Chad Pennington is another victim of the New York Jets; he was also a victim of injuries. Pennington led the league in completions two times. His accuracy was there but riddled by injuries; he only started 81 games in his career.
In his 11-year career, he was NFL’s all-time leader in passing with 60.0% completions. He was a comeback kid with two Comeback Player of the Year awards, but he should have been an NFL superstar quarterback.
Firstly, who can explain the dearth of black quarterbacks in the NFL? Coming out of Virginia Tech, Michael Vick was the first overall pick by the Falcons in 2001. He holds the record for most rushing yards in NFL history, and he was the first QB ever to rush 1,000 yards in one season.
The fan-favorite Falcon is a four-time Pro Bowler who took the team to the NFC championship in 2004. His 80.5 rating is good but not great. Vick was named Comeback Player of the Year in 2010, returning from a prison sentence for dogfighting.
Sometimes it’s the team. While dynasty teams yield epic QBs, the Jets sap a QB’s potential. Ken O’Brien took the Jets to the playoffs three times, which says a lot considering that the team has just one Super Bowl title, which happened over 50 years ago.
In his 10 years with the club, O’Brien was a two-time Pro Bowler and NFL passing leader in 1985. He has a QB rating of 80.4. Had he been drafted by a winning team, we would have seen an elite QB.
Bart Starr is another old-timer, and he’s a legend. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers fortuitously, and made it to the championships three years in a row (before it was called the Super Bowl). He also took the Packers to the very first Super Bowl and then the second, winning Super Bowl I and II.
Starr is in the Hall of Fame, he’s a five-time champ, Super Bowl MVP, twice, and a four-time Pro Bowler; you get the picture. But what’s this? He has a 57.4 completion rate and a QB rating of 80.5.
Joe Theismann is overrated because his media presence inflated his importance as a player. Even his career-ending injury was sensationalized. Fans called it the “Most Shocking Moment in History,” according to an ESPN poll.
He was successful, no doubt. With back-to-back Super Bowl rings and an MVP, this NFL Man of the Year (1982) filled the spotlight. In the end, he had a 77.4 rating, which is almost decent.