B.J. Symons
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Symons throws at the 2003 Houston Bowl
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Personal information
Born: (1980-11-19) November 19, 1980 (age 43)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Cypress Creek
(Houston, Texas)
College:Texas Tech
NFL draft:2004 / Round: 7 / Pick: 248
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Brian Jeffrey Symons (born November 19, 1980) is a former American football quarterback. Symons played professionally for the Houston Texans and the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL), the Frankfurt Galaxy and Berlin Thunder in NFL Europe, and the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League (AFL). He was originally selected by the Texans in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft (248th overall). He played college football for Texas Tech where he was a record setting passer. Symons never played in a regular season NFL game.

High school career

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Symons was a standout quarterback at Cypress Creek High School. Symons completed 126 passes in 228 attempts for 1,597 and 11 touchdowns during senior season and rushed for 411 yards and seven touchdowns and was named first-team all-District 16-5A as a junior and senior. Symons completed 259 passes in 478 attempts for 3,704 yards and 27 touchdowns in two years as a starter during high school career. He was a member of SuperPrep Magazine's southwest top 100 and was listed as one of the top 100 players in the state by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and Houston Chronicle. He was also a three-year starting pitcher in baseball for CCHS. Symons was offered scholarships by the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Oklahoma Sooners. Symons chose Texas Tech over Oklahoma, then coached by Spike Dykes. Symons was recruited by Mike Leach while he was the Sooners' offensive coordinator. Leach would later become his head coach in 2000 when he was hired as the head coach of the Red Raiders.

College career

Symons played for the Red Raiders from 1999 to 2003. Symons was the second-string quarterback for part of his redshirt freshman season in 1999, and backed up Kliff Kingsbury from 2000 to 2002. From 2000 to 2002 Symons saw action in 17 games completing 56 passes out of 80 attempts for a 70% completion rate and 7 touchdown passes in back-up duty.

2003 season

Symons started for one season as quarterback for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. During his only season as a starter (his senior year), Texas Tech finished the season 8–5, and Symons broke the FBS[a] record for single-season passing yards at 5,833 yards (since surpassed by Bailey Zappe of Western Kentucky in 2021[1]). Symons set the NCAA 12-Game Passing Record with 5,336 yards in 2003. He broke Ty Detmer’s record of 5,188, set in 1990 at BYU. Symons also established a new NCAA 12-Game Total Offense Record with 5,476 yards this season. At the time of his graduation Symons held the Big 12 and Tech record with 48 touchdown passes in one season. Symons broke Kliff Kingsbury’s school and Big 12 single-season record of 45 touchdown passes. During the season, B. J. Symons tore his ACL while celebrating a touchdown pass against Iowa State. Although his statistics suffered slightly, he was still able to complete the most prolific season of passing in NCAA history. After finishing his career by extending his single-season passing record to 5,833 yards, he told reporters he will undergo reconstructive surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament.[2] Symons ended his senior year with 52 TD passes, second only to the 54 thrown by Houston's David Klingler in 1990. His favorite target, Wes Welker, tied an NCAA record by catching a pass in his 47th consecutive game.[2]

During the season, he had a stretch where he threw for 4,036 yards in just 9 games including 586 yards against North Carolina State University, 661 yards against the University of Mississippi, and 505 yards against Texas A&M University.[3]

Symons passes at the 2003 Houston Bowl

2003 Houston Bowl

Tech was selected to play in the EV1.net Houston Bowl against the Navy Midshipmen at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, giving Symons the opportunity to play his final collegiate game in his hometown. Symons threw touchdown passes to Nehimiah Glover, Jarrett Hicks, and 2 touchdown passes to Mickey Peters en route to a 38–14 win over Navy. Symons was selected as offensive MVP for the game, capping off his season with 5,833 passing yards and 52 touchdown passes.


Professional career

In the NFL Combine, Symons weighed 211 pounds, was 6 feet 3 inches, and ran a 5.20-second 40-yard dash. He was selected in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.[4] After spending a season with the Texans, he signed with the Frankfurt Galaxy and was the backup to Akili Smith.[5] He was then signed and later cut by the Chicago Bears in 2006. Symons then played with the Berlin Thunder for the rest of the season, until the NFL Europe folded. In 2007, he signed with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. He was released from his contract when the team went bankrupt in 2009.

NCAA records

When his college career ended, Symons was the holder of 11 individual NCAA FBS records.

NCAA Record Statistic
Season Passing Yards (Total)[6] / Season Passing Yards (13 Games)[6] 5,976 – 5,833 passing, 143 rushing (2003)
Season Passing Yards (12 Games)[6] 5,336 (2003)
Most yards gained passing, season[6] 5,833 (2003)
Most passes attempted, season[6] 719 (2003)
Most yards gained passing in 4 consecutive games[6] 2,239 (Sep 20 – Oct 11, 2003)
Most yards gained, Total Offense, season[6] 5,976 (2003)
Most yards gained, Total Offense, 3 games[6] 1,799 (2003)
Most yards gained, Total Offense, 4 games[6] 2,328 (2003)
Most games gaining 400 yards or more, Total Offense, season[6] 11 (2003)
Most consecutive games gaining 400 yards or more, Total Offense, season[6] 9 (2003)
Most consecutive games gaining 400 yards or more, Total Offense, career[6] 9 (2003)
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The NCAA record book also mentions Symons for the following items:[6]


Personal life

Symons graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management from the Rawls College of Business.[7] He retired from Football at the end of 2009. He currently resides in the Houston, TX area where he works in Investment banking, is married and has three children.

See also


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  1. ^ "Zappe gets records, WKU rolls past App St 59-38 in Boca Bowl". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 18, 2021. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Babineck, Mark (December 30, 2003). "USA Today.com - Texas Tech soars past Navy in Houston Bowl". Retrieved November 26, 2007.
  3. ^ Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site - Football
  4. ^ "2004 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 6, 2023.
  5. ^ Brown, Tommy (February 25, 2005). "B.J. Symons to play in NFL Europe". oursportscentral.com. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "2015 Football Records Book - FBS" (PDF). Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  7. ^ "B.J. Symons Profile - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on August 6, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2013.