Which College is Quarterback U?

Also see: "Addressing the QB-U Controversy."

Some college football teams have nicknames that are unmistakably unique. But I'm not talking about Wolverines, Nittany Lions, or Cornhuskers. I mean names like "Tailback U," "Linebacker U," or "Receiver U." Any serious college football fan knows them also, as USC, Penn State, and Miami. But have you ever heard anyone refer to a school as "Quarterback U?"

I can't recall ever hearing a school given that moniker — maybe for a short period, but not as an absolute. I began wondering about that after I learned last year that another quarterback from my alma mater had made an active roster in the NFL. Jason Gesser making the cut with the Tennessee Titans seemed to me like about the 10th Washington State QB to make the NFL in about 15 years. I had to find out what the numbers were.

So, in my curiosity, I started to look at the NFL draft and teams' all-time rosters to see just who had made the pros, or at least almost made the pros, from Wazzu. Then I started to wonder where they stood among all the other schools, and the project was underway.

I decided to limit the scope of my study to 1960 to the present. The reason for this is because quarterbacks became more of a premium with the creation of the American Football League in that year. The AFL relied more on downfield passing than its run-oriented NFL cousin. That's not to say that there weren't a bunch of talented passers in the NFL prior to 1960, but I had to draw the line somewhere.

In determining which school would be designated "Quarterback U," it was decided that any quarterback either drafted by the NFL (or AFL) or who made the active roster — drafted or undrafted — would be eligible for the list. The reasoning behind this is that if a quarterback was good enough in college for a pro team to use a draft pick on them, or if they were good enough to advance their skills to the next level, then they must have been a pretty decent college QB.

Fortunately, for me at least, there ended up being exactly 25 colleges who produced more than 10 pro-caliber quarterbacks between 1960 and 2004. So, according to the numbers, here are the Top 25 Quarterback Colleges with the No. 1 school being crowned as "Quarterback U." Do you think you might know who it is?

25. Michigan State

There were actually three schools that tied with 11 quarterbacks either drafted or on pro rosters since 1960; but, for ranking purposes, this spot goes to Michigan State. Many former Spartans went on to have pretty decent pro careers, including Jim Ninowski with Detroit and Cleveland, Al Dorow with the Jets and Bills, and Earl Morrall with the Jets and Colts. But none of the others really made an impact in the NFL.

24. UCLA

The Bruins had several excellent quarterbacks who had big careers in the pros, including Troy Aikman and Billy Kilmer, both of whom played in Super Bowls. UCLA also boasts a Heisman Trophy winner in the person of Gary Beban, who edged out O.J. Simpson to win in 1967. Other notable Bruin signal callers include Rick Neuheisel, Steve Bono, Jay Schroeder, Tommy Maddox, and Tom Ramsey.

23. Alabama

The Crimson Tide won the three-way tie-breaker by boasting three alumni playing in (and winning) Super Bowls. Names don't get much bigger than Bart Starr, Joe Namath, and Ken Stabler. Other terrific 'Bama QBs include Jay Barker, Steve Sloan, Richard Todd, and Scott Hunter.

22. Arkansas

Many people are probably mildly surprised that the Razorbacks would make this list, but they (along with five other schools) have had a dozen quarterbacks either drafted or play in the pros. But, if you were to ask a casual fan to name one of these players, they might be able to come up with one: Joe Ferguson. Only one other former Razorback enjoyed any degree of success in the NFL; Lamar McHan was a notable backup to such stars as Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas, and John Brodie. Other QBs who had successful college careers but not much else include Ronny Lee South, Scott Bull and Kevin Scanlon.

21. Iowa

Yes, the Hawkeyes have had 12 quarterbacks be determined pro material, and a couple of them were dynamite college players. The two Chucks (Long and Hartlieb) still hold many of the top five records at Iowa, and Long had a decent NFL career with Detroit and the Rams. Mark Vlasic and Jerry Reichow both also had long pro careers. Other notable Hawkeyes include Randy Duncan, Wilburn Hollis, and Larry Lawrence.

