I wrote this article back in back in January of 2011. It makes for a nice trivia question about the best quarterbacks to not win a Super Bowl.
My article was originally published at: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/554656-the-best-25-quarterbacks-ever-to-have-never-won-a-super-bowl
The NFL postsesaon is here and some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL will be trying to win their first Super Bowl.
Two make the list of the best 25 to have never won the Super Bowl. See who they are and where they rank in our list.
25. Jim Everett
Everett threw for 34,837 yards and 203 touchdowns. He threw for over 3,000 yards in a season seven times and led the Los Angeles Rams to the postseason three times.
He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1990. Everett had the misfortune of playing in the same era and division as the San Francisco 49ers of the ’90s.
24. Michael Vick
Vick has thrown for 14,609 yards and 93 touchdowns. A four-time Pro Bowler, he has led the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs.
Second all-time in rushing yards for a quarterback with 4,630 yards, he likely will surpass Randall Cunningham as the all-time leader in 2011.
23. Matt Hasselbeck
Originally a Green Bay Packer, Hasselbeck got his chance to shine as a Seattle Seahawk beginning in the 2001 season.
Hasselbeck has thrown for 29,579 yards and 176 touchdowns. A three-time Pro Bowler, he has thrown for over 3,000 yards in a season six times and led the Seattle Seahawks to Super Bowl XL.
22. Phillip Rivers
Rivers has played his entire career with the San Diego Chargers, throwing for 19,661 yards and 136 touchdowns.
A three-time Pro Bowler, he has thrown for over 3,000 yards in a season five times and in each of the last three seasons for over 4,000 yards.
21. Vinny Testaverde
Testaverde threw for 46,233 yards and 275 touchdowns in a career that spanned 21 years. Testaverde’s career passing yardage is in the top 10 all-time in the NFL.
A two-time Pro Bowler, he threw for over 3,000 yards in a season six times in his career.
20. Kerry Collins
Collins has thrown for 40,441 yards and 206 touchdowns.
A two-time Pro Bowler, he threw for over 3,000 yards in a season six times and led the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants and Tennessee Titans to the playoffs during his career.
Collins led the New York Giants to Super Bowl XXXV.
19. Archie Manning
A two-time Pro Bowler, Manning threw for over 3,000 yards in a season three times.
Manning played for the woeful New Orleans Saints for most of his career and overall threw for 23,911 yards and 125 touchdowns. Manning’s greatest claim to fame may be that he is the father of two Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks, Peyton and Eli Manning.
18. Rich Gannon
In his career, Gannon threw for 28,743 yards and 180 touchdowns.
A four-time Pro Bowler, NFL MVP in 2002 and two-time recipient of the Bert Bell Award, he threw for over 3,000 yards in a season four times and led the Oakland Raiders to Super Bowl XXXVII.
A three-time Pro Bowler, Krieg threw for over 3,000 yards in a season six times and for his career, threw for 38,147 yards and 261 touchdowns.
Krieg is 12th on the all-time list for wins by a starting quarterback.
16. Roman Gabriel
In his career, Gabriel threw for 29,444 yards and 201 touchdowns. A four-time Pro Bowler, he was named NFL MVP in 1969 and NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1973.
Gabriel had a very low 3.3 percent interception rate.
15. John Brodie
A two-time Pro Bowler and NFL MVP in 1970, Brodie threw for 31,548 yards and 214 touchdowns.
He played his entire career with the San Francisco 49ers and at the time of his retirement was third all-time in career passing yards behind only Johnny Unitas and Fran Tarkenton.
14. John Hadl
In his career, Hadl threw for 33,503 yards and 244 touchdowns.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Hadl threw for over 3,000 yards in a season three times.
Palmer has played his entire career with the Cincinnati Bengals and has thrown for 22,694 yards and 154 touchdowns.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Palmer has thrown for over 3,000 yards in a season five times.
Hart threw for 34,665 yards and 209 touchdowns.
A four-time Pro Bowler, he guided the St. Louis Cardinals to three straight 10-plus win seasons. Hart thrived under Don Coryell’s passing offense.
11. Randall Cunningham
In his career, Cunningham threw for 29,979 yards and 207 touchdowns. A four-time Pro Bowler, Cunningham was recipient of the Bert Bell Award three times.
He led both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs and retired as the all-time leading rusher for a quarterback with 4,928 yards.
In his career, McNair threw for 31,304 yards and 174 touchdowns.
A three-time Pro Bowler and NFL MVP in 2003, McNair threw for over 3,000 yards in a season six times and led the Titans to their only Super Bowl appearance.
McNabb has thrown for 36,250 yards and 230 touchdowns.
A six-time Pro Bowler, he has thrown for over 3,000 yards in a season eight times. McNabb led the Philadelphia Eagles to the NFC Championship game four straight seasons and to Super Bowl XXXIX, losing to Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots.
In his career, Esiason threw for 37,920 yards and 247 touchdowns. A four-time Pro Bowler, he threw for over 3,000 yards in a season seven times.
Named NFL MVP in 1988, Esiason led the Cincinnati Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII losing to the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana’s last-minute comeback drive.
7. Ken Anderson
Anderson played his entire career with the Cincinnati Bengals and threw for 32,838 yards and 197 touchdowns.
A four-time Pro Bowler, he led the NFL in passing yards in 1974 and 1975 and set an NFL record for completion percentage in 1982, completing 70.6 percent of his passes.
Named NFL MVP in 1981, Anderson led the Bengals to Super Bowl XVI.
Hall of Famer—In his career, Jurgensen threw for 32,224 yards and 255 touchdowns.
Jurgensen, a five-time Pro Bowler, was also named to the NFL’s All-Decade team of the ‘60s. Even though Jurgensen’s playing career began before the Super Bowl, he was so good that he made this list in that short period of time from the inception of the Super Bowl till his final season in 1974.
Hall of Famer—In his career, Moon threw for 49,325 yards and 291 touchdowns.
A nine-time Pro Bowler, Moon threw for over 4,000 yards in a season four times and had more than 300 completions in a season six times. Moon is in the top 10 all-time for wins for a starting quarterback as well.
4. Fran Tarkenton
Hall of Famer—A nine-time Pro Bowler, Tarkenton led the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl three times but always came away empty.
Tarkenton retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards with 47,003, touchdown passes with 342, completions with 3,686 and rushing yards for a quarterback with 3,674.
He also had the most wins as a quarterback, 124.
Each record has been surpassed since.
3. Jim Kelly
Hall of Famer—One of the toughest quarterbacks ever, Kelly threw for 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns.
He led the Buffalo Bills to the Super Bowl four times, but always came away empty handed. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times and passed for over 3,000 yards in a season eight times.
Hall of Famer—In his career, the former San Diego Charger threw for 43,040 yards and 254 touchdowns.
Fouts was selected to the all-decade team in the ‘80s and was selected to the Pro Bowl six times. He set the single-season passing record in 1981 with 4,802 yards and threw for over 4,000 yards in a season three times.
Fouts led the Chargers to two AFC Championship games, but his teams never made the Super Bowl.
Hall of Famer—The former Miami Dolphins great retired as the NFL’s leader in passing yards with 61,361, touchdown passes with 420 and completions with 4,967.
All have since been broken by Brett Favre.
A nine-time Pro Bowler, Marino formerly held the record for most touchdown passes in a season, 48, and still holds the single season passing mark of 5,084 yards. Marino led the Miami Dolphins to Super Bowl XIX.
John Baranowski is a Sports Historian and contributor to newspapers, sports publications and sports websites.