50 Greatest Quarterbacks Never to Win a Super Bowl

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 16, 2012

50 Greatest Quarterbacks Never to Win a Super Bowl

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    No matter how talented you are, that does not guarantee you a Super Bowl ring—just ask Dan Marino.

    Some will say that Marino is the greatest quarterback to ever play the game despite never winning the Super Bowl. I happen to somewhat agree with that, but I'd like to add that he's the greatest quarterback to never win a Super Bowl. I have a few other quarterbacks ahead of him. 

    Along with Marino, there has been quite a few of quarterbacks that racked up the stats and won a lot of games, but simply never won a Super Bowl. They're ring-less. 

    In that spirit, let's take a look at the 50 greatest quarterbacks to never win a Super Bowl. 

    *Special Note: Some quarterbacks listed may have won a "championship," but some could argue that it is not significant considering the time period and the level of playing field that they were playing in.*

50. Chris Chandler

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    Chris Chandler wasn't all that great of a quarterback, but he was still good.

    Chandler played 18 seasons in the NFL while posting a 67-85 record as a starter.

    Chandler retired with a 79.1 quarterback rating while tossing 170 touchdowns compared to 146 interceptions. 

49. Aaron Brooks

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    Aaron Brooks was actually one of the better quarterbacks to the play in the NFL, despite never winning a Super Bowl. 

    Brooks played six seasons with the New Orleans Saints as he posted a 79.7 quarterback rating while throwing 123 touchdowns compared to 92 interceptions. 

48. Carson Palmer

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    Carson Palmer has played in eight season so far in the NFL, and at one point, he was considered a top-tier quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Now with the Oakland Raiders, Palmer has a 50-56 record with an 86.3 quarterback rating while tossing 167 touchdowns and being picked off 116 times. 

47. Marc Bulger

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    Marc Bulger had a pretty successful stint with the St. Louis Rams, as he threw for 22,814 passing yards while completing 62.1 percent of his passes.

    However, Bulger has yet to win a Super Bowl. 

46. Kerry Collins

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    Kerry Collins has been around the NFL for quite some time—18 seasons to be exact. 

    Collins has a career 81-99 record and made the Super Bowl once with the New York Giants back in 2000, but lost against the Baltimore Ravens. 

45. Tony Romo

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    I think that it's safe to say that Tony Romo is nothing short of a choke artist. He is a fraud.

    Romo has had multiple talented teams with the Dallas Cowboys over the years while posting a 47-30 record and a 96.9 quarterback rating, but has never made it to the NFC Championship.

44. Matt Hasselbeck

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    Matt Hasselbeck has had himself a pretty solid NFL career, as he's made it to one Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks, but he was never able to pull off the victory. 

    Hasselbeck has a career 82.2 quarterback rating while posting a 78-69 record as a starter. 

43. Jim Harbaugh

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    Jim Harbaugh was a gamer, but he was never able to win a Super Bowl ring.

    Harbaugh won 66 games in his 14-year career in the NFL while retiring with 129 touchdowns and 117 interceptions. 

42. Michael Vick

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    Michael Vick is a playmaker and a winner, but his regular season success has never translated into playoff success.

    Vick has a career 80.9 quarterback rating while throwing 111 touchdowns and completing 56 percent of his passes. 

41. Neil O'Donnell

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    Many of you probably have no clue who Neil O'Donnell is. He has the lowest interception rate in NFL history, but he never won a Super Bowl.

    O'Donnell won 55 games while posting a 81.8 quarterback rating. 

40. Matt Schaub

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    Matt Schaub has had himself a pretty impressive eight seasons in the NFL, as he's recorded a 92.2 quarterback rating while winning 32 games and completing 64.3 percent of his passes—but he has never won a Super Bowl.

    A Super Bowl could be in the near future for Schaub and the Houston Texans, though. 

39. Steve Grogan

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    Steve Grogan is probably the third-best quarterback in New England Patriots history, but he has never won a Super Bowl.

    Grogan retired with a 69.6 quarterback rating while tossing 182 touchdowns and accumulating 26,886 passing yards. 

38. Billy Kilmer

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    Billy Kilmer was a gamer, as he played in 16 seasons and retired when he was 39 years old.

    Kilmer won 61 games while completing 53.1 percent of his passes and racked up 20,469 passing yards, but was never able to win a Super Bowl. 

37. Joe Ferguson

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    Joe Ferguson played in 17 seasons in the NFL, while 12 of those were with the Buffalo Bills, and he never won a Super Bowl.

    Ferguson retired with 29,817 passing yards and throwing 196 touchdowns. 

36. Norm Snead

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    Norm Snead played until he was 37 years old. He posted a 65.5 quarterback rating as he accumulated 30,797 passing yards, but never won a Super Bowl.

