Running quarterbacks help make viewing football contests more enjoyable. They bring the excitement of having a third option in terms of a team needing a play to execute at the goal line, 3rd-and-short or a 4th-and-long situation. Better yet when a play breaks down and the only individual in control is the quarterback with the ball in his hand.
It is always great to see the quarterback make an amazing throw.
Moreover, when a quarterback has the ability to make a play with their legs, football fans’ eyes open wider and their mouths drop with anticipation of witnessing something awesome—while coaches and team executives hold their breath.
The mobile quarterback has been embraced mightily, especially in the college rankings. In the NFL, having a running quarterback is not always welcomed in the league because their job is to orchestrate the offense and be effective up and down the field. The absolute need to get the ball into other playmakers' hands is more important than taking a chance on a franchise player’s ability (which is normally a quarterback) to scramble and be hit in the process.
Having a scrambling quarterback as a team’s signal-caller is not ideal, but in critical circumstances a quarterback with wheels can be an answered prayer.
Running quarterbacks are like having a hole in one’s shoe—it is never cool to have a hole, but it is always better to have a hole in a shoe than having no shoe at all.
Traditionally, running quarterbacks do not hold up the Vince Lombardi Trophy at season’s end. Nonetheless, running quarterbacks are held up to a great standard by teammates, as they are appreciated for their guts and willingness to win at all costs when they sacrifice their bodies for glory.
These top 10 running quarterbacks have help made their teams more competitive and dangerous as they were accounted for in weekly game-planning as a potential scoring threat. Some were successful in winning, yet all were outstanding on the playing field as football got better—with their help.