Some players are truly great, but a memorable fail sticks them with the label. Donovan McNabb took the Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004 only to throw three interceptions. Those picks quite literally handed the title to the Patriots.
Still, McNabb is a six-time Pro Bowler and an Eagles Hall of Famer with his jersey retired in Philadelphia. In college, his future looked bright as a three-time Big East Offensive Player of the Year and a Big East Offensive Player of the Decade. In the NFL, he passed 37,276 yards and rated at 85.6.
Giovanni Carmazzi was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2000 NFL draft. And, although he was picked ahead of Tom Brady, Carmazzi had a very short career in the NFL.
He soon fizzled out after joining the 49ers, or you might say he never even had the chance to fizzle out. For two years, he stayed on the field only for practice but was never put in a game. Without success in the NFL, Carmazzi tried his hand with the World League of American Football and in the Canadian Football League, also without success.
To be considered overrated, QB’s are recognized as astounding players in the first place. Steve McNair played 13 seasons with the Titans after being a top NCAA player and a Heisman finalist. He took the Titans to the Super Bowl in 2000 after taking them to the postseason three other times.
He was a three-time Pro Bowler, an NFL MVP, and he led the league in passing in 2003. His jersey is retired in Tennessee. Tragically, two years after he retired, his life was tragically taken by ex-girlfriend Sahel Kazemi.
Kerry Collins is a college Hall of Famer and Heisman finalist who played for the NFL for 17 seasons. He was the first player signed by the new Panthers expansion team in 1995. Since then, he bounced around to the Saints, the Giants, the Raiders, the Titans, and the Colts.
He led the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV. There were high expectations for Collins because of his college exploits, but in the end, he completed 55.7% of his passes and has a QB rating of 73.8.
Is it bad luck? Or are some QBs just cursed? Jim Kelly took the Buffalo Bills to the Super Bowl four times in a row! He had four chances for a ring, and they lost. Every. Single. Time. Getting there, obviously, he racked up some pretty sweet stats. Kelly holds the passing record in 1990, the TD passing leader in 1991, and the NFL completion percentage in 1990.
He has five Pro Bowls, and his No. 12 Bills jersey is retired. However, with zero Super Bowl wins, some would say his NFL Hall of Fame induction is overvalued.