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USC Royalty: Matt Leinart and Brynn Cameron's Boy
abc7.com - November 15, 2007

Leinart keeps pledge to hospital
Arizona Republic - October 19, 2007

Leinart backs off 'ride or die with me' comments
USA Today - October 2, 2007

Cards' Leinart has to put winning ahead of all else
SI.com - October 2, 2007

Cardinals' Leinart looking over his shoulder
USA Today -September 27, 2007

Leinartís limbo
Yahoo Sports -September 27, 2007

Matt Leinart, Brynn Cameron Reach Custody Deal
People -August 13, 2007

Mom of Matt Leinart's Son Speaks Out
People -July 24, 2007

After Firing CAA, Matt Leinart Signs With a New Talent Agency
AOL Sports - June 15, 2007

I Got Robbed: Matt Leinart Steps in as Editor in Chief of ESPN The Magazine and Interviews GM's and Coaches Who Passed on Him Draft Day **
ESPN the Magazine- June 6, 2007

Comfortable Matt Leinart sees more togetherness under new coach
CBC Sports - May 12, 2007

Leinart's passing camp helps a good cause
AZCardinals.com -March 27, 2007

M-R-I reveals no structural damage in Matt Leinart's shoulder
KOLD -December 27, 2006

Leinart helps Cardinals find their way on offense
SI.com -December 14, 2006

James and Leinart help revive Cardinals
Herald Tribune- December 11, 2006

Leinart a Dad
FOX Sports -October 25, 2006

Favre vs. Leinart is can't-miss game
MSNbc -October 24, , 2006

After dazzling Monday night, Leinart struggles mightily
Mercury News - October 22, 2006

Matt Leinart Named Watch Pitchman
Showbuzz- October 12, 2006

Leinart Shines as Cardinals Beat Bears
ABC News- August 26, 2006

Leinart to play second quarter vs. Pats
Sporting News- August 16, 2006

Leinart's holdout finally over as QB signs six-year pact
USA Today - August 16, 2006

Green loses patience with Leinart's holdout
FOX Sports - August 15, 2006

Still Unsigned, Matt Leinart Is a No-Show
Forbes -July 30, 2006

Leinart aims to sew up backup job
SI.com- June 15, 2006

June 12, 2006- Paris and Matt reportedly call it quits. [link]

Check-Out Time for Leinart
NFL rookie is glad to get away from L.A. and get down to business in Arizona, though he can't completely outrun those Paris Hilton rumors.
LATimes, May 26, 2006

May 4, 2006- Matt Leinart has been signed to a multiyear endorsement deal by Nike.

Leinart rumored to be dating Paris Hilton
MSNBC.com- May 3, 2006

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Cardinals QB Matt Leinart Out for Year - 10/9/07

PHOENIX - An already difficult second NFL season came to an end for Arizona's Matt Leinart on Tuesday when he was placed on injured reserve with a broken collarbone.

Kurt Warner, the 36-year-old quarterback who had shared duties with Leinart, moves into the starting job. The team signed Tim Rattay on Tuesday to be Warner's backup.

Leinart, a left-hander, fractured his left collarbone when he was sacked by Will Witherspoon in the second quarter of the Cardinals' 34-31 victory over the Rams in St. Louis on Sunday. He sat on the sideline in the second half with his arm in a sling.

 

"We didn't want to rush him back," first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "To hold a roster spot for that long is difficult, with some of the areas we are banged, with the hope he can get back in time. I am more concerned about him trying to rush back and maybe jeopardize his future."

The uncertain timetable was a major reason for calling an end to the young quarterback's season.

"Whenever you have a fracture there will be six weeks or however long it takes to heal," Whisenhunt said, "and then, especially because it is his throwing shoulder, you have to do the rehabilitation of it throwing the football. Who knows what it could have been? Could have been 8 weeks, could have been 12 weeks."

Leinart, the 10th overall pick in the 2006 draft, had been unhappy with the two-quarterback system employed by Whisenhunt. The former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion at USC has started 16 games for Arizona, including the first five this season.

But Whisenhunt used Warner when the team went to a no-huddle offense that often has been effective.

Warner's statistics are better than Leinart's.

