Curtis Jeffrey Painter is a quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, who selectd him with the 201st overall pick in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Painter was drafted after playing four seasons at Purdue. Painter is 6-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs 230 pounds.
Prep Career
Painter started for three seasons at Lincoln High School in Vincennes, IN. He was 28-7 as a starter, setting school record for completions (304), attempts (618), yards (6,039) and touchdowns (49). Painter was ranked as the No. 24 QB recruit in the class of 2004 by Scout.com. He committed to Purdue prior to his senior season.
Freshman Year
After redshirting the 2004 season, Painter replaced Brandon Kirsch as the starter halfway through the 2005 season. He finished his freshman season with 932 passing yards and three touchdowns in nine games (five starts). Painter went 3-2 as a starter in 2005, leading Purdue to a three-game win streak to end the season.
Sophomore Year
As a sophomore, Painter earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors, setting a conference record with 3,985 passing yards, breaking the mark previously held by former Purdue QB Drew Brees. Painter led Purdue to an 8-6 mark in 2006, losing in the Champs Sports Bowl against Maryland.
Junior Year
Painter again led the Big Ten in passing yards in 2007, while also throwing a career-high 29 touchdown passes to lead the conference. His 569 passing attempts tied Drew Brees's conference record. Painter capped off the season by throwing for 546 yards in the Motor City Bowl against Central Michigan, setting a Purdue Bowl Game record. As of 2008, Painter's 546-yard performance ranks as the fourth-best ever in a bowl game.
Senior Year
Painter stretched his streak of consecutive starts to 40 in 2008, but Purdue stood at just 2-6 when the streak ended, due to a right shoulder separation Painter suffered against Minnesota. He missed two games in 2008, but returned for the final two games of the season. In the season finale against Indiana, Painter showed he was fully recovered from his shoulder injury, throwing for 448 yards and five touchdowns in his final college game.

Painter finished his career second to only Drew Brees in Big Ten history in passing attempts (1,648), completions (987) and passing yards (11,163). Painter also ranked third eighth in passing touchdowns (67). After the 2008 season, Painter was invited to participate in the 2009 Texas vs The Nation All-Star Classic, where he was 6-of-15 for 55 yards and a touchdown for the winning Nation team.
NFL Career
Curtis Painter was selected in the sixth round (201st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He was just the second quarterback drafted by the Colts since they selected Peyton Manning with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. Before the 2009 season, Painter signed a four-year contract with Indianapolis.

Painter made his NFL debut in relief of Peyton Manning in Week 16 of the 2009 season. At the time, the Colts were 14-0 and leading the New York Jets 15-10, but Painter committed two turnovers, leading to the Colts first loss of the season. Painter relieved Manning again the following week, but was unable to lead the Colts to a win. He did not play in either of the Colts two playoff victories leading up to Super Bowl XLIV, nor did he play in the Super Bowl.