In the football world, the quarterback is king. While some prominent wide receivers act like divas, the quarterbacks are the ones given the most attention as the face of a franchise. As the NFL continues to evolve more into a pass-happy league, the prestige of teams' signal callers grows along with it. Where once throwing for 4000 yards in a season seemed like an exceptional accomplishment, it has now become almost an expectation for many starters. For the 2018 Free Agency period and the upcoming 2018 draft, the quarterback has remained the focal point of discussion for many teams. A competent signal caller under center has shifted from a desire to a need as team success is intrinsically tied to the position. Thus, those that play the position are the highest paid and most coveted athletes in the game today.
With high demand comes equally as high expectations. Playing the quarterback position is arguably the hardest of any other within the game, but that pressure has not stopped coaches and fans from expecting the best of their signal callers both on and off the field. For all the notoriety that the position brings, there are some that fail to attain the iconic status that resonates with the position. Some are simply forgotten as their names fade away in the background of NFL history.
In order to shine a light on the names that have faded with time or revitalized their careers in different places, we are taking a deep look at every NFL roster and seeing where they are now.
32 Arizona Cardinals: Jake Plummer
During the tenure of his ten NFL seasons, the gunslinger “Jake the Snake” is by far not a forgotten quarterback per say. His legacy is more so tied towards his time with the Denver Broncos where he sported a 40-18 record before he retired. What many fans may have forgotten or just plain did not know was the once lauded gunslinger started his career with the Cardinals as a second-round pick in the 1997 draft.
His promising career as a Cardinal fell apart quickly as he went from being heralded as a rising star to one of the worst quarterbacks in the league.
Plummer only recorded one season with a positive touchdown to interception ratio before he turned his career around in Denver as a free agent in 2003.
Following his retirement in 2007, Plummer became heavily involved in professional handball for several years along with his brother Eric. After several years away from the sport, Plummer returned to the game as a football analyst for the Pac-12 Network and has been there since.
31 Atlanta Falcons: Chris Chandler
Before the days of Matt Ryan’s blown 28-3 lead in Super Bowl and the "human joystick" Michael Vick going to prison, there was another Falcon quarterback that failed to bring a championship to the city. Before coming to Atlanta, Chandler was a journeyman quarterback that played on several teams for brief periods.
Under head coach Dan Reeves, Chandler finally was able to turn his career around and led the Falcons to a Super Bowl berth in the 1998 season. After two Pro Bowl years, Chandler’s performance dropped considerable which prompted the Falcons to replace him with Michael Vick following the 2001 season.
After his departure from the Falcons, Chandler continued to struggle in the limited opportunities he got with the Bears and Rams. In the subsequent years after retirement, Chandler enjoys participating in the American Century Championship and even won once back in 2007.
30 Baltimore Ravens: Trent Dilfer
The Baltimore Ravens seem to have a knack for obtaining mediocre quarterbacks that lead them to Super Bowl championships. While Dilfer’s name never went down alongside other Super Bowl quarterbacks in terms of greatness, his actions were immortalized once his performance ignited the term of “game manager”, a stigma among quarterbacks today. During his one year with the Ravens (and pretty much every other team he was on) in the 2000 season, Dilfer never really made a mistake, but he didn’t make any big plays either.
Despite obtaining the greatest accolade as an active player, Dilfer didn’t find any real notoriety and respect until his retirement and his transition to the media. His experience of the game paid great dividends as he became one of the most respected football analysts in television over the last decade for ESPN and NFL Network.
Dilfer was one of the many ESPN employees laid off the past year, but he still shares his input on various podcasts and websites. Every year he participates as the head coach for Nike’s Elite 11, a premier quarterback competition held annually.
