his university career as one of the most accurate passers in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference. His statistics include school career records 7,502 for yards passing, 56 touchdown passes, 716 completions, 1,069 attempts, .670 completion percentage, 300-yard games (8), and 200-yard games (20).
Subsequently, the quarterback was picked in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft (90th overall pick) by the Atlanta Falcons.
On March 21, 2014, he moved to the Oakland Raiders. The following year, he signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens and at its expiration, he moved back to the Atlanta Falcons, having signed a one-year contract worth $2,750,000 with $500,000 guaranteed. On March 8, 2017, the contract was extended by two years.
Since his professional career kicked off, Matt Schaub has been a two-time Pro Bowler. He is also a one-time Pro Bowl MVP as well as an NFC Champion.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Matt Schaub, has carved a niche for himself in America’s football industry and has made a huge amount of money doing what he loves best. He has an estimated net worth of $40 million which he made not only from football but also from adverts and endorsements.
Matt Schaub signed a 2 year deal with the Atlanta Falcons worth $9 million including a $2,500,000 signing bonus, $2,500,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $4,500,000. His 2018 base salary will be $2,750,000 while his roster bonus will be $5 million.
Family Life (Wife and Kids)
Born to American parents Dale and Debbie Schaub, the football player was raised in Pittsburgh alongside his only sister Lindsay Schaub.
The successful professional football player is married to Laurie Leigh Schaub (nee Flynn). Laurie was born on May 7 in Birmingham, Alabama, where she was also raised. She attended Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama, where she was a cheerleader. Upon her graduation from the school, she continued with her cheerleading at Auburn University and subsequently finished with a degree in Health Promotion and a minor in business.
Done with college, the beautiful lady relocated to Atlanta in 2004 to work for the Lehman Brothers. She also became a cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons and there, she met her husband at a charity golf tournament hosted by an Atlanta Falcon’s player. At the time, Matt was a benchwarmer for the team. The lady did not take notice of him then because he was just beginning his career with the team and had made only two starts in three seasons.
They eventually started dating and even though their friends believed they were a great couple, they were not sure about it. As fate would have it, they finally realized that they were made for each other. On February 23, 2008, at 4:00 p.m, they tied the knot at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, to the joy of their families and friends. The ceremony had Falcons teammates, close friends, and family members in attendance.
Laurie is super gorgeous and as a result, has been on every list of football players hot wives. For two years in a row (2011 and 2012), the NFL WAG named her “Football’s Hottest Wife” in the annual competition sponsored by Fantasy Football Sideline and Fantasy Baseball Dugout.
Presently, Laurie is one of the board members of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and she is also a member of The Lady Texans, the Houston Texans Players’ Wives organization.
The couple whose marriage has been considered as one of the most successful in the NFL founded the “GR8HOPE” foundation in May 2011. The foundation aims at providing lasting improvements to help bring healing to children with medical needs, hope for future generations, and happiness to the children and their families enduring medical challenges.
Matt Schaub and his wife have four children – three daughters and a son. In March 2010, they welcomed their first daughter, Monroe and in 2011, their twin girls Makayla and Mackenzie arrived. Their son James Matthew was born at 26 weeks on September 20, 2014, but was able to survive after many weeks in the NICU.
Height, Weight and Other Body Measurements
Matt Schaub has just the right height needed to be a football player. He stands at a height of 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) and weighs 245 pounds (111 kg).
Being tall does not always come with big hands but Matt is among the few lucky players who have these physical qualities wrapped in one body. He has a hand size of 9 3/4 (62nd). In the NFL Combine, hand size is done by measuring the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pinky finger with the hand stretched out. When this is done, the number obtained is the hand span or hand spread of the player. The average hand span of males is about 8.5 inches and even in the NFL, it is very rare to have a hand span of 11 inches or wider.