Warner has completed 62 percent of his passes (43-of-69) for 580 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception. Leinart has completed 54 percent (60-of-112) for 647 yards, with two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Warner, a former NFL and Super Bowl MVP, is in his 10th NFL season, the past three with the Cardinals. He started the first four games last season before losing the job to the then-rookie Leinart.

Rattay, an eight-year veteran, played in four games last year for Tampa Bay and completed 61 of 101 passes. He played for the San Francisco 49ers for six years before being traded to the Buccaneers.

"He has competed in this league and he has started in this league," Whisenhunt said. "That will help him pick up the offense. Just the way he understands the game - you see it on tape - that's why we were interested in him."

Arizona also signed guard Keydrick Vincent and released center Chukky Okobi.

Leinart off Travolta's party list
Agents won't let QB go if Super Bowl is possible
Megan Finnerty

The Arizona Republic
Oct. 9, 2007 12:00 AM


Contrary to promoters' earlier statements, Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart will not appear at John Travolta's Saturday Night Spectacular party at the Galleria Corporate Center in Scottsdale on Feb. 2.

Marshall Faulk, a former St. Louis Rams running back and current NFL commentator, will be at the pre- Super Bowl party instead, and his charitable foundation will benefit.

One of Leinart's football agents, Chuck Price, said Monday that although Leinart had spoken with the promoters at Vertical Sports Group, the marketing company putting on the event, he had not signed a contract.

"Matt's name was used prior to us coming to any sort of agreement," Price said.

Because the Cardinals still have a chance to appear in the Super Bowl, Leinart could not commit to being at the party, so Vertical Sports retained Faulk.

Price said Leinart, who was injured in Sunday's game against the Rams, will not entertain any event offers until it is clear whether his team will compete in the big game.

This year in Miami, tickets for the Saturday Night Spectacular sold for $1,500 each and went up from there on the black market, according to Peter Renaldi and William Ekeroth, partners at Dallas-based Vertical Sports.

"A lot is riding on this party. It's a big deal," Renaldi said. "Last year it was one of the hottest events, and John stayed for three hours."

Confidence crisis for Leinart?
Leinart claims 'no worries,' but eyes will be on QB's on-field response to benching

Kent Somers
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 29, 2007 06:39 PM

No matter the reason, it's never good when the future of a football franchise is on the sideline, arms crossed, in the middle of a fourth-quarter comeback.

That's why coaches and teammates moved quickly to repair whatever damage was done to quarterback Matt Leinart's psyche after last Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Ravens.

The next day, coach Ken Whisenhunt pointed out that four of Leinart's passes were dropped and that he didn't have the benefit of running the no-huddle offense that helped backup Kurt Warner compile impressive statistics.

Warner, who is such a nice guy that he doesn't recline his seat on airplanes because he thinks it could bother the person behind him, realized that the situation is ripe for Leinart to have a crisis of confidence. So he tried to make sure Leinart was not having one.

"I think there's always a danger with a young kid," Warner said. "And there's a danger when anybody goes in at any position and has success. This business is about second-guessing.

"Matt is going to be just fine. He needs to understand that he wasn't in that same opportunity with the packages we were running."

How bruised?

The condition of Leinart's supposed bruised self-esteem will be evident today when the Cardinals host the Steelers. Like the Ravens, the Steelers will show Leinart myriad looks on defense and try to make his head spin with visions of defenders blitzing from all angles.

If Leinart is rattled by the past week's experiences, he's not showing it. He looked sharp and in command in practice, and he vowed to bounce back from a performance that, while not poor, wasn't great, either.

"There's no worries," Leinart said. "I'm going to go in with the mind-set that I'm going to throw for 300 yards, three touchdowns. You can't forget - we went against the best defense in the NFL last week. I'm not disappointed in myself. I didn't think I played a very bad game."

Since August, the coaching staff, especially Whisenhunt, has pushed Leinart. The staff jumped on his case after a poor preseason game at Oakland. Leinart responded and played well the next week.

The coaches got on him again when he was awful against the 49ers in the season opener. Leinart responded again with an efficient performance against Seattle in Week 2. This coaching staff, Leinart acknowledged this week, has pushed him harder than anyone ever has.

"I've never been coached this hard," Leinart said. "I know he (Whisenhunt) has my best interest. I'm going to be a good player, and sometimes you need that little kick in the butt to get going."