29 Buffalo Bills: J.P. Losman
Sadly, having a cool name will only get you so far in the NFL. Drafted within a loaded 2004 class of quarterbacks (Eli Manning, Phillip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger), Losman was handed immediate expectations. As the first quarterback taken in the first round by Buffalo since Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, Losman would be viewed as the future of the franchise. Between injury and poor performances, Losman never managed to live up to those lofty expectations
After a couple of seasons, the Bills had started to look to the future once more with Trent Edwards. Edwards’ arrival dropped the curtain on Losman’s career as a starter in the NFL as he would spend the next several years in the CFL and as a backup for the Raiders, Seahawks, and Dolphins.
Like many players, Losman couldn’t stay away from the game and needed to be a part of it in some form. In 2017, he joined Clemson as an interning coach under head coach Dabo Swinney.
28 Carolina Panthers: Jimmy Clausen
Jimmy Clausen aka the quarterback that played so bad that it allowed the Panthers to draft Cam Newton. In a roundabout way, that accomplishment on its own should place Clausen in the Panther’s ring of honor. The former Notre Dame standout quarterback was selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was such a touted quarterback coming out that even ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. boldly stated that he would retire if Clausen was not a successful quarterback within 8 years.
Apparently, one season was all the coaches needed to see of Clausen before moving on. In his rookie year with the Panthers, Clausen threw for a measly 1,558 yards, three touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
Following the drafting of future 2015 MVP quarterback Cam Newton, Clausen was let go by the Panthers. After being let go by the Ravens in 2015, Clausen has spent time as a broadcaster, took part in Michael Vick’s professional Flag Football League, and has served as a pre-draft mentor for Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
27 Chicago Bears: Rex Grossman
Michael Vick may have been dubbed the “Human Joystick”, but Rex Grossman was certainly the “Human Rollercoaster” throughout his rocky NFL career. Originally drafted as a first-round pick by the Bears in 2003, Grossman didn’t play more than half of a regular season until 2006 (his only full season).
There were times during that season Grossman looked like a perennial pro bowler, and then there were times when he looked like a rookie fresh out of college. There was no method to the up and down Grossman experience. Despite the unpredictable nature of his play, Grossman led the Bears to a Super Bowl berth against Peyton Manning and the 2006 Colts. Once more though, Grossman’s pension for turnovers reared its head during the Super Bowl. After that loss, Grossman’s remaining career in the league would be as a serviceable backup in both Chicago and Washington.
Fully removed from the game now, Grossman and his wife created Florida Medical Staffing, an agency for nurses looking to travel around the country a couple months at a time during the year.
26 Cincinnati Bengals: Akili Smith
Smith alongside fellow 1999 draft classmate, Tim Couch, stand as reminders that the NFL Draft is just as much a gamble as it is a science. After just one good season in college, Smith shot up teams’ draft boards based on the need for the position and an interest in his athletic ability. Right out of the gate, Smith failed to impress during his rookie year when throwing 805 yards with two touchdowns and six inceptions within a 7-game period.
His in-game struggles continued well into his second year which prompted the Bengals to demote Smith to the bench for the next couple of seasons. During his 17 starts, Smith went 3-14, completed less than 50% of his passes, and had a 52.8 quarterback rating.
Smith retired from football and entered into the world of coaching. He even became a deacon in his father’s Baptist Church.
Over the years, Smith has been a quarterback coach for Grossmont College, a graduate assistant at the University of California, and a quarterback coach for St. Augustine High School, and even an offensive coaching intern for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
25 Cleveland Browns: Doug Pederson
The NFL is truly a strange place. Whoever would have thought that the Browns' backup quarterback that took over for an injured Ty Detmer would end up leading his team to Super Bowl championship 17 years later. Granted, the team he led was the Philadelphia Eagles, and he was the head coach instead of the quarterback. For the majority of his NFL career, Pederson was an unimpressive backup that drifted from the Dolphins, the Packers, the Eagles, and the Browns during his ten-year career as a player.
Pederson began his coaching career as the head coach of Calvary Baptist Academy, a private Christian School in Louisiana. Several years into the program, Pederson left the high school ranks when he was hired as the offensive quality control coach for the Eagles in 2009. After a stint in Kansas City as an offensive coordinator, Pederson got his first shot as an NFL head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles (he just seems to keep getting jobs there) and led them to their first Super Bowl Championship during the 2017 season.
