Donovan McNabb the Next Tarkenton? The Top 10 QBs Never To Win the Super Bowl

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Donovan McNabb the Next Tarkenton? The Top 10 QBs Never To Win the Super Bowl
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  With all stubbornness, this dead horse is going to be beaten again.

There certainly doesn't exist a shortage of opinions on who are the greatest quarterbacks to never win the Super Bowl.  In complete honesty, it matters very little.  Is there anyone out there who truly believes that Brad Johnson or Trent Dilfer are better quarterbacks than Vinny Testaverde simply because they have Super Bowl rings?

Whether the quarterback lacked a decent runningback, a solid defense, or a winning coach, there are numerous reasons as to why the players on this list never were able to hold up the Lombardi Trophy.  Under better circumstances, surely they would have at least one ring. 

Some guys were simply victims of the time in which they played.  Jim Kelly couldn't overcome the NFC East with coaches who had already won a Super Bowl (Parcells and Joe Gibbs), and the 1990's dynastic Dallas Cowboys.  Dan Marino never had a top-notch running game and Dan Fouts never really had the defense he needed--these are all excuses, legitimate or not, that we all use.

This list was compiled using the following career statistics: Passes completed; passing yards; passing touchdowns; passer rating; passing yards per game; and passing completion percentage. 

Super Bowl appearances also is given much weight. 



One of the most exciting players to watch in NFL history as a runner, passer, and even a punter, this four-time Pro Bowler had a 3-6 record in the playoffs.  The most disappointing playoffs coming while he was the play caller for one of the most dynamic offenses in the history of the NFL--the 1998 Minnesota Vikings.

Cunningham was in the top ten in passing yards five seasons and is just a shade under 30,000 yards for his entire career.  He led the league in passer rating in 1998 and had nearly 1,000 yards rushing in 1990.


Making the NFC Championship game in 1989 and the Pro Bowl in 1990, Jim Everett put up some great numbers over his career, time mostly spent with the Rams.  He is 20th all-time in passes completed and 18th all-time in passing yards with nearly 35,000 yards.

Everett, who had the third best passer rating in 1989, is also in the top ten in career passing yards per game and passing completion yards amongst quarterbacks who have never won a Super Bowl.

The fact that he tried to take out Jim Rome only helps his cause. 


Sure, not all of Jurgensen's career was in the Super Bowl era, but it could be argued that he played enough time during the Super Bowl era to include him on this list.  Yes, he did win an NFL Championship with the Eagles, but he still was playing at a high level once the Super Bowl came into existence.

Jurgensen set records in passing completions and passing yards in a season.  He led the league in passing completions in 1966, 1967, and 1969.  He also was tops in the league in passing yardage during those same years.

He ranks 12th all-time in passing touchdowns with 255.  Every season that he played he was never lower than 7th in terms of passer rating, even leading the league in 1967.

This Hall-of-Famer and five-time Pro-Bowler was a victim of being born too early.  Having a few bad injuries, which may have been better healed in today's world, also didn't help Sonny's prospects. 


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