Brady Quinn (Notre Dame)
Brady Quinn was everything you look for in a young quarterback: a strong arm, a charismatic leader, and a million dollar smile. During his time in South Bend, Quinn won just about every award you can win as a college quarterback. And in his final two seasons with the Irish — he threw 69 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions. With jaw-dropping numbers like that, the Cleveland Browns were thrilled to draft Quinn in the 1st Round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go according to plan when Quinn got to the NFL. After three miserable seasons with the Browns, he was traded to the Broncos. In two full seasons with the Broncos Quinn did not take a single snap. Over the next few seasons he tried out for several teams, but wasn’t able to drum up any interest. In 2015, Quinn officially retired from the NFL, with just 12 touchdown passes in 24 career games. For a man who set 36 school records during his time at Notre Dame, Quinn’s career was a major disappointment.
Pat White (West Virginia)
White had a historic career at West Virginia, including a stellar performance in a victory over Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl. He is the only quarterback in history to start and win four bowl games in his career, and when he headed to the NFL, he held the record for most rushing yards by a quarterback.
White was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 2nd Round of the 2009 draft. But his magical collegiate career didn’t translate to the NFL. White was cut by the Dolphins after just one season. After he was cut by a team in the Canadian Football League (ouch) White decided to retire from pro football. Here are White’s career stats: 5 pass attempts, 0 completions, 0 passing yards. Not exactly the type of production you’d expect from one of the most decorated quarterbacks in the history of college football.