    Snead did play in four Pro Bowls. 

35. Jim Everett

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    Jim Everett never was able to win the big game throughout his 12-year career in the NFL.

    Everett threw for 34,837 passing yards and posted a 78.6 quarterback rating. 

34. Milt Plum

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    Milt Plum played all the way back in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s. 

    Plum threw for 17,536 passing yards while throwing 122 touchdowns and being named to two Pro Bowls, but his success never turned into a Super Bowl victory. 

33. Jake Plummer

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    Jake Plummer actually had a very successful stint in the NFL, as he retired with a 69-67 record as a starter while posting a 74.6 quarterback rating.

    Plummer played for the Arizona Cardinals and the Denver Broncos, but never had any real playoff success. 

32. Jeff Blake

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    Jeff Blake was far from being a winner, but he put up some solid stats, as he posted a 78.0 quarterback rating while accumulating 21,711 passing yards and throwing 134 touchdowns. 

    Blake played for the Cincinnati Bengals for the most of career and never won a Super Bowl. 

31. Vinny Testaverde

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    Vinny Testaverde played in the NFL for an incredible 21 years and posted a 90-123-1 record as a starter.

    As you can tell, he wasn't that much of a winner, as he never won a Super Bowl, but he certainly had the stats. He accumulated 46,233 passing yards and threw 275 touchdowns. 

30. Brian Sipe

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    Brian Sipe spent his entire career with the Cleveland Browns, and guess what? He's ring-less.

    Sipe retired with a 57-55 record as a starter, as he did throw for an impressive 154 touchdowns while posting a 74.8 quarterback rating. 

29. Ken O'Brien

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    Ken O'Brien played nine seasons with the New York Jets and one season with the Philadelphia Eagles and never found a way to win a Super Bowl.

    O'Brien threw for 25,094 passing yards while posting a 80.4 quarterback rating and being named to two Pro Bowls. 

28. Daunte Culpepper

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    Daunte Culpepper is best known for his dynamic connection with future Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, but the two of them never found a way to even make it to the Super Bowl together while playing for the Minnesota Vikings.

    Culpepper definitely has the stats, as he threw 149 touchdowns and retired with an impressive 87.8 quarterback rating. 

27. Neil Lomax

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    Neil Lomax didn't have too much success with the St. Louis Cardinals, as he posted a 47-52-2 record as a starter while throwing for 22,771 yards and 136 touchdowns.

    Despite having solid stats, Lomax never won a title. 

26. Ron Jaworski

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    Ron Jaworski was named to one Pro Bowl during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, as he retired with a 73-69-1 record but never won the big game.

    Jaws threw for 28,190 yards while tossing 179 touchdowns. He put up solid stats, but never really was able to take it to the next level in the postseason. 

25. Jeff Garcia

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    Will Jeff Garcia ever retire? He's 41 years old and is still going, as he's looking for his first Super Bowl ring.

    Garcia has thrown for 25,537 passing yards while tossing 161 touchdowns and posting an impressive 87.5 quarterback rating. 

24. Philip Rivers

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    Philip Rivers is one of the top-tier quarterbacks in the NFL today, but hasn't had too much playoff success during his time with the San Diego Chargers.

    Rivers is 63-33 as a starter, as he's posted a 95.5 quarterback rating, but has yet to make it past the AFC Championship. 

23. Jim Hart

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    Jim Hart was 87-88-5 as a starter during his time with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Redskins, but during his 19-year career, he never won the big game.

    Hart threw for 34,665 yards while retiring with a 66.6 quarterback rating. 

22. Dave Krieg

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    Dave Krieg played 19 seasons and was the quarterback of the Tennessee Oilers.

    Krieg never won a Super Bowl, as he posted a 98-77 record but never had any success in the posteason.  

21. Rich Gannon

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    Rich Gannon was 76-56 as a starter and led the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl back in 2002 but lost.

    Gannon has never won a Super Bowl despite throwing for 180 touchdowns and retiring with an 84.7 quarterback rating. 

20. Bert Jones

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    Bert Jones won 47 games but lost 49 games and never won a Super Bowl during his time with the Baltimore Colts and the Los Angeles Rams. 

    Jones threw for 18,190 yards while retiring with a 78.2 quarterback rating after winning the NFL MVP award once. 

19. Archie Manning

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    Archie Manning was a good quarterback, but he was an absolute loser. 

    Manning retired with a pitiful 35-101-3 record as a starter while posting a 67.1 quarterback rating and being named to two Pro Bowls.

    Manning obviously never won a Super Bowl. 

18. Craig Morton

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    Craig Morton retired with an 81-62-1 record but failed to win a Super Bowl ring. 

