41 Facts About Jason Garrett


Jason Calvin Garrett was born on March 28,1966 and is a former American football player and coach and current broadcaster.


In 2022, Jason Garrett became a sports broadcaster and currently works as a football analyst for NBC Sports - as a commentator for their coverage of the USFL and Notre Dame football and as an analyst for their NFL pregame show Football Night in America.


Jason Garrett attended kindergarten through second grade at Holy Cross school in Rumson, New Jersey.


Jason Garrett went to prep school at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball.


Jason Garrett was accepted to Princeton University, where he began as the starting quarterback of the freshman team, registering 64 completions on 116 attempts for 996 yards.


Jason Garrett transferred to Columbia University when his father Jim Jason Garrett became the head coach in 1985.


Jason Garrett sat out the 1986 season because of the transfer rules while focusing on running the scout team, which included his brothers.


The next year, as a junior, Jason Garrett was named the starting quarterback.


Jason Garrett received the Asa S Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year.


Jason Garrett earned a degree in history in 1989, with a senior thesis on "The Revolt of the Black Athlete as Initiated by Harry Edwards".


Jason Garrett finished his college career completing 366 of 550 passes for 4,274 yards and 20 touchdowns.


Jason Garrett was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 1989 NFL Draft and was eventually signed to the practice squad.


In 1991, Jason Garrett started at quarterback for the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football, but he suffered a separated right wwe shoulder in the season opener.


Jason Garrett returned to start the sixth and seventh game but was passed on the depth chart by Mike Johnson.


On June 4,1991, Jason Garrett was signed by the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League, but was released in August.


In 1992, with the support of his father, at the time a part of the Dallas Cowboys scouting department, Jason Garrett was signed as a free agent.


Jason Garrett finished the game, completing five of six passes for 34 yards and leading two touchdown drives.


Jason Garrett was named the starter for the next game against the Phoenix Cardinals, where he completed two of six passes for 25 yards and helped the team score on a field goal, before being replaced on the third series in favor of Bernie Kosar, who had been signed four days earlier.


The highlight of Jason Garrett's playing career occurred in the 1994 Thanksgiving Day game when he started in place of backup quarterback Rodney Peete, who was out with a sprained thumb he suffered in a win against the Washington Redskins.


Jason Garrett was a part of the 1993 and 1995 Super Bowl winning teams.


In 2000, Jason Garrett was signed as a free agent by the New York Giants to back up Kerry Collins.


On February 27,2002, Jason Garrett was released for salary cap reasons and re-signed on July 24, although he would be declared inactive in 16 games, after being passed on the depth chart by Jesse Palmer who was named the backup quarterback.


In 2003, Jason Garrett was declared inactive in 11 games as the third-string quarterback.


On March 15,2004, Jason Garrett signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was cut on August 31.


In January 2007, Jason Garrett was hired by the Dallas Cowboys as offensive coordinator.


Jason Garrett guided the Cowboys to the second-best offense in the NFL, which made him an attractive head coaching prospect.


In January 2008, Jason Garrett interviewed for the head coaching job of the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons, receiving offers from both, but ultimately opted to remain with the Cowboys.


On December 29,2008, the Detroit Lions received permission to speak to Jason Garrett regarding the team's head coaching vacancy according to ESPN sources.


Jason Garrett was a finalist for the St Louis Rams head coaching position to replace Jim Haslett, the interim head coach, but the job ultimately went to Steve Spagnuolo.


On January 6,2011, Jason Garrett was officially named the eighth head coach in Cowboys history.


Jason Garrett was the first head coach born after the team was founded in 1960, and the first former Cowboys player to hold the post.


In 2014, Jason Garrett achieved head-coaching success for the first time.


Jason Garrett's team lost the three-way tiebreaker to Green Bay and Seattle and therefore hosted the Detroit Lions in a wildcard-round game.


On January 13,2015, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett agreed on a contract that kept Jason Garrett in Dallas for five more years and paid him $30 million.


Jason Garrett was named the NFL Coach of the Year for the 2016 season.


Jason Garrett had the second longest tenure of being the Cowboys head coach after Tom Landry.


On January 17,2020, Jason Garrett was hired by the New York Giants as their offensive coordinator under new head coach Joe Judge.


Jason Garrett tested positive for COVID-19 in December 2020 and missed the team's week 15 game in 2020 against the Cleveland Browns.


Jason Garrett was fired from the Giants on November 23,2021.


In December 2022, Jason Garrett interviewed for the head coaching job at Stanford and was named a finalist.


Jason Garrett's father, Jim Jason Garrett, was an assistant coach for the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, and Cleveland Browns and head coach of the Houston Texans of the World Football League and at Columbia University.