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NFL Draft: No. 1 Picks That Went on to Win a Super Bowl or NFL Championship

In 2004, Eli Manning Was Drafted By The San Diego Chargers, Then Quickly Traded To The New York Giants. He's The Last No. 1 Pick To Win A Super Bowl

In 2004, Eli Manning Was Drafted By The San Diego Chargers, Then Quickly Traded To The New York Giants. He’s The Last No. 1 Pick To Win A Super Bowl

Nineteen No. 1 NFL Draft picks went on to win a title (out of 79) – that’s not great, but not a bad percentage either (24%). The last to do it was drafted a decade ago, Eli Manning.

  YEAR DRAFTED PLAYER POS. SCHOOL DRAFTED BY SEASON TITLE (TEAM/S)
1. 1945 Charley Trippi HB Georgia Chicago Cardinals 1947 NFL Champion (Cardinals)
2. 1949 Chuck Bednarik C, LB Penn Philadelphia Eagles 1949, 1960 NFL Champion (Eagles)
3. 1955 George Shaw QB Oregon Baltimore Colts 1958 NFL Champion (Colts)
4. 1957 Paul Hornung HB Notre Dame Green Bay Packers 1961, 1962, 1965 NFL Champion (Packers), 1966 Super Bowl I Champion (Packers)
5. 1967 Bubba Smith DE Michigan State Baltimore Colts 1970 Super Bowl V Champion (Colts)
6. 1970 Terry Bradshaw QB Louisiana Tech Pittsburgh Steelers 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979 Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV Champion (Steelers)
7. 1971 Jim Plunkett QB Stanford New England Patriots 1980 Super Bowl XV Champion (Oakland Raiders), 1983 Super Bowl XVIII (L.A. Raiders)
8. 1973 John Matuszak DE Tampa Houston Oilers 1976, 1980 Super Bowl XI, XV Champion (Oakland Raiders),
9. 1974 Ed Jones DE Tennessee State Dallas Cowboys 1977 Super Bowl XII Champion (Cowboys)
10. 1981 George Rogers RB South Carolina New Orleans Saints 1987 Super Bowl XXII Champion (Washington Redskins)
11. 1983 John Elway QB Stanford Baltimore Colts 1997, 1998 Super Bowl XXXII, XXXIII Champion (Denver Broncos)
12. 1989 Troy Aikman QB UCLA Dallas Cowboys 1992, 1993, 1995 Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII, XXX Champion (Cowboys)
13. 1991 Russell Maryland DT Miami (FL) Dallas Cowboys 1992, 1993, 1995 Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII, XXX Champion (Cowboys)
14. 1993 Drew Bledsoe QB Washington State New England Patriots 2001 Super Bowl XXXVI Champion (Patriots)
15. 1996 Keyshawn Johnson WR USC New York Jets 2002 Super Bowl XXXVII Champion (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
16. 1997 Orlando Pace T Ohio State St. Louis Rams 1999 Super Bowl XXXIV Champion (Rams)
17. 1998 Peyton Manning QB Tennessee Indianapolis Colts 2006 Super Bowl XLI Champion (Colts)
18. 2002 David Carr QB Fresno State Houston Texans 2011 Super Bowl XLVI Champion (New York Giants)
19. 2004 Eli Manning QB Ole Miss San Diego Chargers 2007, 2011 Super Bowl XLII, XLVI Champion (New York Giants)

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The 20 Worst Passing Performances in Super Bowl History

Ben Roethlisberger Had The Worst Passing Game In Super Bowl History

Ben Roethlisberger Had The Worst Passing Game In Super Bowl History (Super Bowl XL)

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos sure laid a huge egg in Super Bowl XLVIII, blasted away by the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8. That 35-point differential is tied for the third biggest blowout in Super Bowl history.

Manning looked bad from the first play, when the hike flew over his head and resulted in a safety.  He followed that up with two interceptions, one for a touchdown, and a fumble. Egad.

But this wasn’t the worst passing performance by a quarterback in Super Bowl history – not even close, in fact – if you use the passer rating statistic as a gauge. It’s not the most viable stat, and some debate its value (while others trump it), but it does attempt to quantify how a QB played overall. And according to passer rating, there’s been a whole lot worse than yesterday’s debacle under center.

Not only that, the Broncos team as a group looked awful – defense, special teams, offense (poor blocking, slippery hands). You can’t lay the egg of blame entirely at Manning’s feet for this one. And Denver sure did look like it gave up in the third quarter.

Meanwhile Manning had 34 completions – the most in a Super Bowl game ever. He threw for 280 yards, averaging 5.7 a pop, and had one passing TD. Many a quarterback had 0 touchdowns in the big game, and another handful had more than two interceptions. How about Rich Gannon with five at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense?

