Jay Cutler was born on April, 29, 1983 and long before he was throwing touchdown passes in the National Football League (NFL) he was growing up in a small Indiana town with the endearing name of Santa Claus, Indiana. As a high school student growing up in rural Indiana Jay played football at Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, Indiana. Both Lincoln City and Santa Claus are located in southern Indiana. Lincoln city is a short five mile drive east on Christmas Blvd. when coming from Santa Claus, Indiana and is where kids in Santa Claus had to go for the nearest high school.
From an early age Jay Cutler showed a lot of promise throwing the football. As a teenager playing for the Heritage Hills Patriots in Lincoln City, Indiana Jay quarterbacked his high school football team to a perfect 15-0 record en route to a state championship victory during his senior season. In fact, over the course of his final two seasons of high school football the prep star led his squad to an impressive 26-1 record as the starting quarterback.
During the perfect season that Cutler quarterbacked as a senior the statistics his team put up where completely gaudy. In the course of rolling up 15 wins the Patriots outscored opponents by an average of over 44 points per game. During the course of the season the team that Jay Cutler was on racked up 746 points while opponents only put up a collective 85 points in 15 games. Those numbers equate to the Heritage Hills High School team that Cutler played for scoring nearly 50 points per game while opposing offenses put up less than 6 points a contest. Those lopsided averages were heavily influenced by a 90-0 win over the Pike Central Chargers from nearby Pike County, Indiana.
A significant contributing factor in the lopsided nature of these match ups is the fact that not only did the Heritage Hills High School team have a future NFL Pro Bowl quarterback under center but also the level of competition was a far cry from what Cutler would have encountered playing against competition in a more densely populated area. To illustrate this point the Pike Central team that the squad led by Cutler so famously pounded by a final score of 90-0 has a total school population of just 672 students. Often times football players with the ability that Cutler had square off against schools in the neighborhood of three or even four times the student population size of Pike Central.
For his efforts at quarterback Jay Cutler received the prized accolade of being named a first-team All-State selection during his senior year of high school. In addition to being a highly toting quarterback the three sport star also earned a first team All-State selection in the sport of basketball as well as an honorable mention All-State nod for his performance as an infielder on the baseball team at his school.
by Sam Noffs