NFL History: The Top 25 Quarterbacks To Have Never Won a Super Bowl

John BaranowskiCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2011

NFL History: The Best 25 Quarterbacks To Have Never Won a Super Bowl

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins looks to throw a pass against the New York Giants on December 5, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Redskins 31-7.  (
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    The NFL postsesaon is here and some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL will be trying to win their first Super Bowl. 

    Two make the list of the best 25 to have never won the Super Bowl.  See who they are and where they rank in our list.

Jim Everett

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    18 OCT 1992:  LOS ANGELES RAMS QUARTERBACK JIM EVERETT SETS TO THROW DURING THE RAMS 38-17 WIN OVER THE NEW YORK GIANTS AT ANAHEIM STADIUM IN ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA.  MANDATORY CREDIT:  MIKE POWELL/ALLSPORT
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    Everett threw for 34,837 yards and 203 touchdowns. He threw for over 3,000 yards in a season seven times and led the Los Angeles Rams to the postseason three times. 

    He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1990.   Everett had the misfortune of playing in the same era and division as the San Francisco 49ers of the '90s.  

Michael Vick

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Vick has thrown for 14,609 yards and 93 touchdowns. A four-time Pro Bowler, he has led the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs.

    Second all-time in rushing yards for a quarterback with 4,630 yards, he likely will surpass Randall Cunningham as the all-time leader in 2011. 

Matt Hasselbeck

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    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the Carolina Panthers at Qwest Field on December 5, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Originally a Green Bay Packer, Hasselbeck got his chance to shine as a Seattle Seahawk beginning in the 2001 season.

    Hasselbeck has thrown for 29,579 yards and 176 touchdowns. A three-time Pro Bowler, he has thrown for over 3,000 yards in a season six times and led the Seattle Seahawks to Super Bowl XL.  

Phillip Rivers

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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 28:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws a pass before the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Rivers has played his entire career with the San Diego Chargers, throwing for 19,661 yards and 136 touchdowns.

    A three-time Pro Bowler, he has thrown for over 3,000 yards in a season five times and in each of the last three seasons for over 4,000 yards. 

Vinny Testaverde

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Vinny Testaverde #16 of the New York Jets drops back to throw a pass during their game against the Atlanta Falcons on October 24, 2005 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Testaverde threw for 46,233 yards and 275 touchdowns in a career that spanned 21 years. Testaverde’s career passing yardage is in the top 10 all-time in the NFL. 

    A two-time Pro Bowler, he threw for over 3,000 yards in a season six times in his career.  

Kerry Collins

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    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 09:  Kerry Collins #5 of the Tennessee Titans throws the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL game at LP Field on December 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Collins has thrown for 40,441 yards and 206 touchdowns. 

    A two-time Pro Bowler, he threw for over 3,000 yards in a season six times and led the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants and Tennessee Titans to the playoffs during his career.

    Collins led the New York Giants to Super Bowl XXXV. 

Archie Manning

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    A two-time Pro Bowler, Manning threw for over 3,000 yards in a season three times. 

    Manning played for the woeful New Orleans Saints for most of his career and overall threw for 23,911 yards and 125 touchdowns.  Manning’s greatest claim to fame may be that he is the father of two Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks, Peyton and Eli Manning.  

Rich Gannon

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Rich Gannon #12 of the Oakland Raiders scrambles with the ball during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Network Associates Coliseum on September 19, 2004 in Oakland, California. The Raiders defeated the Bills 1
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    In his career, Gannon threw for 28,743 yards and 180 touchdowns. 

    A four-time Pro Bowler, NFL MVP in 2002 and two-time recipient of the Bert Bell Award, he threw for over 3,000 yards in a season four times and led the Oakland Raiders to Super Bowl XXXVII.  

Dave Krieg

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 15:  Quarterback Dave Krieg #17 of the Seattle Seahawks drops back to pass during the game against the Los Angeles Raiders at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 15, 1985 in Los Angeles, California.  The Raiders won 13-3.
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    A three-time Pro Bowler, Krieg threw for over 3,000 yards in a season six times and for his career, threw for 38,147 yards and 261 touchdowns.

    Krieg is 12th on the all-time list for wins by a starting quarterback.  

Roman Gabriel

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    In his career, Gabriel threw for 29,444 yards and 201 touchdowns. A four-time Pro Bowler, he was named NFL MVP in 1969 and NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1973. 

    Gabriel had a very low 3.3 percent interception rate.  

John Brodie

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    A two-time Pro Bowler and NFL MVP in 1970, Brodie threw for 31,548 yards and 214 touchdowns.

    He played his entire career with the San Francisco 49ers and at the time of his retirement was third all-time in career passing yards behind only Johnny Unitas and Fran Tarkenton.  

John Hadl

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    In his career, Hadl threw for 33,503 yards and 244 touchdowns. 

    A two-time Pro Bowler, Hadl threw for over 3,000 yards in a season three times.

Carson Palmer

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    CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 26:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals 34-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Palmer has played his entire career with the Cincinnati Bengals and has thrown for 22,694 yards and 154 touchdowns.

    A two-time Pro Bowler, Palmer has thrown for over 3,000 yards in a season five times. 

Jim Hart

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    30 Aug 1980:  St Louis Cardinals quarterback Jim Hart avoids the grasp of a Chicago Bears defensive lineman during a preseason game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.  Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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    Hart threw for 34,665 yards and 209 touchdowns.  

