The Green Bay Packers have signed quarterback Marcus Brady of Cal State Northridge, the nation's total offense leader in 2001, as an undrafted free agent, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced today.
Brady, a 6-foot, 191-pound San Diego native, last season averaged 363.2 yards per game to lead all collegiate quarterbacks in the nation. In the process, he closed out his collegiate career as his school's all-time leader in almost every passing category - completions (1,039), attempts (1,680), percentage (61.8), yards (12,479) and touchdowns (109). All are likely to remain all-time Cal State Northridge records, the institution having dropped football as a competitive sport since the 2001 season ended. Brady's attempts and completions totals also were all-time NCAA Division I-AA records.
Brady highlighted his pacesetting '01 senior season by unfurling 34 touchdown passes, a school single-season record, while passing for a career-high 3,355 yards, based on 257 completions in 428 attempts, and posting seven 300-yard games. Author of 18 300-yard games overall, he also has been a durable performer, making 43 consecutive starts for Northridge.
Earlier, Brady was a three-sport star at Samuel F.B. Morse High School in San Diego, lettering twice in football, twice in baseball and once in basketball, helping his team win back-to-back conference (Eastern League) football championships in 1995 and 1996.
Brady becomes the fifth quarterback on the Packers' roster, joining Brett Favre, Doug Pederson, Josh Heupel and fifth-round draftee Craig Nall of Northwestern (La.) State.
Sarah Sherman, who returns for a second preseason, and Leslie Ricker, a UWGB alumna, will be joining the Packers public relations department as summer interns. Sarah, who has just completed her freshman year at Marquette University, will begin her duties next Monday (May 13), while Leslie will come on staff June 25.
Miss Sherman, working toward an undergraduate degree in journalism, was a regular contributor to the school newspaper at Marquette as a freshman. Prior to her 2001 internship in the Packers Public relations department, she had worked on game days for the Seattle Seahawks in 1999.
Miss Ricker, a native of New Holstein, Wis., graduated from UWGB in December of 2000 with a bachelor's degree in public relations. At the moment, she is about to complete her first year - of a two-year program - working toward a master's degree in sports administration at Ohio University; her internship with the Packers will be part of her course work at Ohio U. Previously, from 2000 to 2001, she worked as an intern and as group sales manager for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers minor league baseball team in Appleton.