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YouTube’s “Trick Shot Quarterback” signs with Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Tanney successfully turned a YouTube video into an NFL contract. 


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Jun 7, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 4:06 pm CDT

When one door closes, another one opens.

Free-agent quarterback Alex Tanney signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, reported.

Tanney set an NCAA Division III record during his five years at Monmouth College (Ill.) with an impressive 14,249 passing yards and 157 touchdowns. But he’s better known as YouTube’s “Trick Shot Quarterback.”

In the homemade video, uploaded in Feb. 2011, Tanney shows impressive accuracy as he throws footballs into trash cans, basketball hoops, and to moving targets from incredible distances. It’s been viewed more than 2.5 million times.

Tanney joins fellow quarterbacks Brady Quinn, Matt Cassel, and Ricky Stanzi on the Chiefs’ roster.

Last month, the Daily Dot reported Tanney landed an invitation to tryout for the Buffalo Bills after turning down an offer to attend the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie camp, but he did not make the team.

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*First Published: Jun 7, 2012, 12:35 pm CDT