The 10 Best Left-Handed Quarterbacks in NFL History
10. Bobby Douglass
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Bobby Douglass played for the Chicago Bears from 1969 through 1975, the San Diego Chargers in 1975, the New Orleans Saints from 1976-1977, and the Green Bay Packers in 1978. In 1972, Douglass nearly rushed for 1,000 yards, proving he was a good scrambler.
Most fans disliked him. He led the team to three postseason appearances during some of its most entertaining seasons. Mitchell passed for 4,338 yards and 32 touchdowns in 1995. Immobile, prone to blunders, and uninspiring, the huge lug could throw.
Five Broncos quarterbacks have won a postseason game. Tebow was 7-4 as a regular-season starter in 2011, helping Denver win its division. He then led the Steelers to overtime in the playoffs. Every Steeler expected a run on overtime's first play. Demaryius Thomas caught Tebow's fake handoff in stride. The wide receiver finished first. Sport. Tebow's final Broncos game.
Jim Zorn has sentimental value being the first Seahawks player. Zorn also coached Steve Largent, a little-known wide receiver who had a decent career. In 1983, the Seahawks' first postseason season, he started eight games before being replaced by Dave Krieg. Zorn, noted for extending plays with his legs, was third in franchise history in yards, touchdowns, completions, and victories with 40. Seattle's Ring of Honor inducted Jim Zorn in 1991.
Frankie Albert, a 1942 Chicago Bears first-round choice, joined the San Francisco 49ers in 1946. Albert passed for nearly 7,000 yards and 88 touchdowns in four AAFC seasons. In 1950, he and the 49ers joined the NFL, and he added 3,847 yards and 27 touchdown passes before retiring in 1952.
Vick is divisive. Off-field. On-field fireworks. Vick's prime was dynamic. In six seasons with Atlanta, Vick started 67 of 74 games. 2002: 54.9% completion rate, 2,936 yards, 16 TDs, 8 INTs. 113 carries netted 777 yards and 8 touchdowns. Vick's second year with the Eagles was his best.
From 1995 until 1999, Brunell was the Jaguars' quarterback. Brunell lead Jaguars to 1996 AFC Championship Game. Brunell and the Jaguars returned to the title game in 1999. Over 25,000 yards, 144 touchdowns, 86 interceptions, 60.4% completion rate. After Florida, Brunell found success at Washington. Brunell's Redskins TD:INT ratio is 38:20. His accomplishments as a backup in New York and New Orleans earn him a spot on this list.
Cincinnati over New York and Arizona. Esiason won the Bengals' second Super Bowl. The Bengals' Super Bowl MVP was in 1988. Passing error caused Cincinnati's only Super Bowl loss. Boomer Esiason had 37,920 yards and 247 touchdowns. Boomer ranks 16th all-time with 247 touchdown passes. Cincinnati's best passer with 27,149 yards (though you could debate that title between him and Ken Anderson).
Ken Stabler's time with the Oakland Raiders made him the third-greatest left-handed quarterback in NFL history. The NFL has long been quarterback-driven. Ken Stabler, the Raiders' all-time top passer, is therefore a natural choice. Stabler's 10-year Raiders career included 19,078 yards and 150 touchdowns, including a Super Bowl XI win. Ken Stabler won everything. He helped the Raiders win 69-26-1 as their starting quarterback.
Left-handed quarterback. Young was a USFL star, NFL bust, Super Bowl winner, and hall of famer. Seven of his nine years as a San Francisco starter, he had a 100+ passer rating (after normalization). His 4,239 career rushing yards are second to Randall Cunningham's. In his only Superbowl win, he threw 6 touchdown passes. 2. MVPs, Pro Bowls Young tops our list despite postseason struggles and concussion worries.