Boomer Esiason signed with the Bengals in 1984 with visions of Super Bowl wins. By the end of his 14-year career, he did not win a Super Bowl. He did not land the Hall of Fame. Yet, typically, as an overrated quarterback, Esiason scored All-Pro honors, was a four-time Pro Bowler, and was named NFL MVP the year he took Cincinnati to the Super Bowl.
Yes, he made it to Super Bowl XXIII! But he took the team home empty-handed. To be honest, the Bengals have never clinched a championship. Post-NFL, Esiason hit success as a sports broadcaster.
Dave Krieg holds the NFL career record in sacks. He was sacked more times than any other quarterback. Krieg sacrificed a total of 3,794 yards for six different teams starting with the Seahawks and finishing off with the Oilers. Having said that, Krieg played 19 seasons in the NFL, a long time for any football player.
He clocked a 98-77 record and ranked 13th in all-time for passing yards during that time. He has a respectable interception tally. Yet the overrated QB also holds the NFL record for fumbles.
Bernie Kosar came into the league with the Cleveland Browns in 1985. He was a top college arm destined for greatness. Kosar is a two-time Pro Bowler. As it turned out, this QB brought a solid game but missed on greatness. Kosar started strong with the Browns, but when he floundered, his contract was not renewed.
Moving on to the Cowboys, he won Super Bowl XXVIII. It’s an accolade, no doubt, but he wasn’t much help. Aa a second-string quarterback, Kosar only played four games during his year contract with Dallas.
When the Chicago Bears dominated the sport, Jim McMahon was a household name with a golden arm. We knew him in the “Super Bowl Shuffle” rap hit song and music video. He didn’t seem overrated then; he seemed like a deity.
Looking back, his stats don’t always reflect that, but one thing he had was a powerhouse of a team who made completions and protected him from being sacked. His winning 67-30 career record reflects his team’s greatness as well as his own.
The Giants revered Phil Simms. He played for NY his entire career, and at the end of his run, the organization retired his No. 11 jerseys. Kudos to him. But take a look at his stats. His QB rating is 78.5, placing him somewhere between mediocre and bad. His passing rate for completions is at 55.4%, and he passed 33,462 total yards.
Simms’ highpoint was leading the Giants to Super Bowl XXI and beating the Broncos. He was named Super Bowl MVP and set 22 out of 25 passing records. Nowadays, he’s a career broadcaster currently at CBS.