A 2011 unrestricted free agent signee with Bengals, Gradkowski in ’12 was in his second Bengals season as No. 2 QB behind Andy Dalton ... In both his Cincinnati games with significant playing time, he led the team to victories, once from a tie score and once from a deficit ... Played second half of 2012 contest Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore, after Dalton was rested, and led Bengals from 7-7 tie to 23-17 win ... Led comeback win in 2011 season opener at Cleveland, after Dalton was injured ... Played six games with four starts for Oakland in 2010, but missed 10 games due to injury ... In 2009, led Oakland upset win against Bengals and later earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week for win at Pittsburgh ... Has 36 career NFL games, with 20 starts ... Entered NFL with Tampa Bay in 2006, and also spent time with Cleveland (‘08) and Oakland (‘09-10) before joining Bengals.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Tampa Bay in sixth round of 2006 NFL Draft (194th overall) ... Signed with Buccaneers on 7-24-06 ... Waived by Tampa Bay on 6-2-08, and acquired on waivers 6-5-08 by St. Louis ... Waived by St. Louis on 8-30-08 ... Signed as free agent with Cleveland on 12-2-08 ... Waived by Cleveland on 2-10-09 ... Acquired on waivers 2-13-09 by Oakland ... Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Cincinnati on 7-30-11.
2012 RECAP: Relieved starter Andy Dalton late in fourth quarter Sept. 10 at Baltimore (no statistics) ... Relieved Dalton in second half of Game 16, Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore (Bengals rested starters), passing five-for-11 for 78 yards, including a 44-yarder to WR Brandon Tate, helping set up Bengals go-ahead FG ... Active-DNP in Games 2-15 and in Wild Card playoff ... Played in all four preseason games, passing 28-for-47 for 259 yards (59.6), with three TDs (96.0 rating), and also had a 31-yard rush.
TOUGH ON BENGALS: Playing during past seasons for Tampa Bay and Oakland, Gradkowski posted a 2-0 record as a starter against the Bengals, each time with a team that was a significant underdog. He engineered his first NFL win as a starter Oct. 15, 2006 against the Bengals. Playing for Tampa Bay against visiting Cincinnati, he led a fourth-quarter TD drive for a 14-13 win. Tampa Bay had entered the game with an 0-4 record to Cincinnati’s 3-1. Gradkowski completed 25 of 44 passes for 184 yards and two TD passes. At Oakland in 2009, Gradkowski led a 2-7 Raiders team to a 20-17 win over a 7-2 Bengals club. His TD pass capped an 80-yard drive that tied the game with 0:33 left, and the Raiders won on a FG after a Bengals fumble on the kickoff return.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2006—Sixth-round Tampa Bay draft pick captured Bucs No. 1 job for most of the season, competing with teammates Chris Simms and Tim Rattay ... Started 11 of his 13 games played ... His passing yards (1661), TD passes (nine) and completions-attempts (177-328) were all Bucs rookie records ... Had nine INTs, but became only third QB in NFL history to throw only one INT in his first 150 attempts, joining New England’s Tom Brady and San Francisco’s Rattay ... Set NFL record for most attempts (202) before suffering second INT ... Made NFL debut in fourth quarter Sept. 10 vs. Baltimore ... Made first start Oct. 8 at New Orleans and posted 107.6 rating in a 24-21 loss, passing 20-31 for 225-2-0 ... Claimed first win Oct. 15 vs. Bengals (detail in earlier item).
2007—Saw action in four games as a Tampa Bay reserve, passing 13-for-24 for 130 yards ... Saw extended action in 19-13 win Nov. 25 vs. Washington, passing 9-19 for 106 and rushing two-for-24.
2008—Played in two games for Cleveland in December after signing as free agent .... Started one game, loss Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh.
2009—Played in seven games with four starts for Oakland, leading team in TD passes (six) ... Posted career-best passer rating (80.6) ... Led comeback win vs. Bengals on Nov. 22 (detail in earlier item) ... The Pittsburgh native was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance Dec. 6 at Steelers, when he led 27-24 win with 20-of-33 passing for career-high 308 yards with three TDs and no INTs ... Posted 121.8 passer rating in Pittsburgh game.
2010—Grabbed Raiders starting QB job with his performance in Game 2, Sept. 19 vs. St. Louis, when he led 16-14 come-from-behind win, entering the game in the second half and completing 11-of-21 for 162 yards, with a four-yard TD to WR Louis Murphy ... Started the next three games, but sidelined in Oct. 10 win vs. San Diego due to shoulder injury ... On Nov. 28 vs. Miami, had season-high 252 passing yards including 44-yard TD to WR Jacoby Ford ... Reaggravated shoulder in Miami game and placed Dec. 2 on Reserve/Injured list.
2011—Played for Bengals in Games 1 and 12; active-DNP in the other 14 games ... Active-DNP for Wild Card playoff ... Season passing totals of eight-for-18 for 109 yards, with one TD and one INT ... Played second half Sept. 11 at Cleveland, filling in for injured Andy Dalton, and led two fourth-quarter TD drives as Bengals rallied from 17-13 deficit to 27-17 win ... Got deciding score at Cleveland on 41-yard pass to WR A.J. Green with 4:28 remaining ... Played in fourth quarter Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, after coach's decision to relieve Dalton, and passed three-for-six for 17 yards and an INT ... Played in all four preseason games.
COLLEGE: Played 49 games with 36 starts in a prolific career at Toledo ... Completed 766 of 1123 passes for 9225 yards, with 85 TD passes and only 27 INTs ... Set 19 school records, including marks for most completions, passing yards and TDs ... Rushed for 1018 yards and 14 TDs ... Became first QB in NCAA Division I-A history to complete more than 70 percent of his passes in consecutive seasons ... His career completion percentage of 68.4 broke an NCAA mark formerly held by Kentucky’s Tim Couch (67.1).
PERSONAL: Hometown is Pittsburgh, Pa. ... Attended Seton-La Salle High School, where he earned all-state honors as a junior and senior ... His prep career passing yardage was the most in 87-year history of storied conference, as league also claims Johnny Lujack, George Blanda, Joe Namath, Terry Hanratty, Joe Montana and Dan Marino ... Business marketing major at Toledo.