The 15 Worst Quarterbacks to Start in a Super Bowl

Ranking the 15 Worst Quarterbacks to Ever Start in a Super Bowl

Rex Grossman Bears
Getty Images

58 different quarterbacks have started in the Super Bowl, and while some have stepped up when it mattered most, others fell flat in the biggest game of the season. This countdown centers around the worst quarterbacks to ever start in a Super Bowl, so a spot on this list is not good. Here now are the 15 worst quarterbacks to ever start in the Super Bowl.

15. Ron Jaworski, Philadelphia Eagles (Super Bowl XV)

Ron Jaworski Eagles
Getty Images

15. Ron Jaworski, Philadelphia Eagles (Super Bowl XV)

Ron Jaworski Eagles
Getty Images

Known now for his outlandish analysis as an ESPN personality, Ron Jaworski led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance in the 1980 season. In a 27-10 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV, Jaworski completed just 18-of-38 passes for 291 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions, all to Raiders linebacker Rod Martin. The 1980 season was Jaworski's only year where he made the Pro Bowl.

14. Billy Kilmer, Washington Redskins (Super Bowl VII)

Washington Redskins
Getty Images

14. Billy Kilmer, Washington Redskins (Super Bowl VII)

Washington Redskins
Getty Images

With Sonny Jurgensen injured for most of the 1972 season, Billy Kilmer led George Allen's Redskins to Super Bowl VII against the undefeated Miami Dolphins. Kilmer performed poorly against the Dolphins' defense, completing just 14-of-28 passes for 104 yards and three interceptions in a 14-7 loss. Kilmer continued to be a decent starter for the Redskins but never won another playoff game and retired in 1978.

13. Jeff Hostetler, New York Giants (Super Bowl XXV)

Jeff Hostetler Giants
Getty Images

13. Jeff Hostetler, New York Giants (Super Bowl XXV)

Jeff Hostetler Giants
Getty Images

Winners are not exempt from this list, and Hostetler is the first of several Super Bowl winners to make the countdown. Relieving an injured Phil Simms in 1990, Hostetler led the Giants to Super Bowl 25 against Buffalo. In their 20-19 win, he completed 20-of-32 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown. In the 1993 season, Simms gained his job back over Hostetler who then joined the Raiders, where he had his only Pro Bowl season in 1994.

12. Mark Rypien, Washington Redskins (Super Bowl XXVI)

Mark Rypien Redskins
Getty Images

12. Mark Rypien, Washington Redskins (Super Bowl XXVI)

Mark Rypien
Getty Images

In the 1991 season, Mark Rypien helped the Redskins finish 14-2 after throwing for 3,564 yards and 28 touchdowns. In their 37-24 victory over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVI, Rypien became Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 292 yards and two touchdowns on 18 completions. Rypien spent just two more seasons in Washington and was replaced in 1994 by future first-round draft bust Heath Shuler.

11. Craig Morton, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos (Super Bowl V and Super Bowl XII)

Denver Broncos
Getty Images

11. Craig Morton, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos (Super Bowl V and Super Bowl XII)

Denver Broncos
Getty Images

Craig Morton became the first quarterback to start in the Super Bowl for two different teams, the Cowboys and Broncos, but he had two terrible games. In Super Bowl V with the Cowboys, Morton completed just 12-of-26 passes for 127 yards and three interceptions in a 16-13 loss to Baltimore. With the Broncos in Super Bowl XII, Morton completed just four passes for 39 yards and threw four interceptions against the Cowboys in their 27-10 loss.

10. Earl Morrall, Baltimore Colts (Super Bowl III)

Baltimore Colts
Getty Images

10. Earl Morrall, Baltimore Colts (Super Bowl III)

Baltimore Colts
Getty Images

The NFL MVP in 1968, Earl Morrall led the Baltimore Colts to Super Bowl III where they were heavy favorites against the New York Jets of the AFL. Morrall's performance was one to forget as he completed only 6-of-17 passes for 71 yards and three interceptions. He was benched in the third quarter in favor of Johnny Unitas in their 16-7 loss.

9. Joe Kapp, Minnesota Vikings (Super Bowl IV)

Minnesota Vikings
Getty Images

9. Joe Kapp, Minnesota Vikings (Super Bowl IV)

Minnesota Vikings
Getty Images

The quarterback of Minnesota's first Super Bowl team, Joe Kapp went from a quarterback in Canada to the Vikings' starter in Super Bowl IV. Kapp threw for 1,726 yards and 19 touchdowns in their 12-2 regular season. Against the Chiefs in Super Bowl IV, Kapp completed 16-of-25 passes for 183 yards and two interceptions in their 23-7 loss. He was traded to the Boston Patriots in 1970 and retired after that season.

