“Broadway Joe” is one of the NFL’s most celebrated names. The photogenic athlete QB’d for the storied Crimson Tide under legendary Coach Bear. He signed into the league as a superstar. Yet, the Hall of Famer has a QB rating of 57.15. Namath has the second-lowest completion score at 50.1%.
He threw 220 interceptions against 173 touchdowns. He brazenly predicted and then delivered a Super Bowl victory for the Jets (their only championship) over Don Shula’s Colts. He was the face of the NFL, a publicity star, but his celebrity outshined his performance on the field.
Now, he’s recognized as the highest-paid TV broadcaster in the sports stratosphere, but Tony Romo was a hot commodity in Dallas first. He led the Cowboys to the post-season 4 times and nabbed 4 Pro Bowls. He holds the record for passing and touchdowns at the franchise. But he never delivered what matters in football—a Super Bowl win.
To wit, Romo failed even to take the Cowboys to the big one. Romo quarterbacked exclusively for Dallas, all 14 seasons. He basked in the stature of an elite Cowboys QB. He notched a 97.1 passing rating, but where’s the beef?
Trent Dilfer led the Baltimore Ravens to the organization’s first Super Bowl victory. In return, the team declined to renew his contract, making him the first championship QB to be released after the win. To be honest, Dilfer clinched that win on the backs of the Ravens defense.
He was highly rated coming out of high school and drafted sixth overall. He has one Pro Bowl to his credit. But the stats say he is overrated. Dilfer launched more interceptions than touchdowns, and his completion rate does not impress at 55%.
George Blanda is another ‘50s football legend. He scored more points than any other QB, but he had more time to do it. Blanda retired at age 48 after 26 seasons, a standing NFL record. Back in those days, quarterbacks sometimes filled in as kickers, and Blanda, an outstanding athlete, did that.
In the ‘60s, he threw a 3,000-yard season three times and was a league-leader in attempts and completions. But when we look at his TD to interception ratio, 236 TDs, and 277 interceptions, it’s not very impressive. And his QB rating, 47.7, abysmal.
Bobby Layne is a Hall of Famer named to the prestigious 1950s All-Decade Team. He is an old-timer loaded with accolades. In today’s market, however, Layne is just another name. He spent his glory days with the Detroit Lions from 1950 to 1958.
When they traded him to the Steelers, Layne was so furious, he predicted a 50-year losing streak in vengeance, and it happened. The Lions were toothless for five decades. Team loyalty meant something then. He was a legend in the ‘50s, but his QB stats pale compared to today’s numbers. Layne’s rating is 63.4.