This is my list of the five most overrated NFL quarterbacks
of all time. This is not implying that they were not good or even great
quarterbacks, just overrated. Quarterback is a position where you get all the
glory or all the blame, but these top five overrated NFL quarterbacks of all
time got way too much glory. All stats used here come from Profootballreference.com.
The 5 most overrated
NFL quarterbacks of all time
1. Joe Namath - New York Jets and Los
Joe Namath was the
highest paid rookie quarterback of his era when he left Alabama to join the New York Jets in the
AFL. He was "Broadway Joe" all glitz and glamour but Joe Namath was
the most overrated NFL quarterback of all time. Namath deserves some credit
with helping to make the AFL an acceptable version of pro football. And his
guaranteed Super Bowl victory with the Jets over the Colts has earned it's
place in pro football history.
However Joe Namath
was overrated as a pro quarterback. He had a great running game helping him
with the Jets and a decent defense. Joe Namath threw 173 touchdown passes but
also tossed 220 interceptions. A good not to mention great quarterback always
throws more touchdown passes than interceptions. Joe Namath's bad knees did
contribute to him not being as good as he could have been, but I vote him as
the most overrated quarterback of all time.
2. Terry Bradshaw - Pittsburgh
belongs at or near the top of any overrated NFL quarterbacks list. Bradshaw was
in the right place at the right time when he was the Pittsburgh Steelers
quarterback in their 1970s domination. But Terry Bradshaw had the advantaged of
a Hall of Fame laden roster and he frankly didn't play that well
Terry Bradshaw did
manage to throw more career touchdowns passes than interceptions with a 212 to
210 total. But Bradshaw was helped so much by the rest of his team that he was
just a caretaker of the Steelers offense though he was a good long ball passer.
3. Brett Favre-
Atlanta, Green Bay, New
York Jets, Minnesota
Brett Favre did some
incredible things, especially with his consecutive starting streak but he was
overrated. Brett Favre constantly threw bad interceptions and his poor decision
making continued into the later years of his career when he should have known better. Now Brett Favre is by far the best on my list of the five most
overrated NFL quarterbacks ever, but ESPN hyped him away above his actual
4. Donovan McNabb - Philadelphia
In one sense Donovan
McNabb may have been underrated for a while since he had nothing for wide receivers
during most of his early career. But on the whole Donovan McNabb was an
overrated NFL quarterback. McNabb could have been much better had he worked at
it and the fact that he was casual with his work ethic and knowledge of the
game won't allow me to call him a Hall of Fame caliber player. McNabb benefited
from a great coaching staff in Philadelphia
which didn't miss a beat in replacing him with Vick and Kolb.
5. Dan Fouts - San
I loved Dan Fouts but
he was an overrated NFL quarterback who played in the ideal system for him.
Fouts constantly put up huge numbers but in that offense almost any quarterback
would have. Dan Fouts threw 254 career touchdown passes but almost as many interceptions
with 242. The fact that Dan Fouts had so may int's and didn't get the Chargers
to the Super Bowl makes me use him to complete my list of the five most
overrated NFL quarterbacks of all time.