Zachary Rich Mettenberger is an American football quarterback, who currently plays as a free agent. He played college football at LSU before he was drafted during the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. Born in Athens, Georgia, in US, he started playing football from quite an early age. He attended Oconee County High School in Georgia, where he was a senior on the football team. Later, he played college football when he began his education at the University of Georgia. He then transferred to Louisiana State University, where he excelled in the sport. His professional career began when he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans during the 2014 NFL Draft. Later, he also played for other teams like San Diego Chargers, Memphis Express, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Childhood & Early Life
Zach Mettenberger was born on 16th July 1991, in Athens, Georgia, in the United States. Not much is known regarding his childhood or parents.
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Zach Mettenberger’s college career began after he joined the University of Georgia in 2009. However, he was kicked out of the team within a short time due to supposed violation of rules. The following year, in 2010, he pleaded guilty to two sexual battery charges, related to an incident at a bar near Valdosta, Georgia.
He then transferred to Butler Community College, and there, he became the starter for the 2010 season. His performance was remarkable, as he threw for 2678 passing yards, with 32 touchdowns and four interceptions. He led the college team to an 11-1 record. He also led them to the JUCO National Championship game.
Before the 2011 season began, Zach Mettenberger transferred again to Louisiana State University. In the first season he played for LSU, he completed 8-of-11 pass attempts for 92 yards with a touchdown as well. During the next season, he led the team to a 10-3 record. He completed more than 58% of his passes for 2609 yards and 12 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
During the 2013 season, he became known for being the first LSU quarterback to throw 2500 or more yards in back-to-back seasons. He also served as the team captain twice. However, in the final regular season game against Arkansas, he tore his ACL, due to which he had to undergo surgery.
After thirteen weeks, he could finally participate in the team’s Pro Day. He threw around 125 passes wearing a helmet with shoulder pads, and also completed more than 90% of all his passes.
He graduated in 2013 from Louisiana State University, with a general studies degree.
Zach Mettenberger was drafted during the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by Tennessee Titans. He made his debut on 28thSeptember 2014, in a match against the Indianapolis Colts, which ended in a 41-17 loss. Their next match against the Houston Texans also ended in a 30-16 loss.
He finished his first season with 8 touchdowns, 7 interceptions and 1412 passing yards while rushing for 4 yards as well. However, all his games ended in losses for the Titans. In his second season, he threw for 935 yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 8 yards and a touchdown. He was eventually released by the Titans on 16th May 2016.
Zach Mettenberger next went to play with the San Diego Chargers; however, he was waived off even before he could play a single game. Soon, the Pittsburgh Steelers claimed him. However in the 2016 NFL season, he did not appear in any games.
He was released by the Steelers after they drafted Joshua Dobbs during the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Though he made multiple attempts to rejoin the NFL, he remained unsuccessful.
In August 2018, he signed with the Memphis Express of the newly formed Alliance of American Football.
Zach Mettenberger began the 2019 AAF season as the third-string quarterback. On 25th February, he was named as the new starter by Mike Singletary, the head coach. In his first start against the San Diego Fleet, he was able to complete 18 out of 25 passes for 174 yards with a passing touchdown. He ran for another as well and led his team to their 26-23 victory.
However, he later suffered an injury on 16th March 2019, after which he was replaced by Brandon Silvers. The league eventually stopped operating in April 2019.
Family & Personal Life
Zach Mettenberger is known to be a private person, and he hasn’t disclosed anything related to his private life to the media. He is not married.