Christian Ponder Speaker Profile
Quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings
Christian Ponder Biography
Christian Ponder is an American football quarterback. Heplayed college football as the starting quarterback for the Florida StateSeminoles at Florida State University. He won the position from DrewWeatherford prior to the 2008 season.
In 2006, Ponder sat out his true freshman season at FloridaState on redshirt status. In 2007, he served as the back-up behind startingquarterback Drew Weatherford. Ponder saw action against Virginia Tech whenWeatherford was taken out of the game due to an injury in the second quarter. AlthoughFlorida State lost, 40-21, Ponder completed eight out of 18 passing attemptsfor 105 yards and one touchdown.
Before the 2008 season, Ponder was named the startingquarterback ahead of senior Weatherford. The Miami Herald said that thedecision showed the coaching staff put "a premium on mobility overmaturity." Ponder started in all 13 games, and completed 177 passes on 318attempts for 2,006 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He also made 119rushing attempts for 423 yards and four touchdowns. The Seminoles finished theseason with a 9-4 record, including a victory over Wisconsin in the ChampsSports Bowl. At season's end, Ponder was named the team's most valuableoffensive player.
In 2009, Ponder was well on his way to a career season whenhe suffered a season ending shoulder injury at Clemson. Through the first eightgames of the season, he led the ACC in passing average per game and was one ofthe national leaders in yards and passing efficiency. He threw for over 2,700yards and 14 touchdowns and considered jumping to the NFL a year early.However, after hitting Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel on an interceptionreturn, Ponder separated his shoulder and missed the rest of the season. Thisended his professional hopes, at least for one year. He resumed his role as thestarting quarterback in 2010.
Before the 2010 season, Ponder was named to the MaxwellAward watch list. Florida State launched a campaign promoting Ponder as aHeisman Trophy candidate in July 2010. During the 2010 season, Ponder hasbattled numerous setbacks to his health, including a swollen bursa sac in histhrowing elbow. He has re-injured the elbow numerous times during the season,and has had to have it drained three times.
The 2010 season, Ponder's senior year and only year undercoach Jimbo Fisher, had seen the greatest amount of success for thequarterback. Ponder was the first Seminole quarterback since Chris Weinke in1999 to lead his team to victories over both its in-state rivals, Miami andFlorida. He also won the 2010 James Tatum award, given to the nation's topstudent-athlete, and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.Ponder graduated from Florida State in two and one half years with a degree infinance and a 3.73 GPA, then an MBA, and is studying for his second graduatedegree, in sports management. At the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl, Ponderwon MVP offers after throwing for 2 TD's and leading the South to a win overthe heavily favoured North.
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Posted on 3 April 2013 | 4:59 pm
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and his wife Samantha will be hosting the M.A.D. Wiffleball Classic, a charity celebrity wiffleball tournament that will benefit M.A.D. (Make A Difference) Ministries. This inaugural event will be held on Sunday, April 14, at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona. It will kick off at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m., featuring 24...[Read More]
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