|No. 13, 17|
|Born:||March 6, 1942|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Sunset (Dallas, Texas)|
|NFL Draft:||1964 / Round: 13 / Pick: 172|
|AFL Draft:||1964 / Round: 25 / Pick: 195|
(By the New York Jets)
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Jerry Byron Rhome (born March 6, 1942) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Houston Oilers and Los Angeles Rams. He closed out his professional career with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at the University of Tulsa.
Rhome attended Sunset High School in Texas, where he played football for his father. Byron Rhome. He also practiced basketball and baseball.
He accepted a football scholarship from Southern Methodist University. He became a starter at quarterback as a sophomore, registering 74 completions (led the conference) out of 129 attempts (second in the conference) for 693 yards (second in the conference), one touchdown and 6 interceptions. In 1961, he transferred to the University of Tulsa after a 2-7-1 football season, and hence the firing of Head Coach Bill Meek.
In 1963 after sitting out a year, Rhome starred at Tulsa, passing for 1,909 yards, 10 touchdowns, and suffering 13 interceptions. He improved as a senior, with 2,870 passing yards, 32 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions, while leading the nation in total offense (3,128 yards). He finished second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy -- to John Huarte of Notre Dame -- in one of the closest elections ever recorded.
Rhome held a number of NCAA records, including the largest number of touchdowns in a game, in a season, and the most consecutive passes without an interception in a football season and in his career. Rhome also won the Sammy Baugh Trophy in 1964, and had his Number 17 jersey retired by the school.
In 1984, he was inducted into the University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1988, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He also was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas High School Hall of Fame, the Inaugural Class of the Dallas Independent School District Athletic Hall of Fame and the Sunset High School Hall of Fame.
Knowing that he had one more year of eligibility, the Dallas Cowboys selected him in the thirteenth round (172nd overall) of the 1964 NFL Draft with a future draft pick, as would the New York Jets in the 25th round (195th overall) of the 1964 AFL Draft.
Rhome began his professional career in 1965 as the third quarterback behind Don Meredith and Craig Morton; he got a chance to start one game that same year against the Cleveland Browns (17-23 loss).
He would serve in a backup role until the start of the 1969 season when Roger Staubach joined the team, and at his request the Cowboys traded Rhome to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a third round draft choice, later used to select Charlie Waters in the 1970 NFL Draft.
In 1969, although Rhome was a backup to Bill Nelsen, the information he provided about the Cowboys offense helped the Browns beat them in a 38-14 Conference Championship playoff win.
On January 27, 1970, he was traded to the Houston Oilers in exchange for a third round draft choice, that they gave back to the Dallas Cowboys in payment for their original trade.
Rhome would only play as a backup for the Houston Oilers for a year. On August 17, 1971, he was waived after the team decided to keep rookies Dan Pastorini and Lynn Dickey, to back up starter Charley Johnson.
On August 19, 1971, he was claimed off the waiver wire by the Los Angeles Rams, where he was a backup for one year. On August 24, 1972, he was released after the Rams acquired quarterback Pete Beathard.
In October 1972, he signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. On December 18, he announced his retirement.
After he finished his pro playing career, Rhome became an assistant coach at the University of Tulsa. Next, his first of many NFL coaching jobs was with the Seattle Seahawks. Then while with the Washington Redskins, he earned a Super Bowl championship ring. Rhome is also credited with the signing of future hall of fame wide receiver Steve Largent with the Seattle Seahawks.