24 Dallas Cowboys: Quincy Carter
Originally seen as the replacement for Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, Carter was drafted by the Cowboys as a second-round pick in the 2001 Draft. His career started out promising. Following a successful preseason, Carter became the first rookie in NFL history taken in the second round to start week 1. Over the next couple of seasons, injuries opened the door for the Cowboys to bring in Chad Hutchinson who beat Carter out as the starter for a period in the 2002 season.
The arrival of new head coach Bill Parcels helped Carter revitalize his career as he led the Cowboys to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth. Despite the success of that year, Carter was cut the following season due to the Cowboys adding more quarterbacks to the roster and failing multiple drug tests.
Carter’s desire to play the game didn’t wane after his release in 2004. He spent the next decade bouncing around from different teams and several different indoor arena leagues. Carter fell into drug issues again as he was arrested in 2016 for possession of marijuana and driving while intoxicated.
23 Denver Broncos: Brian Grise
One of many attempting to fill the void of losing Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. After backing up the Denver legend for a year, Grise became the Broncos’ starter for the next several seasons. Though he had his moments and even a pro bowl selection in 2000, being just a decent quarterback coming of off the heels of Super Bowl champion John Elway made Grise an unwanted player after five seasons with the team.
Over the course of the next several years, Grise showed flashes resembling a pro bowler but inevitably was regulated to the role of a backup for the Dolphins, Bears, and Buccaneers.
His notoriety within the football world got a big boost following retirement as he became a college football broadcaster for ESPN and occasional Denver Broncos games during the preseason.
22 Detroit Lions: Charlie Batch
As the second round pick for Detroit in the 1998 draft, Charlie Batch came onto a promising Detroit team with future Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders still in his prime. Following the abrupt retirement of Sanders going into the 1999 season, Batch was tasked with more of a hybrid quarterback role to boost the struggling running game. The playstyle was effective as Batch was able to lead the Lions to a playoff berth, but that playing style also caused Batch to never finish a full season in Detroit. As the injuries piled up, he would eventually be replaced with Joey Harrington in 2002.
Batch quickly found a new home on the Steelers roster where he would spend the next 11 years as a backup for the team. Even after retirement, Batch continued to work in Pittsburgh by joining KDKA-TV as a pre-game analyst for the Steelers.
21 Green Bay Packers: Matt Flynn
When a team has two Hall of Fame quarterbacks leading them for the past 25 years, it's hard to find another quarterback that started for more than one game other than Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. In comes, Matt Flynn for the rescue. Drafted by the Packers in the seventh round back in 2008, Flynn was brought in solely to be the backup and learn behind Aaron Rodgers. During that time, Flynn got two starts and performed exceptionally well in both opportunities.
Within the quarterback-needy world of the NFL, apparently, two good games was all Matt Flynn needed to secure a three-year deal worth $20.5 million with the Seahawks in 2012. Despite the lucrative contract, Flynn was beaten out by third-round pick Russel Wilson and returned to being a backup for Seahawks, Raiders, Jets, Saints, and Packers once more.
Still technically a free agent, Flynn has opened up his own business called MyHy in 2016. It's essentially a substance revolved around hydrating the body using only natural ingredients.
20 Houston Texans: David Carr
In order for a quarterback to succeed at the high level of the NFL, everything from a good coaching staff to a good supporting cast is needed. David Carr really didn’t have any of that after being selected number one overall in the 2002 Draft for the Texans, a new expansion team. Granted, it wasn’t like Carr played well in any capacity himself. He was the most sacked quarterback ever in NFL during his rookie year and the third most sacked in his fourth year, so it’s hard for any quarterback to succeed under those circumstances.
