Dan LeFevour
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Personal information
Born: (1987-03-19) March 19, 1987 (age 37)
Downers Grove, Illinois, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Lisle (IL) Benet Academy
College:Central Michigan
NFL draft:2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 181
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Career CFL statistics
Passing yards:2,620
Passer rating:82.8
Player stats at NFL.com · CFL.ca

Daniel Terrence LeFevour (born March 19, 1987) is an American former gridiron football quarterback. He was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears and spent time with three other NFL teams (without appearing in a regular-season game) before entering the CFL in 2012. Before his professional career begun, he played college football at Central Michigan University. Known as a dual-threat quarterback, LeFevour previously held the record for most touchdowns scored (e.g., by passing, running and catching the ball) in the history of the NCAA, with 148 touchdowns scored. Case Keenum surpassed that record in 2011.[1][2]

Early years

LeFevour graduated from Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois in 2005. He started his high school career as the freshman team running back. Due to injuries at quarterback on the freshman team Dan stepped up in the final game and led the team successfully as their signal caller. After success at quarterback, he joined the varsity team his sophomore year. LeFevour became the full-time starting quarterback midseason. He continued on to start both his junior and senior years and was named the Offensive Player of the Year during his senior campaign. During his career at Benet, he threw for 2,929 yards (3rd most in school history), and completed 173 passes, 24 for touchdowns. His senior season, LeFevour passed for 945 yards and 7 touchdowns while compiling 634 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. LeFevour broke the all-time touchdown record for Benet with 54 scores in his career. He was named to the ESCC All-Conference team his senior year, and was also recognized as honorable mention all-state.[3]

On February 4, 2011, LeFevour had his number 11 jersey retired at Benet, becoming the first football player to have that honor.[4]

College career

LeFevour led Central Michigan University to three Mid-American Conference championships in his four years and finished in the Top 25 in the nation in the final January 2010 AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll from the 2009–10 season.[5] As a freshman and sophomore he led CMU to a bowl victory and a last second bowl loss in two Motor City Bowl games, drawing record crowds of 54,113 and 60,624 fans in December 2006 and 2007. He was named the bowl game's MVP as a redshirt freshman. Dan was one of 35 players named to the Manning Award Watch List in August 2007.[6] He was named Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week for two consecutive weeks in October 2007,[7] and again in the second week of November.[8] LeFevour also garnered USA Today's Player of the Week for the week of October 16, 2007.[9] On December 1, 2007, LeFevour became the second player in Division I FBS history to pass for over 3,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season (Vince Young was the first). On September 12, 2009, at Michigan State, LeFevour passed Byron Leftwich to take over as the MAC all-time leader in total offense in a career. He currently holds Mid American Conference records for career completions, attempts, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total touchdowns, and total offensive yards. LeFevour is the only player in NCAA history with over 12,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards and currently sits 2nd all time in total offensive yards. He was responsible for 150 total touchdowns, placing him in second place among FBS quarterbacks.[10]


Central Michigan Chippewas
Season Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2006 Central Michigan 247 388 63.7 3,031 7.8 26 10 146.2 132 521 3.9 7
2007 Central Michigan 355 543 65.4 3,652 6.7 27 13 133.5 188 1,122 6.0 19
2008 Central Michigan 251 376 66.8 2,784 7.4 21 6 144.2 168 592 3.5 6
2009 Central Michigan 318 456 69.7 3,438 7.5 28 7 150.3 183 713 3.9 15
Career[11] 1,171 1,763 66.4 12,905 7.3 102 36 142.9 671 2,948 4.4 47

Awards and accolades

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 3+14 in
(1.91 m)
230 lb
(104 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.66 s 1.59 s 2.71 s 4.22 s 6.93 s 29.5 in
(0.75 m)
9 ft 2 in
(2.79 m)
All values from NFL Combine[12][13]

Chicago Bears

LeFevour was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.[14] He struggled through the 2010 preseason, completing 19 of 41 passes (46.3%), with 204 pass yards, one touchdown, one interception, six sacks, and 38 rushing yards. Chicago signed veteran Todd Collins to be the third-string quarterback, and waived LeFevour after the 2010 preseason in hopes of placing him on the practice squad.[15]

Cincinnati Bengals

LeFevour was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals the next day, and spent the 2010 season as the third-string quarterback, but did not see any action. He was waived on September 4, 2011, but was signed to the practice squad the next day. On September 6, he was released from the practice squad in favor of quarterback Zac Robinson, formerly of the Detroit Lions.[16]

Indianapolis Colts

LeFevour was signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad on November 8, 2011.

