It’s easy to forget Shane Foley amid all the Orange County-bred quarterbacks that found their way to USC. Yet before setting foot in Troy, Foley boasted a high school pedigree right up there with the likes of Matt Barkley, Mark Sanchez, Matt Leinart, Carson Palmer, Rob Johnson and Todd Marinovich.
However, unlike those six signal-callers, Foley never consistently had his moment in the sun. The former Newport Harbor High School star spent his first two seasons backing up Rodney Peete and his last two doing the same for Marinovich.
Not that Foley holds it against his alma mater.
“Sure, I would have loved the opportunity to have a full season to be the starter and to see where I could have taken us,” he said in a March 2007 interview with USCHerd. “However, I can feel good that when I played we scored points and we won games.”
Foley still makes his home in Southern California and is currently a vice president for Wells Fargo Private Bank. In his spare time Foley serves as a board member for A Better LA, a nonprofit organization founded by former USC coach Pete Carroll that supports local communities “in their goal to reduce violence.”
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