This post is in response to the one that procedes it about Steve Beuerlein. In that post, Alex referred to Jay Schroeder as “Jay who” and I take offense. I think everyone knows that Jay Schroeder is best known as the quarterback for the Raiders on Super Tecmo Bowl, a team that features the immortal video game hero, Bo Jackson. Being linked to Bo in video game lore is probably the best thing that could have ever happened to Schroeder.
Jay Schroeder was first drafted as a baseball player by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1979. Not only was he drafted, he was a top prospect, going third overall in that draft. He was chosen ahead of guys like Andy Van Slyke and Tim Wallach. Jay was then a third round pick of the Washington Redskins back in 1984 out of UCLA after starting only one game while in college. I’m not totally sure how that happens, really. He was thrown right into the mix as a rookie with the Skins, starting nine games in that initial season.
Schroeder took some lumps that rookie season, but earned the starting job his second season. That season Schroeder made the Pro Bowl and led the Redskins to a 12-4 record and an appearance in the NFC title game. Schroeder threw for over 4,000 yards that season, but threw just as many interceptions as touchdowns. He actually finished the season with a QB rating of 72.9, which has to be one of the worst ratings ever for a QB that still made it to the Pro Bowl.
Jay guided the Skins to an 8-2 mark in his third season but injuries prevented him from playing down the stretch or in the playoffs. Doug Williams took over Jay and led the Redskins to a Super Bowl win in the postseason and that was it for Schroeder in Washington. Jay was traded in the offseason to the Raiders.
The Raiders and Schroeder had some ups and downs while he was running the show out west. In 1990, the Raiders went 12-4 behind Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson. Schroeder finished the season with a QB rating of 90.8, easily the best of his career. However, in their first playoff game, the Raiders lost to the Buffalo Bills 51-3 and Schroeder threw five interceptions.
Jay bounced around a bit towards the end of his career. He played for the Raiders for two more years, then had stints with the Bengals and the Cardinals before calling it quits. For the past few years, Schroeder has enjoyed the high profile job of assistant coach of a high school team.
Apparently, you can also pay Jay to come and talk to you about his Christian faith if you want to.