- Analyst on college & Pro football telecasts
- Managing director of a private equity firm that invests in high-growth middle market companies.
- Named the team’s MVP
Pat Haden, a Rhodes Scholar, quarterback who played on 2 national championship teams at USC and a Super Bowl squad with the Los Angeles Rams before becoming a successful businessman and football broadcaster, and athletic directorship.
Haden will oversee 19 men’s and women’s teams and the $74 million budget that make up the nation’s most tradition-rich athletic program.
Along with his athletic director position, he received a joint faculty appointment in the School of Business and Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
He works with faculty to design new curricula in areas such as sports business and sports journalism, and lectures.
Haden was a partner and managing director of Riordan, Lewis & Haden, a private equity firm that invests in high-growth middle market companies.
His partners were former Los Angeles mayor, an All-American tennis player on a pair of USC’s NCAA championship teams.
Haden was an analyst on college and pro football telecasts for CBS, TNT, NBC, where he did Notre Dame games) and FOX and on radio with CBS and Westwood One.
He served on USC’s Board of Trustees and chaired the board’s Academic Affairs and Student Affairs committees.
Pat was a key adviser to a pair of USC provosts, working closely with them on all aspects of the university’s teaching and research mission.
Pat served on the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors.
He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards, including Systems Management Specialists,
Data Processing Resources Corporation,
The Apothecary Shops,
Rose Hills Foundation,
Fletcher Jones Foundation,
Good Samaritan Hospital,
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Crippled Children’s Society.
He chaired the March of Dimes Reading Olympics and the Boys Life National Illiteracy Campaign.
Haden exemplified the term “student-athlete” while at USC.
Not only was he one of Troy’s most productive quarterbacks, but he starred in the classroom.
A 3-time letterman, he led the Trojans in passing and in total offense.
He was a member of USC’s national championship teams and played in 3 Rose Bowls.
He was Co-MVP of the Rose Bowl, when he threw for 181 yards and 2 scores, including a TD pass, for a comeback 18-17 win.
A Trojan co-captain, he was named the team’s MVP and most inspirational player that season and was selected to play in the Hula Bowl.
He helped orchestrate one of the greatest comebacks in college football history, throwing 4 touchdowns to lead USC to a 55-24 win over Notre Dame after trailing 24-0 late in the first half.
He still ranks 13th on USC’s career passing list (241 completions) and is 14th in total offense (3,802 yards). He threw for 3,288 yards and 33 TDs in his career.
He was a 2-time Academic All-American and was named an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholar, NCAA Today’s Top Five Award winner and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.
Haden graduated from USC magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in English and was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, where he received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics.
He received a law degree from Loyola Law School.
A seventh round pick of the Los Angeles Rams NFL draft, he played for the Southern California Sun of the World Football League and then the Rams for 6 seasons while also attending Oxford.
He led the Rams to 3 NFC West Division titles and the team advanced to the NFC Championship Game.
He began as the starter, but was sidelined with a broken finger midway through the season as the Rams made it to the Super Bowl.
He was the Rams’ Rookie of the Year, made the Pro Bowl and was named the NFC Player of the Year by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club.
In his career, he completed 731-of-1,363 passes (53.6%) for 9,296 yards and 52 touchdowns.
He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame, the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, the National High School Hall of Fame and the Academic All-American Hall of Fame inaugural class.
He received an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.