But it's fair to ask whether Leinart should need this many kicks. Is it impressive that he responds when he's pushed, or troubling that he needs to be pushed at all?

Whisenhunt is adamant that Leinart has "done everything we've asked him to do." His attendance at off-season practices and workouts was close to perfect, and Whisenhunt has lauded his quarterback's ability to tune out distractions when it's time to work.

"When we're saying we're pushing Matt, we're pushing regardless of his performance. I think it's just emphasized more when the perception is he doesn't play well," he said.

Pressure to perform

"I think they (the players) all need pushing. That's one of the things, when I came in here, the players said to me, 'We need to be coached; we need to be pushed.'

"We're pushing receivers, we're pushing running backs, we're pushing offensive linemen every day."

There's little question, however, that Leinart has reached a crossroads already this season. He has had good, bad and average performances, and that inconsistency will be hard to live with through an entire season, especially if Warner plays as well as he did last week.

Since losing the starting job to Leinart last year, Warner has made three appearances and completed 46 of 65 passes (70.8 percent) for 719 yards and three touchdowns. He has not been intercepted in his past 70 attempts.

Whisenhunt made it clear he's willing to live with Leinart's growing pains, as long as Leinart is improving. And Whisenhunt thinks he is. Despite watching last week's comeback from the sideline, Leinart insists he's as confident as ever.

"Once you let it get to your confidence, that's when you know you've been beaten," Leinart said. "That's when bad things can happen. For me it's definitely stuff you have to deal with, but you say, this is just part of the job. It's going to make me a better football player now and in the long run."

Matt Leinart Questions Motives of Brynn Cameron, Defends Himself Against Her Recent Accusations
July 25th, 2007 12:09 pm

In response to accusations that he’s an absentee dad and too obsessed with the Hollywood scene, Matt Leinart says he’s sought to spend more time with his 9-month-old son with his ex-girlfriend, Brynn Cameron.

Leinart says he’s even sought help from the courts.

“I love Cole more than anything or anyone,” the Arizona Cardinals QB said in a statement to People. “I also really care about his mother, and would never say anything disparaging about her. I want to help him experience life’s lessons that were taught to me by my mom and dad.”

Brynn Cameron has criticized Leinart’s parenting
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She told the Ventura County Star that she often reads that Leinart says how he loves being a dad, but she “spends 99.9 pecent of the time” with Cole and “it’s been hard to do all the work, when he gets all the credit.”

But Matt Leinart says that is not the entire story
.

“Regardless of the allegations, I have gone to great lengths to increase my custodial time with Cole,” Leinart says. “This includes seeking intervention from family law courts.”

“I don’t know if Cole’s mother is motivated by anger or by financial gain,” the Heisman winner added, “but it is my sincere hope that one day we will be able to effectively co-parent our son who we both love very much.”

He did not elaborate on the court activity, but TMZ says the signal-caller is engaged in a raging legal battle with Brynn Cameron over custody of Cole Cameron Leinart.

According to sources close to the case, Brynn wants Matt Leinart to hand over more than $30,000 a month. This for a 21-year-old living with her parents!

According to sources close to the custody case, Leinart is pissed - having already bought Cameron a car, as well as voluntarily given her around six grand a month.

Leinart signed a six-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals in 2006 - worth around $51 million. Sources tell TMZ that the former USC standout already “comes back to L.A. once a week, every week, to see the baby,” but wants a schedule where he can see Cole in Arizona as well.

Unlike many NFL stars who have kids out of wedlock or get indicted on federal dogfighting charges (cough, Michael Vick), many close to the situation say Matt Leinart (like Tom Brady surely will be) is an engaged dad who wants to be even more involved in son’s life.

Yet Brynn Cameron claims she’s doing all the hard work while Leinart, who’s been linked romantically to Paris Hilton as well as Kristin Cavallari, “comes and goes whenever he wants … he likes that Hollywood stuff and I don’t like that.”

Matt Leinart chat on SportsNation:

Buzzmaster: Matt Leinart will be by to chat about the Cardinals and the commercial he's been shooting for EA Sports!

Buzzmaster: He should be calling in around 12:05 ET or so.

