The Louisville Cardinal football program has been very spoiled when it comes to the quarterback position. Two of the best QB’s to ever wear the Cardinal uniform were homegrown talent.
Chris Redman and Brian Brohm both chose Louisville over offers from some of the top programs in the country. Considering how successful both were, you could argue that their decision to stay home played a vital role in helping build the program to where it is today.
MaxPreps recently ranked the top 50 high school quarterbacks of all time. Both Brohm and Redman were featured in the top 30.
11. Brian Brohm, Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), 2003
High School: Brohm led Trinity to three state championships and a 39-5 record in three seasons … He threw for 10,579 yards and 119 touchdowns … Earned Parade Magazine All-American honors.
College: A Heisman Trophy candidate in 2006, Brohm threw for 10,775 yards in four seasons with Louisville … Threw for 4,024 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior.
Professional: Drafted in the second round by the Green Bay Packers, only played three seasons in the NFL.
27. Chris Redman, Male (Louisville, Ky.), 1993
High School: Threw for 7,665 career yards while leading the team to a pair of state titles … Named Parade’s National Player of the Year.
College: Threw for 12,541 yards a Louisville … Won the Johnny Unitas Award.
Professional: Redman has thrown for 3,047 yards in his nine years in the NFL.
This should be a reminder of just how important it is to keep the homegrown talent at home. Unfortunately, Bobby Petrino’s staff hasn’t been able to do that this year. Louisville has as much talent as it’s ever had with the 2019 class and the Cards haven’t landed one of the city’s six four-star prospects.<