After putting up numbers that you could only expect to see on a video game while at Marshall University, Byron Leftwich was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the seventh overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Between a combination of injuries and immaturity, Leftwich was eventually replaced by David Garrard as the Jaguars starting quarterback. He finished his playing career in 2012 as a backup quarterback to Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh.
In the spring of 2016, Bruce Arians — who coached Leftwich in Pittsburgh — hired Leftwich as a coaching intern. Leftwich was later promoted to quarterbacks coach in January of 2017.