Nate (DC): Matt, Your article for 'The Magazine' was hilarious. Jeff Fisher seems like a good guy. Good luck to you in Arizona this year!

 Matt Leinart: Thank you. I had a great time doing it. I had a chance to go to the owners meeting. I had a chance to have some fun with. The whole piece was why teams passed up on me at the draft. I had a great time. I got a lot of positive feedback. I look forward to doing something like that in the future.

Bill (Chicago): Matt, you're an LA guy. You watch Bob Barker's last PIR today? You ever hang with the legend?

 Matt Leinart: That's a funny question, because I was just listening to that on the radio. I've never had a chance to meet him or go to the show. I used to watch the show quite a bit growing up. He is a legend out here. It's amazing how a game show and host can never change one time over 30 years. I was not lucky enough to meet him, but I was a fan.

Scott (MI): How much fun did you have in your senior year at USC? I comend you for staying in school and having fun with your college career....

 Matt Leinart: First of all, I had a great time overall in college. There's something special in your senior year in college. It's the last time with your friends. It was a big deal. It was probably the best and smartest decision I've ever made. I came out a more experienced player, more experienced person.

Brick City Treangen (Vancouver): Did you and your USC teammates play a lot of the NCAA football games in college? Who was the best? I'm guessing Reggie.

 Matt Leinart: Yeah, we played a ton of football. I lived on that game in my first three or four years in college. That was the intense game that everyone played. We played it a lot in training camp.

egami (iowa): Matt, what are you favorite, and least favorite, aspects of dealing with media as an NFL player?

 Matt Leinart: My favorite part is doing stuff like the ESPN reporting stuff. That was fun, being able to broaden yourself. The least favorite part is the false accusations. The people where they just want to criticize you. But that's just part of the game. We're all big boys, we understand it.

Brian (Lake Worth, FL): As a Steelers fan, I was disappointed that Whisenhunt was not hired...but Pittsburgh's loss is your gain...what do you think of Whisenhunt so far?

 Matt Leinart: I think he's great. I think he's really adapted to the situation and the team really well. He's brought in a new attitude. That Pittsburgh mentality that we expect to win every Sunday. And he's not walking into a situation where it's the typical 5-11 team. We have some talent and we're capable of winning some games.

joe (philadelphia): Matt, since NCAA is your favorite video game. Do you always bring the trojans to the table and who is your toughest opponent on the cardinals?

 Matt Leinart: I would be the Trojans at first, but now I use other teams. Believe it or not, I've used Texas quite a bit. I've used Virginia Tech. It's fun. Now, Edge is a good player. I haven't played the guys too much yet this year.

Tim (Boston): Any predictions for the national championship this year? By the way your TD against Notre Dame was one of the greatest plays ever! Good luck this season.

 Matt Leinart: They've got to! Last year they fell a little bit short. This year they probably have a better team. The defense might be the best Pete Carroll's ever had. But I'm biased.

Steven (Dayton): Who's your favorite NFL player that you didn't know before you came in to it?

Matt Leinart: Obviously, I knew about pretty much everybody. But to watch, I love watching LT play. Everyone does. It's pretty cool being on the field and watching him play. There are a lot of guys that you don't think about, but then you see them on the field and they're everywhere.

Zach (Montezuma,IA): Do you think John David Booty can win a national championship and the Heisman this year?

 Matt Leinart: Yeah, I think JD is obviously a great player and he's come a long way. We were very very close in college. He did a great job last year. Just like me, I came in filling Carson Palmer's shoes. It's a lot. Now I accomplished a lot and he comes in. He's done a great job. I think this year he has a great chance to lead that team to a national title. As for the Heisman, he's the favorite.

Jason (Cleveland, OH): Were you feeling Brady Quinn's pain on draft day. At one point projected to go #1 and then falling down to #10 in Quinn's case top #22. What is going through your mind as each team says someone else's name.

 Matt Leinart: Yeah, I was definitely feeling for him. I kinda went through the same thing. You think you're going to go high and you expect to go high. But the way I look at it, is everything happens for a reason. And he went to the team that he wanted to go to in the first place.

Patrick ( Chicago, IL): How are things different for you now as to compared to the same time last year?

 Matt Leinart: Well, my life is completely different. As far as football and all the stuff that comes along with it. There is a lot more stuff that I'm doing. On the field, my confidence is higher. I'm more understanding of the team, my teammates. There are a lot of positives.