20. California

Another school with a dozen pro-caliber quarterbacks. As history would have it, most Bear QBs who go to the NFL enjoy illustrious careers, but lack a championship. Names like Joe Kapp, Craig Morton, and Steve Bartkowski are testimony to that fact. Kapp and Morton both led their teams to Super Bowls, but lost. Bartkowski was instrumental in helping the Atlanta Falcons to their first-ever winning and playoff seasons, but never made it to the Super Bowl. Other great Cal Bear quarterbacks who weren't quite as notable as the others include Rich Campbell, Pat Barnes, Dave Barr, and Gale Gilbert.

19. Duke

What? Duke? Yep. The Blue Devils have had 12 QBs drafted or play in the pros, the most notable of the group being Sonny Jurgensen. He and he aforementioned Kilmer helped the Washington Redskins to the Super Bowl in 1972. But not many other Dukies have had much success in the NFL despite having stellar college careers. Probably the most recognizable of them are Ben Bennett, Anthony Dilweg, and Dave Brown. Others include Al Woodall, Lew Hart, and Bob Brodhead.

18. Michigan

Ironically enough, of the dozen Wolverine QBs to be drafted or go on to play in the NFL, only one has ever been to a Super Bowl: Tom Brady. Other great Michigan signal callers like Todd Collins, Jim Harbaugh, Elvis Grbac, and Brian Griese have had good pro careers, but haven't see the same degree of success they enjoyed in college. Other notable Wolverines under center include Rick Leach, Drew Henson, and Bob Timberlake.

17. Washington State

I placed my alma mater at the top of this six-way tie not because they're "my" school, but because they've produced two quarterbacks who have played in the Super Bowl; none of the other teams tied with them had that many play on pro football's ultimate stage. While the dozen Cougar quarterbacks to make the pros have all been since the late-'60s, it hasn't been until the mid-'70s that they began having success at that level. The two Super Bowl Cougs are Drew Bledsoe and MVP Mark Rypien, and more recent players who have been good pro quarterbacks include Jack Thompson, Timm Rosenbach, and Dave Mathieson. Other good WSU QBs who didn't fare as well in the pros include Ryan Leaf, Clete Casper, and Ty Paine.

16. Arizona State

Amid another multi-team tie (five-way), the Sun Devils have had 13 quarterbacks drafted or play in the NFL, but none have had much success as far as getting their team to the big game. They've had several players be quality starters, like Danny White in Dallas, Mark Malone with Pittsburgh, and Mike Pagel in Cleveland, and others be good backups like Paul Justin. Other notable ASU QBs are Jake Plummer, Fred
Mortensen, and Todd Hons.

15. Maryland

Also with 13 pro prospects, the Terps have had several top-quality quarterbacks in the pros, led by Boomer Esiason, who led Cincinnati to a Super Bowl. Maryland has also had several pro journeymen, including Dick Shiner, Stan Gelbaugh, Frank Reich, and Neil O'Donnell. Bob Avellini, Scott Zolak, and King Corcoran are among the other Terp greats.

14. Oregon

The Ducks also have had 13 quarterbacks head to the pros, Joey Harrington the most recent. But what separated Oregon from the two teams below them is an NFL title. Norm Van Brocklin led the Philadelphia Eagles to the 1960 NFL championship, the only Duck to have such a distinction. Probably the most famous Oregon QB never made it to a championship: Dan Fouts. Other great Webfooters include Chris Miller, Bob Berry, Bill Musgrave, and George Shaw.

13. Miami

The Hurricanes have produced some fantastic quarterbacks over the years, most notably Jim Kelly who led the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls. The 'Canes also boast two Heisman winners in Gino Torretta and Vinny Testaverde, and national honors being bestowed upon Steve Walsh, Craig Erickson, and Ken Dorsey. Other notable Miami QBs include George Mira, Bernie Kosar, and Scot Covington.

12. Purdue

The Boilermakers were a hands-down selection to top this five-way tie as two Super Bowl MVPs distanced them from the four others below them. Super Bowl legends Len Dawson and Bob Greise head the list of several successful Purdue QBs. Others include Mike Phipps, Gary Danielson, Mark Herrmann, and Jim Everett. Those who didn't fare so well in the pros, but who were stellar college quarterbacks include Mark Vitali, Craig Nagel, and Scott Campbell.

11. Ohio State

While the Buckeyes have never had a quarterback win a national honor, they have had 14 QBs get drafted or play in the NFL. In fact, a few players who excelled under center at Ohio State didn't even play quarterback in the pros, including Rex Kern, Tom Matte, and Tom Tupa. Quarterbacks who did play their position and did well include Mike Tomczak, Kent Graham, and Art Schlichter.