No matter the excuse, Carr simply didn’t pan out and was subsequently replaced by Matt Schaub after the 2006 season. He was a backup among several different teams over the course of the next few years and has been labeled as one of the biggest busts at the quarterback position.
In 2016, Carr joined NFL Network as an analyst for their various programs.
19 Indianapolis Colts: Curtis Painter
Sometimes you just have to feel bad for backup quarterbacks thrust into a starting gig. After years of never being injured, the Colts were blindsided and unprepared when Peyton Manning missed the entire 2011 season. Painter was among the many failed attempts for the Colts to barely survive without the injured Peyton Manning during that year. Following the injury of veteran quarterback Kerry Collins in week three, Painter came in and struggled during his next eight starts before being benched in favor of Dan Orlovsky.
Painter was released by the Colts after the 2011 season and found work with the Ravens and Giants as a backup before leaving the game. He now assists his wife with the family business, at Mustard Seed Gardens, a wedding venue in Indiana.
18 Jacksonville Jaguars: Bryon Leftwich
Once upon a time, Leftwich was the first-round pick in the 2003 Draft and would take over the reins from then starting quarterback Mark Brunell. Leftwich slowly progressed into the player that the Jaguars wanted over the next couple years, but a series of repetitive ankle injuries derailed his career. After another ankle injury in the 2006 season, Leftwich was replaced by David Garrard and released by the Jaguars after the 2007 preseason.
Once recovered, Leftwich jumped around to the Falcons, Steelers, and Buccaneers as a backup and even got a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers before his retirement. During his post-NFL career, Leftwich joined the Arizona Cardinals as a coaching intern in 2016 and was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2017.
17 Kansas City Chiefs: Brodie Croyle
Despite only playing in only two games during his rookie season, Croyle was already being set up as the successor for the aging Trent Green. With the trade of Green to the Dolphins in 2007, Croyle was set up to be the starter, but a subpar offseason led to the naming of Damon Huard as the starter in 2007. After a midseason injury of Huard, Croyle stepped in as the starter for the remainder of the year and was named the starter for the 2008 season despite his poor performance. An injury plagued 2008 season ended his time with the Chiefs as the incumbent starter and paved the way for the acquisition of Matt Cassel in the 2009 offseason.
His time as a Chief came to an end in 2011 when he signed with the Cardinals but then retired from the NFL in 2012.
Outside of football, Croyle is the executive of Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home and school founded by his father to look after unfortunate children coming from abusive circumstances.
16 Los Angeles Chargers: Ryan Leaf
When looking back at the successful history of Chargers quarterbacks such as Drew Brees, Doug Flutie, and Philip Rivers, it’s easy to forget the one blemish on their draft record: Ryan Leaf. Once thought to be on the same level as Peyton Manning, the former first-round pick proved to be opposite of Manning in nearly every way. Due to the myriad of poor performances, questionable character, and off-field issues, Leaf stands as one of the more disappointing tales in league history.
During his playing days, he became the center of one negative headline after another throughout his rookie year and subsequent years on the Chargers roster. Within three seasons of being drafted, he was cut by the Chargers and retired from the league in 2002.
Leaf’s troubles followed him even after retirement from the league as he found himself amidst multiple burglary and drug charges over the years. After spending 32 months locked away, Leaf found new purpose in his life and decided to pursue a path of helping others. Once released early from a seven-year sentence, Leaf used his negative experiences to obtain a job as a program ambassador for a recovery community with bases in Los Angeles, Houston, and New York.
15 Los Angeles Rams: Trent Green
Trent Green accomplished many great things as a pro bowl caliber quarterback during his time in the league with Redskins and the Chiefs. When it comes down to his time with the Rams though, Green was truly the quarterback that never was. While the football world gushes over the incredible story of Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner going from bag boy to Super Bowl MVP, Trent Green stands as the victim in that story. Unlike the case of the 2017 NFL season with Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz, Green was not having an MVP caliber season before his injury. In fact, he had barely had a season at all.
