Jake Plummer (born December 19, 1974 in Boise, Idaho) is an American football player who plays quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He went to Arizona State University as a four-year starter. He is best known for his uncanny ability to complete fourth-quarter comebacks and elusiveness, (for which former San Francisco 49ers GM Bill Walsh has compared him to Joe Montana) and is thus nicknamed Jake the Snake. However, Plummer is also notorious for his tendency to throw interceptions, having thrown more than twenty in five of his nine seasons.
Jake Plummer went to high school at Capital High School in Boise. An All-American at Capital, Plummer passed for 6,097 yards and 68 touchdowns, completing 69 percent of his passes. In addition, he also ran for over 600 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. Plummer led the Capital Eagles to a state high school football title in 1991, defeating the previously unbeaten Twin Falls Bruins in the championship game.
In 1993, Plummer enrolled at Arizona State, where he became the first true freshman to start at quarterback since 1984. As a starter, he compiled a 15-8 record in Sun Devil Stadium. Plummer is the school's all-time leader in pass completions, passing attempts, and passing yards, and his 65 career touchdown passes in college are ranked third all-time in Pac-10 conference history. One of his most notable games as an ASU player was in 1996 when he led the team to a 19-0 victory of defending national champion Nebraska; he was 20-26 for almost 300 yards in that game. That year he was one of the finalists for the Heisman Trophy. At Arizona State, he became great friends with the late Pat Tillman, who were also teammates on the Arizona Cardinals squad before Tillman decided to go to the Army.