Joel Stave (born May 16, 1992) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the Wisconsin Badgers.



High school career

Joel Stave attended Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wisconsin, where he was a three-year letter winner in football and track and field and two in basketball. As a junior, Stave passed for 2,459 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for an additional five touchdowns. He was honorable mention all-state by the WFCA, first-team all-region, all-suburban, all-conference, and second-team all-area as a junior. As a senior, Stave threw for 2,635 yards and 22 touchdowns and ran for an additional seven touchdowns. He earned first-team all-state honors by the WFCA, honorable mention A.P. all-state honors, unanimous conference player of the year, first-team all-conference and second-team all-region as a senior. In his career with the Falcons, Stave threw for 5,094 yards and 41 touchdowns and added 12 rushing touchdowns.

Following his high school career, Stave was rated a two-star recruit by both and He was also rated the number 17th rated or top 10th player from the state of Wisconsin and the 110th ranked quarterback in the country.

College career

Stave left Wisconsin as the school's all-time winningest quarterback with a 31-10 record as a starter. His .756 win percentage ranks No. 3 among Wisconsin quarterbacks. In his career with the Badgers, he started 41 games (third-most by a quarterback in school history) and went 22-6 (.786) as a starter against Big Ten opponents, setting school records for wins and winning percentage in conference games. He threw for 7,635 yards and 48 touchdowns, ranking second in school history in both categories. He also finished his career ranked No. 2 in passing attempts (1,031) and completions (613) and No. 4 in completion percentage (59.5%). He threw for over 200 yards in a game 18 times, the most in school history and became the first quarterback in school history to post a 4-0 record against an opponent, doing so against Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota.

Redshirt season (2011)

Stave enrolled in spring semester and took part in spring practice.

Freshman season (2012)

On September 15, Stave made his Badgers debut against Utah State. Stave made his first career start on September 22 against UTEP and became the first Wisconsin freshman quarterback to start since Jim Sorgi on October 21, 2000. He recorded a career-high 254 passing yards on October 6 against Illinois. Stave was injured on October 27 against Michigan State missing the rest of the regular season and the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game. He returned in the 2013 Rose Bowl and attempted one pass in the game.

Sophomore season (2013)

Stave recorded his first career rushing touchdown on August 31 against UMass. Established new career highs in completions (24), attempts (29) and touchdown passes (3) against Tennessee Tech on September 7.

Junior season (2014)

Stave passed for 1,350 yards, nine touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in the 2014 season.

Senior season (2015)

As a senior, Stave passed for 2,687 yards and 11 touchdowns. In winning his final game of his collegiate career Joel Stave was named Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP and captured the title of winningest quarterback in Badgers history with 31 career wins, surpassing Brooks Bollinger's record set in 2002.

Stave finished his career at Wisconsin as program's all-time leader in wins as a starting quarterback, with 31. Stave, a civil engineering major, also finished All-Academic Big Ten four times, breaking a record previously held by Drew Brees. He was also given the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2016


Collegiate career statistics
Wisconsin Badgers
CompAttYardsPct.TDIntQB ratingAttYardsAvgTD
NCAA Career Totals444131–106131,0317,63559.54837129.9102-266-2.62


Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40‑yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20‑ss3‑coneVert jumpBroad
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
236 lb
(107 kg)
33 14 in
(0.84 m)
10 34 in
(0.27 m)
4.80 s1.63 s2.77 s4.33 s7.29 s33.5 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
All values from NFL Combine[2][3]

Minnesota Vikings

Stave signed as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Vikings as part of final roster cuts.[9] The next day, he was signed to the Vikings' practice squad.[10] He was released by the Vikings on October 25, 2016.[11]

Seattle Seahawks

On October 26, 2016, the Seattle Seahawks signed Stave to their practice squad.[12] He was released by the Seahawks on November 1, 2016.[13]

Kansas City Chiefs

On November 8, 2016 Stave was signed to the Chiefs practice squad.[14] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs on January 19, 2017.[4] He was waived on September 2, 2017.[4]

Washington Redskins

On October 3, 2017, Stave was signed to the Washington Redskins' practice squad.[4] He was released on October 17, 2017.[4]