By: Addison Medved
The Super Bowl has been the premiere event in the United States for the past 51 years. The Super Bowl features amazing football teams and displays players’ amazing talent. The Super Bowl has a lot more than just the game, some fans watch it for the commercials or even the halftime show. The Super Bowl is a player’s number one dream when getting to the NFL. If that is not succeeded, some players almost feel like they have accomplished nothing. In this listicle, we are going to be talking about the top ten quarterbacks that need to be recognized for their amazing talent and ability, even though they could not win the Super Bowl.
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McNabb played for the Eagles, Redskins, and Vikings, making it to one Super Bowl back in the 2004 season losing to the Tom Brady led New England Patriots. He will go down as one of the best Eagles quarterbacks of all time, along with another Eagles quarterback on the list, Randall Cunningham. McNabb finished with an overall record of 98-62-1 with 34,844 yards and running for 3,459 with 234 touchdowns and 117 interceptions, putting him 10th on the list.
9. Steve McNair
McNair took the spotlight when he entered the NFL back in 1995 with the Houston Oilers. Although, he didn’t play much then, he got his chance when the Houston Oilers franchise moved to Tennessee and became the Tennessee Titans. McNair, then shined and led the Titans to their first Super Bowl appearance back in 1999. McNair and the Titans fell ever so short to the St. Louis Rams, losing the Super Bowl by literally one yard. McNair played for the Oilers (became the Titans), Titans, and Ravens and finished his career with a record of 91-62 with 31,304 passing yards, 174 touchdowns and 119 interceptions, putting him 9th on the list.
Randall Cunningham played 16 seasons with Eagles, Vikings, Cowboys, and Ravens. Cunningham was an all around great quarterback but their was one problem he could never get it done in the playoffs. In the 1998 season, Cunningham led the Vikings to a 15-1 record only to get upset by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship. Cunningham never made a Super Bowl despite putting up 29.979 passing yards along with 207 touchdowns and 134 interceptions. Cunningham finished with the record of 82-52-1, putting him 8th on the list.
Ken Anderson spent his entire 16 year career with the Cincinnati Bengals. Anderson led the Bengals to Super Bowl XVI only to fall short to the San Francisco 49ers by the score of 26-21. Anderson finished with the record of 91-81 and posting 32,838 passing yards with 197 touchdowns and 160 interceptions, earning him 7th on the list.
Sonny Jurgensen played 18 NFL seasons with Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins. The Hall of Fame quarterback never made the Super Bowl as a starter, the one time his team did make the Super Bowl, they lost to the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII. He could not play due to injury, not only did he not play in that Super Bowl, he played in only one playoff game due to injury. In his final game of his career at age 40, finally got to play in a playoff game, losing to the Los Angeles Rams in the first round. Jurgensen finished his career with a record of 69-71-7, throwing for 32,224 yards with 255 touchdowns and 189 interceptions, putting him 6th on the list.
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Warren Moon played 17 NFL seasons with four different teams; the Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs. Moon was the first African American quarterback inducted into the Hall of Fame. Moon led the Oilers to some of their best seasons as a franchise but never won a Super Bowl. He finished his career with the record of 102-101 with 49,325 passing yards along with 291 touchdowns and 233 interceptions, putting him in the 5th of the list.
4. Dan Fouts
Dan Fouts spent 15 seasons in the NFL, all with the San Diego Chargers. He currently works as a football announcer for CBS Sports. The six time Pro Bowl selection quarterback never made the Super Bowl. He finished his career with a record of 86-84-1 with 43,040 yards and 254 touchdowns and 242 interceptions, which earned him 4th on the list.
Jim Kelly spent his entire 11 year, Hall of Fame career with the Buffalo Bills. Jim Kelly is the only quarterback ever to lead his team to four straight Super Bowls and lose all of them. The Bills lost to the Giants, Redskins, and twice to the Cowboys in those Super Bowls. Kelly finished his career with the record of 101-59 with 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns and 175 interceptions, earning him 3rd on the list.
Fran Tarkenton spent his entire 18 NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants. Tarkenton led the Vikings to three Super Bowl appearances but lost all three. The Hall of Fame quarterback finished his career with a record of 124-109-6 and 47003 passing yards along with 342 touchdowns and 266 interceptions, earning him 2nd on the list.
Dan Marino is arguably the best quarterback ever to not win the Super Bowl. Dan Marino spent his entire 17 year career with the Miami Dolphins, leading them to Super Bowl XIX but losing to the 49ers, 38-16. Marino finished his career with the record of 147-93 with 61,361 passing yards along with 420 touchdowns and 252 interceptions. Dan Marino is a stand out number one on this list.
These players are part of history, that can not be forgotten. They did not win a Super Bowl, but what they did do was show other players that if you don’t win the Super Bowl you can still make an impact on the field. That impact could be teaching young players the game or setting records that could lead you to the Hall of Fame. Every one of those players would have a wanted a Super Bowl but they can feel success for what they did do and that’s all that matters.