College quarterbacking has gotten so much better over the past couple decades. There are so many quarterbacks who are exciting to watch and who could very well lead their team to the pinnacle of the sport, the NCAA championship. Vegas has the teams these quarterbacks play for near the top of the futures for who is going to win it all. Many are also Heisman contenders. Here are my top 5 college QB’s of 2016:
1. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
Throwing for over 4,000 yards and rushing for over 1,000 more is no easy feat for a quarterback, but he made it look easy in 2015. He is a dynamic player that looks to get Clemson to the championship game and for himself, a chance to win the Heisman trophy. His arm strength and athletic ability is unmatched by any other college QB. Can he be a top NFL QB? I’m not sure.
2. Brad Kaaya, Miami (Fla.)
This young college QB has incredible poise. He has great arm strength and his accuracy continues to get better as he gains more experience. At 6-4 and 210 lbs, he has great size and strength. I think this is a great choice for the second best quarterback in the nation.
3. Josh Rosen, UCLA
Another 6-4, 210 QB in the mix. He was an outstanding QB as a freshman and will get better in his sophmore year. A very accurate signal caller who keeps his eyes downfield during plays. Some receivers made their way to the NFL, but he still should have an outstanding year for the Bruins. It’s possible that if Rosen does well this year he could actually be considered a candidate for the Heisman trophy. It’s been a while for the Bruins. I think out of this class he’ll be the best NFL rookie.
4. J.T Barrett, Ohio State
I chose Barrett since he is starting to draw some comparisons to Russell Wilson. Barrett is a very good dual threat quarterback who will get back to form this season. He will be the uncontested starter for the Buckeyes in 2016. Very strong arm and extremely athletic, he will lead a loaded Buckeyes team to a possible Big Ten title this season. He was sharing QB duties with a former player but now has the reins all to himself.
5. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
It’s been a while since anyone mentioned the Sooners and a top notch quarterback, but Baker Mayfield is the real deal for Oklahoma. Mayfield played outstanding last year by leading the Sooner to a Big 12 championship and a spot in the college football playoffs. He accomplished this feat by throwing for 36 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions.
Who is the NFL’s greatest quarterback of all time? That is and always will be one of the biggest debates among the sports world. With all of the greats, past and present, how does one even begin to choose? There would be tons of different lists. I have put together a list of what I think are the top five, greatest of all time. You won’t find anyone who didn’t win the Super Bowl here.
5. John Elway
Coming in at number five is John Elway. Most impressive for Elway is his 47 game winning drives. He had 5 Super Bowl appearances. He had above average arm strength, with the the ability to throw up to 70 yards with spot on accuracy. He combined arm strength, speed, and running ability to be one of the elites in the game.
4. Brett Favre
The top four spot goes to former Green Bay Packer Bret Favre. Favre was tough, to his core. He would play hurt, or sick, or with a broken heart. He played one of the best games of his career on the heels of his Father’s passing. He brought longevity that this hard, grueling game does not often see. He had an ability to throw the ball for any angle. His pocket awareness was second to none. He has 497 touchdowns and 11 playoff appearances. Favre played the game with everything he had on every snap and on every down.
3. Peyton Manning
Third of all time goes to the newly retired Peyton Manning. Manning changed the way the quarterback position is played. His mind was his biggest and most potent weapon. His intense and obsessive film study lead him to be a dominating force. Having Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison in his arsenal was a huge help also. He had an uncanny ability to exploit any defenses weakness. He WAS the offensive system, it didn’t matter if he was a Bronco or a Colt. His tireless preparation earned him respect among his teammates and other players and the league. It didn’t start that way, he struggled as a rookie compared to others.
2. Joe Montana
Number two goes to Joe Montana. Montana played in a different era, where the defense could literally attack the quarterback. He also played in an era where there was no salary cap. His owner Eddie DeBartolo was able to spend and spend to provide Montana with the tools he needed to win. He also had one of the best receivers ever in Jerry Rice. He played with a grit and tenacity that was contagious. He would get better after getting it. In a game against Philadelphia he was sacked 8 times. He the went on to throw 4 touchdowns in the 4th quarter. He had a 16-7 playoff record. Joe Montana just knew how to win!
1. Tom Brady
Arguably the G.O.A.T. title goes to New England Patriot Tom Brady. Brandy is the guy you want when the game is on the line. He has 9 game winning post season drives. He has the most touchdowns in the playoffs with 53, and 13 in the Super Bowl. Adding to his impressive stats is 3 Super Bowl MVP awards. He has an uber good relationship with his coach Bill Belichick, they have a combined record of 160-47, that makes them quite the duo. He owns the regular season as if it’s just practice for the playoffs. He’s got 12 AFC East championship titles. He makes winning look effortless. The guy just wins, all the time. That makes him number one and quite possibly the greatest signal caller to ever play.
