Chad Pennington : biography
Eric Mangini announced that upon entering training camp of 2008 that there would be a competition for the starting quarterback position between Pennington and Clemens. On August 7, 2008, the Jets acquired veteran and former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, leading to Pennington’s release later that day.
David Lee in 2009.]] Upon his release from the Jets, it was reported that at least six teams were interested in Pennington. However, only the Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins were considered as serious contenders. On August 8, Pennington signed a two-year, $11.5 million deal with the Miami Dolphins. Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano said that Pennington would have to compete for the starting job. He was later announced as the starting quarterback as the Dolphins moved into the regular season. His 67.4 completion percentage lead the NFL and broke the Miami single-season 64.2 by Dan Marino in 1984. He finished the season with a passer rating of 97.4, started all sixteen games for the Dolphins and helped to lead them to an 11-5 record and the third seed in the playoffs with an AFC East Championship. The Dolphins went on to lose to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the playoffs, 27-9. He is the first Dolphins quarterback since Hall of Famer Dan Marino to throw for 3,500 yards. For his role in the Dolphins’ ten-win turnaround, Pennington received notable MVP consideration from several major media outlets. He received four votes, and finished second to Peyton Manning for the 2008 AP NFL MVP.
At the completion of the regular season, Pennington was awarded the Comeback Player of the Year Award, an award which he also won in 2006.
Jason Taylor, Joey Porter and Jason Ferguson.]]Pennington was the starter for the Miami Dolphins 2009 season, with Pat White as the second string, and Chad Henne as the third string. On September 27, 2009 against the San Diego Chargers, during the 3rd quarter Pennington injured the same shoulder on which he had two previous surgeries. Chad Henne served as his replacement in the 23-13 loss.
On September 28, Pennington went in for an MRI amidst speculation of a season-ending injury. On September 29, 2009 it was announced that initial results show a torn Shoulder capsule in his throwing shoulder. After seeking a second opinion, Pennington decided to go with a 3rd surgery on the shoulder. Pennington later would go on to say that although he was not sure if he would play again, he would try and rehabilitate the shoulder, and work on getting back to the NFL. He was officially placed on the IR and the Dolphins acquired Tyler Thigpen from the Kansas City Chiefs for an undisclosed 2010 draft pick.
On March 5, 2010, Pennington was re-signed by the Dolphins to a one-year deal. The deal would pay him $5.75 million if he had started, $4.2 million if he had been traded by the team, or $2.5 million as a back-up, to Chad Henne.
On November 10, 2010, Pennington was named the starting quarterback for the November 14 game against the Tennessee Titans. On his first play, Pennington suffered a severe shoulder injury. The injury was potentially career-ending.
Pennington attempted another comeback to the NFL in 2011.http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6034444 However, on March 31, 2011, he tore his ACL while playing a game of pick-up basketball.http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6277399 Pennington announced that he would work for Fox Sports as an analyst during the 2011 NFL football season.http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6677798 On February 9, 2012, he announced he would retire rather than attempt a comeback following his fourth shoulder surgery.http://www.baseball-fever.com/archive/index.php/t-56766.html