The Quarterback Abstract:

Ranking the Quarterbacks in Modern Day History

Online Supplement

This book contains entries on 367 men and attempts to answer three questions about each quarterback: Who was he? What was his playing style? How good was he?. The bulk of the group is made up of 338 quarterbacks who have started at least 10 games in the NFL since 1950. Beginning with 1950, two-platoon football was made permanent allowing the T-formation quarterback to focus solely on offense without also having to play defensive back anymore. The advent of the two-platoon game also made it easier to track starting quarterbacks. In the book, I also included 27 pre-1950 signal callers, some of whom played at least part of their career as single-wing tailbacks. These men either were likely to have started at least 10 games at quarterback or were passers of such significance that they could not be ignored.

I used a cutoff point of 10 NFL starts in order to keep the book to a manageable length, but there are at least another 240 quarterbacks who started a game in the league. This online supplement contains capsule entries on each of those field generals, divided into seven web pages.

Quarterbacks with 1-9 Starts

A-C | D-G | H-K | L-M | N-Q | R-S | T-Z

Quarterbacks D-G


Boley Dancewicz
BOS 1946-48
3-8-0 est.
Frank “Boley” Dancewicz was the NFL’s overall number one draft pick in 1946 and one of four Notre Dame players to go in the first round of just 10 picks that year, including fellow quarterback Johnny Lujack by the Bears. With Angelo Bertelli and Lujack in the service, Boley started for the Irish in 1944 and 1945. Lujack returned in 1946 to compete with Frank Tripucka and George Ratterman, while Dancewicz signed with Boston. As a pro, Dancewicz completed 40% of his passes and threw 12 touchdowns to 29 interceptions for the perennially losing Yanks. The highlight of his career was appearing in the 1948 motion picture “Triple Threat.”
Eagle Day
WSH 1959-60
Eagle Day’s first pass at Ole Miss went for a 63-yard touchdown. Drafted in the 17th round by the Redskins in 1956, he signed instead with the CFL. Day gave the NFL a try in 1959, but played more as a punter for Washington than as a quarterback, completing just 15 of 32 passes for 194 yards in two seasons. Eagle returned to the CFL in 1961 and starred as a quarterback in Canada for the rest of the decade. He was a two-time CFL All Star.
Randy Dean
NYG 1977-79
An Academic All American at Northwestern, Dean was selected in the fifth round of the 1977 draft by the Giants, but was unable to beat out the ineffectual Jerry Golsteyn and Joe Pisarcik for the starting job. By 1980, all three were finally gone. In Randy’s first start, he threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Gary Shirk, but it would be the only TD pass of his career.
Jim Del Gaizo

MIA 1972

GBP 1973

NYG 1974

The Dolphins’ third string quarterback during Miami’s unbeaten 1972 season, Del Gaizo was shipped to Green Bay the next year for two second round draft picks. After completing 43% of his passes for two touchdowns and six interceptions, the Packers sent Jim to the Giants a year later for a third round pick, but he fared no better in New York. The mutton-chopped lefthander had a strong arm, but could not hit his targets consistently.
Bill Demory
NYJ 1973-74
With Joe Namath and Al Woodall both out with injuries, Arizona rookie free agent Demory got to start three games for the Jets in 1973. Demory had a weak arm and completed just one of seven passes for 11 yards in his only win, a 9-7 victory over the Patriots on October 14, 1973 with the Jets rushing for 232 yards.
Koy Detmer
PHL 1998-06
Ty Detmer’s little brother stretched a nine-year career out of meager talent by being an amiable locker room presence and a reliable holder for field goals and extra points. The Colorado free agent was on the Eagles’ practice squad during brother Ty’s last year in Philadelphia and got to start five games the next year which were more noteworthy for his bizarre whip hand touchdown celebration that he called “Spanking the Monkey.”
Parnell Dickinson
TBB 1976
A free agent from Mississippi Valley State where Jerry Rice would later attend, “Paydirt” Dickinson was the first black quarterback for the Bucs, preceding Doug Williams by two years. Parnell had a big arm, but was not very accurate, completing just 38% of his passes and throwing one touchdown to five interceptions in Tampa’s inaugural season. In his only start against the Dolphins, he completed his first four passes before hurting his knee. He never played again, but still works for the Bucs today.
Anthony Dilweg
GBP 1989-90
The grandson of great 1920s Packers’ end Lavie Dilweg, Anthony was taken in the third round in 1989 out of Duke where he played under Steve Spurrier. With starter Don Majkowski holding out at the beginning of 1990 and hurt by the end of it, Dilweg got to start seven games in his sophomore season and was named NFL Player of the Week after leading Green Bay to an upset win over the Rams on opening day. A knee injury ended his career.
Jim Druckenmiller
SFF 1997-98
An immobile bull at quarterback with a strong but inaccurate arm, Druckenmiller was a singularly bad match with the 49ers’ West Coast Offense, but he was their number one pick out of Virginia Tech in 1997. Druckenmiller got to start one game when Steve Young was out with a concussion, and the 49ers won despite Jim’s 10 for 28 passing for 102 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Druckenmiller once missed a team flight, had to fend off criminal charges and declined San Francisco’s request that he play in Europe in his short, eventful time by the Bay. He was traded to Miami for two seventh round picks and then surfaced in the joke league XFL where he was third in touchdown passes.
Tom Dublinski