All of these guys showed up on CBS Sports list of best quarterbacks. They also added guys like Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Johnny Unitas and Dan Marino. However, I think these five were a step above.
What makes a great quarterback? Is it their accuracy, the number of wins under their belt, or their leadership skills? Perhaps is has to do with how many Super Bowl rings they have won. To many football fans across America, there have been many great quarterbacks that have never acquired one of those highly coveted rings. The following list will break down 5 quarterbacks that never won a Super Bowl but are still considered by fans to be of greatness.
1. Dan Marino- Dan only made it to one Super Bowl during his career when he played for the Miami Dolphins in 1985. Unfortunately, they lost to the 49ers in that game. He was admired for his great accomplishments during his career, including being a 1983 first-round draft pick and being inducted into the hall of fame. He started out with one of the best rookie seasons of all time. He ended his 17 year long career in 2000 but is still respected by fans and players alike.
2. Warren Moon- Harold Warren Moon is another 17 year player and member of the football hall of fame that never won a Superbowl. During those 17 years he played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, and the Houston Oilers. During his football career, Moon won numerous awards such as Man of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and Most Valuable Player. Following his retirement from the field, Moon went on to pursue a career in sports broadcasting.
3. Fran Tarkenton- Francis Asbury Tarkenton is best known for the time he spent playing for the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. Amazingly, when he retired in 1978, Fran had owned every major quarterback record. He made it to 3 super bowls but never managed to bring home the ring. Fran also pursued a career in broadcasting and was featured on the weekly broadcast of Monday Night Football as a reporter.
4. Steve McNair- Stephen LaTreal McNair, nicknamed Air McNair, spent the majority of his NFL career with the Houston Oilers, Baltimore Ravens, and Tennessee Titans. He played for the NFL for a total of 13 seasons, starting for most of them. In 2000, when he was playing for Tennessee, McNare came his closest to a Super Bowl ring against the St. Louis Rams. Unfortunately it was not to be. That game went down in history as one of the most painful Super Bowl losses of all time.
5. Dan Fouts – Daniel Francis Fouts is another famed hall of fame NFL player that grasped at winning the Super Bowl but was never successful. His entire career, which spanned from 1973 to 1987, was spent playing for the San Diego Chargers. He is known as being one of the most prolific players and quarterbacks overall during the decades in which he played. He set various records and was frequently awarded with titles like Most Valuable Player, earning him a spot on this list.
Quarterback may very well be the most challenging position to play in football. For years many quarterbacks would sit for a year or two before being put on the field. More and more signal callers are taking the reigns right from beginning. Here is a look at some of the best rookie seasons by a quarterback.
Big Ben, as he is known, started off his Steelers career with a bang being named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Ben started his rookie season as the number three quarterback but quickly moved up the depth chart with injuries to Charlie Batch and Tommy Maddox. Roethlisberger did not disappoint. As a rookie, he went 13–0 in the regular season. He holds rookie quarterback records for wins, Most touchdown passes and most passing yards. His ability to use his legs to keep plays alive has made him very successful. Ironically, the rest of the guys have never won a Super Bowl.
Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III had an amazing first season which eventually saw him receive the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. His ability to use his feet and run with the ball made him very tricky for defenses to figure out in the beginning. In just his first game Griffin completed passes for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns while gaining 42 rushing yards in a victory over Saints. He would go on to have a magical season where he would lead the Redskins to the playoffs only to tear his ACL in that game.
Russell Wison began starting for the Seahawks from the beginning and had an immediate impact. Wilson earned the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors for his amazing week 10 performance and inished the 2012 regular season ranked 4th in the NFL in passer rating. He led his team to a playoff victory in his first season defeating the Redskins in a comeback victory. His speed and quickness made him very difficult to handle and defenses have been trying to adjust ever since.
Considered by many as one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, Dan Marino go off to a great start as a rookie in Miami. The last quarterback of the Quarterback Class of 1983 Marino appeared to play with a chip on his shoulder. He took over in week 6 in the season and took off. As a rookie he set several records including a 96.0 passer rating and being selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Furthermore he led the Dolphins to the divisional round of the playoffs as only a rookie. NFL.com gave Dan the nod as having the best rookie season ever.
Many wondered how quickly Cam Newton would adjust to the NFL game coming out of college, but those doubters quickly changed their mind. During his rookie campaign Newton broke all-time NFL records for passing and rushing yards. He passed for more than 4,000 yards as a rookie and broke Peyton Manning’s record for yards in a game by a rookie with 400. Newton used his size and strength to get out in the open field when plays broke down. However, he surprised many showing an ability to throw quite well from the pocket. Can he keep going and become one of the all-time greats? Time will tell.