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Matt Cavanaugh : biography

October 27, 1956 -

Matthew Andrew Cavanaugh (born October 27, 1956) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL who played from 1978 to 1991. In the course of his career as a professional football player, he earned two Super Bowl rings. Since his retirement, Cavanaugh has worked as an offensive coach and coordinator, for teams including the San Francisco 49ers, the Chicago Bears, and the Baltimore Ravens, where he earned a third Super Bowl ring as a coach.

On February 4, 2009, it was announced that Cavanaugh would leave his job as offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Panthers in order to take an offensive assistant coaching position with the New York Jets.


Early career

Cavanaugh was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and attended Chaney High School. He was a football standout and went on to the University of Pittsburgh after graduating. In 1976, he was the starting quarterback for the undefeated Pittsburgh Panthers (he was on the same team with Tony Dorsett) and contributed to the team's National Championship 27–3 victory over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. On that day, Cavanaugh was selected as the Sugar Bowl's Most Valuable Player.

Cavanaugh's performance was a surprise to many college football fans since Cavanaugh's Panther teammate, college rushing record setter Tony Dorsett, was the recipient of that season's Heisman Trophy.

Cavanaugh was also named MVP of the 1977 Gator Bowl, throwing four touchdown passes in a 34–3 win over Clemson.

In 1977 he would throw for 1,844 yards with 15 TD against 6 INT. They were the second most passing yards in Pittsburgh history behind QB Ken Lucas' 1,921 in 1965.

NFL playing career and beyond

His professional playing career included stints with the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants. Cavanaugh was the backup quarterback in both the 1984 Super Bowl XIX and the 1990 Super Bowl XXV.

Cavanaugh retired as a professional player following the 1991 season, with just over 4,000 passing yards and 28 touchdown throws. Since his retirement, he has served in the following positions: chief recruiter and offensive coach, University of Pittsburgh (1992–1993); offensive coach, Arizona Cardinals (1994–1995); offensive coach, San Francisco 49ers (1996); offensive coordinator, Chicago Bears (1997–1998); and offensive coordinator, Baltimore Ravens (1999–2004). Cavanaugh served as offensive coordinator for his old college team, the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, until 2008 when he accepted a position as Assistant Coach/Quarterbacks Coach with the New York Jets.

On January 18, 2013, it was announced that Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman has hired Cavanaugh as the quarterbacks coach, replacing Jeremy Bates.

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