25. Philip Rivers
Rivers has still yet to deliver his franchise, the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, to the promised land of the Super Bowl, but there is no disputing his talent and his fiery will-to-win. Rivers was drafted fourth overall by the New York Giants in 2004, then traded to the Chargers for Eli Manning, who had been the overall number one pick of the Chargers.
For any who doubt Rivers’ inclusion on a list such as this, realize he has a career passer rating of 96.0, which ranks him an impressive eighth all time among quarterbacks who’ve made at least 1,500 passing attempts in their careers. And when it comes to consecutive-game durability among active quarterbacks, Rivers is number one with 224 and counting, good for the 5th longest streak in NFL history.
24. Warren Moon
Though he might be surpassed in the demographic category by the likes of Pat Mahomes or Cam Newton, for now Moon remains the greatest African-American quarterback in NFL history. This designation is somewhat ironic considering it was in the Canadian Football League (CFL) in which Moon achieved his initial professional success that lead to a successful transition to the best pro football league.
Moon was foolishly undrafted in the 1978 NFL Draft, so he took his game to the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL, where he won a Tom Brady-like five Grey Cups (the CFL equivalent of the Super Bowl) before returning to the NFL in 1984 to play with the Houston Oilers first, then three other NFL teams. Though he never won an NFL title, Moon retired with 291 career touchdowns, a number that would otherwise easily exceed 400 had he been properly drafted in ‘78.
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