DET 1952-54 NYG 1958

DEN 1960

Dublinski was Bobby Layne’s backup for Detroit’s run of three straight championship game appearances in the early 1950s. Then, he went to Canada for three years, returned to the NFL for one, went back to the CFL for one, came back south for a year in the AFL and then finished his career with two more years in the CFL. All in all, Tom spent time with five teams in three leagues. In the CFL, he threw for 43 touchdowns and 53 interceptions. It was his struggling performance in the first Bronco training camp that convinced Frank Tripucka to come out of retirement for Denver.
Joe Dufek
BUF 1983-84
A free agent out of Yale, Dufek became the only Eli quarterback to start in the NFL when Joe Ferguson was benched in 1984. He threw four touchdown passes and eight interceptions for the Bills. Dufek’s brother Don spent eight years as a defensive back for the Seattle.
Randy Duncan
KCC 1961
Duncan was the NFL’s overall number one pick in 1959, but turned down new coach Vince Lombardi in Green Bay to sign with the BC Lions in Canada. In two years in Canada, Randy threw for 3,480 yards, 23 touchdowns and 38 interceptions. In 1961, Duncan signed with the Dallas Texans of the AFL and got to start two games in place of Cotton Davidson, but completed just 37% of his passes and was replaced by Len Dawson in 1962.
Virgil Eikenberg
Cards 1948
1 start
Virgil “Charley” Eikenberg preceded Tobin Rote at Rice where he played against Bobby Layne at Texas and led the Owls over Tennessee in the 1947 Orange Bowl. An 18th round pick of the Brooklyn Tigers in 1945, Eikenberg played one year for the Cardinals in 1948 as the third quarterback behind Paul Christman and Ray Mallouf. Charley got to throw two passes in the 1948 championship game loss to Philadelphia. One was incomplete, and one was intercepted.
Hunter Enis

KCC 1960

SDC 1961

OAK 1962

DEN 1962

Enis, a free agent out of TCU, was the only quarterback to play for all four original AFL Western Division teams, and he did so in three years, bouncing from Dallas to San Diego to Oakland to Denver. The Chargers traded Hunter to Oakland along with receiver Bo Roberson and lineman Gene Selawski for the draft rights to Hall of Famer Lance Alworth. Enis was an assistant coach in college and the pros for many years.
Tom Farris
CHI 1946-47 CHR 1948
3 starts
Farris was drafted in the 11th round out of Wisconsin by Green Bay in 1942, but never played for the Packers. Tom played 58 minutes in the 1942 College All Star Game against the champion Bears and joined Chicago after the War as Sid Luckman’s backup. He was listed as the starter in three games in 1946, although he was merely Luckman’s warm up man and relief. Farris intercepted five passes for the Bears as a defensive back and then moved on to the Chicago Rockets in the AAFC for one season.
Randy Fasani
CAR 2002
Fasani was the nation’s top recruit out of high school and attended Stanford where he played some tight end and linebacker before becoming the team’s starting quarterback for his last two years. The 6’3” 230-pound Fasani was a running quarterback who was picked in the fifth round by the Panthers in 2002. In his brief career, Randy had more rushing attempts than pass completions. Fasani completed 34% of his passes for zero touchdowns and four interceptions before retiring to become a police officer.
Tom Flick

WSH 1981

NEP 1982

CLE 1984

SDC 1986

The Pac-10 Player of the Year and a Rose Bowl hero at the University of Washington, Flick followed Warren Moon and preceded Steve Pelluer as the Huskies’ quarterback. Tom was drafted in the fourth round by the Redskins in 1981, but didn’t get a chance to start in the NFL until San Diego turned to him with Dan Fouts hurt in 1986. On November 9th, Flick led the 1-8 Chargers over John Elway’s 8-1 Broncos by the score of 9-3. He is now a motivational speaker.
Glenn Foley