On top though, or bottom, depending on how you look at it, is another one of those statistical ironies sports fans love – the worst QB performance in a Super Bowl, Ben Roethlisberger‘s 22.6 passer rating in Super Bowl XL, was a win. Only three of the bottom 20 below were (noted with asterisks).

QUARTERBACK
PASSER RATING
COMP / ATT
YDS / TD / INT
SB
TEAM
SCORE
OPPONENT
1.
Ben Roethlisberger
22.6
9/21
123/0/2
XL (40)
Pittsburgh Steelers*
W 21-10
Seattle Seahawks
2.
Craig Morton
34.1
12/26
127/1/3
V (5)
Dallas Cowboys
L 13-16
Baltimore Colts
3.
John Elway
36.8
14/38
257/1/3
XXII (22)
Denver Broncos
L 10-42
Washington Redskins
4.
Johnny Unitas
42.0
11/24
110/0/1
III (3)
Baltimore Colts
L 7-16
New York Jets
5.
Jim Kelly
44.8
28/58
275/2/4
XXVI (26)
Buffalo Bills
L 24-37
Washington Redskins
6.
Joe Theismann
45.3
16/35
243/0/2
XVIII (18)
Washington Redskins
L 9-38
Los Angeles Raiders
7.
Boomer Esiason
46.1
11/25
144/0/1
XXIII (23)
Cincinnati Bengals
L 16-20
San Francisco 49ers
8.
Drew Bledsoe
46.6
25/48
253/2/4
XXXI (31)
New England Patriots
L 21-35
Green Bay Packers
9.
Chris Chandler
47.2
19/35
219/1/3
XXXIII (33)
Atlanta Falcons
L 19-34
Denver Broncos
10.
Norris Weese
47.9
4/10
22/0/0
XII (12)
Denver Broncos
L 10-27
Dallas Cowboys
11.
Rich Gannon
48.9
24/44
272/2/5
XXXVII (37)
Oakland Raiders
L 21-48
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12.
Ron Jaworski
49.3
18/38
291/1/3
XV (15)
Philadelphia Eagles
L 10-27
Oakland Raiders
13.
David Woodley
50.0
4/14
97/1/1
XVII (17)
Miami Dolphins
L 17-27
Washington Redskins
14.
Neil O’Donnell
51.3
28/49
239/1/3
XXX (30)
Pittsburgh Steelers
L 17-27
Dallas Cowboys
15.
Bob Griese
51.7
12/23
134/0/1
VI (6)
Miami Dolphins
L 3-24
Dallas Cowboys
16.
John Elway
51.9
12/22
123/0/1
XXXII (32)
Denver Broncos*
W 31-24
Green Bay Packers
17.
Joe Kapp
52.6
16/25
183/0/2
IV (4)
Minnesota Vikings
L 7-23
Kansas City Chiefs
18.
Fran Tarkenton
52.7
17/35
205/1/2
XI (11)
Minnesota Vikings
L 14-32
Oakland Raiders
19.
Earl Morrall
54.0
7/15
147/0/1
V (5)
Baltimore Colts*
W 16-13
Dallas Cowboys
20.
Stan Humphries
56.1
24/49
275/1/2
XXIX (29)
San Diego Chargers
L 26-49
San Francisco 49ers

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Russell Wilson and the Highest Passer Ratings in Super Bowl History

Not bad for 25-year old Russell Wilson, the third youngest winning QB in Super Bowl history. He also posted an errorless (no interceptions, fumbles or even sacks) 123.1 passer rating.

QUARTERBACK PASSER RATING DATE
1 Phil Simms  150.9 1/25/1987
2 Joe Montana 147.6 1/28/1990
3 Jim Plunkett  145.0 1/25/1981
4 Troy Aikman 140.7 1/31/1993
5 Steve Young 134.8 1/29/1995
6 Doug Williams  127.9 1/31/1988
7 Joe Montana 127.2 1/20/1985
8 Joe Flacco  124.2 2/3/2013
9 Russell Wilson
123.1 2/2/2014
10 Terry Bradshaw 122.5 1/18/1976
11 Terry Bradshaw 119.2 1/21/1979
12 Bart Starr 116.2 1/15/1967
13 Roger Staubach  115.9 1/16/1972
14 Joe Montana 115.2 1/22/1989
15 Drew Brees  114.5 2/7/2010
16 Jake Delhomme  113.6 2/1/2004
17 Kurt Warner  112.3 2/1/2009
18 Ken Stabler  111.7 1/9/1977
19 Aaron Rodgers  111.5 2/6/2011
20 Tom Brady  110.2 2/6/2005

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