Cowboys star quarterback Troy Aikman was a six-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl MVP. During his 12 seasons, he delivered three Super Bowl wins to the Dallas team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. But let’s look at his stats.
Aikman threw 141 interceptions and launched 165 touchdown passes. His QB ratings reached into the 90s for only two seasons of his career. His performance dipped into the 50s and 60s three times, very low, giving him an 81.6 career rating. This places him squarely in the average category.
John Hadl is an old-school QB who played in the old American Football League. The AFL merged with the NFL in 1970. Hadl signed to the AFL in 1962. He led the Chargers in passing in 1965 and 1968. Plus, he was a four-time AFL All-Star, even notching the All-Star Game MVP in 1969.
In the end, the college Hall of Famer was outshined by San Diego quarterback Lance Alworth who made it to the NFL Hall of Fame. The Chargers released him. But signing with the Packers was his true downfall—the worst trade in NFL history.
High expectations met inconsistent performance with Eli Manning. New York brought him onto the Giants roster in 2004. He’s a classic example of an overrated quarterback. Manning retired as the highest-paid player in history, raking in a career payout of $235 million. His stats offer up a different story.
With a passing rating of 84.1% and 362 TDs in his 16 seasons with the NY Giants, he was adequate. On top of that, he threw too many interceptions. He led the team to two Super Bowl victories and set records in passing and TDs at the Giants franchise.
When fans think of overrated quarterbacks, Vinny Testaverde comes to mind. Drafted first overall, young Testaverde came to the NFL with a Heisman Trophy and stars in his eyes, but he would not outlive a glorified reputation. Testaverde played for several teams during his long NFL career but only really shined with the New York Jets.
With 21 seasons under his belt, he had plenty of time to whittle down his stats. He has a win-percentage of 42.3, the lowest of any QB in his category. Then again, he completed record passing yards. Bottom line: He holds the record, 123 losses.
Ron Jaworski was an NFL quarterback from 1974 to 1989. These days he’s into golf course management and is known as a celebrated sportscaster, but back in the day, he was nicknamed “Jaws.” He held the regular season TD record with 170 completions, unsurpassed until 2008.
Overall, however, Jaws completed a very average 2,187 passes out of 4,117 attempts. Add to that his 164 interceptions, and Jaworski does not seem like the sea's apex fish.