8. Trent Dilfer, Baltimore Ravens (Super Bowl XXXV)

Trent Dilfer Ravens
Getty Images

8. Trent Dilfer, Baltimore Ravens (Super Bowl XXXV)

Trent Dilfer Ravens
Getty Images

Before Trent Dilfer became an ESPN personality, he was a Super Bowl winning quarterback for the Ravens. After being the scapegoat in Tampa Bay, Dilfer joined Baltimore in 2000 and replaced Tony Banks en route to the Super Bowl. In Super Bowl XXXV 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.

7. Chris Chandler, Atlanta Falcons (Super Bowl XXXIII)

Chris Chandler Falcons
Getty Images

7. Chris Chandler, Atlanta Falcons (Super Bowl XXXIII)

Chris Chandler Falcons
Getty Images

A career journeyman, Chris Chandler guided the Falcons to their only Super Bowl appearance in 1998 after upsetting the 15-1 Minnesota Vikings on the road. Against Denver in Super Bowl XXXIII, Chandler completed 19-of-35 passes for 219 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in their 34-19 loss. Chandler stayed with the Falcons until 2001 but lost his starting job in 2002 to Michael Vick.

6. Vince Ferragamo, Los Angeles Rams (Super Bowl XIV)

Vince Ferragamo Rams
Getty Images

6. Vince Ferragamo, Los Angeles Rams (Super Bowl XIV)

Vince Ferragamo Rams
Getty Images

Ferragamo replaced an injured Pat Haden during the 1979 season and led the Cinderella Rams to Super Bowl XIV. Ferragamo actually played a good Super Bowl, completing 15-of-25 passes for 179 yards and no touchdowns with one crucial interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ferragamo became the starter in 1980 but was a backup for the rest of his career. His final NFL season came in 1986 with the Green Bay Packers.

5. Stan Humphries, San Diego Chargers (Super Bowl XXIX)

Stan Humphries Chargers
Getty Images

5. Stan Humphries, San Diego Chargers (Super Bowl XXIX)

Stan Humphries Chargers
Getty Images

The only San Diego QB to play in a Super Bowl, Stan Humphries guided an overachieving Chargers team to Super Bowl XXIX. The Cinderella season ended poorly for Humphries as he completed just 24-of-49 passes for 275 yards and three interceptions in their 49-26 loss. Humphries stayed with the Chargers until 1997, but he never won another postseason game.

4. Neil O'Donnell, Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl XXX)

Neil O'Donnell Steelers
Getty Images

4. Neil O'Donnell, Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl XXX)

Neil O'Donnell Steelers
Getty Images

On his way to Super Bowl XXX, Neil O'Donnell threw for 2,970 yards and 17 touchdowns, leading the Steelers to their first Super Bowl appearance in over 15 seasons. However, he had a terrible game, going 28-of-49 for 239 yards with one touchdown and three picks, two were easy throws to Dallas DB Larry Brown. 1995 was O'Donnell's best season, but he signed with the Jets in 1996 and proceeded to go 0-6 in six starts as the Jets finished 1-15.

3. Rex Grossman, Chicago Bears (Super Bowl XLI)

Rex Grossman Bears
Getty Images

3. Rex Grossman, Chicago Bears (Super Bowl XLI)

Rex Grossman Bears
Getty Images

The worst quarterback to start a Super Bowl in the 21st century, Rex Grossman rode a strong running game and a great defense all the way to Super Bowl XLI. After throwing a touchdown pass to Muhsin Muhammad in the first quarter, Grossman was a turnover machine. He finished 20-of-28 for 165 yards and two interceptions, both of which were rather ugly. Grossman also had problems holding onto the ball, fumbling twice on the center snap.

2. Tony Eason, New England Patriots (Super Bowl XX)

Tony Eason Patriots
Getty Images

2. Tony Eason, New England Patriots (Super Bowl XX)

Tony Eason Patriots
Getty Images

Eason led the Patriots to three straight road wins in the 1985 postseason, but he was outmatched against the Bears' ferocious defense. In their 46-10 blowout loss, Eason did not complete a pass in six attempts before getting benched late in the first half. Eason bounced back in 1986, leading the Patriots back to the playoffs again, but he won just four games in his final four seasons in the NFL.

1. David Woodley, Miami Dolphins (Super Bowl XVII)

Miami Dolphins
Getty Images

1. David Woodley, Miami Dolphins (Super Bowl XVII)

Miami Dolphins
Getty Images

David Woodley was the youngest quarterback to start a Super Bowl for the Miami Dolphins when they played in Super Bowl XVII. After completing a 76-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Cefalo in the first quarter, Woodley completed just 3-of-13 passes for 22 yards and an interception for the rest of the game in their 27-17 loss to Washington. The next season, Woodley was benched in favor of Dan Marino, who was one of the best quarterbacks ever.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google+.


Around the Web