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Christian Ponder
QB #7
Height:
6-2
Weight:
229
Age:
26
College:
Florida State
Hometown:
Colleyville, TX
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2014):

TDS
0
INT
2
YDS
222
RTG
45.8
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesPassingRushingFumbles
GGSCompAttYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
TOTAL 632 1,057 6,658 6.3 38 36 95 501 75.9 126 639 5.1 7 20 11
2014 MIN 2 1 22 44 222 5 0 2 6 34 45.8 4 16 4 1 -- --
2013 MIN 9 9 152 239 1,648 6.9 7 9 27 119 77.9 34 151 4.4 4 7 4
2012 MIN 16 16 300 483 2,935 6.1 18 12 32 184 81.2 60 253 4.2 2 7 5
2011 MIN 11 10 158 291 1,853 6.4 13 13 30 164 70.1 28 219 7.8 0 6 2
Recent Games
WKOppResultPassingRushingFumbles
CompAttPctYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
1 @STL W 34-6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 NE L 7-30 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @NO L 9-20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 ATL W 41-28 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 1 1 0 -- --
5 @GB L 10-42 22 44 50 222 5 0 2 6 34 45.8 3 15 5 1 -- --
6 DET L 3-17 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @BUF L 16-17 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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BIOGRAPHY

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2011 (11/10), 2012 (16/16), 2013 (9/9). Total- 36/35.

  • • Posted career-best 120.2 passer rating in 2012 regular season finale vs. Green Bay (12/30/12) in must-win game to earn Wild Card playoff berth.   
  • • Father, David, was a DT at FSU from 1980-83 who went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys and in the Canadian Football League.

OFF THE FIELD Earned bachelor’s degree in finance in only 2 1/2 years at FSU and went on to earn his MBA, playing his final season of football for the Seminoles with both degrees in hand, earning the bachelor’s in May 2008 and MBA in May 2010...Earned National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award...Father, David Ponder, was a DT for FSU from 1980-83 who played for Dallas in 1985...Married during 2012 season to ESPN reporter Samantha Steele...Couple is active with MAD Ministries, an organization that benefits inner-city youth in the US and internationally.

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2011 (11/10), 2012 (16/16), 2013 (9/9). Total- 36/35.

  • • Posted career-best 120.2 passer rating in 2012 regular season finale vs. Green Bay (12/30/12) in must-win game to earn Wild Card playoff berth.   
  • • Father, David, was a DT at FSU from 1980-83 who went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys and in the Canadian Football League.

OFF THE FIELD Earned bachelor’s degree in finance in only 2 1/2 years at FSU and went on to earn his MBA, playing his final season of football for the Seminoles with both degrees in hand, earning the bachelor’s in May 2008 and MBA in May 2010...Earned National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award...Father, David Ponder, was a DT for FSU from 1980-83 who played for Dallas in 1985...Married during 2012 season to ESPN reporter Samantha Steele...Couple is active with MAD Ministries, an organization that benefits inner-city youth in the US and internationally.

HONORS Named inaugural Vikings Children’s Fund Rookie of the Year for 2011.

PRO Started all 16 regular season games in 2012, only the 6th QB in team history to achieve the feat...Had 8 games in 2012 when he didn’t thrown an INT, tied for the 2nd-most games in Vikings history...Became the 3rd QB drafted in the 1st round by the Vikings, joining Tommy Kramer (#27, 1977) and Daunte Culpepper (#11, 1999)...Last QB from FSU drafted by the Vikings was Brad Johnson (9th round, 1992)...Was the 4th QB selected in the 2011 Draft following Cam Newton, Jake Locker and Blaine Gabbert.

2013 Starter in 1st Vikings tie since 1978, a 26-26 deadlock at Green Bay (11/24), a game he posted a 103.9 passer rating and completed 21-of-30 psases for 233 yards...Notched win vs. Washington (11/7) on Thursday Night Football, posting a season-best 113.1 passer rating...Returned to starting lineup vs. Green Bay (10/27) where he ran for a TD and posted an 86.4 passer rating on Sunday Night Football...Was inactive for 1st game of season with rib injury vs. Pittsburgh (9/29) in International Series game at London...Served as backup QB vs. Carolina (10/13) and at NY Giants (10/21)...Threw season-high 42 passes vs. Cleveland (9/22)...Tossed 20-yard TD pass to Kyle Rudoph at Chicago (9/15)...Started 2nd straight season opener at Detroit (9/8)...Threw 1st TD pass of season at Adrian Peterson on 4-yard pass at Detroit (9/8).