    Morton threw for 27,908 yards while accumulating 27,903 yards and tossing 183 touchdowns during his time spent with the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and the New York Giants. 

17. John Brodie

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    John Brodie may have played for the San Francisco 49ers, but he never won a Super Bowl.

    Brodie's No. 12 was retired, as he threw for 31,548 yards while scoring 214 touchdowns and winning the NFL's MVP once. 

16. Steve McNair

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    Steve McNair, better known as Steve "Air" McNair," had himself an unbelievable career. 

    McNair played in one Super Bowl .but failed to win a ring. But, he was a winner, as he posted a 91-62 record as a starter. McNair retired with a whopping 31,304 yards while running for 3,590 yards. 

15. Boomer Esiason

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    Boomer Esiason had some success with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he never was really a winner, as he retired with an 80-93 record as a starter.

    Esiason threw 147 touchdowns while being named the NFL MVP once and playing in four Pro Bowls. 

14. Bobby Layne

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    Bobby Layne played an incredible 14 seasons back in the 1950s for the Detroit Lions and the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

    Layne retired without winning a Super Bowl while tossing 196 touchdowns and playing in five Pro Bowls. 

13. Jim Kelly

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    Jim Kelly is the greatest quarterback to ever wear a Buffalo Bills uniform, but he never won a Super Bowl.

    Kelly retired with 237 touchdown passes to go along with an 84.4 quarterback rating, as well as leading his Bills to four straight Super Bowls. 

12. Roman Gabriel

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    Roman Gabriel won 86 games as a starter, but none of those wins came in the Super Bowl.

    Gabriel was an effective passer, as he retired with 29,444 passing yards and 201 touchdowns. 

11. Donovan McNabb

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    Donovan McNabb managed to lead his Philadelphia Eagles to one Super Bowl, but unfortunately, they lost against the New England Patriots. 

    McNabb has played in 13 NFL seasons while posting a 98-62-1 record, as he's thrown for 34,844 yards and running for 3.459 yards. 

10. Randall Cunningham

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    Randall Cunningham was a winner. He retired with a 82-52-1 record, but he never really won too much in the playoffs, as he never won a Super Bowl.

    Cunningham played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens and the Dallas Cowboys and had loads of success as a dual-threat quarterback, but none of that mattered, as it didn't win him a ring. 

9. Y.A. Tittle

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    Y.A. Tittle is an old-school quarterback and is one of the greatest to ever play the game. However, no matter how great he was, he is ring-less.

    As he never won a Super Bowl, Tittle did go to seven Pro Bowls while being named the NFL MVP four times. 

8. Ken Anderson

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    Ken Anderson was never able to win a Super Bowl despite having a very, very successful career with the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Anderson threw for 32,838 yards while leading the Bengals to 91 wins, but never had any real playoff success. 

7. Sonny Jurgensen

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    Sonny Jurgensen certainly piled up the stats, as he threw for 32,224 passing yards while tossing 255 touchdowns and retiring in 1974 with an impressive 82.6 quarterback. 

    Jurgensen had his fair share of success, but he never won the big game. 

6. Warren Moon

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    Warren Moon played for the Houston Oilers, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs and retired as one of the most dynamic quarterbacks to ever play the game.

    Despite being so athletic, he never hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. 

5. Sid Luckman

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    Sid Luckman played all the way back in the 1940s and really was an efficient passer for that time period, as he accumulated 14,686 passing yards and throwing 137 touchdowns.

    Luckman had success, but he never won a Super Bowl ring. 

4. Slingin' Sammy Baugh

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    Slingin' Sammy Baugh is an oldie, but he was one of the very first effective passers in the game of football.

    Baugh threw for 21,886 yards throughout his 16-year career, but he was never able to win a Super Bowl. However, Baugh was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963. 

3. Dan Fouts

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    Dan Fouts had an absolute rocket of an arm, but he was never able to lead his San Diego Chargers to a Super Bowl title.

    Fouts accumulated an incredible 43,040 passing yards while retiring with an 80.2 quarterback rating. 

2. Fran Tarkenton

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    Fran Tarkenton was a winner during his incredible 18 seasons in the league, as he posted a 124-109-6 record, but he never was able to win a Super Bowl.

    Tarkenton threw for 47,003 passing yards while tossing 343 touchdowns and running in 32 touchdowns.  

1. Dan Marino

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    Dan Marino posted a 147-93 record as a starting quarterback in 17 seasons with the Miami Dolphins, but never won a Super Bowl.

    Marino certainly piled on the stats, as he compiled 61,361 total passing yards while tossing 420 touchdowns and finishing with an impressive 86.4  quarterback rating.

    No matter how well Marino played, he simply could never win the big game. 


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