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Josh Nunes
No. 6
MajorManagement science and engineering
Personal information
Born: (1990-08-22) August 22, 1990 (age 31)
Upland, California
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career history

Joshua Lawrence Nunes (born August 22, 1990) is a former American football quarterback for the Stanford Cardinal. He medically retired after a weightlifting injury that ruptured his pectoralis major tendon.

Early years

Nunes attended Upland High School in Upland, California. During his career he threw for 6,306 passing yards and 54 touchdowns. He was ranked as the 13th best pro-style quarterback recruit in his class by[1]

College career

Nunes spent 2009 to 2011 as a backup to Andrew Luck. On August 22, 2012, Nunes was named the starting quarterback for the 2012 season, beating out Brett Nottingham and Kevin Hogan.[2][3][4]

As the starting quarterback, Nunes led the No. 21 Cardinal to an upset of No. 2 USC as he threw the go-ahead 37 yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz in the fourth quarter.[5][6] The next week, however, the Cardinal suffered a loss against unranked Washington in a game where Nunes was unable to score an offensive touchdown.[7] After nine games as a starter, amid criticisms about his inconsistency, Nunes was replaced by redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan, who eventually led Stanford to a defeat of No. 1 Oregon, the Pac-12 championship and a Rose Bowl victory.[8]

During a bench press workout in February 2013, Nunes dropped the weights on his chest, rupturing his pectoralis major muscle. As a result of the accident, Nunes announced that he has medically retired.[9]

Professional career

Nunes founded Believe Cross in 2015 with his Father, Tim, and works at the company with both his Father and Mother, Debbie. Believe Cross makes handmade, wooden crosses as an expression of Christian faith.[10][11]


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  3. ^ "Stanford picks Josh Nunes to replace Andrew Luck". Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "Stanford quarterback battle: Josh Nunes beats out Brett Nottingham for starting job". Associated Press. August 21, 2012. Archived from the original on January 1, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  5. ^ "USC vs. Stanford - Game Recap - September 15, 2012 - ESPN".
  6. ^ "Pittsburgh Beats No. 13 Virginia Tech". The New York Times. September 15, 2012.
  7. ^ "Stanford Cardinal vs. Washington Huskies - Recap - September 27, 2012 - ESPN". September 27, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  8. ^ Tom FitzGerald (November 7, 2012). "Stanford promotes QB Hogan to starter". SFGate. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  9. ^ Watson, Graham (April 30, 2013). "Former Stanford starting QB Josh Nunes medically retires after freak injury". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  10. ^ "Looking back at Stanford-Arizona: Josh Nunes reflects | The Stanford Daily".
  11. ^ "Our Story — Believe Cross®".