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Rick Mirer
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Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1970-03-19) March 19, 1970 (age 48)
Goshen, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Goshen (IN)
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts: 2,043
Pass completions: 1,088
Percentage: 53.3
TDINT: 50–76
Passing yards: 11,969
Passer rating: 63.5
Player stats at

Richard Franklin Mirer (born March 19, 1970) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. After a successful collegiate career at the University of Notre Dame, Mirer was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the second pick in the 1993 NFL Draft.[1] Mirer was traded to the Chicago Bears during the off-season in 1997. Mirer's last NFL experience was as the backup QB for the Detroit Lions in 2004. In his career, Mirer also played for the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, and Oakland Raiders.

Mirer also currently co-owns a winery in Napa County, California called Mirror Wine Company. A percentage of the proceeds from wine sales benefit his Mirer Family Foundation, founded in 1996.[2]

Early years[edit]

Mirer was born in Goshen, Indiana. At age eight, he competed in the National Punt, Pass and Kick Competition. His father, Ken, was head coach at Goshen High School in Goshen, Indiana but retired before Mirer made the varsity team. Mirer posted 3,973 yards and 30 touchdowns in his senior year, 2nd most in national prep history, and eclipsing Jeff George's Indiana High School passing records. Earned Academy of Achievement Award as the top high school football player in the country in 1989, along with being the winner of the Atlanta Touchdown Club's Bobby Dodd Award as the nation's best high school quarterback.

College career[edit]

Mirer attended the University of Notre Dame from 1989–1992, accumulating a 29–7–1 record as starter – including 3 bowl games. He began his tenure serving as backup to Tony Rice, then took the reins of the Notre Dame offense in 1990 and led the team to the Orange Bowl. In 1991, Mirer set the single season touchdown record with 18 and was named co-MVP with teammate Jerome Bettis leading Notre Dame past Florida in the 1992 Sugar Bowl. He finished his career at Notre Dame by leading them to victory in the 1993 Cotton Bowl Classic. Mirer accounted for more points running and throwing (350) than any other player in Notre Dame history. He left Notre Dame 1st in career touchdowns with 41, and 2nd all time for total offense, completions, and passing yards; he was invited to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl, and Hula Bowl. Entering the 1993 Draft, he was hyped as the next Joe Montana, who also played college football at Notre Dame. In 2008, Mirer was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.


Year Passing Rushing
Att Comp Yds TD Int Att Yds Avg TD
1989 30 15 456 0 1 12 32 2.6 0
1990 200 110 1,824 8 6 98 198 2.0 6
1991 234 132 2,117 18 10 75 306 4.0 9
1992 234 120 1,876 15 6 68 158 2.3 2
23 253 694 2.7 17

NFL career[edit]

Mirer was selected with the second overall pick in the 1993 draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He signed a five-year, $15 million contract. In his rookie year under head coach Tom Flores, he set all-time NFL rookie records for attempts, completions and yards (excluding rookies such as Jim Kelly, Warren Moon, or Dieter Brock, who all had several years of professional experience prior to the NFL), and became only the 3rd rookie quarterback since 1970 to start all of his team's games. He finished his rookie season 5th in the AFC with 274 completions and 2833 yards. He was also runner up in the offensive rookie of the year voting, finishing behind his former backfield teammate from Notre Dame, Jerome Bettis. Those rookie records were eventually broken by Peyton Manning.

On February 18, 1997 Mirer was traded with a 4th round pick in the 1997 NFL draft to the Chicago Bears for their 1st round draft pick, later packaged in a trade to the Atlanta Falcons to move up to 3rd overall that year to select Shawn Springs. Mirer signed a three-year, $11.4 million contract with the Bears, but played only seven games with three starts in the 1997 season.

Mirer requested to be released by the Bears in the beginning of the 1998 season, and signed with the Green Bay Packers.[3] Mirer never played a down for Green Bay, which was led by Brett Favre, and was later traded to the New York Jets in 1999 where he replaced an injured Vinny Testaverde as the Jets starter only to be replaced himself by Ray Lucas due to inefficient play. In 2000, he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers to compete with Jeff Garcia.[1] In 2002, Mirer became the a backup for the Oakland Raiders, and became the starter for part of 2003. In 2004. Mirer was signed by the Detroit Lions, but saw no playing time. Mirer had a 63.5 passer rating, 11,969 passing yards, and 50 touchdown passes before he retired in 2004. Although playing for several teams that did make the playoffs during his career, Mirer never played a single down in the postseason.


Mirer posted a 24–44 record as regular season starter in 12 seasons in the NFL. He has career single game highs of 287 yards passing and three touchdowns.

Year Passing Rushing
Att Comp Yds TD Int Att Yds Avg TD Team
1993 486 274 2,833 12 17 68 343 5.0 3 Seahawks
1994 381 195 2,151 11 7 34 153 4.5 0 Seahawks
1995 391 209 2,564 13 20 43 193 4.5 1 Seahawks
1996 265 136 1,546 5 12 33 191 5.8 2 Seahawks
1997 103 53 420 0 6 20 78 3.9 1 Bears
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 Packers
1999 176 95 1,062 5 9 21 89 4.2 1 Jets
2000 20 10 126 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 49ers
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 49ers
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 Raiders
2003 221 116 1,267 3 5 20 183 4.2 1 Raiders
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 Lions
76 242 1,130 4.7 9 12 years

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Quarterback Mirer Goes to Raiders". New York Times. 2002-03-24. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  2. ^ Rotunno, Tom (November 18, 2013). "From Gridiron to the Vineyard, Two NFL Quarterbacks' Bond". CNBC. 
  3. ^ "Quarterback Rick Mirer joining Packers". Associated Press. 1998-09-02. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 

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