 Matt Leinart: Thanks for supporting me throughout the years. Thanks for supporting the Arizona Cardinals. Hopefully we'll make a playoff run for the first time in a long time.

When Matt Leinart Throws a Party, Stars Show Up
5/22/07
-Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart celebrated his 24th birthday this past Saturday and as a little present to himself he decided to throw a private party. By all accounts it was quite a success.

Some of the well-known stars that showed up to the Mondrian Scottsdale included close personal friend Nick Lachey and the always stunning, Vanessa Minnillo. As the party moved to the Axis-Radius club, it also grew in size. Several other stars and sports personalities like Steve Nash, Shawn Marion, Brody Jenner and even Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens showed up as well.

Perhaps the most significant news to come from the party was that no one was arrested! That's becoming very uncommon with parties or events that host NFL players these days.

All jokes aside, it's nice to hear that Leinart enjoyed himself. Happy Birthday, Matt.

Matt Leinart to host the 2007 Matt Leinart Football Camp on the Campus of UC Santa Barbara.
3/19/07
- The camp will be held on July 8-12, 2007.
Click here
to download the entry form in Adobe Acrobat.

Rumor Central: Paris Hilton And Matt Leinart Together?

1/6/07
- Is Paris Hilton getting back at former BFF Britney Spears? The heiress was spotted last night with football player Matt Leinart at club Les Deux. Although the two didn’t arrive together it looks like they might have left hand in hand.

Matt had his own table at the club right next to Paris Hilton’s. Matt apparently went up to Lindsay Lohan (who just had surgery) and the two chatted for a bit. After awhile, Matt and Paris exchanged their hellos and were spotted locking lips. Our sources reveal, “the two were walking around the club holding hands.” Our sources say there was definitely something going on between the two. This is not the first hook up for Paris and Matt, the two have dated in the past.

What makes this story so interesting is that Matt was rumored to have hooked up with Paris Hilton’s ex best friend Britney Spears last week in Arizona. Although on Wednesday, Matt and Britney were spotted at Club Les Deux and the two didn’t exchange any words or acknowledge each other in any way. Matt hung out at his VIP booth with pals which included Lauren Conrad, while Britney partied with her dancers at her own VIP table.

Many in the Hollywood circle believe that Paris is trying to get back at Britney by hooking up with Matt. Speaking of Matt didn’t he just have a baby? Wasn’t he going to marry the USC ball player Brynn Cameron? Whatever his case may be he is certainly the man around town lately.

Rookie QB Leinart knows he belongs now
By Darren Urban, Tribune
December 17, 2006

On this particular Friday night, Matt Leinart looks like he frequently does, decked out like he had been lounging on a couch at home — unshaven, in a hooded sweatshirt and shorts, a Detroit Tigers cap perched on his head.

But the self-proclaimed “normal guy” seems far from it other than his look. He’s at Zipps’ Sports Grill in Chandler hosting his weekly radio show in front of a packed restaurant waiting for a glimpse of the Cardinals quarterback. He’s got Edgerrin James — perhaps the only other Cardinal that can rival Leinart’s star power — sitting on his right as a guest. Actor Ashton Kutcher, a friend, calls in during the show to talk about Kutcher’s beloved Chicago Bears.

It’s a telling snapshot of Leinart’s life. But it isn’t the only one. The Cardinals, who close their home schedule today against Denver, are finally winning and Leinart has gotten past his midseason problems, yet there is a weariness to their talented rookie. That is the price of falling in the draft, of transitioning to the NFL, of becoming a starting quarterback, of shattered expectations for your team, of becoming a first-time father.

“This has been a long year for me,” Leinart said. “This has been the longest year of my life hands down, just because of everything. “I will be ready to get this season over.” Perhaps the man who stayed at USC for an extra season in part to enjoy the college life and avoid the trappings of adulthood knew what was coming.

“He’s more of a stressball now than he was before, trying to make a lot more people happy now than he had to six or seven months ago,” said Leinart’s longtime friend, Brian Panique. “He’s defi nitely had to grow up fast.”

CLOSE TO HOME

The thought was that he would end up in Tennessee, since the Titans had the third pick and needed a quarterback. Or maybe New York, since the Jets seemed to need a quarterback, too, and they were picking fourth.