2012 Helped key Vikings biggest turnaround in franchise history, going from 3-13 in 2011 to 10-6 and earning a Wild Card playoff berth in 2012...Started all 16 regular season games, the 6th QB in team history to achieve the mark...His 10 wins on the season is tied for the 7th-best mark in team history...Since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule, only 3 Vikings QBs have won more games in a season than Ponder’s 10 in 2012, Randall Cunningham (13, 1998), Brett Favre (12, 2009) and Daunte Culpepper (11, 2000)...Tied for 2nd-best in Vikings history with 8 games on the season without throwing an INT, trailing only Favre’s 10 games in 2009...Rambled for the 4th-longest TD run by a Vikings QB in team history with 23-yard scoring jaunt vs. San Francisco (9/23)...Led team to a pair of combeback victories vs. Jacksonville (9/9) and vs. Green Bay (12/30)...Had 4 games with 100+ passer rating, going 3-1 in those games...Posted career-best 120.2 passer rating vs. Green Bay (12/30) and tied career-high 3 passing TDs in season finale...Notched season-high 352 passing yards at Washington (10/14).

2011 Started final 10 games of season, matching Fran Tarkenton for team record for starts by a rookie QB and tied Tarkenton’s team record with 2 wins as a rookie...Set Vikings record for passing yards in a game with 381 vs. Denver (12/4), breaking Tarkenton’s 51-year-old record by over 100 yards...Had a pair of games with a 100+ passer rating...Set team records for attempts, completions and completion % by a rookie QB for a season and single-game rookie records passing attempts, completions and longest pass play...Ranks 2nd among Vikings rookie QBs for passing TDs in a season and passing yards in a season...Started 1st career game vs. Green Bay (10/23) and set Vikings record on 1st play from scrimmage with a 72-yard pass to Michael Jenkins, the longest pass play by a Vikings rookie QB...Saw 1st game action of career at Chicago (10/16) on Sunday Night Football...Earned 1st career win at Carolina (10/30) in 2nd career start, taking team on a 7-minute drive in the 4th quarter for a game-winning FG in the 24-21 win...Started win at Washington (12/24) but left in 3rd quarter with concussion, relieved by backup Joe Webb. 

COLLEGE Ended Seminoles career ranked 3rd in school history with 22 career wins...Started 12 games as a senior, 9 as a junior and 13 as a sophomore...Named FSU offensive MVP as a sophomore in 2008...As a senior, became the 1st FSU QB to lead team to wins over Miami and Florida in the same season since Chris Weinke in 1999...As a senior, was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award...Finalist for Wuerffel Trophy, Maxwell Award and Manning Award as a junior...Threw a TD pass in 25 of his final 34 games...Left FSU ranked among the all-time school leaders in career completion percentage (2nd, 61.8%), career total offense (3rd, 7,705 yds), career completions (3rd, 596), career passing yards (4th, 6,872) and career passing TDs (5th, 49)...Threw for career-high 20 TDs as a senior and started 12 games...Ran for 423 yards as a sophomore, the 1st FSU QB to run for 400+ yards since Charlie Ward...Ran for 144 yards in win at Miami as a sophomore, the 2nd-best by an FSU QB in school history and the best mark in 60 years, 2 yards shy of Ken MacLean’s mark of 146 against Cumberland in 1948...As a junior, tied FSU and ACC record with a 98-yard TD pass to Rod Owens at North Carolina as part of a 2nd-half comeback rally to win.

PREP Earned All-District V and All-Region I Class 5A as a senior at Heritage High in Colleyville, TX...Threw for 20 TDs and rushed for 12 more as a senior...Threw for 318 yards and 3 TDs against eventual state champion and perennial power Southlake Carroll as a senior.

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