NFL: Worst Quarterback to Win Super Bowl

John LewisSenior Writer IAugust 6, 2008

The start of the NFL season is right around the corner and there are already so many story lines that stand out.

Where will Brett Favre play in 2008?  Will the New York Giants continue their good play and defend their title or have a major let down?

All that considered we know one thing...Eli Manning woke up from the dead and helped guide his team to an unlikely championship.  While the younger Manning has never been considered among the elite QBs in the league, is he one of the worst signal callers to win the big one?

It's easy to decide which players belong in the worst Super Bowl winning QB conversation but it's not that easy to determine who the worst is out of the group. 

If you go with QB rating than Doug Williams would be the worst.  If you go with least amount of career passing yards than Jeff Hostetler would be the worst. 

That said, here's a list of the worst QBs to ever hoist the Super Bowl trophy:

Trent Dilfer

Dilfer heads up this list of the worst of the best.  He won his only Super Bowl title with the Baltimore Ravens who had arguably the greatest defense to ever take the field.  Many feel that anyone behind center could've won with that team.  All he had to do is not turn the ball over and he's the champ.

He had career numbers of 20,518 yards passing, 113 touchdowns, 129 interceptions, made one pro-bowl and had a passer rating of 70.2.

Doug Williams

The first black quarterback to start a Super Bowl and obviously the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl.  He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers No. 17 overall in 1978 and from 78-82 he put together a couple of good seasons.

After a contract dispute, Williams left the NFL to play in the USFL.  After the USFL shut down, he was signed by the Washington Redskins where he would serve as the back up QB to Jay Schroeder.  When Schroeder went down with an injury Williams stepped in and promptly helped the Redskins win the title 

He finished with 16,998 passing yards, 100 touchdowns, 93 interceptions, no pro-bowls and a passer rating of 69.4.

Jim McMahon

The punky QB won his title much like Trent Dilfer did, with arguably the best defense ever assembled.  Not to mention, McMahon also had one of the best running backs the universe had ever seen in Walter Payton.

The knock on McMahon is the fact that he couldn't stay healthy.  He only had five seasons in which he played 12 games or more.  He finished his career with 18,148 passing yards, 100 touchdowns, 90 interceptions, one pro-bowl and a passer rating of 78.2

Mark Rypien

Rypien will always be known for his 1991 season in which he threw for over 3,500 yards and nearly 30 touchdowns that led to a Super Bowl title.  That year he helped lead the Redskins to a 14-2 regular season record and a trip to the title game.  The Skins blew out the Buffalo Bills and Rypien was named MVP of the game.

He finished his career with 18,473 yards passing, 115 touchdowns, 88 interceptions, two pro-bowls and a passer rating of 78.9.

Jeff Hostetler

Hostetler was drafted in the third round in 1984 by the New York Giants but played sparingly behind starter Phil Simms.  However in December of 1990 Simms went down with an injury and Hostetler took over.  He led the Giants to wins in their final two regular season games and rolled through the playoffs.

The Giants edged out the Buffalo Bills 20-19 on a missed Scott Norwood kick.  Hostetler would finish his career with 16,430 passing yards, 94 touchdowns, 71 interceptions, one pro-bowl and a passer rating of 80.5.

Brad Johnson

Sandwiched between the three New England Patriots Super Bowl titles, Johnson helped lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their one and only Super Bowl victory by routing the Oakland Raiders 48-21.  During the game Johnson passed for two touchdowns and just over 200 yards.

Johnson is currently signed with the Dallas Cowboys and has 28,627 career passing yards, 164 touchdowns, 117 interceptions, two pro-bowls and a passer rating of 83.1.

Now trying to determine who the worst is from this list is a whole different question.  One that requires a little more research, but my vote is for Trent Dilfer.

Which one do you vote for?