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 with the endearing name of Santa Claus, Indiana. As a high school student growing up in rural Indiana, Jay played football at Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, Indiana. Both Lincoln City and Santa Claus are located in southern Indiana. The town of Lincoln is five miles east on Christmas Blvd. when I came 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 at 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 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 the starting quarterback.
During Cutler’s perfect season as a quarterback his senior year, his team’s stats were downright eye-popping. 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 put up 746 points, while the opponents only put up 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 fewer than 6 points per contest. Those lopsided averages were heavily influenced by a 90-0 win over the Pike Central Chargers from nearby Pike County, Indiana.
A major factor contributing 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 that 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 Cutler’s led squad defeated with a final score of 90-0 has a total school population of only 672 students. Football players of Cutler’s skill often faced schools in the neighborhood three or even four times the size of Pike Central’s student population.
For his efforts as a quarterback, Jay Cutler received the coveted accolade of being named a first-team all-state selection during his senior year of high school. In addition to being an excellent quarterback, the three-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 in the his school’s baseball team.