David Douglas Garrard (born February 14, 1978) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and served as the team's starting quarterback from 2007 to 2010. He played college football for the East Carolina University Pirates. Garrard was born in East Orange, New Jersey and grew up in Durham, North Carolina. When he was fourteen his mother died of breast cancer; when he began his professional career he created The David Garrard Foundation to promote breast cancer awareness and research. Garrard attended Southern High School in Durham, where he was named an All-America choice by Prep Stars and rated the best high school quarterback in North Carolina. Veteran high school coaches in North Carolina said Garrard possessed one of the strongest arms they had ever seen and compared Garrard to former NFL quarterback Roman Gabriel. Garrard attended East Carolina University.
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