NYJ 1994-98

SEA 1999

Glenn Foley starred under Tom Coughlin at Boston College and was selected in the seventh round by the Jets in 1994. Foley was a fiery guy with some potential that Bill Parcells took a liking to in his time with the Jets, but Glenn also was very brittle and injuries cost him his career.
Joe Francis
GBP 1958-59
Pineapple Joe Francis was a Hawaiian tailback from Oregon State and the Packers tried to convert him to quarterback. The fifth round draft pick unfortunately averaged 6.1 yards per carry running the ball and just 5.4 yards per attempt throwing it.
Jesse Freitas Jr.
SDC 1974-75
Jesse’s father played quarterback in the All America Football Conference in the 1940s and later coached Jesse Jr. throwing to Lynn Swann in high school. In college, Junior followed Brian Sipe as the quarterback on Don Coryell’s San Diego State Aztecs. Drafted sixth by the Chargers, Freitas backed up a young Dan Fouts for two years. Jesse was an elusive scrambler but was sacked on 12% of pass plays and completed less than 45% of his passes.
Will Furrer

CHI 1992

Oilers 1995

Furrer was a left-handed quarterback from Virginia Tech, but would never be confused with Michael Vick. Will struggled to hang on in the NFL while throwing two touchdown passes to 10 interceptions. He spent a season as the second string quarterback with the Oilers, ahead of rookie Steve McNair, and then spent two seasons in Europe. In his last NFL shot, Furrer was beaten out by an unknown Kurt Warner on the 1998 Rams.
Arnold Galiffa

NYG 1953

SFF 1954

Galiffa was the star quarterback for West Point after Heisman Trophy winners Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis graduated. The Giants gave the Packers a number one draft pick for his rights, but Arnold threw only one NFL touchdown pass -- a 75-yard game-winner with seven seconds left against the Cardinals on November 1, 1953. The next week Bucko Kilroy of the Eagles landed on Galiffa’s back with both knees, and the quarterback suffered a cracked vertebrae. The Giants traded Arnold to San Francisco in 1954, and he spent 1955-56 in Canada where he threw for 42 touchdowns and 35 interceptions before retiring.
Jason Garrett
DAL 1993-99 NYG 2000
Columbia snapped its 44-game losing streak against a Princeton Tiger team quarterbacked by Jason Garrett. An undrafted free agent, Garrett spent seven years as Troy Aikman’s backup in Dallas, with the highlight coming on Thanksgiving Day 1994 when Jason completed 15 of 26 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns to beat Brett Favre and the Packers on national television. Like his father Jim and brothers Judd and John, Jason went into coaching after retiring; he became the highest paid assistant coach in the NFL in 2008 with the Cowboys.
Sammy Garza (replacement)
Cards 1987
A Mexican-American quarterback from the University of Texas at El Paso, Garza was an eighth round pick of Seattle in 1987, but got his only NFL experience as the Cardinals’ quarterback in a replacement player game that same year. Sammy stuck with the team after the strike was over, but was beaten out by Tom Tupa the next season. Garza spent seven years in the CFL and is now a scout for the Cowboys.
Don Gault
CLE 1970
Hofstra’s Don Gault went to training camp with the Browns from 1968 through 1972, but only appeared in two league games, both in 1970. In his only start, Gault got the victory despite completing just one of 16 passes with two interceptions in the first half against the Steelers. He was benched for rookie Mike Phipps in the second half, and the Browns won the game with two defensive scores. While Gault’s passer rating for his one start was 0.0, lifetime, it rises all the way to 2.2
Gale Gilbert
SEA 1985-86 BUF 1990, 1993 SDC 1994-95
Gale Gilbert was the California quarterback in the Stanford game won by “The Play” when five California laterals led to the winning touchdown through the Cardinal band that had stormed the field prematurely. Gilbert was a backup quarterback on five straight Super Bowl teams in Buffalo and San Diego, but never won a ring since all five teams lost. Similarly, Gilbert lost all four of his NFL starts.
Joe Gilliam
PIT 1972-75
“Jefferson Street Joe” was one of the saddest wastes of potential in NFL history. An 11th round pick out of Tennessee State, he was tall and lanky with a rocket arm and won the starting quarterback job for the Steelers while Terry Bradshaw was on the picket line during training camp in 1974. He was just the third African American regular starting NFL quarterback. Gilliam led Pittsburgh to a 4-1-1 record in the first six games, but would not follow the game plan and was completing just 45% of his passes. Chuck Noll benched Joe for Bradshaw, and the Steelers run of Super Bowls began that year. Gilliam was devastated, increasingly turned to drugs and fell out of the league two years later after breaking training rules on the Saints. He surfaced briefly with the USFL in 1983, but completed just 40% of his passes for five touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Finally overcoming his drug dependency in the late 1990s, Gilliam died suddenly of a heart attack in 2000 at the age of 49.
Scotty Glacken
DEN 1966-67
A seventh round pick out of Duke, Glacken was just one of three for five yards passing in his only start and was lifted after a mere 18 minutes of a 38-21 loss to Buffalo in December 1966. The following year, Scotty helped quarterback the Broncos to a 13-7 victory over Lions in the preseason. It was the first victory of an AFL team over an NFL team. Detroit’s defensive tackle Alex Karras even promised to walk home if the Lions lost to the lowly AFL opponent, but he made sure not to miss the team plane after the loss. Glacken later coached at Georgetown from 1970-94 and was the winningest football coach in school history with a 98-94-2 record. The Hoyas then fired him when they moved up to Division I-AA in 1993.
Brad Goebel


