Chiefs Sign Trick-Shot Quarterback

The Chiefs added a fourth quarterback to their roster on Tuesday by signing rookie free agent Alex Tanney.

A record-setting passer at Division III Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, Tanney became famous in the past year for his ability to throw passes that normally don’t come up in a football game.

Here’s a look at his remarkable throwing ability thanks to YouTube. The tape has been viewed over one million times since it was first posted and brought him international notoriety.

On the more normal throws, Tanney threw for a NCAA III record 14,249 yards. He also threw for an NCAA record (all levels) 157 touchdown passes. In playing 47 games, he completed 68.6 percent of his passes (1,205 of 1,756 attempts) and threw just 30 interceptions. He was honored after the 2009 season with the Melberger Award, given each year to the Division III player of the year. That season he threw for 3,856 yards, with 44 TD passes and 7 interceptions.

His 2010 season was cut short in early September with a torn A-C joint in his right shoulder, but he bounced back last season throwing for 3,867 yards, with 38 TD tosses.

A native of Normal, Illinois, the 6-2¾, 223-pound Tanney was a two-time first-team All-Illinois quarterback at Lexington High School.

His signing puts the Chiefs roster at 90 players, the NFL pre-season limit.

13 Responses to “Chiefs Sign Trick-Shot Quarterback”

  • June 5, 2012  - TimR says:

    Am impressive video. He certainly is a skilled young man. If he has enough arm strength, and can be that accurate in live action, I’d venture to say he would be the most accurate passer we currently have on our roster.

  • June 5, 2012  - TimR says:


  • June 5, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Unbelievable. Kinda wonder how many attempts before he made the shots. Why wasn’t this kid drafted? If nothing else he’d put on a great half time show. Not sure if a Division 3 QB can make the change to the NFL but it makes a good story. If the kid can make it then it becomes a hell of a good story. Good luck Alex.

  • June 5, 2012  - el cid says:

    If it is worth anything, I am in his corner. Great story and, frankly, after the Cassel tenure wouldn’t it be wild if he made a few waves with the Chiefs.

  • June 5, 2012  - Niblick says:

    He might make the pre-season games more entertaining, even if he doesn’t make the 53 man roster. Your 3rd and 4th QBs always get a lot of time in pre-season games. Obviously he’s a long shot, but perhaps he could be a develpmental QB on the practice squad.

  • June 5, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    If you want some really funny comments on Tanney, go to and read the comments on Tanney being signed. Very funny. Like “kid is so accurate that Bowe will never catch another pass”.

  • June 5, 2012  - ChuckXX says:

    I just watched the you tube video and all I can say is “I LOVE THIS KID”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 5, 2012  - txchief says:

    I wish him luck. A surprise player like Tanney could pay huge dividends for the Chiefs.

  • June 5, 2012  - kcarrowhead says:

    He certainly doesn’t have any accuracy issues. Here’s a little more on Mr. Tanney: 6-2, 223
    A coach’s son bred and experienced in the spread game dating back to his sophomore high school season, Tanney is a good-sized, highly decorated Division III star who posted rare career production as a four-year starter. Orchestrated a snappy, efficient spread offense, feasting on marginal competition and displaying athletic ability, a loose arm and short-to-intermediate accuracy. Takes care of the football — had better than 5-1 TD-to-interception ratio for career. Did not compete in a top all-star game, but will get the chance to earn a practice-squad spot and could prove worth developing.

  • June 5, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    It would be a great story if he pans out. He has the background the team looks for and a track record at a lower level. He’ll have many of our well wishes also. At the very least he brings another arm to work with if nothing else. I don’t know about you guys but I’m ready for training camp.

  • June 5, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    JFF – I fully agree. Will this not be fun? I love football. I bleed red and, strangely sometimes, gold. Bring it on. We are back!

  • June 6, 2012  - R W says:

    Standing flat footed and throwing an accurate ball 60 yards down the field is something most NFL starting QBs would be challenged to do. There might be a place for a guy who possesses that kind of arm because, you never know.

    Remember that QB who was bagging groceries back in the 90s and playing Arena for some team called the Barnstormers? You never know.

    Or, for a long reach back for the old schoolers in the audience, another QB playing sandlot ball before getting a 35cent phone call to come in for a tryout? You never know.

  • June 6, 2012  - Donald says:

    I remember a recent article Bob wrote about Jim Zorn still being able to, from the 20 or 30 yard line, drop a football in a bucket on the back corner of the end zone. Looks like this kid has the same ability. Now if he can do with an NFL caliber lineman or LB bearing down on him we may have something.

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