He underwent surgery when he was three years old and was fitted with special glasses to correct the problem.
Despite this obstacle, Leinart blossomed into a highly-rated quarterback while playing at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana (the same school attended by 1964 Heisman winner John Huarte).
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Young went on to outduel Leinart in the Rose Bowl, giving Texas a stunning national championship. (All wins from the 2005 season were eventually vacated due to a series of improper benefits provided to Bush, who was also forced to vacate his Heisman Trophy.) With no Leinart in the 2005 draft, the 49ers selected Alex Smith with the No. The next quarterback taken was Aaron Rodgers at No. In 2006, Leinart was selected by the Cardinals at No. But in 2008, Kurt Warner started every game and led the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance.
The NBA star’s one-time flame also claims she “strengthened” the bond between Griffin and his Clippers teammates, and “allowed the organization to see a different side of his personality rather than the hard-partying man-child Griffin had been prior to their cohabitation.” Though its unclear how much Cameron is seeking from Griffin, the mother of two claims she is now strapped for cash as her ex’s wallet widens.
“While Griffin is continuing to earn millions from his NBA and endorsement deals, Cameron and their children are homeless and cash-strapped,” the suit states.
QB | RS Junior | University of Southern California Leinart became USC’s sixth Heisman winner — and second in three years — after winning the Heisman in 2004.
Leinart had another fine year, passing for 2,990 yards and 28 TDs with just 6 interceptions, while also rushing for three TDs.
It was a decision never about education, as Leinart needed only two more classes to graduate. "I loved going back to school and I loved being in college," Leinart says.
He fulfilled this by taking one ballroom dancing class with his girlfriend. "I have no regrets to this day, but every situation is different." Leinart, a Fox Sports analyst, is part of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class, which was honored last Tuesday at the National Football Foundation Annual Awards event in New York City.
Leinart came in third in Heisman voting, behind teammate and winner Reggie Bush (whom Leinart voted for) and Texas quarterback Vince Young. 3) and started 11 games as a rookie and five in his second season.
Great question, but I don't have any regrets." Of course, Leinart and the Trojans dominated the 2005 regular season, going 12-0.