Cade Brem McNown (born January 12, 1977) is a former American football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons. He played college football for the UCLA Bruins, earning consensus All-American honors as a senior in 1998. The Chicago Bears selected him in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Bears, Miami Dolphins, and San Francisco 49ers of the NFL.
As a junior in 1997, McNown announced the team’s goal to score an average of 30 points per game. They ended up averaging 39.75 points per game. After an 0–2 start, UCLA would win its remaining 10 games, including the 1998 Cotton Bowl Classic over Texas A&M, to finish Pac-10 co-champion and ranked No. 5 in the nation. McNown was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player for that year’s Cotton Bowl Classic. He also was a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, was named an All-American by the Associated Press (third team), The Sporting News (third team), made the All-Pac-10 team (second team) behind Washington State’s Ryan Leaf, and finished eighth in the Heisman balloting. He led the nation in passing efficiency with a 168.6 rating. His play broke many UCLA records, most of which had been previously set by Tom Ramsey.
In his senior season in 1998, McNown led UCLA to a 10–2 record, including a Rose Bowl appearance as the sole Pac-10 champion. With McNown at the helm, the Bruins’ explosive offense carried them on a school-record 20-game winning streak from the previous year, as they won their first 10 games in 1998, before losing to Miami Hurricanes in their regular season finale in a loss that broke the 20-game winning streak and knocked UCLA out of the BCS Championship Game vs. Tennessee. McNown set numerous school records in passing and offense, became the Pac-10’s all-time career leader in total offense, and won a collection of post-season honors, including Pac-10 co-Offensive Player of the Year, the Pop Warner Memorial Trophy for best senior player on the West Coast, consensus first-team All-American honors, and the Johnny Unitas Award as the top senior quarterback in college football. McNown also finished third in balloting for the Heisman Trophy. In the 1999 Senior Bowl, McNown earned MVP honors as he threw two touchdowns in helping to lead the South team to victory.
For his career, McNown still holds many of the passing and total-offense records. McNown also holds the distinction of being the only UCLA quarterback to go 4-0 against cross-town rival USC. On October 9, 2009, McNown was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. McNown will be inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame on December 30, 2017.