CLE 1992, 1994

After Randall Cunningham and Jim McMahon went down to injuries, the 1991 Eagles turned to a free agent rookie from Baylor, Brad Goebel, and he responded like the proverbial deer in headlights. In back to back losses, Goebel completed 21 of 42 passes for 168 yards, zero touchdowns and six interceptions. In the first loss to Tampa, he handed off to runner Heath Sherman 35 times, and Sherman managed just 89 yards against the stacked defensive line. Goebel later spent a couple of years as the third quarterback in Cleveland.
Jerry Golsteyn

NYG 1977-78 Colts 1979

DET 1979

TBB 1982-83

A 12th round draft choice from Northern Illinois, the 6’4” Golsteyn started the season openers for the Giants in both 1977 and 1978. The Giants won both games, but Jerry got hurt both years and was replaced by Joe Pisarcik. Golsteyn completed just 42% of his passes, threw just two touchdowns to 13 interceptions and barely averaged five yards per attempt. He spent one final season in the USFL backing up Reggie Collier with the Orlando Renegades.
Neil Graff

NEP 1974-75

PIT 1977

Graff was drafted out of Wisconsin in the 16th round by Minnesota in 1971, but never played for the Vikings. After returning to college to work on his Master’s for a year, Neil joined the Patriots as a free agent and a year later got to start the first two games in 1975 with Jim Plunkett out with an injury. After two losses, Plunkett returned. Graff was supplanted by rookie Steve Grogan later in the season and allocated to Seattle in the 1976 expansion draft. Neil never played for the Seahawks but did get into four games for the 1977 Steelers.
Quinn Gray
JAX 2005-07 KCC 2008
2-2-0 active
Gray was an undrafted free agent out of Florida A&M whose father was a coach. He was one of three African-American quarterbacks on the Jaguars from 2003-06, which was a landmark for the NFL. Gray led the Frankfurt Galaxy to a World Bowl title in Europe in 2003 and has shown potential at times, but is now 30 years old and running short on time.
Tony Graziani
ATL 1997-99
A seventh round pick out of Oregon, the left-handed Graziani started one game as a rookie and achieved a 0.0 rating in a loss to Carolina by completing four of 18 passes for 24 yards and two interceptions. A year later, he won his only start in Atlanta’s Super Bowl season. Tony spent 2000 in Europe and then moved on to Arena Football where he became the highest paid player in the league by 2006. With Graziani injured, the Philadelphia Soul still won the last Arena League championship before the league folded. In eight years of Arena ball, Graziani threw 494 touchdowns and 68 interceptions.
Tom Greene

NEP 1960

KCC 1961

After expressing no interest in the NFL, Holy Cross star Tommy Greene was not drafted by the NFL in 1959. A year later, Tommy signed with the Chargers of the fledgling AFL and then was traded to his hometown Patriots where he was beaten out by Boston College’s Butch Songin for the starting slot. Greene completed just 43% of his passes, threw one touchdown and six interceptions and averaged just 37 yards per punt; he was sent on to the Dallas Texans in 1961.
Lee Grosscup
NYG 1960-61 NYJ 1962
Grosscup was an All American at Utah and was the top draft pick of the Giants in 1959, but angered his new teammates by publishing a series of his letters from training camp in Sports Illustrated in which he dramatically cast himself as a loner and an outcast. After playing little in three years with the Giants, Lee was cut and signed with the cross-town Titans in 1962. His only win as a starter came against the Bills on September 22, 1962 in a game known for the “Beer Can Barrage” of 3,500 cans that Buffalo fans rained down on their underperforming team at the conclusion. Grosscup tore up his knee in the fourth game and never played again. He did publish two books in 1963 – a memoir, Fourth and One and an instructional volume, Football: How to Play It and Watch It.




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