10. Boston College

The most famous of the 14 Eagle quarterbacks to make or be drafted by the pros is, of course, Doug Flutie. He won nearly every award known to man in 1984, then became a legend in Canada before coming to the NFL. But other effective pro quarterbacks to come out of BC include Jack Concannon, Butch Songin, and Matt Hasselbeck. Other notable Eagles include Don Allard, Mike Kruczek, and Gary Marangi.

9. Penn State

Although mostly recognized as "Linebacker U," the Nittany Lions have had their share of great college quarterbacks. Fourteen have gone on to be drafted to or play pro ball, and three of them stand above the rest. Todd Blackledge, Kerry Collins, and Chuck Fusina all won national awards while at Penn State, and other successful pros include Milt Plum and Richie Lucas.

8. Nebraska

There are those who may have had nearly the same reaction when finding out that Duke was one of the better quarterback schools in country as they do learning that the Cornhuskers are among the top 10. Yes, it's true; Nebraska has had some of the better college quarterbacks in the nation over the years. But, because they primarily ran an option offense for so many years, not many of them were suited to the pro game. However, some were, like Vince Ferragamo, David Humm, and Bruce Mathison. Still others were extremely effective QBs in college, such as Turner Gill, Steve Taylor, and Dennis Claridge. As an aside, Tommy Frazier won the 1995 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award, but was not drafted by nor played in the NFL.

7. Mississippi

The Rebels have also had 15 players either drafted or play in the pros, but have experienced much success at that level, save Charley Conerly who had some productive years with the Giants. But legendary names like Archie Manning, John Fourcade, and Norris Weese all played on pretty bad teams during their pro careers. Other notable Rebel QBs include Glynn Griffing, Ray Brown and, of course, Eli Manning.

6. Washington

Like so many other teams, the Huskies have had a plethora of great college quarterbacks who went on to the pros, but lack a world championship. Outstanding Husky quarterbacks include Chris Chandler, Tom Flick, Steve Pelluer, Don Heinrich, and Warren Moon. Other great Dawgs are Billy Joe Hobert, Hugh Millen, Bob Schloredt, and Cary Conklin. One that didn't make the list of draftees/players, but needs mentioning is Sonny Sixkiller.

5. Florida State

Another school loaded with talented quarterbacks, the Seminoles have produced one signal-caller who has won a Super Bowl, Brad Johnson. But that's not the focus; it's on their college careers, and Florida State has produced two Heisman winners (Chris Weinke and Charlie Ward) and another winner of the Johnny Unitas Award (Casey Weldon). I had to fudge a little on this, though; Ward spurned the NFL for the NBA and wasn't drafted nor did he play pro football, but I couldn't leave out a player who won nearly every award imaginable in 1993. Other great Seminole QBs include Danny Kanell, Gary Huff, and Steve Tensi.

4. LSU

The Tigers lay claim to one of the quarterbacking legends of the NFL — Y.A. Tittle. But, surprisingly enough, he's the only one of 16 draftees/players to win a pro championship, even though there have been some great QBs come out of Baton Rouge. Bert Jones leads the way, who brought the Baltimore Colts back into prominence in the mid-'70s. Others include Warren Rabb, Tommy Hodson, David Woodley, and M.C. Reynolds.

3. Southern California

Despite being most famous for the long line of outstanding tailbacks, the Trojans have had their share of quarterbacks, too. But, as we've seen with other schools, not many have played on the pro's biggest stage. The Trojans have seen 18 QBs head to the pros or at least be drafted and many of the names are very familiar. Players like Pat Haden, Pete Beathard, Vince Evans, Rodney Peete, and Bill Nelson all had long, productive pro careers, and Carson Palmer became the first USC quarterback to win the Heisman in 2002. Other notable USC QBs include Rudy Bukich, Todd Marinovich, Sean Salisbury, and Paul McDonald. Oh, and here's another — ever heard of Mike Holmgren? And, when Matt Leinart is drafted next year, he'll vault the Trojans into a tie for No. 1.

