15 Worst Starting Quarterbacks That Won A Super Bowl
In the game of football, it is a team effort to pull off wins. Everyone has a role to play. One position seems to be more coveted than the others. That is the position of quarterback. The quarterback is usually seen as the team leader. He is the guy that calls the plays and controls who gets the ball. There are a lot of great quarterback who have come and gone through out the years. There are also some quarterback who are not that great, but some how made it to the Super Bowl. To most people winning a Super Bowl solidifies you as a great NFL player. That is not the case all the time. The following list compiles of quarterbacks that have won a Super Bowl ring or two, but their overall career stats say they are not champion material.
Ken Stabler Ken Stabler is not a name that too many people remember. To be honest it’s not a name really worth remembering when it comes to football. Stabler was the quarterback for the Raiders during a time in the NFL where the Dolphins and Steelers were the most talked about teams. In 1976 the Raider’s made themselves known. Stabler led the Raiders to Super Bowl XI (10) and defeated the Minnesota Vikings to win Oakland’s first Super Bowl. That is the only real accomplishment to his name other than being a professional football player.
Bob Griese Bob Griese has two Super Bowl Victories under his belt. He is also a Hall-of-Fame quarterback. It’s baffling that he made to the Hall-of Fame when he only threw for just 88 and 73 yards in those two Super Bowl appearances. Griese’s overall stats are among the weakest for any Hall-of-Fame quarterback, but he did win and I guess that’s what counts.
Jeff Hostetler Jeff Hostetler was riding the pine most of his career until the 1990 NFL season. Hostetler stepped up to fill in for an injured Phil Simms. Hostetler led the Giants to Super Bowl XXV (25) against the Buffalo Bills. The Giants won with the final score being 20-19. Hostetler completed 20-of-32 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown. That was Hostetler’s best season and only time he made it to the Pro Bowl. After the season he fell back into obscurity.
Mark Rypien In the 1991 season, Mark Rypien helped the Redskins finish 14-2 after throwing for 3,564 yards and 28 touchdowns. Those stats make him look like he was one of the greats. Truth is that was only one of his two best years out of a 21 year career. In the 1991 season, Rypien lead the Washington Redskins to a 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI (26). That was the last time Rypien would make a Super Bowl appearance or get close to one. He is pretty decent at golf though.
Jim Plunkett Jim Plunkett was a star in college. While at Stanford University, he was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback. In the NFL he wasn’t that spectacular. He never had a 3,000-yard season and routinely threw more picks than touchdowns. In 1980, Plunkett came off the bench to lead the Oakland Raiders to a victory in Super Bowl XV (15) against the Philadelphia. He one the Super Bowl again three years later. He is not a Hall-of Fame player though.
Phil Simms Some people will say that Phil Simms was always underrated during his career. Other people will say that Phil Simms was never that good and was more hype than hustle. In Super Bowl XXI (21), those two groups both agreed that he was a winner. Simms torched the Denver Broncos, throwing just three incomplete passes and three touchdowns. Unfortunately injuries kept him from winning any more rings and proving that he was as good as people thought.
Doug Williams Doug Williams made history by becoming the first black quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl. He was also named MVP of Super Bowl XXII (22) in 1988. It was a dominant performance from Williams with four touchdown passes, 340 passing yard and only one interception. Williams played for two other teams before winning the Super Bowl with the Redskins. That was Williams first and last Super Bowl win. The following year he suffered injuries that ultimately lead to his departure from the NFL.
Trent Dilfer Before Trent Dilfer became an ESPN personality, he was a Super Bowl winning quarterback for the Ravens. Before that he was the scapegoat in Tampa Bay and carried the shame and weight of a losing team. It was majority his fault as he struggled to adjust to the NFL. Dilfer joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 and replaced Tony Banks mid-season. In Super Bowl XXXV (34) against the Giants, Dilfer completed just 12-of-25 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown in their 34-7 win. The next season, Dilfer was not re-signed by the Ravens and became a career backup again.
Joe Flacco Flacco has been with the Baltimore Ravens since he entered the NFL in 2008. He won MVP honors in 2013, Super Bowl XLVII (47). Flacco threw for three touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers that game. Flacco ultimately has been inconsistent throughout his career, but for that one night, he had a great performance against a great defense.
Jim McMahon Jim McMahon was an over hyped quarterback who was not as good as people said he was. McMahon thought he was a hot shot as he arrived to his first day of train camp for the Bears with a beer in hand. Despite his attitude, he won the starting quarterback position his rookie year. Though he was taking snaps he wasn’t that much effective. McMahon simply was along for the ride as the Bears made it to Super Bowl XX (20). The Bears’ dominant defense single-handedly defeated the Patriots.
Brad Johnson Brad Johnson was drafted into the NFL in 1992 from Florida State University. He spent his first seven years of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, and then two years with the Washington Redskins before landing the starting quarterback position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Johnson was an effective game-manager for the Buccaneers, but his offensive coordinator Jon Gruden was the real reason the Bucs won Super Bowl XXXVII (37). Even after the Super Bowl win Johnson’s QB rating remained low.
Terry Bradshaw Terry Bradshaw is a lot of football fans favorite game day analyst. He has a bright personality on camera and is very knowledgeable of the game. Bradshaw’s playing career is often over exaggerated. As the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bradshaw has won for Super Bowls, but on this list that doesn’t mean he was a great player. Bradshaw threw 212 touchdown and 210 interceptions in his career, and had a measly 70.9 rating. He posted one of the worst seasons ever by a QB in 1970, with six touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 13 games. Truth is, the Steeler’s defense carried the team to all those Super Bowl victories.
Ben Roethlisberger Here is another overrated Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback. “Big Ben” Roethlisberger is consistently average in the regular season and the post season. Ben had the worst performance ever for a quarterback on a team which won the Super Bowl. He had 123 yards and 2 interceptions in Super Bowl XL (40), for a QB rating of 22.6. In the two Super Bowls he has played in, Ben has a total of 349 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Just like Bradshaw before he only made it that far on the backs of the defense.
Eli Manning Before Eli Manning won his first Super Bowl, against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII (42), Manning was close to being a bust for the New York Giants. Eli is no doubt the worst quarterback in the Manning family tree. In the 2007 season, Eli threw almost as many interceptions as he did touchdown passes. There have been a lot of games that were almost lost on account of Eli, including Super Bowl XLII. Eli threw an interception in the second quarter and it was almost ran back for a touchdown by Ellis Hobbs. Luckily he was stopped and the Giants defense saved their lead and Eli’s butt by forcing the Patriots to go three and out.
Joe Theismann The legend of Joe Theismann sounds nice, but it is extremely exaggerated. Theismann was a shameless and relentless self-promoter long before pro athletes were regular fixtures on TV and advertisements. Theismann created this whole mythology about himself and still today, many believe he’s one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. His glitz and glam may show you one thing but the numbers don’t lie. Over the course of his 12 year NFL career, Theismann threw 160 touchdowns against 138 picks. He threw double digit interceptions in 8 of his seasons. Theismann compiled a 77.4 quarterback rating for his entire career. That is a real average rating for someone who is considered a legend.