But Leinart slid down the draft until the Cardinals selected him 10th, and his father, Bob Leinart, acknowledges his son was “depressed” on the plane ride from New York — where the draft was held — to Arizona where he would be introduced as coach Dennis Green’s “gift from heaven.”

As Leinart began to ponder his future, however, his mindset started to shift about his situation.

By the time he climbed on to the plane to go from Arizona back to his Orange County, Calif., home, he told his dad, “This is a good thing.”

Having a support system of friends and family an hour’s plane ride away was important, but Leinart insists he didn’t go home often for that reason.

Then, in late October, Leinart’s ex-girlfriend Brynn Cameron gave birth to Leinart’s son, Cole. And that was the best reason to be so close to California.

It’s close enough to be worth a trip even when the Cards only have Tuesdays off, and now that Green has instituted “victory Mondays” — and now that the Cards have won a few times — Leinart can leave Sunday nights if he chooses and spend two days with Cole.

“It’s funny, I expected to go higher and I didn’t even talk to Arizona (before the draft),” Leinart said. “Then I came here and ... everything really fell into place.”

Leinart has assimilated well to the Valley, a place one of his agents, Chuck Price, called “Orange County without the ocean.” It apparently doesn’t have any drawbacks.

Becoming a Cardinal and playing in a city that often is off the NFL radar hasn’t hurt Leinart’s “Q” rating. There was a bidding war for his radio show, which is on ESPN (860 AM). He remains in the Nike stable and he signed a national deal with Qwest Communications, among other endorsements.

While he called Scottsdale a “mini-L.A.” and he still remains uncomfortable at times with the stares and attention when he goes out, the absent paparazzi and the reality that the Valley is not Hollywood has made life “a lot more stressfree.”

“In L.A., I always felt like I was looking over my shoulder, always felt I was too afraid to mess up or do the wrong thing,” Leinart said.

Besides, he has other priorities now, Leinart points out.

He’s got his son. And his job. That’s plenty to worry about.

INTO THE FIRE

The football season was supposed to be pressure-free, of course. Kurt Warner would start. Leinart would watch.

A part of Leinart itched to play, but, said Price, “deep down, Matt thought this was going to be a sitting year, no doubt about it.”

Then, suddenly, Leinart wasn’t sitting.

He was playing well enough against Kansas City and Chicago in his first two starts that he should have been 2-0 instead of 0-2.

The Cardinals — and Leinart — followed up with terrible road losses against bad teams in Oakland and Green Bay. Green’s job status became a question mark. The team showed some cracks internally.

And the rookie quarterback was collateral damage.

“It was an incredible ride for everybody on the team, let alone a quarterback who wasn’t ready for that challenge,” Price said. “He was ready for the physical and mental part, but what happened after that, the possible in-fighting, not being able to cope with the losing, that was difficult.”

Leinart, who won 37 of 39 starts in college, was 0-4.

The struggles came at the same time as Cole, who was born between the Oakland and Green Bay games.

Life couldn’t have been changing any faster. His confidence, one of his best attributes, was shaken. Panique noticed it. So did Warner. And so did Leinart.

“I got off to such a fast start in those two games,” Leinart said, “and then I fizzled so quickly, it was like, ‘Damn.’ ”

But like the team, Leinart rallied. He became more confident as a leader despite his first-year status. And as Warner pointed out, it hasn’t hurt him that the players around him on offense have also improved their play.

Leinart still burns to prove the critics wrong, too. He is still irritated at the ones who said he wasn’t an athlete. He is still angry at the ones who called him too “Hollywood” to succeed in the NFL.

“They see me, he’s the quarterback, he’s arrogant, he’s cocky, blah, blah, blah,” Leinart said. “Then you throw in the, ‘Hollywood is all he cares about.’ I think I am proving all the doubters wrong, the NFL guys. And they know who they are.”

Leinart’s statistics keep getting better — six touchdowns and just three interceptions during the Cards’ current 3-1 stretch — and he is excited about 2007.

“He looks comfortable now,” said former USC teammate and Saints rookie Reggie Bush. “He looks like his normal self.”

