Jay Cutler was born on April 29, 1983 and long before he threw touchdown passes in the National Football League (NFL) he grew up in a small Indiana town endearingly named Santa Claus, Indiana. As a high school student growing up in rural Indiana, Jay played soccer at Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, Indiana. Both Lincoln City and Santa Claus are in southern Indiana. The city of Lincoln is five miles to the east on Christmas Blvd. when coming from Santa Claus, Indiana and is where Santa’s kids had to go to the nearest high school.
From an early age, Jay Cutler showed great promise shooting the ball. As a teenager playing for the Heritage Hills Patriots in Lincoln City, Indiana Jay led 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 last two high school football seasons, the prep star led his team to an impressive 26-1 record as a starting quarterback.
During Cutler’s perfect quarterback season as a senior, his team’s stats were utterly eye-catching. Over the course of racking up 15 wins, the Patriots outscored their opponents by an average of more than 44 points per game. Over the course of the season, the team Jay Cutler was on amassed 746 points, while the opponents only collected a collective 85 points in 15 games. Those numbers equate to the Heritage Hills High School team Cutler played on scoring nearly 50 points per game, while opposing offenses put up less than 6 points per contest. Those uneven averages were heavily influenced by a 90-0 win over the Pike Central Chargers from nearby Pike County, Indiana.
A major contributing factor to the lopsided nature of these matchups is the fact that the Heritage Hills High School team not only had a future NFL Pro Bowl quarterback under center, but also the level of competition was a far cry from what Cutler would have found. play against the competition in a more densely populated area. To illustrate this point, the Pike Central team that the Cutler-led squad defeated with a final score of 90-0 has a total school population of just 672 students. Often football players of Cutler’s ability were up against neighborhood schools three or even four times the size of Pike Central’s student population.
For his efforts at quarterback, Jay Cutler received the coveted award of being named a first-team all-state selection his senior year of high school. In addition to being an excellent quarterback, the tri-sport star also earned a first-team All-State selection in the sport of basketball, as well as an All-State honorable mention for his performance as an infielder on the team. baseball at his school.