With just one hit in a preseason game by Rodney Harrison, Green’s career took a wild turn as he went from the Rams’ starter to a backup on one of the most historic NFL offenses in history. Till the end of time, Trent Green will stand as one of the biggest “what if” scenarios in the history of the Rams.
Following his retirement from the league, Green pursued a career in broadcasting and currently works for CBS.
14 Miami Dolphins: Jay Fiedler
Before his time with the Dolphins, Fiedler had moved around from the Eagles, Vikings, and Jaguars as nothing more than a backup or spot starter. His time with the Dolphins, were the best years of his career as he led the Dolphins to three 10+ winning seasons in his four-year tenure. Despite being the last Dolphin quarterback to win a playoff game, Fiedler’s role in the offense was that of a game manager and relied largely on the defense to win games. His lackluster play eventually forced the Dolphins to move on, and he retired from the league a couple years later.
Fiedler currently is the director and owner of The Sports Academy at Brookwood Camps, as his family acquired the property in 1986.
13 Minnesota Vikings: Tarvaris Jackson
Looking back over the recent history of Vikings' quarterbacks, it's certainly understandable why they felt like they had to pay Kirk Cousins so much money. Outside some bright spots like Dante Culpepper and Brett Favre, the Vikings' list of signal callers has hardly been impressive despite the good talent they produced from other positions. Tarvaris Jackson was certainly not the worst of the signal callers for the Vikings, but he certainly is one of the easiest to forget. Out of his four seasons in Minnesota, Jackson wasn’t able to keep the starting job for an entire season.
Despite his brief tenure as a starter for the Vikings, those years were still the best for Jackson. Following his departure from Minnesota, Jackson went on to be a backup for the Seahawks and the Bills. Before he could re-sign with a team in 2016, he was arrested on aggravated assault charges that were eventually dropped. Even with Jackson never being indicted, the damage to his image caused no team to sign him since. Currently, Jackson is working as a graduate assistant for the Alabama State football team.
12 New England Patriots: Drew Bledsoe
Drew Bledsoe is pretty much the rich man’s Trent Green with the two sharing similar stories of how their injuries paved the way for future Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Except in Bledsoe’s case, his injury replacement is arguably the greatest of all time. Before the start of Tom Brady’s career, Bledsoe was well-loved in New England as he helped the Patriots reach a Super Bowl in 1996 along with several postseason appearances. Despite the success of Bledsoe in New England, Brady has dwarfed his accomplishments.
After his days in New England came to an end, Bledsoe found success during a stint in Buffalo. His days in the league came to an end after a brief stop with the Cowboys in 2006 before his retirement in 2007.
Right after his retirement, Bledsoe opened up his own business, Doubleback Winery, in 2007 and has been managing it ever since
11 New Orleans Saints: Aaron Brooks
Originally drafted as a third-string backup for Brett Farve in 1999, Brooks was traded to the Saints where he would help lead the team to their first winning season since 1992 and a playoff berth. Following his first year with the Saints, Brooks failed to get them to another winning record. After four more seasons with the team, he was subsequently released after the 2005 season. Brooks was set up to be the starter for the Raiders in the 2006 season, but injuries derailed his season thus propelling Brooks to retire in 2007.
Prompted by the urge to help improve the community he came from, Brooks became involved in property development. After about a decade of ups and downs getting the project going, progress is slowly being made to making things better.
10 New York Giants: Kerry Collins
Holding the honor of being the first selection for the 1995 Carolina Panther expansion team, Collins had a productive career in the NFL by passing for over 40,000 yards and 200 touchdowns with over six different teams. His initial years in the league were tumultuous ones as poor play and an alcohol addiction affected his desire to even play the sport. He found his way to the Giants roster as the backup in the 1999 season. Due to the struggling play of Kent Graham, Collins took over that year and led the Giants to a Super Bowl appearance against the Ravens. Despite high yardage games, Collins never did quite enough to earn the long-term trust of the Giants as they sought to replace him with Eli Manning in the 2004 season.
