Alex Tanney, the Internet's Favorite Trick-Shot Quarterback, Is Now Playing for the Cowboys

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Alex Tanney completed more touchdown passes during his college career (157) than any quarterback in NCAA history, though you probably wouldn't know it. Tanney spent his time as an undergrad in the obscurity of Division III, leading the Fighting Scots of Illinois' tiny Monmouth College.

Tanney is way more famous as the guy who can hurl a football from a living room window to a guy in the back of a speeding pickup, or into a distant basketball hoop, or off a springy net and into a the basketball net behind him on the ricochet, all of which he does in "Alex Tanney Trick Shot Quarterback," his viral 2011 YouTube video.

As insanely impressive as Tanney's performance is, it hasn't been enough to get him a reliable slot on a NFL roster. He played in a single preseason game for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 before being unceremoniously released this past offseason. And now, he's fighting for a spot with the Cowboys backup QB Kyle Orton, who will be backing up Tony Romo.

"He's got a little moxie to him," head coach Jason Garrett told the Los Angeles Times, which profiled Tanney and his Internet fame. "He's got some instincts. He can move, he can throw."

Garrett claims never to have seen Tanney's trick-shot video and that, even if he had, it wouldn't have any bearing on his roster decisions, which seems a bit shortsighted. One never knows when the Cowboys will need some late-game heroics involving throwing the ball to Dez Bryant as he whizzes past in the bed of a pickup.


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director21
director21

Back-up? If the guy is as good as claimed, then he should jump over Orton and immediately replace that sorry excuse for a first strong QB we already have. You know, the guy who sets all those personal records and wins a lot of games, but then folds like a cheap suit in the games that really count?

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

What happened to my petition to ban Facebook?

Simpson Wong
Simpson Wong

the cowboys should just sign all the "dude perfect guys"

Nancy Baker
Nancy Baker

Tammy... Watch the video.. It's neato burrito!!

Raul A. Rdz
Raul A. Rdz

he was signed way before training camp...Alex Tenney? So far he's average at best...

Trina Taki Hendrix-Hamilton
Trina Taki Hendrix-Hamilton

what about the guy in the moving truck who caught it? surely he should be signed too! what great logic.

Matt Fulls
Matt Fulls

I think it would be more exciting to sign the guy that could throw the football "over 'dem mountains".

Travis Davison
Travis Davison

Im not real sure I understand this signing? He has done absolutely nothing in preseason.....

director21
director21

@Raul A. Rdz "Average at best" would still be light years better than Romo!

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