2. Notre Dame

It may come as no surprise that the Fighting Irish have had so many great quarterbacks over the years. Even though they all didn't have great pro careers, just the names evoke memories of Notre Dame greatness: Joe Montana, Daryle Lamonica, Joe Theismann, Terry Hanratty, and John Huarte (the only Irish QB to win the Heisman since the '50s). Other great Irish quarterbacks include Steve Beuerlein, Ralph Guglielmi, Tom Clements, Blair Kiel, George Rattermann, Rusty Lisch, and Rick Mirer. Another fudge here: gotta mention Tony Rice. He picked up the Johnny Unitas Award in 1989, but was never drafted nor played in the NFL.

(Drum roll, please. The envelope, please. Get on with it, please!) And the school dubbed as "Quarterback U" is...

1. Stanford

That's right. The Indians/Cardinal have produced more pro-quality quarterbacks since 1960 than any other school in the country. And what an impressive list it is. John Elway, Jim Plunkett, John Brodie. Need I say more? Okay, I will. Steve Dils, Turk Schonert, Steve Stenstrom, Guy Benjamin, Chad Hutchinson. Nineteen former Stanford players have been scouted by and/or played pro football.

As a concluding disclaimer to this list, there may be player or two I have missed and, of course, this covers only a portion of football history. But at least is gives college football fans something to think about and debate. Enjoy the offseason!

Comments and Conversation

February 24, 2005

Yesman:

Nebraska will be the #1 program … just give them 20 years with 10 more quarterbacks in the Pros! Houston Husker

February 24, 2005

herbie:

you don’t know to much about nebraska.Brook Berringer was an awsome qb,most underrated ever. he died before the draft but was expected to go pretty high.what might have been? “in the deed the glory”

February 24, 2005

Patrick:

Eric Crouch should be mentioned in your description of Nebraska. True, he did not win a championship, but he was drafted. His blinding speed, quickness, sheer athleticism, and toughness were impressive. He won the Heisman in 2001. One coach said—after observing the shots he took—that he must have been made out of kryptonite.

February 25, 2005

Lando:

Thanks for mentioning the Huskers! Jerry Tagge, I think played in the pros. Tommie Frazier would have played, had it not been for the medical problems that prevented him. Plus he was backed up by a fine young man named Brook Berringer would have probably gone ahead of Tommie if the Lord God hadn’t taken him first a week prior to the draft in 96. Three other QBs played professionally but never as a QB: Scott Frost (FS), Jammal Lord (FS), & Heisman winner Eric Crouch (WR) who retired (more like gave up) on two NFL teams (GB & STL) and was cut by one CFL team because he couldn’t be a QB!).

I also wondered why BYU didn’t make the top 25 with the likes of Heisman contenders Marc Wilson, Steve Young, Jim McMahon, Robbie Bosco, & 4 others back to 1962 along with Heisman contender/winner/contender again, Ty Detmer. Don’t forget Steve Sarkisian!

February 25, 2005

Lando:

Sorry, didn’t mean to rag on Eric, but I’ve seen him give up on some of his prime years that he could have played in the NFL because of the stupid ideal that he could take over at starting QB for the likes of Super Bowl MVPs Kurt Warner (STL) and Brett Favre (GB). he almost gave up at NU because he was slated behind Bobbie Newcombe who got the shaft at starting QB for Eric. Maybe he could have been another Doug Flutie, who knows. But to give up on a chance to play pro, I would have gladly been a bench warmer! Let’s see how he does in NFL Europe for Hamburg.

February 25, 2005

Matthew Burke:

Now I am a BIG Husker. But even I see a glaring mistake in your eveluations of QuarterbackU. I will start with a few names and let them sink….first the offesive coordinator that transformed USC to the QuarterbackU it is now…Norm Chow. And where was he before USC?? A little school called BYU. Names like Ty Detmer, Jim McMahon, and Steve Young…just to name a few. If there is one team that should be at LEAST in the top 25 for QuarterbackU..it has to be BYU. -Utahs4Nebraska

February 25, 2005

Patrick Allen:

Great idea for an article and very clever system. However, some notable exclusions, such as Marques Tuiososopo from Washington who was on the Raiders roster last I heard, and Scott Frost (Jets) and Eric Crouch (01 Heisman Trophy Winner) from Nebraska.

February 25, 2005

Patrick Allen:

nevermind, i didnt know they were already mentioned.