Recently, Collins was informed he would be inducted into the Penn State 2018 Hall of Fame class. He's been enjoying a peaceful retirement, and he has been pursuing a career as a country songwriter.
9 New York Jets: Vinny Testaverde
As one of the longest-tenured NFL quarterbacks in league history, Testaverde was recognized for his longevity of playing the position a total of 21 seasons. Testaverde stands as one of the of the strangest cases in the NFL. Despite being in the top ten for many passing categories, his numbers didn’t lead to a great win/loss ratio. The former Heisman winner made his NFL debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 1987 season but struggled to find success with the team over the next six years.
After a couple stints in Cleveland and Baltimore, Testaverde had his best statistical season with the New York Jets in 1998 throwing for 3200 yards with 29 touchdowns to seven interceptions. Following that season, Testaverde regressed back to his usual ebb and flow of subpar performances and jumping to several different teams for the next four seasons before retiring in 2007.
Since his retirement, Testaverde has been the quarterback coach for Jesuit High School of Tampa.
8 Oakland Raiders: JaMarcus Russell
Russell exists as another quarterback labeled as one of the worst busts in NFL history (it seems to be a common thread for this list). Coming into the 2007 NFL Draft, Russel enamored teams with his raw physical talent. As the draft came closer, questions began to surface regarding his passion for the game. Those concerns were ultimately ignored as he was still drafted as the number one overall pick. Russell sat for the majority of his rookie year and showed flashes at times in his sophomore year, but reports of his poor work ethic and continuous weight gain led to the Raiders parting ways with Russel after just three seasons.
Following his dismissal from the Raiders, no team showed interest in the former first-round pick for years. For the next decade, Russell attempted multiple times to make a comeback to the NFL. Despite his earnest desire to return, hardly any teams wished to set up a tryout for Russel due to the negative stigma he had received from drug use issues and poor work ethic.
Since his departure from the league, Russel has become active in coaching youth football in Alabama.
7 Philadelphia Eagles: Kevin Kolb
Former Eagles head coach Andy Reid has been heralded as a quarterback guru of sorts for finding and developing talent. Sadly, everyone in life makes mistakes and that pretty much sums up Kevin Kolb’s career in Philadelphia. In Reid’s defense, Kolb performed well in his spot starts for former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. Kolb was drafted as a second-round pick in the 2007 draft, so the subsequent trade of McNabb was bound to happen. After losing the starting job to Michael Vick due to injury, Kolb was traded to the Cardinals where injuries would derail his career once more before it really had a chance to start.
After multiple concussions throughout his career, Kolb retired from the league in 2014 and was last seen in the spotlight for driving under the influence while boating in 2014.
6 Pittsburgh Steelers: Tommy Maddox
When one looks at the career of Tommy Maddox, there are many parallels to the journey of Kurt Warner. Maddox was originally drafted with the intention of one day replacing the aging John Elway. That idea quickly vanished as Elway continued to perform at a high level and Maddox was regulated to being the placekicker holder for his remaining time in Denver. During the next few years, Maddox served as a backup for multiple teams and even left the league in 1997 to become an insurance agent. The love for the game never left Maddox during his hiatus as he joined the Arena Football League in 2000 and the XFL in 2001.
With the departure of the XFL, Maddox signed with the Steelers as a backup but gained the chance to earn the starting job following the injury of Kordell Stewart. After a couple of seasons, injuries caused Maddox to lose his job to first-round pick Ben Roethlisberger which turned out to be the end of his career in Pittsburgh.
Maddox officially retired from football in 2007 and now serves as the head coach of the Decatur High School Baseball team.
5 San Francisco 49ers: Jeff Garcia
Unlike many quarterbacks on this list, Garcia did not even begin his professional career in the NFL. Garcia started out in the CFL and was a standout for several years. That success led to the 49ers signing Garcia as the backup for Steve Young during the 1999 season. The 2000 season saw the retirement of Steve Young and thus the emergence of Jeff Garcia as pro bowl quarterback for three straight seasons. Garcia led the 49ers to multiple playoff runs during his time, but a shaky 2003 season prompted the release of Garcia.