That thought is echoed by another former USC teammate, Cardinals rookie guard Deuce Lutui, who insisted Leinart hasn’t changed at all since college.

“Just his salary, that’s all,” Lutui deadpanned.

After hitting playing time and statistical incentives, along with other bonuses, Leinart will have been paid at least $15.7 million by the time 2007 is over.

But even Leinart will acknowledge he is different, and not just because of his bank account. The metamorphasis he has undergone has been taxing but necessary.

He will head into the offseason exhausted but satisfied, settled into his life as an Arizona Cardinal.

“It must be nice,” Lutui said with a smile, “to be Matt Leinart.”

10/25/06- Leinart a Dad! Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart and University of Southern California basketball player Brynn Cameron welcomed a son on Tuesday 10/24/06. More Info
Congrats, Matt! Fatherhood is the best.

8/30/06- Announcement of pregnancy: Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart and University of Southern California basketball player Brynn Cameron are expecting a baby in the fall. Cameron, a 20-year-old USC junior, will sit out the upcoming basketball season. "It's an exciting time in their life," says a source who knows both athletes. "They both have support from their families." Leinart, a Heisman trophy winner and close pal of Nick Lachey, was linked romantically to Paris Hilton in the past. He is currently raising money to start the Matt Leinart Foundation, a learning center for underprivileged and disabled children. "Kids are important to Matt." "He really wants to help kids who can't help themselves."

 

Q & A with Matt Leinart
FanBoy azcentral.com
Aug. 15, 2006


Matt Leinart talks about his arrival and contract negotiations.

What was your opinion of Coach Green's comments from yesterday?

"I wasn't listening to it earlier that day. But last night after I signed and I talked to (Coach Green) again it was on Sports Center again. It was all over the news."

"He was fired up, but that is just the way it goes. We are all happy. I'm thrilled to be here. I've been waiting for this day for a long time".

Did that have an effect on the signing?

"Not really. The business part of it is obviously new to me and I was just letting my agent and the Cardinals work it out. They worked very well together, obviously it took a little while, but I had faith in both of them. As far as Coach Green's comments… I just think he was excited and fired up, whatever it was. It is what it is. But I didn't take offense to it. Every coach wants the players on their team playing. Now we just have to put it behind us."

How tough have these weeks been on you?

"The hardest part is just not being able to be with my team and my players. I went home to L.A. for a little bit and worked out there and kind of got away from all you guys (the media). I just wanted to get away so I could work out."

"It was tough, watching the game at home. (The team) running out of the stadium tunnel the first time they played in the stadium. Now that I'm here I have nothing but love and support from my teammates. They've all said, 'just hang in there, we're behind you 100%.'"

How does it feel to be finally up here?

"Feels good, I'm ready. I'm ready to go. I'm ready to work, ready to get better. I've learned a lot this summer and throw (new knowledge) on top of that. I still recall a bunch of stuff (from summer). (I can't wait for) going out there, making plays during game time."

"I haven't been hit in awhile, but I'm just ready to get out and practice."

How far behind do you think you are?

"Obviously, you miss practice and a lot of work but during off season practices this summer I was right there learning and I thought I did well learning the stuff. I don't think I'll have a lot of trouble, obviously I have to catch up but I'm more than ready to do that. Just kind of get a crash course in the next couple of weeks and go out there when there is a game and play and make plays."

What were the biggest sticking points in the contract negotiations?

"The way contracts are, obviously, is up to my agent. They kind of fill me in of what's going on. What I heard there were a couple of structural things you guys probably know about and that was it. It was a great deal from the Cardinals and my agent. It was just a matter of when we were going to come together."

How are you feeling today?

"I was like a little kid driving up here. I drove up here myself, taking in the trees and the scenery. Being out here with my teammates. I just can't wait to get out there and practice. It's been hard on me because I'm the type of guy who wants to be out there and being in camp. They know I'm not a greedy person and that kind of stuff. That's just the way it goes, the (business) part of it. Now that I'm here, we can just put that behind us and move on."

How's it feel to have to play the Patriots in your first NFL Game?

"Well, you look at the Steelers or the Patriots. You've got the Super Bowl Champs and the Patriots just kind of speak for themselves. I actually got off the phone with Matt Castle today, the back up quarterback for the Patriots, so hopefully I'll get the chance to play against to him on Saturday. It's going to be fun. My dream was to play in the NFL and it will be a good way to kick off the NFL career. And I've never been to an NFL game in my life so this will be my first one. "

How tough was these few weeks for you?

