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Cutler to be inducted into Vanderbilt HOF

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will be inducted into the Vanderbilt Athletic Hall of Fame Friday night during a dinner at the university's Student Life Center in Nashville.


Jay Cutler starred at Vanderbilt from 2002-05 before entering the NFL.

A three-year captain and four-year starter at Vanderbilt from 2002-05, Cutler set all-time school passing records with 1,242 attempts, 710 completions, 8,697 yards and 59 touchdowns.

As a senior in 2005, he was named SEC offensive player of the year and first-team all-SEC after completing 273 of 462 passes for 3,073 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Cutler finished his career at Vanderbilt by becoming the first quarterback in school history to throw for at least 300 yards in four straight games.

The final pass of Cutler's collegiate career was a game-winning five-yard touchdown to future Bears teammate Earl Bennett, lifting the Commodores to a 28-24 victory over Tennessee. The TD came with 1:11 remaining and gave Vanderbilt its first win over Tennessee since 1982, snapping a 22-game losing streak.

Cutler will be among nine inductees in the Vanderbilt Athletic Hall of Fame, a group that also includes major league pitcher David Price. The class is the sixth since the Hall of Fame was created in 2008 and will increase the number of inductees to 56.

Cutler spent his first three NFL seasons with the Broncos after being selected by Denver with the 11th pick in the 2006 draft. Since being traded to the Bears in 2009, Cutler has become the franchise's all-time leader in every passing category with 3,134 attempts, 1,939 completions, 22,384 yards, 150 touchdowns and an 85.5 passer rating.

Moving on: Offensive assistant Bo Hardegree has left the Bears after one season to become quarterbacks coach on Adam Gase's staff with the Miami Dolphins. Gase served as Bears offensive coordinator in 2015.

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