Andrew Gregory Dalton is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football at Texas Christian University, and in his final college game led TCU to a win in the 2011 Rose Bowl. He is the all-time leader in wins at Texas Christian University. Dalton was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Under a West Coast-style offensive scheme, Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green, became a prolific quarterback/receiver combination, breaking NFL records for completions and yards for a rookie quarterback/receiver combination.

Andy Dalton

Dalton is one of ten quarterbacks in NFL history to have thrown for over 3,000 yards in each of his first three seasons and one of only six to throw at least 20 touchdowns over the same span. Dalton is the only quarterback to lead the Bengals to five consecutive playoff berths, and one of five quarterbacks to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first five seasons. He is also the Bengals franchise record holder for passing yards in a season, passing touchdowns in a season, and career passing touchdowns.


Dalton was born on October 29, 1987 and is aged 33 as at the time this post was written in 2021.


High school Career

Dalton attended Katy High School in Katy, Texas, where he played on the Tigers football team. He split time as a junior in 2004 and then started only one full season at quarterback for Katy High School as a senior in 2005. That year, he led the Tigers to the state finals, where they lost to Southlake Carroll, 34–20. As a senior, he threw for 2,877 yards with 42 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. That year, he was named the Greater Houston Area offensive player of the year by the Houston Chronicle.

College Career

Dalton committed to Texas Christian University on October 19, 2005.

Dalton was redshirted his freshman year, but he travelled with the team to every road game and was listed as the Horned Frogs’ third-string quarterback behind senior Jeff Ballard and redshirt freshman Marcus Jackson.

Entering the 2007 season, Dalton was in competition with Jackson to be the starting quarterback. Two weeks before the season opener against Baylor, TCU head coach Garry Patterson named Dalton the starter. He was named the 2007 Texas Bowl MVP in TCU’s 20–13 victory over Houston. After going 8–5 as a freshman, he accumulated a record of 34–3 as a starter for the rest of his career at TCU.

In the 2008 season, Dalton led TCU to an 11–2 record, finishing second place in the Mountain West Conference and seventh in the national AP Poll. He was named the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl MVP in the Horned Frogs’ 17–16 win over Boise state.

In the 2009 season as a senior, Dalton led the Horned Frogs to a perfect 12–0 regular season, a Mountain West Conference Championship, a 6 ranking in the AP Poll, and a BSC berth. The Horned Frogs lost 17–10 in the Fiesta Bowl to Boise State.

On September 4, 2010, Dalton recorded his thirtieth victory as the Horned Frogs starting quarterback, passing Sammy Baugh as TCU’s all-time wins leader. Against Baylor, Dalton completed 21 of 23 pass attempts (a career-best and single game record 91.3%) for 267 yards and two touchdowns. His team won a second consecutive Mountain West Conference Championship. On January 1, 2011, Dalton, who completed 194 of 293 passes for 2638 yards for 26 touchdowns during his senior season, led his team to a 21–19 victory over number 4  Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. His TCU football team finished the season with a perfect 13–0 record and number 2 ranking in the AP Poll. Auburn, the only other team with a perfect record, won the BCS National Championship that year.

Dalton held school career records for wins (42), passing yards (10,314), pass attempts (1,317), completions (812), and completion percentage (61.6) at the time he graduated, but a few years later, Trevone Boykin surpassed most of Dalton’s records. Dalton also held the MWC career leader in total offense (11,925 yards) and plays from scrimmage (1,730).

Professional career

On April 29, 2011, the Bengals selected Dalton with their second round pick, 35th overall, in the 2011 NFL Draft. Out of the twelve quarterbacks that were chosen in the 2011 NFL Draft, he was the fifth selected.

After Dalton was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, there was much speculation over whether Dalton or veteran Bruce, would start at quarterback. Carson Palmer, the first overall draft pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, demanded to be traded or released, and was traded later in the season. On June 29, 2011, the Bengals signed Dalton to a four-year, $5.21 million rookie contract with a $2.29 million signing bonus and $4.02 million guaranteed.

On August 8, 2011, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis released his first depth chart per NFL rules, but noted that it meant little. The depth chart had Dalton listed as the first-string quarterback, followed by Gradkowski.

Andy Dalton, Released by Cincinnati Bengals.

On May 2, 2020, Dalton signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys worth $7 million, to be Dak Prescott’s  backup for the season.

During Week 5 against the New York Giants, Dalton came in relief of Prescott, who left with an ankle injury. Dalton finished with 111 passing yards as the Cowboys won 37–34. Dalton was named the starting quarterback for the Cowboys going forward due to Prescott’s season ending injury. Dalton made his first start in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football. During the game, Dalton threw for 266 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions during the 38–10 loss.


On November 3, 2020, Dalton was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus. Dalton was activated from the list on November 18, 2020, in time for the Cowboys’ Week 11 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Against the Vikings, Dalton threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns, including one to Dalton Schultz with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, as the Cowboys beat the Vikings 31–28.

In Week 14 against his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, Dalton threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns during the 30–7 win. In Week 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Dalton threw for 377 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception during the 37–17 victory. In 12 games and 10 starts, Dalton finished the season with 2,169 yards, 14 passing touchdowns, and eight interceptions as the Cowboys slumped to a 6–10 record.

Personal Life, Wife and Charity.

Dalton is a Christian and has spoken about his faith, saying, “Not very many people get a chance to play in the NFL. To start—and start as a rookie—I feel so blessed. So many things had to fall right to be where I am. I thank God every day.” Dalton says one of his favourite Bible verses is 1 Peter 5:6.

On July 9, 2011, Dalton married his long-time girlfriend, Jordan Jones, whom he met at TCU. In July 2014, Dalton’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first son. Their second son was born in March 2017.

Andy Dalton with his family.

Dalton and his wife have founded the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation, which aims to help families and children in need. After Dalton helped the Bengals defeat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17 of the 2017 season, which allowed the Buffalo Bills to enter the playoffs, many Bills fans donated to his foundation in gratitude for helping their team snap their 17-year playoff drought. In less than a week, donations exceeded $360,000 from over 16,000 donors. Most donations were in the amount of $17, which symbolized the 17-year playoff drought that ended with the Bengals’ victory over the Ravens.

Net worth

As CowboysSI.com was first to report, Dalton’s contract as initially announced was billed as one year and $7 million.  But is actually one year and $3 million. The  quarterback signed a six-year, $96 million contract in 2014 that could be worth as much as $115 million with team-based incentives.

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