|Born:||September 9, 1980|
Cudahy, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||243 lb (110 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2004 / Round: 7 / Pick: 202|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
John Robert Navarre (born September 9, 1980) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for Michigan. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He also played for the Indianapolis Colts.
Navarre was born in Cudahy, Wisconsin, on September 9, 1980. He attended Cudahy High School where he had a record of 33–4 as the starting quarterback for the football team.
Navarre played college football for Michigan from 1999 to 2003. He redshirted in 1999 behind Tom Brady and Drew Henson.
To begin the 2000 season, Henson sustained an injury in practice that required redshirt-freshman Navarre to start under center against Michigan's first opponent, Bowling Green. In his first career start, Navarre threw for four touchdowns—a school record for a first-time starting quarterback and the most ever in a season-opener. The four touchdown passes also tied a school record at the time. Navarre's play in the opener earned him Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Navarre continued his role as starting quarterback as Henson continued to be sidelined by injury; getting his second start against Rice. Michigan went on the road against No. 14 UCLA and lost, 23–20. The following week, Michigan began Big Ten play against No. 19 Illinois. While Navarre started his fourth game in a row, Henson replaced him late in the first half. Navarre saw limited action at quarterback the rest of the season; ending the season with 583 passing yards and eight touchdowns in nine games.
Shortly after Michigan's win against Auburn in the 2001 Citrus Bowl, Henson announced he would come back for his senior season and forgo entering the 2001 NFL Draft.
Navarre began the 2001 season as Michigan's starting quarterback—a role he kept until his last year of eligibility in 2003. In his first full season as Michigan's starting quarterback, Navarre threw for 2,345 yards and nineteen touchdowns. Michigan ended the regular season 8–3 before going on to lose their Citrus Bowl match-up against Tennessee which snapped the school's four-game bowl win streak. In the loss, Navarre threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns.
In his junior season in 2002, Navarre led Michigan to a 9–3 regular season record before a showcase performance in the Outback Bowl, where he threw for a career-high 319 yards and one touchdown en route to 38–30 win over Florida and a 10–3 record to end the season.
On October 4, 2003, at Kinnick Stadium, Navarre established the school single-game record for most passing yards: 389 vs. Iowa. The record stood until Devin Gardner totaled 503 yards on October 19, 2013, against Indiana. In his senior campaign, Navarre again led Michigan to a 10–3 overall record, and the team's first Rose Bowl appearance since the 1997 season. During the regular season, Navarre amassed 3,331 passing yards and 24 touchdowns, posting wins over Michigan rivals, Notre Dame, 38–0; and Ohio State, 35-21. The Wolverines finished the season against USC, ranked No. 1 in both polls, in the Rose Bowl. In the 14–28 loss, Navarre had played his last game as a quarterback at Michigan; gaining 271 passing yards and one touchdown on 27 completions in 46 attempts.
Navarre holds the following Michigan football records:
Navarre held several Michigan career passing records including those for attempts, completions, and passing yards before Chad Henne surpassed those marks in 2007. He also held the records for most total offensive yards gained in a game (368 vs. Iowa in 2003) and in a season (3,240 in 2003) before being surpassed by Denard Robinson in 2010. In 2003, Navarre led the Wolverines to their largest comeback in school history, overcoming a 21-point deficit as they defeated Minnesota, 38–35.
|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 6 in
|5.18 s||1.75 s||2.97 s||4.46 s||7.73 s||26.5 in
|8 ft 4 in|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Navarre was drafted in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft to the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He made his NFL debut in his rookie season against the Detroit Lions in week twelve. He finished the 12–26 loss going eighteen of forty for 168 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions in a game where he also fractured his finger. He would play in one more game for the Cardinals in week fourteen of the 2005 season against the Houston Texans. He went fourteen of 24 for 174 alongside one touchdown and one interception. Following the 2006 season he would not resign with the team.
On March 12, 2007, Navarre signed with the Indianapolis Colts. He was released prior to the start of the season.
Navarre currently resides in Elmhurst, Illinois. He works as the Operations Manager at Alro Steel Corporation's Bolingbrook, Illinois plant.