Quarterback is the most important position in sports and because of that, the quality of any such quarterback is always a hot debate topic. Are they good, are they bad, or are they in-between? Is this a guy who can lead your team to a title, or will you be stuck in mediocrity or worse with him under center? The same goes for quarterbacks from previous generations. Ask any NFL fan and they can give you at least their top 5 quarterbacks of all-time without even thinking about it.
This article dives into that discussion in a little different way. Here we take a look at not the best, or worst, but some of the most overrated and underrated guys to ever play the position. Some of these guys get too much praise, while others don’t get enough. So flip through this list and see what you think. Maybe you agree with our list, or maybe you don’t.
15. Vinnie Testaverde (underrated)
If you take a glance at Testaverde’s numbers you may think he’s one of the greatest Hall of Fame snubs in NFL history. He ranks 7th in NFL history for all-time passing yards, for crying out loud. Of course, you can throw for a ton of yards when you play for 20 seasons, which he did.
The ageless Testaverde should get credit for his longevity, something that many NFL players can only dream of. While he does have just a 90-123 career record as a starter, he should be commended for leading the 7th -most fourth-quarter comeback all-time.
15. Carson Palmer (overrated)
It’s a little unfair to call Palmer overrated because he’s going to garner serious consideration from the Hall of Fame. He also deserves a lot of credit for being able to come back from serious injuries on multiple occasions.
However, despite throwing for nearly 300 touchdowns and having over 100 more touchdowns than interceptions, Palmer only played in four playoff games, and in one of them, he only threw one pass before getting hurt. Without leading his team to a few more playoff appearances, you have to admit that Palmer is a little overrated.
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