Jacksonville Jaguars

On November 25, 2011, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed LeFevour off of the Colts' practice squad. He was released by the team on May 7, 2012.[17]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

On June 4, 2012, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League signed LeFevour as a free agent.[18] LeFevour dressed for all 18 games of the 2012 CFL season with the Ticats as the third-string quarterback, but did not receive any playing time.

Prior to the 2013 CFL season, LeFevour competed against Brian Brohm and Jeremiah Masoli, both from the now-inactive United Football League, for the backup quarterback position. He played a prominent role in both preseason games, completing 17 of 29 passing attempts for 229 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions, and secured the second-string position (Masoli took third string and Brohm was placed on injured reserve). After starter Henry Burris had a mediocre start of the season, LeFevour saw his first CFL regular-season game action in week 6 of the 2013 season, playing spot duty mostly in short-yardage situations where Burris was having particular difficulty and LeFevour's running and scrambling skills were put to use. LeFevour's efforts helped the Tiger-Cats win that game, 30–29 over the Edmonton Eskimos.

LeFevour began the 2014 season demoted to third on the depth chart; although Burris left for the Ottawa Redblacks and Brohm was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the team signed Zach Collaros during the offseason as Burris's replacement and promoted Masoli to second string. After both Collaros and Masoli proved to be ineffective during the first three games (all losses) of the season (and Collaros sustained an injury), LeFevour was promoted to starting quarterback. On July 26, 2014, LeFevour made his first CFL start, against the Ottawa Redblacks at a game played at Ron Joyce Stadium.[19] He led Hamilton to a 33–23 win, throwing for 361 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 109 yards and another touchdown.[20] By the end of the season LeFevour attempted 149 passes, completing 101 (67.8%) for 1,276 yards with 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Following the 2014 season he was not resigned by the Tiger-Cats and became a free-agent on February 10, 2015.

Montreal Alouettes

On February 25, 2015, LeFevour signed a contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.[21] He suffered a season-ending dislocated shoulder in the first game of the 2015 season after coming into the game in relief of injured starter Jonathan Crompton.[22]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

LeFevour was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 19, 2016.[23] On August 3, 2016, LeFevour was released by the Buccaneers.[24]

Toronto Argonauts

On August 8, 2016, LeFevour signed a practice roster agreement with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.[25] Following an injury to starting quarterback Ricky Ray LeFevour took over the starting role for 3 games before being replaced part-way through this third game by Drew Willy whom the Argos had traded for following Ray's injury.[26] During his brief stint with the Argonauts, LeFevour completed 73 passes on 105 pass attempts (69.52%) for 779 yards passing. He threw for 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in that span. He also carried the ball for 155 yards on 41 carries (3.8 yards/attempt).

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Upon entering free agency, LeFevour signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on February 16, 2017.[27] He saw limited playing time with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, playing primarily in short-yardage behind Matt Nichols during the 2017 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season. He was the starting quarterback for the Bombers for their final regular season game against the Calgary Stampeders, completing 13 of his 17 pass attempts for 91 yards in the 23–5 victory. He also had considerable playing time in the fourth quarter in the Bombers' 36–27 loss to the BC Lions the week prior, completing 5 of his 12 pass attempts for 42 yards, being intercepted twice in the game by the Lions defense.

On February 10, 2018, LeFevour announced his retirement from the CFL via his personal Twitter account.[28][29]

See also


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  2. ^ "Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour sets NCAA mark with 147th TD – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. December 5, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
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  4. ^ Peterson, Patti (February 7, 2011). "Benet Retires Dan LeFevour's Football Jersey". Benet Academy. Archived from the original on July 26, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
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  6. ^ "Scout.com: LeFevour Named to Manning Award Watch List". Centralmichigan.scout.com. August 8, 2007. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
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  27. ^ Depth under centre: Bombers add versatile QB LeFevour
  28. ^ Bombers’ QB Dan Lefevour Announces Retirement
  29. ^ LeFevour, Dan (February 10, 2018). "I want to give a big thank you to everyone who has supported me in the pursuit of chasing my childhood dream! It's been a heck of a ride. But there is a time and a place for everything. It's time for my family and I to move on to the next chapter". @DanLeFevour13. Retrieved February 11, 2018.