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Red-Headed Quarterbacks


I posted a fanshot today of an article about Andy Dalton. Apparently an NFL executive is quoted as saying, "Has there ever been a red-headed quarterback in the NFL who's really done well?"

The definitive answer is two times "Yes".

During the early 60's until the mid 70's Sonny Jurgensen not only did well, but was exceptional. In his first year as a starter with the Philadelphia Eagles (1961) he set an NFL record for most passing yards in a season (3,723) and tied the record for most touchdown passes (32). Also, that was the first year he was named All Pro. Later (in 1964) he was in the biggest blockbuster trade ever in NFL history. Jurgensen had been injured that year but the Washington Redskins traded their Pro Bowl quarterback, Norm Snead, for him.

Through the years he quarterbacked teams with limited talent but he still received 5 Pro Bowl and another All Pro honors. He earned NFL passing titles in 1967 (NFL record 3,747 yards), 1969, and 1974. 1974 was particularly significant for a couple of reasons. He won the title that year while sharing the quarterbacking duties with Billy Kilmer. He also achieved All Pro honors that year (at the age of 40). He retired after that season and later provided commentary for several sports outlets. He was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1983).

The second red-headed quarterback is one most of you can remember. I won't give his full resume, but here are a couple of hints. The answer to this quiz is after the jump!

Hint #1:  He is a hometown hero where he played the majority of his pro career while never having a winning season.

Hint #2:  A two time Pro Bowler, he also won 1978 NFL Offensive Player of the Year & 1978 NFC MVP.

Hint #3:  In 1979 he led his team to an 8-8 record. The first non-losing season in team history.

 

Archie Manning

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