February 25, 2005

de:

How about Drew Brees (San Diego/Purdue)?

February 25, 2005

Rod Redeker:

You forgot to mention Jerry Tagge, who not only led the huskers to their first National Title but also being from Wisconsn played for a few years as a backup with the Green Bay Packers

February 25, 2005

Brian:

Any “system” that produces a list which does not include BYU among the top 25 quarterback “U”s is fatally flawed? Since you evidently are not aware, BYU has had some pretty good signal callers over the last twenty-five years or so, namely, Ty Detmer, Steve Young, Jim McMahon, Robbie Bosco, and Marc Wilson. You might have heard of them, but then again I might be giving you too much credit.

February 25, 2005

Rod Wellman:

You mentioned that Tommie Frazier didn’t get drafted or make an NFL team. It wasn’t due to talent. Frazier battled recurrent blood clots in one of his legs the last 2 years of his college career and missed several games because of it. His doctors as well as those of the NFL advised against him playing a contact sport, as it was a significant threat to his life. If not for this condition, Frazier would have been the first “McNabb” or “Vick”.

Rod W.
Sioux City, IA.

February 25, 2005

Bud Weinert:

I agree with Matthew Burke’s assessment that BYU has to rate as one of the top 2 schools all time for QB’s,had the oppourtunity to watch Vince Ferragamo QB against the Dallas CowGirls ( I mean Cowboys) in a playoff game in Texas stadium when he played for the Los Angelos Rams & he took them to the super bowl that year against the Pittsburgh Steelers,we have had some very good QB’s and the future looks promising.

February 25, 2005

Paul:

The line about Florida State not having a QB that won a Super Bowl is wrong…Brad Johnson was the QB for Tampa Bay the year they won.

February 25, 2005

stpeterscornshucker:

Jerry Tagge of Nebraska was more than a back-up. He started for half of one season at Green Bay then started for the first half of the next season. He was replaced when Green Bay acquired John Hadl. Frank Patrick also started at Green Bay during the Strike busting year. Dennis Claridge of Nebraska was the original starting qb of the Falcons.

February 25, 2005

Chris:

I agree with the above sentiments about BYU. To leave them out makes the writer look biased or uninformed.

February 25, 2005

Brad:

how could you leave out Heisman winner Eric Crouch form Nebrasaka off the list?

February 25, 2005

????:

BYU not mentioned #1? Young, McMahon, Detmer, Wilson, etc… Mistake! And I am not even a fan.

February 25, 2005

Kendrick:

Look at all the Husker fans with the off-season football Jones.

OK, I admit, I’m one of them too.

February 25, 2005

Matt:

Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth here. The lack of BYU on the list simply has to be an oversight. There would be no other excuse for that. As for Nebraska, I agree, missing Jerry Tagge, Brook Berringer and Eric Crouch from Nebraska’s list is a big mistake. They all were fine QB’s. Tommie Frazier is generally, still to this day, referred to as the greatest college QB ever. (See the following link… http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=maisel_ivan&id=1966188)
That has to account for something. How he didn’t win the Heisman Trophy in 1995 is beyond most people’s wildest dreams. And the fact that you’re trying to establish “Quarterback U.” should account for something too. What I mean is this, that Quarterback U should be given to the school the produced(s) the most/best COLLEGE QB’s. The NFL, CFL, ETC. should have zero bearing on anything. I’m not saying I know which school should be where, but I would have evaluated my own list before publishing it. If you ever decide to take the time to re-evaluate your list based on the true definition of “Quarterback U.”, please do drop me an EMail…

February 25, 2005

Matt:

That link should not have ended with a )
It should read as follows…

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=maisel_ivan&id=1966188

February 26, 2005

jack mcintyre:

not to wake you up from your hibernation, but i can remember miami being given the moniker ‘quarterback u’ back in the 80’s by abc. and no, i’m not some hurricane freak. dyed in the wool husker boy.

February 26, 2005

John:

You are a little off on your Flutie history.Played in the USFL,then the NFL with the Bears and Patriots.then the great career in the CFL before returning to the NFL

February 26, 2005

Ron:

Talk about not knowing quarterback history-does the name Jerry Tagge from the Game of the Century or Eric Crouch of Heisman fame ring a bell? I didn’t think so.

