43 Facts About Trent Dilfer


Trent Farris Dilfer was born on March 13,1972 and is an American football coach and former quarterback who is the head football coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Trent Dilfer achieved his greatest professional success as the starting quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens during their Super Bowl-winning season in 2000.


Trent Dilfer played college football at Fresno State University, where he won the Sammy Baugh Trophy as a junior, and was selected sixth overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1994 NFL Draft.


Trent Dilfer spent his first six seasons with Tampa Bay, earning Pro Bowl honors in 1997, but was released due to inconsistent play.


Shortly after announcing his retirement, Trent Dilfer was hired by ESPN as an NFL analyst, a position he held until 2017.


Trent Dilfer is the head coach of the quarterback camp Elite 11.


Trent Dilfer became the head football coach at UAB in 2023.


Trent Dilfer helped Fresno State win or share the conference title for three straight seasons and started in two bowl games.


Trent Dilfer set the NCAA record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception that stood until 2007, when Kentucky quarterback Andre' Woodson broke it.


Trent Dilfer then declared himself eligible for the 1994 NFL Draft, forgoing his senior season.


Trent Dilfer won the Sammy Baugh Trophy for top collegiate passer.


However, Trent Dilfer's performance was perceived to decline in his last four games.


Trent Dilfer threw for 21 touchdowns with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in both the 1997 and the 1998 NFL seasons.


Trent Dilfer signed with the Ravens on March 8,2000, and became the backup for Tony Banks.


Trent Dilfer criticized his successor, Elvis Grbac, who posted lower statistics with the Ravens.


Trent Dilfer saw his first action when Hasselbeck injured his groin in week three against the Oakland Raiders.


Trent Dilfer started and won the next two games, before being replaced by a healthy Hasselbeck.


Trent Dilfer came on in a relief role against the Washington Redskins, when Hasselbeck struggled.


Trent Dilfer continued as the starter when Hasselbeck suffered a separated left shoulder.


Trent Dilfer started the final two games of the season, and with Seattle in the playoff hunt, won them both.


Trent Dilfer ended the season by throwing five touchdowns and two interceptions in two three-point victories.


However, in an exhibition game against Indianapolis, Trent Dilfer sprained his medial collateral ligament in his right knee.


In 2003, Trent Dilfer played sparingly in a relief role and was primarily used to mentor Hasselbeck.


Hasselbeck and Trent Dilfer remain close friends since their time together in Seattle.


In March 2005, Trent Dilfer was traded to the Cleveland Browns where it was hoped he would mentor rookie quarterback Charlie Frye.


Trent Dilfer did however have the highest completion percentage of his career at 59.8 percent.


In May 2006, Trent Dilfer was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, this time to serve as a mentor to the 2005 first round draft pick Alex Smith.


On September 30,2007, Trent Dilfer took over from Alex Smith following Smith's grade three shoulder separation.


Trent Dilfer would go on to start for the 49ers in games against the Seahawks, Ravens and Giants before conceding the starting spot back to Smith.


However, with Smith's effectiveness in question coming back from injury, coach Mike Nolan announced on November 14,2007, that Trent Dilfer would be the starting quarterback.


Trent Dilfer would go on to start in games against the Rams, in victory over the Cardinals in overtime, and against the Panthers.


Trent Dilfer was succeeded by third string backup Shaun Hill.


In 2009, Trent Dilfer was inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame.


Trent Dilfer joined the NFL Network as a guest analyst in 2006.


Trent Dilfer was the NFL Network's color analyst for the 2008 Senior Bowl as well as a studio analyst during the 2008 NFL playoffs.


On July 14,2008 Trent Dilfer signed on as an NFL analyst for ESPN.


Trent Dilfer coined the phrase "turned a stinky sandwich into an ice cream cone," which means that a player has turned a potentially negative play into a positive one.


Trent Dilfer is currently a football analyst for Fox Sports 1, appearing regularly on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.


In 2019, Trent Dilfer became head football coach at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.


Trent Dilfer faced controversy when a video was posted to TikTok showing him nudging and shouting at player Beau Dawson, son of Trent Dilfer's former teammate Phil Dawson.


On November 30,2022, Trent Dilfer was named the head football coach of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, his first coaching job of any type at the collegiate level.


Trent Dilfer is married to Cassandra Dilfer, a former Fresno State swimmer, and they have four children together.


On June 2,2003, Trent Dilfer made his first public comments regarding his family's loss and, still grieving, openly wept.