Mark Travis John Sanchez (born November 11, 1986 in Long Beach, California) is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Jets fifth overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Southern California (USC).
Sanchez was born and raised in Southern California. As a high school quarterback, he was named "Player of the Year" by several major college recruiting services and was considered the top quarterback in the nation coming out of high school in 2005. He chose to attend USC, where he rose to starting quarterback his redshirt junior season. As a third-generation Mexican-American, Sanchez found himself thrust into the spotlight as a symbol of Mexican-American identity and a role model for children. In his single season as the starting quarterback, Sanchez led the Trojans to a 12–1 season and No. 2 ranking in the Coaches Poll and No. 3 in the AP Poll, while capturing the 2009 Rose Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player award. After initially showing interest in staying for his final season of eligibility, he became the first USC quarterback since Todd Marinovich after the 1990 season to leave school early to enter to the NFL Draft.
Full Name at Birth
Mark Travis John Sanchez
Date of Birth
Drafted by the New York Jets in the 1st round (5th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Claim to Fame
New York Jets QB who previously Led USC to the 2009 Rose Bowl title