February 26, 2005

v. oleson:

Hey Adam, Name a quarterback who won both the Heisman Trophy AND the Superbowl

February 26, 2005

Brian:

While I’m a husker fan how could you look BYU with several Super Bowl victory quarterbacks.

February 26, 2005

Troy...Pennsylvania:

I think it is a shame, That Brook Berringer was left off that list. He would have made a very good NFL QB. but his life was cut short. I still think he was one of the best Nebraska quarterbacks ever. Eric Crouch I think could of been a good back up if he would have given himself some time on the practice squad or NFL Europe or the CFL.

February 27, 2005

Craig Kerwood:

While I bleed Husker red, leaving BYU off the list does show complete ignorance of the game or a bias against BYU. I agree with earlier posts - McMahon, Bosco, Young, and Detmer… ‘Nuf said….great college quarterbacks and some who had tremendous success in the NFL.

February 28, 2005

Lando:

Is sports-central.org a Nebraska based page? I thought it was a national page. But all the threads are from Husker fans!!! Go figure. ….And a majority of us mentioned the fact that BYU wasn’t there. Who says we don’t anything outside of our little ole’ microcosm called Husker football? You guys make me proud. I think I’m gonna cry… Tito, give a tissue!!!

February 28, 2005

Sugalean:

I noticed a small mistake. Didn’t Sonny Sixkiller play for Washington State not Washington?

And if since the list included my beloved Huskers, shouldn’t OU be somewhere on that list as well as Texas? Both teams had some nasty wishbone QBs back in the day.

Also surprised that Fla didn’t make the list…

February 28, 2005

GatorNation:

Where the hell is Florida on this list????

Weak.

February 28, 2005

Pegushin:

BYU doesn’t ge tthe nod over programs like Washington, Purdue, Mississippi and others. You have been exposed for the amateur that you are

February 28, 2005

Bucko:

Love em’ or hate em’ you cant leave out the school that produced the likes of Steve Young, Jim McMahan, Ty Detmer …Wilson, Bosco and more.

Yes, thats right …the beloved Cougars of BYU should be on this list. Love em’ or Hate em’ you cannot deny that Young, McMahan and company were quarterbacks worthy of the schools recognition as the quarterback factory.

February 28, 2005

Herb Sanchez:

You gotta be kidding me. Even though BYU has been down the past 3 years, It cannot wipe out the great QB’s that have come out of there for the past decade. Detmer, McMahon, Bosco, Sarkisian, Nelson, Wilson, and of course Young. And to not even get mentioned in the top 25??????????? What gives?

February 28, 2005

Dr. Wilson:

Go Huskers!!!!!!!!

February 28, 2005

David Johnson:

They should giveNebraska the best offence award. They ran an option attack all those years and still flat out dominated peole left and right. Quaterbacks had great size and speed and there running backs were flat amazing. I almost fogot that the lineman are the best ever also. When you can run the ball on average 60 times a game and still put up 40 points every game you are just plain dominating your opponent.

March 1, 2005

Jason S:

Ok, so I think we are all in agreement then. Nebraska and BYU are tied for first in the REAL “QuarterbackU” list. Besides the QBs listed in the actual list there is probably another 2-4 that should be on that list. I say give NU another 10 years and they will lead the pack though. Who’s next? Zac Taylor?? Harrison Beck?? Go Big Red!!!

March 1, 2005

James:

ESPN and SI named Miami U - “Quarterback U” a couple of years ago, and yes it was for their body of work. I disagree with this monicker for them - but they do have it.

March 2, 2005

Todd Erickson:

WRONG! BYU had Jim McMahon and Steve Young who both played and WON Super Bowls. Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer was at a Super Bowl with the Packers as a back-up QB. Do your homework next time. You are way off base.

March 3, 2005

Peter:

Ummm….You were obviously not around during the 80’s decade of dominance by U of Miami when they were given the moniker Quarterback U…No ones ever heard of Wide Receiver U. That has never truly been stated.

March 9, 2005

Bill:

What a crock. This list is not worth the time I wasted on it.

