Gale Gilbert: Former Quarterback the Biggest Loser in Sports History?

Ian PhilipAnalyst IIIJuly 20, 2011

The Dallas Cowboys dominate as Gale Gilbert gets ready to throw an interception.
The Dallas Cowboys dominate as Gale Gilbert gets ready to throw an interception.Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

I was in my kitchen here in the Bay Area, and for some reason, I started thinking about the "great" former quarterback of the San Diego Chargers. The man that inspired absolutely no confidence at all.

Like some bad tune from the 80s, I can't get him out of my head. The dude, Gale Gilbert.

I'm still mad about his two horrendous passes against the Dallas Cowboys in 1995 that should have went for touchdowns but instead resulted in two bailout interceptions for the Cowboys that proved to be a foreshadowing of their lucky Super Bowl win that year.

This guy is the only player in NFL history to lose five straight Super Bowls. He got on a roll of four straight losses with the Buffalo Bills from 1990 to 1993 and then blessed/cursed the Chargers with his presence for one more Super Bowl beatdown in 1994.

I mean, really? You couldn't will your team to just one victory? Really? Not one? Okay.  

Unfortunately for Gilbert's son, Garrett Gilbert, the tradition has been passed on.

The younger Gilbert was the quarterback on the losing squad as the Texas Longhorns lost to Alabama in the 2009 National Championship Game. 

On the bright side...

Gale was the starting quarterback for the California Golden Bears when they beat Stanford in the 1982 Big Game in which the Bears stole the game from an already celebrating Stanford marching band on a series of laterals as time was expiring. 

Then again, maybe this is where his bad luck started.


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