You don’t have to look much further than John Brodie’s 1965 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award to know he falls squarely into the overrated category. That same year, he made it to the Pro Bowl, and again in 1970.
In 1970, he was also named NFL MVP. So, Brodie posted a couple of solid years. He joined the league in 1957. He led the NFL in passing in 1958 and 1965. If he had held to his record performances, he would have been a legend.
Doug Flutie’s career is atypical. He played for three different leagues, hung up his cleats, and returned to the NFL ten years after retiring. As a Heisman Trophy winner and being immortalized in sports history by throwing the “Hail Flutie” touchdown pass in a 1984 college game, this player was highly anticipated.
The results were an average arm with an inaccurate tendency. Returning to the league in 1998 with the Bills, Flutie redeemed himself to a point with a decent run in Buffalo.
Sure, Joe Montana won the Super Bowl four times and was a three-time NFL MVP (Super Bowl XVI, XIX, and XXIV), but he’s still overrated. No doubt, he is a legendary QB, but let’s dig into his actual numbers. He wasn’t the best QB of all time, as some insist. Dan Marino’s numbers were better.
Montana got lucky pitching for one of the best teams ever. The 49ers roster at the time included Roger Craig, Jerry Rice, Brent Jones, and coach Bill Walsh. Montana was bested by Steve Young, whose completion record and passer rating exceed Joe’s.
No one noticed Warren Moon until he won the Rose Bowl for Washington and was named MVP. College recruiters paid no attention. Only the University of Washington signed him. Moon went on to be a nine-time Pro Bowler and Pro Bowl MVP in 1997.
He ranked fifth in career passing yards and threw an average of 245 yards per game. As a Hall of Famer, he doesn’t have much to show. He probably deserved to be an NFL great with a fist full of Super Bowl rings, but it didn’t happen.
Jay Cutler has a publicity problem as the frequent recipient of a lot of public dissing. But that’s partly because he crossed the line of scrimmage to media sportscasting on FOX and then returned to the NFL, re-signing with Miami. Cutler has one Pro Bowl (2008) and was named “100 Greatest Bears of All-Time.”
Leading a dynasty team like the Bears is honor enough, but where are his numbers? Cutler clocked in with a QB rate of 62.0 and threw 227 touchdowns compared with 160 interceptions. Meh.