NFL Quarterback (retired)
2014, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Interdisciplinary studies major Brock Osweiler, a standout Sun Devil quarterback, left ASU as a junior to join the NFL after being drafted in the second-round by the Denver Broncos. But Osweiler finished up his degree with concentrations in political science and sociology in the succeeding off-seasons, and his May 2014 graduation from ASU was the focus of a Denver Post story.
In November 2015, Osweiler stepped in as the Broncos' starting quarterback when veteran Peyton Manning was sidelined with injuries. His impressive NFL starting performance, which fell on his 25th birthday, earned him AFC Player of the Week honors, soon followed by a Sports Illustrated regional cover story. He remained with the Broncos for the 2015-16 season, earning a Super Bowl ring, and was starting quarterback for the Houston Texans the following season.
Osweiler, after a brief time with the Cleveland Browns organization, returned to the Broncos for the 2017-2018 season. He joined the Miami Dolphins in spring 2018 and retired from the NFL in October 2019.
In May 2017, Osweiler was the featured speaker at the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Convocation, sharing his inspirational journey. He also took time to meet informally with students at a luncheon a few weeks before, where the conversation highlighted his approach to learning, achieving goals, overcoming adversity and maintaining a positive mindset. Osweiler serves as a member of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Dean's Advisory Council.