His later days were not nearly as glamorous as Garcia bounced around to multiple teams as a backup before landing a starting job with the Buccaneers in 2007. In Tampa Bay, Garcia returned to pro bowl form as he led the Bucs to a division title. Garcia returned to being a backup for several years before his eventual retirement.
Since his retirement, Garcia joined a couple CFL teams as a quarterback coach and offensive assistant until 2015. Currently, Garcia works with other quarterbacks to develop their skill and mechanics.
4 Seattle Seahawks: Jon Kitna
Kitna’s arrival within the Seahawks organization was a surprise for both sides. The team's original aim was to see a tryout for a receiver for Central Washington college, but Kitna impressed the scouts as he was the quarterback throwing the ball for the workout. Following that workout, the Seahawks signed Kitna as an undrafted free agent for their practice squad before sending him off to NFL Europe to further develop. Kitna returned to the Seahawks after a year in NFL Europe and served as the backup for Warren Moon for a couple years until he got his chance to start in 1999.
Kitna lost that starting job during the 2000 season as he and fellow quarterback Brock Huard rotated in and out of the lineup due to injuries and inconsistent play. Kitna was released from the Seahawks following that season and played for the Bengals, Lions, and Cowboys before he retired.
With his playing days behind him, Kitna still is deep within the game of football as a high school football head coach since 2012.
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaun King
Shaun King’s time as a starter was a limited one, but still was a part of the Buccaneers’ slow rise until they won the Super Bowl in 2002. As a second-round pick in the 1999 Draft, King got his opportunity to start for the Bucs during his rookie year after a season-ending injury to Trent Dilfer. In back to back years, King led the Bucs to playoff appearances but was replaced by Brad Johnson in 2001 as King failed to win over the coaching staff, King finished his time with the Bucs as a backup over the next three seasons.
King struggled to land a permanent spot on several teams over the next few years until landing in the CFL and Arena League for brief periods. While unable to return to the NFL, he did find work as an ESPN analyst following his departure from the league.
In 2016, King joined the staff of the University of South Florida as an assistant coach.
2 Tennessee Titans: Vince Young
After a fantastic collegiate career, Young was among a quarterback-heavy 2006 draft class alongside Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler when drafted number three overall by the Titans. Despite a strong showing during his rookie campaign, tension with head coach Jeff Fisher and a subpar 2007 season regulated Young to the role of backup after an early injury in 2008. With the success of Kerry Collins in Young’s absence, Fisher was inclined to keep Young on the bench in 2009 until pressure from the owner and a 0-6 start forced Young back into the lineup.
Young remained the starter until 2010 when suffering an injury and a verbal altercation with Fisher in the locker room. Young was released from the team in 2011 after that season.
For the next few years, Young served as a backup around the league until being released by the Browns in 2014. Despite a desire to return to the NFL, Young could only find work in 2017 for the CFL until an injury in training camp forced his release.
Since his departure from the NFL, Young has done work for the University of Texas in its Division of Diversity and Community Relations. Last year, he was unsuccessful in a comeback to football with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders. On a brighter note, he recently climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in February 2018.
1 Washington Redskins: Patrick Ramsey
Patrick Ramsey was selected 32nd overall in the 2002 NFL draft with the intent to bring life and stability into the quarterback room there. After a decent rookie year in five starts, Ramsey improved in every passing category the next year but not enough to warrant him keeping the starting job. Overall, Ramsey struggled in his first two years under Steve Spurrier’s offense and even the arrival of Joe Gibbs in 2004 was not enough to help him turn around his career in Washington. With his release from the Redskins in 2006, Ramsey signed with eight different teams over the next five years.
After leaving the league following his release from the Vikings in 2011, Ramsey has dedicated his time to being the Operations Manager and co-owner of his father’s construction company.