The SaberCats announced today that their all-time leader in a litany of offensive statistical categories, quarterback Mark Grieb, has retired from the Arena Football League. Grieb, a three-time ArenaBowl champion and two-time ArenaBowl Most Valuable Player, is the franchise leader in every major statistical category for quarterbacks and is likely sure-fire AFL Hall of Famer. The SaberCats will honor Mark's career at a yet to be determined home game during the 2013 season.
is one of the best players to ever play this game, hands down," said
Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. "He is a three-time champion and will
always be a SaberCat. We as an organization are so thankful for all that
he has done for this franchise and we wish him and his family nothing
but the best moving forward following his playing career."
(6-2, 200, UC Davis) spent 12 seasons with the SaberCats (13 in the
AFL), completing 3,885 passes (second most in AFL history) for 47,901
yards (second most in league history) and 922 touchdowns (third most in
AFL history). He has amassed the highest quarterback rating in league
history (121.5) for players with a minimum of 100 games played. Grieb
appeared in 179 games with San Jose (187 overall) and started every game
for the SaberCats since 2003, a record-string of 132 consecutive games.
and foremost I want to say thank you to all of the fans that have come
out to SaberCats games over the years and cheered us on with all of
their enthusiasm and support," Grieb said regarding his 13-season AFL
career. "Secondly, thanks to all of the guys who I played with that
sacrificed so much to play this game and made it such a great experience
for me. Thank you to our ownership group for running such a first class
organization and believing in me and finally, last but not least,
thanks to the coaches who really gave me an opportunity and I learned so
much from them."
San Jose native became the first player in AFL history to throw for
more than 4,000 yards in seven straight seasons (2004-08, 2011-12) and
is the second quarterback to toss 100-or-more touchdown passes in
consecutive years (2007-08). Grieb is the only player in league history
to ever throw for 70-plus scores in nine consecutive seasons (2002-08,
2011-12). He also became the fifth player in league history to amass 700
career touchdown passes and finished with 922 under his belt. Grieb set
a franchise mark with 476 completions, and set his own record for
attempts at 704 last season.
terms of accolades, aside from the biggest prize, three ArenaBowl
championships and a pair of ArenaBowl MVP awards (2004 and 2007), there
are plenty that have been earned by Grieb over his illustrious career.
He was voted the 18th Greatest Player in AFL History and Third Greatest
Quarterback by the league's Silver Anniversary Committee in 2012, was
named First Team All-Arena in both 2002 and 2005, Second Team All-Arena
in 2004, Offensive Player of the Year in 2002, Offensive Player of the
Month on four occasions, and Offensive Player of the Week on ten
from his legendary AFL career, which began in 1997 with the now defunct
Anaheim Piranhas, Grieb also spent 1998 in NFL (National Football
League) Europe with the Scottish Claymores and part of 2001 with the Las
Vegas Outlaws of the XFL.
played three seasons at UC-Davis (1994-96); ending his career ranked in
the top ten in six different offensive categories in school history. He
was a Harlon Hill Award (Div. II MVP) finalist his senior year after
throwing for a school record 3,320 yards and 25 touchdowns. Grieb was
only the 26th football player at the time to have earned an NCAA
three sport star at San Jose's Oak Grove High School, Grieb also played
both basketball and baseball. He was a biochemistry major at UC-Davis
and earned a Master's degree in Education from Stanford University.
During the SaberCats' hiatus from 2009-2011, Grieb earned teaching
credential and taught high school biology in Southern California and is
now teaching at Leyland High School in San Jose. He currently resides in
the Bay Area with his wife Erin and their identical twin daughters, Ava