Since 2018, Tom Savage has had the unconventional record of playing for more college teams than NFL outfits. The quarterback’s playing time in college has been sporadic, largely due to his constantly changing schools.
However, he did enough to prove his talent and was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2014. Born in Pennsylvania, he joined the New Orleans Saints in early 2018 after signing a one-year contract with the franchise company.
Tom Savage’s Bio
Thomas Benjamin Savage was born on April 26, 1990, in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He also grew up in the same city and attended the local high school, Cardinal O’Hara High School, where he played soccer for three of his four years as a quarterback.
During his college career, Tom enrolled in three different universities. In 2009, he started at Rutgers University. He immediately became the starting quarterback, scoring 14 touchdowns and 2,211 yards in his first season, and was appointed to the All-American Freshman Team by the FWAA.
Savage soon succumbed to injury in the first weeks of his second season and was replaced by Chas Dodd. He announced his upcoming move from Rutgers in January 2011 and made it official when he transferred to Arizona State University later that year. He left the college at the end of the year as he had never played for them due to NCAA transfer rules.
Tom Savage came to the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 where he had to sit out the season. He finally got his chance in mid-2013 after being named starting quarterback and ending the campaign with a 2,958-yard pass. He also scored 21 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Finally, he finished his college education in Pittsburgh with a degree in communication sciences.
In the 2014 NFL Draft, he was the 135th overall pick for Houston Texans. In May 2014, he signed a four-year contract with the Texans and was supported by Ryan Fitzpatrick until a player injury on December 14, which gave Savage more minutes of play on the field.
Less than a month later he suffered a shoulder injury that put him in the injured reserve. One of his most memorable games of the 2016 season was when he replaced Brock Osweiler in a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He led his team from a 13-0 deficit to an amazing 21-20 victory. Tom Savage made this position his own and led the Texans to the AFC South title. In week 17, the quarterback suffered a concussion on the field, was eliminated, and finally returned his position to Osweiler for the rest of the game.
In the 2017 season, Tom had to fight constantly with newly drafted quarterback Deshaun Watson for the starting role as a quarterback. He finally won the fight when Watson suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury at the end of the season on November 2, 2017. Although Savage suffered another concussion in week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers, he set a remarkable personal record of 1,412 yards passes, 5 passing touchdowns, and 6 interceptions in eight appearances for his team.
This was his last season in the franchise when he joined the New Orleans Saints under a one-year contract worth $1.5 million.
Family: Parents, Siblings
The Saints quarterback was born by Thomas Savage Sr. and Linda Savage. This union also produced another son, an older brother of Tom, Bryan Savage. Bryan Savage also played college soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Hofstra University. All that is known about his parents is that his father occasionally speaks out in front of the media. During Tom’s unstable college career, Thomas Savage is said to have flogged Sr. Greg Schism, Tom’s coach at Rutgers University, and called him a dictator for denying his son the opportunity to talk to the University of Miami, which was interested in taking him away from Rutgers at the time.
Tom Savage’s Wife And Kids
Savage met his wife, Catherine Varley, in 2012 while he was at Arizona State University. The two got along well and have been together ever since. She followed him when he moved to Pittsburgh, and they finally married in June 2015. Their first child, a daughter, welcomed the couple on January 18, 2017. They named her Summer Rose Savage.
Height, Weight, and Measurements
The NFL man stands at an intimidating height of 1.93 meters (1.93 feet 4 inches). This makes him taller than a significant percentage of NFL players. Tom Savage weighs an athletic 104 kg (230 lbs).