Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was born on April 29, 1983.
Cutler's football career has been uneven after a brilliant start. In college, he was a standout star for Vanderbilt, helping elevate a moribund program to respectability. After college, Cutler was drafted No. 22 overall by the Denver Broncos, where he was tabbed as the team's quarterback of the future.
Cutler quickly found success as an NFL starter, making the Pro Bowl in 2008. Despite his success, a new head coach in Denver began looking around for possible trades to bring in a different quarterback. Although no trade materialized, Cutler was furious and forced a trade to the Chicago Bears.
Unfortunately, things didn't go much better in Chicago. While Cutler has since maintained his starting job, his performances have seemed to get worse from year-to-year. He has become a convenient scapegoat for underwhelming Bears teams. At the end of the 2014 season, he was surprisingly benched in favor for a clearly less capable quarterback.
Heading into 2015, it isn't clear if Cutler will hold onto his job much longer, or if the team will opt to trade him and bring in a new quarterback.
After an impressive first half of his career, Cutler's second act has been inconsistent, and his future remains uncertain.