Ranking the Top 10 Worst Quarterbacks in NFL History

Who are the worst QBs in the history of the NFL? As the NFL offseason slows down, Kade Kimble takes a look at and ranks the 10 worst quarterbacks in NFL history.
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Ranking the Top 10 Worst Quarterbacks in NFL History

Who are the worst QBs in the history of the NFL? As the NFL offseason slows down, let's take a look at and rank the 10 worst quarterbacks in NFL history.

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10. Mike Phipps

Phipps, former third-overall pick, comes in at 10, and not higher, for one reason: he’s the only QB on this list with a winning record. Phipps finished his career 38-31-2, with a TD/INT ratio of 55-108. Phipps was traded for a future Hall of Famer when he was traded to the Browns from the Dolphins. 

9. Rick Norton

In 1966, Norton was drafted second overall by the Dolphins, playing the majority of his 11 career games there. Norton finished his career with a 7-30 TD/INT ratio and just one career win. His best game played was his only game played with the Packers.

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8. Andrew Walter

Walter was an elite player at the high school level, solid at the collegiate level, and bad in the NFL. Walter finished his career with only three touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He would start eight games in his rookie year, finish his career with a record of 2-7, and be done with football in three years. 

7. Chris Weinke

At 28-years-old, Weinke won the Heisman Trophy while playing at Florida State University, making him the oldest winner of the trophy. Weinke was a solid, solid baseball player, playing Triple-A baseball before jumping back to football. Safe to say the success didn’t translate across sports as Weinke won only two games in the NFL, losing 18 games. He threw 15 touchdowns over those games and 26 interceptions. 

6. Heath Shuler

With an overall record of 8-14, Shuler didn’t quite live up to the hype he set for himself in college. He started his career 1-7 and was replaced by a seventh-round pick. He threw just 15 touchdowns and 33 interceptions, with two of his touchdowns being in his final season, as well as 14 interceptions. 

5. Matt Leinart

Leinart was one of the best passers we’ve seen in college football. Leinart was dealt some unfair, season-ending injuries in three straight seasons. The former 10th overall pick had a record of 8-10 and had a 15-21 TD/INT ratio.

4. Kim McQuilken 

With the worst TD/INT ratio with 4-29, Wilken had some absurd stats for a player who only started seven games across his 26-game career. To end his career, his passer rating was 17.9 and he completed less than 40% of his passes. After retiring, McQuilken tried his luck in the USFL. 

3. Akili Smith

Smith had a chance to play professional baseball but ended up choosing football. In his NFL career, Smith won three games while losing 14 games. His TD/INT ratio was 5-13. After four seasons, Smith became a journeyman across different football leagues around the world. Nowadays, Smith is a quarterbacks coach and has been at multiple schools. 

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2. JaMarcus Russell

Russell was the top pick in the 2007 draft, which ended up getting Russell paid the big bucks. With a record of 7-18, Russell threw 23 interceptions and only 18 touchdowns. Russell reportedly would show up to camp out of shape and overweight from the offseason. After getting pushed out of the league, Russell attempted a few comebacks, but would never land a job. 

1. Ryan Leaf

Out of all the QBs on the list, Leaf got the most opportunity of all of them, playing on four different teams. Drawing comparisons and debating between Leaf and Peyton Manning, it was clear that Leaf would be a bust if he didn’t live up to Manning’s talent. The college standout quarterback won just four games, losing 17 over his career. He only threw 14 touchdowns in those games, adding 36 interceptions.

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Kade has spent his last 3 years writing about the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has also been following the NBA for the past 11 years. Just recently, Kade began co-hosting the Boomtown Hoops Podcast.

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