Here’s a guy who came out of college a superstar QB. He was drafted first overall by the Patriots powerhouse. Bledsoe was slated to be an elite-level quarterback and an all-time great NFL player. Right off the bat, he was the youngest NFL quarterback in history to throw 10,000 yards.
He has one Super Bowl ring. He was the Patriots’ face until his injury, which, incidentally, opened the door for the Pats to sign a brand-new face (yep, Tom Brady). He traded to the Bills, then to the Cowboys, and sort of faded away.
With a name like Brett Favre, it’s almost impossible to live up to it. The QB elite Hall of Famer provided the main arm for the Packers for a decade. A pigskin icon and an epic team. He was "Sports Illustrated" Sportsman of the Year (2007), a three-time MVP, a one-time Super Bowl champ, and an 11-time Pro Bowler.
He disappoints, however, with an 86.0 rating. Also, he threw way too many interceptions, some of which were picked off for key plays. He threw 508 career touchdowns. Sounds good until you realize 336 of his slings were intercepted. Not good.
Randall Cunningham racked up some accolades, but the media so hyped him, his actual numbers fizzle. First of all, he does not even have one title under his belt. His QB rating is an 81.5, hitting average in the modern league.
However, he drafted in 1985, picked in the second round by the Eagles. Cunningham hit some heights like leading in passing one year and four Pro Bowls, but overall, his drawback was his inconsistency.
Jeff Hostetler is another old-school QB who looks really impressive until you compare him to today’s cannons. He brought home two Super Bowl titles (XXI and XXV) for the Giants and chalked a Pro Bowl, but his rating is an 80.5, and he threw 71 interceptions for 94 passes.
Hostetler signed into the league with the Giants in the 1984 NFL Draft. His career is split between the Giants and the Raiders, though he did spend a season with the Redskins before he retired.
Rich Gannon notched a few highlights, such as going to the Pro Bowl four years in a row and making the All-Pro First-Team two of those years. So, from 1999 to 2002, he secured some serious stats throwing the ball for Oakland. However, he entered the league in 1987. There is nothing to show for almost a decade.
He played for the Vikings, the Redskins, and the Chiefs before hitting his prime with the Raiders. All told, he retired in 2004, finishing with an 84.7 rating.