Chat with Matt Leinart
Leinart won the BCS championship and the Heisman in 2004.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, we'll have Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart stopping by to chat about the Raiders, who are coming off a 26-23 OT win in Week 7 over Jacksonville.
In his seventh year in the NFL, Leinart, @MattLeinartQB, is now teamed up with Carson Palmer, the QB he played with for two seasons at USC in 2001-02.
This season, Leinart is helping EA Sports' NCAA Football 13 debate college rivalries, including Notre Dame-USC. At USC, Leinart finished his college career 4-0 against Notre Dame, throwing for 1,052 yards and 9 TDs in his three starts. See EA Sports' Facebook page for more rivalry talk.
Send your questions now and join Leinart Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (3:29 PM)
We've got Matt!
Where does that game against Notre Dame where your rushing TD won it rank among the games you've ever played in?
Matt Leinart (3:30 PM)
I think it's definitely top few, just because of who it was against and how it ended and the rivalry of it. The emotion that went into it. It ranks right up there in the top few.
How weird is it to be playing with Carson again?
Matt Leinart (3:31 PM)
It is a little weird, but in a good way. 10 years ago we were teammates and it's just crazy how much time goes by and lives change, but we're back together and it's like we never left. It's been a great transition for me and a lot of fun to be with him again.
Dave (St. Louis)
Do you ever sit back and think about just how good those USC teams were?
Matt Leinart (3:32 PM)
Yeah, sometimes, I kind of realize how fortunate I was to play on those teams and what we were able to accomplish. To have a chance to win three titles in a row was a pretty cool accomplishment. Sometimes you just sit back and realize what we were able to do and how great it was for the program and for USC and to be a part of it.
Craig G. (Fairfield, CA)
Hey Matt, how do you like living in NoCal as opposed to SoCal? Thanks and best to you.
Matt Leinart (3:33 PM)
It's nice. I have family up here. I grew up coming up here a lot. It's nice to be close to home. I'm definitely enjoying it.
Just how big of a rivalry is USC-Notre Dame? It's a national game, which is interesting for a rivalry, usually they are more regionalized.
Matt Leinart (3:34 PM)
Yeah, it goes back so far. UCLA is our crosstown rival, but it's Notre Dame. The great coaches and players. To play in that game, it's always an incredible atmosphere.
Erick (St. Louis)
Are you much of a video game player?
Matt Leinart (3:34 PM)
Sometimes. With the schedule, I don't have as much time. But my son is getting to the age where he's getting into it, so I'm reliving my youth a little bit.
I still remember the story about when you announced you were coming back to USC your senior season that right before the press conference you were playing video games....is that true? What were you playing? Was it NCAA Football and were you playing as yourself?
Matt Leinart (3:35 PM)
You know what, I don't remember, but it was probably true. I remember having to iron my shirt. It was a total college kid moment. I was probably watching TV or playing games and in an hour I was going to make a big decision. It was an awesome day.
Where do you think USC-Notre Dame ranks in terms of college football rivalries and in sports in general?
Matt Leinart (3:36 PM)
It's got to be up there. In college football, you have your Michigan-OSU. But the history and tradition of both schools makes it a pretty great rivalry. In terms of college football, it's right up there, but top 5 in sports, top 10 in sports for sure.
What do you think of the job your old coach Pete Carroll is doing in Seattle?
Matt Leinart (3:37 PM)
I think he's done a great job. He brings a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm. They're playing at a high level for them. He's got a great defense that he's building and a good offense. He's doing a good job and it was good to see him in the preseason.
How weird is it to have fans so interested in what you do in life, whether it's on the football field or off, just because you play the game of football well?
Matt Leinart (3:38 PM)
It's definitely something that comes with the territory. I definitely try to focus on my job and doing that every day along with being a dad. I'm in a position where people, with football, but all of that other stuff is part of the territory.
How big was that win on Sunday over Jacksonville?
Matt Leinart (3:38 PM)
It was huge. Just a great game to be a part of. Great team win. There is a lot of resiliency. We don't give up. I think it says a lot about our team. We're coming together. We're going to try and do it again this coming Sunday.
Matt, Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Matt Leinart (3:39 PM)
Not really. I used to in college, but not any more. Everyone listens to music and has their own way of getting ready. I'm pretty mellow on gameday.
How excited are you to be back in California with the Raiders this season?
Matt Leinart (3:40 PM)
I was esctatic. It was a team that I grew up watching. To be back on the west coast with a great organization, back with Carson. My experience with Houston was awesome, but to be back home with this organization is great. I grew up loving this team so to have the uniform is pretty special.
Did you learn more from Carson as a HS QB going into the college game or are you learning more from him now?
Matt Leinart (3:41 PM)
There is a lot of knowledge between us because of the years we've played. But as a QB you're always trying to learn more. The game changes. The evolution of the game has gone just from when I was in college until now. With the conversations we've had this year and what he's done, I've learned a lot. And I've been able to help him out with what I know. I would have to say I've learned more now in the short amount of time.
Matt Leinart (3:42 PM)
Thanks for all of the support. I appreciate everyone sticking with me. I look forward to chatting again!