March 10, 2005

MrNCAA:

Penn State earned that Linebacker U title by having several outstanding LB’s play in the NFL such as Jack Ham. Therefore, your list should only include how players performed at the NFL level. Here is a list based on my all time NFL QB rating form with 100 games started plus 1000 completions to be nominated to be on my liist:

http://p208.ezboard.com/fsearnfootballforumfrm1.showAddReplyScreenFromWeb?topicID=1118.topic&index=4

March 10, 2005

Danny:

This list is a joke. No BYU? Michigan at 18? Ohio State at 11!?!?

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

March 10, 2005

MrNCAA:

Danny,
Did you and other BYU supporters look at my list? I have BYU 6th in my rankings. I made a slight error and my earlier post should have said games played, not necessarily games started. My list had what I consider the best NFL QB’s that meet my criteria (only 100 NFL QB’s met the requirements).

If one deletes the 4 at the end of my link and uses a 1 there, one can open up the posts until you come to the post with my 100 players with their colleges listed iwth regualar season NFL QB ratings,

March 11, 2005

Sean:

I have to say this is an idiotic list. The rationale of simply counting how many QB’s might have made an NFL roster or been scouted is pure folly. A bum like Anthony Dilweg counts as much as Joe Montana or any Heisman winner. Case in point: schools like BYU and Florida who have long histories of very successful signal callers in college. You put Duke on this list but not them? Miami should be much higher on the list - their number of pro QB’s may not be as high as others, but you can’t argue with their production either in college or the pros.

March 11, 2005

MK:

The criteria is absurd. How about ranking the teams on a point scale:

6 points for every Hall of Famer
5 points for any QB who made 2 or more pro bowls
4 points for every QB who made 1 pro bowl
3 points for every QB who was on an active NFL roster for atleast 7 years
2 points for every QB who was on an active roster for atleast 4 years
1 point for every QB who was on an active roster for atleast 1 year

Maybe this is not the best numerical breakdown, but there should be a stronger gauge of quality.

No sane person would rate Stanford as quarterback U. USC, PSU and Miami got their monikers for the quality of players they produced, not because they put a bunch of guys on practice squads

March 12, 2005

Stokes:

Where is Florida? Two Heisman Trophey winning QB’s isn’t enough? That alone should put Florida on this terrible list. Duke. You have Duke on this list over Florida. You know nothing about College Football. You would be better suited writng reviews of commuinty theater. I hate Miami, but they should be higher then 13. Quit your job.

March 21, 2005

Stokes 2:

Duke. You have Duke on this list.

April 3, 2005

Joe:

Thank you for incluidng Duke in your list. Nobody realiaes just how good they are. Since really they just feel sorry for everybody else and lose on purpose.

Oh ya. NO BYU?!?!?!!? Absurd!
But thanks for Duke.

June 16, 2005

labattsbleu:

what a load of bunk!

BYU should be there…

You deride Michigan (who have had the most QBs drafted in the modern era 1987-present) saying only one has won a SuperBowl…and then you proceed to add schools whose QBs have NEVER won a SINGLE SuperBowl?!

what a waste-stick to topics you know…not football…

July 6, 2005

Ray:

Eight of the Pack 10 teams in the top 25. Hmmm…. Makes one wonder what the rest of the country’s been up to.

Quarterback “C” for Conference is clearly the Pack 10. Thank you, John McKay, Jim Plunket, and the gutty little bruins who opened the conference up.

Thank you Norm Chow for showing our Mid-West friends how it’s done in the West-West.

Ray, Trojan43

July 19, 2005

Anthony:

You forgot Mark Brunnell @ Washington

January 19, 2006

Luke:

Never mind DREW BREES & KYLE ORTON…

March 6, 2006

Justin Vermaas:

I’ve lived my entire life in Lincoln, Nebraska…Home of the Huskers and although soome of those names you named below are considered the greatest players in college history how can you talk about Nebraska quarterbacks and not mention Brook Berringer. A man who was expected to go higher in the draft than the quarterback that he sat behind for 4 years.

October 16, 2006

airedog:

Miami FL is for sure the Quarterback U of the last 2 decades!! 2 Heismans, 4 or is it 5 National Champions and being ranked for the last 25 years (until last week) plus the longest home winning streak ever!! Kelly, Kosar, Erickson, these were great players! The quarterbacks from JFK’s days couldn’t dream of that level of play..it just didn’t exist back then!

November 28, 2006

Darin:

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Marques Tuiasosopo.

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