Mark Travis John Sanchez is an American retired football player of Mexican descent. He played in the National Football League from 2009 to 2018.
Sanchez is the first rookie quarterback to win his first three starts in the NFL. Here are 13 more things about the Mexican-American retired football player:
- He was born in Long Beach, California, United States on November 11, 1986 to Mexican parents Nick Sanchez Sr. and Olga Sanchez. His father was a quarterback for East Los Angeles College before becoming a U.S. Army sergeant. His two older brothers Nick Sanchez Jr. and Brandon Sanchez played college football at Yale University and DePauw University, respectively.
- In 1990, his parents divorced. He and his brothers stayed with their father. In 1992, they moved to Rancho Santa Margarita, Orange County, Los Angeles, California. When he attended Santa Margarita High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, he joined the football team.
- In July 2004, he announced his commitment to the University of Southern California.
- In April 2006, a female USC student accused him of sexual assault, which led to his arrest. He spent one day in jail and was suspended by the USC football team. On June 3, 2006, the Los Angeles County District Attorney‘s office announced no charges would be filed. The USC football team reinstated him but disciplined him for underage drinking and using false identification on the night he was arrested.
- In 2009, he made his NFL debut and was named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week. He played for the New York Jets from 2009 to 2013.
- In 2010, he was a presenter at the Tony Awards. He introduced a number from the Broadway musical “Memphis.”
- From 2014 to 2015, he played for the Philadelphia Eagles.
- In June 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit alleging that his broker defrauded him, Roy Oswalt and Jake Peavy out of US$30 million through something similar to a Ponzi scheme.
- He was traded to the Denver Broncos. On September 3, 2016, he signed a one-yea $2 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys just hours after he was released by the Denver Broncos.
- On March 23, 2017, he signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears. He suffered a small knee injury in his left knee on May 30, 2017.
- While he was a free agent, he was suspended on April 13, 2018 for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy of the NFL. He signed with the Washington Redskins on November 19, 2018.
- He announced his retirement on July 23, 2019. After this, he took a position with ESPN’s college football coverage.
- He competed in “The Masked Singer” Season 4 as the Baby Alien. He was unmasked in the fourth episode, which aired on Fox on October 14, 2020.