    A four-time Pro Bowler, he guided the St. Louis Cardinals to three straight 10-plus win seasons.  Hart thrived under Don Coryell’s passing offense.  

Randall Cunningham

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    12 SEP 1993:  PHILADELPHIA QUARTERBACK RANDALL CUNNINGHAM THROWS DURING THE EAGLES 20-17 VICTORY OVER THE GREEN BAY PACKERS IN GREEN BAY. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel/ALLSPORT
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    In his career, Cunningham threw for 29,979 yards and 207 touchdowns.  A four-time Pro Bowler, Cunningham was recipient of the Bert Bell Award three times. 

    He led both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs and retired as the all-time leading rusher for a quarterback with 4,928 yards.   

Steve McNair

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    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 11:  Steve McNair #9 of the Tennessee Titans stands on the sideline during the game with the Houston Texans on December 11, 2005 at the Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans won 13-10. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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    In his career, McNair threw for 31,304 yards and 174 touchdowns.  

    A three-time Pro Bowler and NFL MVP in 2003, McNair threw for over 3,000 yards in a season six times and led the Titans to their only Super Bowl appearance.  

Donovan McNabb

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    McNabb has thrown for 36,250 yards and 230 touchdowns. 

    A six-time Pro Bowler, he has thrown for over 3,000 yards in a season eight times. McNabb led the Philadelphia Eagles to the NFC Championship game four straight seasons and to Super Bowl XXXIX, losing to Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots.  

Boomer Esiason

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    Undated:  Quarterback Boomer Esiason of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to pass the ball during a game at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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    In his career, Esiason threw for 37,920 yards and 247 touchdowns.  A four-time Pro Bowler, he threw for over 3,000 yards in a season seven times. 

    Named NFL MVP in 1988, Esiason led the Cincinnati Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII losing to the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana’s last-minute comeback drive.  

Ken Anderson

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    2 Sep 1984:  Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson throws a pass during game against the Denver Bronos at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado.  The Broncos won the game 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Allsport  /Allsport
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    Anderson played his entire career with the Cincinnati Bengals and threw for 32,838 yards and 197 touchdowns. 

    A four-time Pro Bowler, he led the NFL in passing yards in 1974 and 1975 and set an NFL record for completion percentage in 1982, completing 70.6 percent of his passes. 

    Named NFL MVP in 1981, Anderson led the Bengals to Super Bowl XVI.

Sonny Jurgensen

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    Hall of Famer—In his career, Jurgensen threw for 32,224 yards and 255 touchdowns. 

    Jurgensen, a five-time Pro Bowler, was also named to the NFL’s All-Decade team of the ‘60s.  Even though Jurgensen’s playing career began before the Super Bowl, he was so good that he made this list in that short period of time from the inception of the Super Bowl till his final season in 1974. 

Warren Moon

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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 8:  Quarterback Warren Moon #1 of the Houston Oilers drops back to pass against the San Francisco 49ers defense during a game at Candlestick Park on November 8, 1987 in San Francisco, California.  The 49ers won 27-20.  (Photo by G
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    Hall of Famer—In his career, Moon threw for 49,325 yards and 291 touchdowns. 

    A nine-time Pro Bowler, Moon threw for over 4,000 yards in a season four times and had more than 300 completions in a season six times.  Moon is in the top 10 all-time for wins for a starting quarterback as well.  

Fran Tarkenton

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    Hall of Famer—A nine-time Pro Bowler, Tarkenton led the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl three times but always came away empty. 

    Tarkenton retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards with 47,003, touchdown passes with 342, completions with 3,686 and rushing yards for a quarterback with 3,674.

    He also had the most wins as a quarterback, 124.

    Each record has been surpassed since.

Jim Kelly

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    26 Nov 1995:  Quarterback Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills throws the ball during a game against the New England Patriots at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.  The Patriots won the game 35-25. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allsport
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    Hall of Famer—One of the toughest quarterbacks ever, Kelly threw for 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns.

    He led the Buffalo Bills to the Super Bowl four times, but always came away empty handed.  He was named to the Pro Bowl four times and passed for over 3,000 yards in a season eight times. 

Dan Fouts

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - 1987:  Quarterback Dan Fouts #14 of the San Diego Chargers looks to pass during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Jack Murphy Stadium during the 1987 NFL season in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)
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    Hall of Famer—In his career, the former San Diego Charger threw for 43,040 yards and 254 touchdowns.  

    Fouts was selected to the all-decade team in the ‘80s and was selected to the Pro Bowl six times. He set the single-season passing record in 1981 with 4,802 yards and threw for over 4,000 yards in a season three times.  

    Fouts led the Chargers to two AFC Championship games, but his teams never made the Super Bowl.    

Dan Marino

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    12 Oct 1997:  Quarterback Dan Marino #13 of the Miami Dolphins sets to throw a pass during the Dolphins 31-20 win over the New York Jets at Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Mandatory Credit: Tomasso Derosa  /Allsport
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    Hall of Famer—The former Miami Dolphins great retired as the NFL’s leader in passing yards with 61,361, touchdown passes with 420 and completions with 4,967. 

    All have since been broken by Brett Favre. 

    A nine-time Pro Bowler, Marino formerly held the record for most touchdown passes in a season, 48, and still holds the single season passing mark of 5,084 yards. Marino led the Miami Dolphins to Super Bowl XIX.