Jay Christopher cutler is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 12 seasons, primarily with the Chicago Bears. He played college football at Vanderbilt and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, for whom he played for three seasons. In 2009, he was traded to the Bears, where he played for eight seasons. After being released by Chicago in 2017, Cutler initially retired to become a sportscaster for NFL on Fox’s television broadcasts, but returned for one more season with the Miami Dolphins when quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-ending injury. Take a look below for 35 more fun and interesting facts about Jay Cutler.
1. Cutler was born in Santa Claus, Indiana, in 1983.
2. Cutler attended Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, Indiana.
3. He started three years at quarterback for the Patriots football team, amassing a combined 26–1 record in his junior and senior years, including a perfect 15–0 during his senior year.
4. Cutler and his team outscored opponents 746–85, including a 90–0 shutout at Pike Central.
5. During his senior year, Cutler connected on 122 of 202 passes (60.4%) for 2,252 yards with 31 touchdowns, while rushing 65 times for 493 yards with 11 touchdowns.
6. He also started at safety for three years, intercepting nine passes as a senior, 12th overall in the state.
7. His team’s perfect record during his senior year included the school’s first 3A state championship, where Heritage Hills beat Zionsville in overtime, 27–24.
8. The most notable play of the game occurred when Cutler lateraled the ball to the halfback, Cole Seifrig, who then passed it to Cutler who ran it into the end zone.
9. Cutler also played strong safety in the state championship and made 19 tackles.
10. Cutler was named a first-team All-State selection by the Associated Press as a senior.
11. In addition to playing football in high school, he was a first-team all-state selection in basketball and garnered honorable mention all-state accolades as a shortstop in baseball.
12. Cutler grew up as a Chicago Bears fan during his youth in Indiana.
13. Cutler attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
14. He started all 45 career games that he played for the Vanderbilt Commodores football team, the most starts by a quarterback in school history.
15. He did not miss a game in college due to injury.
16. In 2002, Cutler set the school record for touchdowns and rushing yards by a freshman and rushed for more yards than any other Southeastern Conference quarterback that year.
17. The Associated Press honored him with a first-team freshman All-SEC selection.
18. In 2004, as a junior, Cutler completed 61.0 percent of his passes, setting a school record, while throwing for 1,844 yards with 10 touchdowns and a career-low five interceptions.
19. Cutler began dating reality television star Kristin Cavallari in Fall 2010 and became engaged to her in April 2011.
20. hey called off the engagement in July 2011, but subsequently confirmed their reconciliation that November.
21. Cutler and Cavallari married on June 7, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
22. They have two sons and one daughter: Camden Jack (born August 8, 2012), Jaxon Wyatt (born May 7, 2014), and Saylor James (November 23, 2015).
23. Despite the birth of his first son coming the day before the Bears played their preseason opener against the Denver Broncos, Cutler dressed for the game, though he did not play.
24. Cutler does volunteer work for young people with developmental disabilities through Vanderbilt’s “Best Buddies” program.
25. During the 2007 offseason, Cutler started the Jay Cutler Foundation, which partnered with Mile High United Way’s Youth Success Initiative to help at-risk youth overcome obstacles and graduate from high school.
26. On May 1, 2008, Cutler announced that he had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and needs daily insulin shots.
27. He is responding well with the insulin treatments.
28. Cutler works with Dedicated to Diabetes, which is a Denver-based organization that aims to improve public knowledge about diabetes.
29. For the 2009 season, Cutler teamed up with Eli Lilly and Company in a campaign called “Touchdowns For Diabetes”. For every touchdown pass Cutler threw during the 2009 season, Lilly sent a child to diabetes camp by donating $1,000 to the ADA’s “Camp Scholarship” fund—roughly the cost of providing tuition for one child to attend a week of diabetes camp.
30. For every pass Cutler completed in 2009, Lilly donated $100 to the ADA Camp Scholarship fund to allow even more kids the chance to attend camp the following summer.
31. In 2012, Cutler visited Perspectives Charter School in Chicago, and talked about diabetes awareness.
32. Cutler, along with former Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler and former Broncos backup quarterback Preston Parsons, took part in an episode of Oprah’s Big Give filmed in Denver in 2007.
33. In 2011, after the Bears lost five straight games while Cutler was out with a thumb injury, Chicago recording artist Magic 1 recorded “Cutty Come Back”, a parody of the song “Baby Come Back”.
34. An internet meme, called “Smokin’ Jay Cutler”, portrays pictures of Cutler in an apathetic state with a cigarette photo-shopped into his mouth. Cutler commented he is aware of the meme and “gets a kick out of that”.
35. In 2013, Cutler played himself in an episode of the comedy show The League, alongside his wife, Kristin Cavallari, who appeared in one other episode of the show.