"It was tough. This whole year with the Rose Bowl loss to the Draft, things didn't go so smoothly. It's been an exciting year. I've become a NFL player and had a lot of exciting experiences. All I want to do is play football - I wanted to be out here with my teammates, I wanted to run, whatever it was I just wanted to be a part of it. The business situation is sometimes just out of (the players) control."

Were you worried your image was taking a beating?

"I didn't really listen to the media… I'm not a greedy person, I would have left (USC early) I could have been a number one pick, or a top five. I'm not a greedy person, it is not about that. When it comes to business you want to get a great deal and that's what you have your agents for. It's over now."

You going to be buying a few dinners for your teammates?

"Yeah, I'll be doing that a lot in the next few days. I'm just a rookie during rookie days and I missed quite a few. Whatever they got for me, I'll do it."

How does it feel to be a multi-millionaire?

"It hasn't really sunk in… We come from a pretty middle-class family, never really had a lot of money. My parents had to work real hard to support me and my brother. Now I have the ability to support them. It's awesome."

"I'm so happy to be in Arizona."

Where is Matt Leinart?
by Lonny Stewart
Student Operating Press

It’s been a week and half since training camp has started for the Arizona Cardinals, but their prized draft pick, quarterback Matt Leinart, is in the midst of a contract holdout and has not reported to training camp

Leinart is the only remaining first round draft pick that has not signed with his respective team. While his agents and the team claim to be close to working out a deal, the truth remains that head coach Dennis Green is disappointed by Leinart’s decision to not join the team’s practices. "I'm very surprised," Green said. "I just didn't think you'd have holdouts that would last this long the way contracts are done right now."

The primary conflict lies in reconciling the ideas of Matt Leinart’s feelings of what his services are worth financially, and what team officials feel that he’s worth financially. Team officials feel that because Leinart was the 10th overall pick, and not the first, he doesn’t deserve the money that has been handed to Mario Williams, Reggie Bush and Vince Young. Leinart feels that he is worth top dollar, considering that he is one of the winningest quarterbacks in college football history, and a Heisman Trophy winner.
Leinart had the chance to go pro last year, and if he had chose to, it’s likely the San Francisco 49ers would have selected him first overall instead of choosing Alex Smith. But since Leinart decided to come back to USC for his senior year and accomplish what no other college quarterback has accomplished - winning three straight national championships, - Leinart was aware that he was endangering his chance at being selected first overall due to rival Quarterback Vince Young and teammate Reggie Bush’s inclination to exit a year early for the NFL. When draft time came around, those fears came true. Nine players went before him, including Young and Bush.

Some feel that this may damage Leinart’s credibility as a team player. It certainly appears negative to fans that are patiently waiting to see Leinart in camp. In the meantime, John Navarre will be the backup for Kurt Warner until Leinart shows up in camp.

Ladies still in love with Leinart
Diagramming a play for Cards' sexy QB [The Arizona Republic]
Even despite rumors of a Leinart-Hilton hook-up, the ladies are still most definitely interested in the 2004 Heisman trophy winner and rookie Arizona quarterback.
Megan Finnerty of the Arizona Republic writes a list of 7 tips for ladies looking to get Leinart to buy 'em a drink, or an engagement ring:

1. Put on perfume.
"I know nothing about perfume, but you know when a girl smells good," he says with a laugh.

2. Ditch the stilettos.
"I'm not a big heels guy," he says. "In California and, I guess, out here, it's all about flip-flops."
3. Highlight your hair.
"I'm not picky about blondes or brunettes," he says. "But when I have a girlfriend, she always seems to be blonde."
4. Watch ESPN. Take notes. Act excited.
"She has to like sports. I mean, sports are my life," he says. "But it's my job to teach her about the game."
5. Skip the lipstick.
"No one with too much makeup," he says. "A natural look is good."
6. Brush up on your Jessica Alba pout.
"She's beautiful," he says.

7. Memorize every word on Pinkerton, Weezer's sleeper hit.
"I've really been into Weezer right now for some reason," he says.

 
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