The 10 Best Left-Handed Quarterbacks in NFL History

Steve Young, The Only Left-Handed Quarterback In The Hall Of Fame

Steve Young, The Only Left-Handed Quarterback In The Hall Of Fame

Left-handed quarterbacks are so scarce in the NFL – today and throughout its history – that believe it or not, even Tim Tebow makes this list of the top 10 left-handed pro QBs ever.

My source claims to have the comprehensive list of all 41 left-handed throwers, ever, and it wasn’t that challenging to narrow it down to the final 10, below.

At the top is the only lefty passer in the Hall of Fame. Of course, it’s three-time Super Bowl champion (one all by himself and two backing up Joe Montana), Steve Young.

Not only is Young the greatest left-handed quarterback of all time, he also happens to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Young ranks in the top 10 on just about every source you can find.

The same can not be said for most of these lefties below, though Boomer Esiason is surely one of the best QBs who just missed making the HOF himself (ok maybe a little more than “just,” but not that far off*). Esiason won the MVP in 1988 after taking the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl, and his career numbers are up there. He even has nearly 5,000 more passing yards than Young and more passing touchdowns, too.

Ken Stabler‘s numbers don’t catch up to Boomer’s, but Stabler has a Super Bowl win under his belt starting for the 1976 Oakland Raiders.

Mark Brunell had a rather successful and lengthy career, rewarded with a Super Bowl ring as backup to Drew Brees on the 2009 New Orleans Saints.

Then you have Michael Vick, the only active left-handed quarterback in the NFL today. Throw in his running arsenal and he has to rank high amongst this rare breed.

1. Steve Young
TEAM(S) CAREER SPAN G RECORD (W-L-T) COMP ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers 1985-1999 169 94-49-0 2,667 4,149 64.3% 33,124 232
2. Boomer Esiason
TEAM(S) CAREER SPAN G RECORD (W-L-T) COMP ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD
Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals 1984-1997 187 80-93-0 2,969 5,205 57.0% 37,920 247
3. Ken Stabler
TEAM(S) CAREER SPAN G RECORD (W-L-T) COMP ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD
Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints 1970-1984 184 96-49-1 2,270 3,793 59.8% 27,938 194
4. Mark Brunell
TEAM(S) CAREER SPAN G RECORD (W-L-T) COMP ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD
Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets 1994-2011 193 78-73-0 2,761 4,640 59.5% 32,072 184
5. Michael Vick
TEAM(S) CAREER SPAN G RECORD (W-L-T) COMP ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD
Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets 2001-Present 137 59-50-1 1,767 3,151 56.1% 22,093 131
6. Jim Zorn
TEAM(S) CAREER SPAN G RECORD (W-L-T) COMP ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD
Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1976-1987 140 44-62-0 1,669 3,149 53.0% 21,115 111
7. Scott Mitchell
TEAM(S) CAREER SPAN G RECORD (W-L-T) COMP ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD
Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals 1991-2001 99 32-39-0 1,301 2,346 55.5% 15,692 95
8. Frankie Albert
TEAM(S) CAREER SPAN G RECORD (W-L-T) COMP ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD
San Francisco 49ers 1946-1952 90 13-16-1 831 1,564 53.1% 10,795 115
9. Bobby Douglass
TEAM(S) CAREER SPAN G RECORD (W-L-T) COMP ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD
Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers 1969-1978 91 16-36-1 507 1,178 43.0% 6,493 36
10. Tim Tebow
TEAM(S) CAREER SPAN G RECORD (W-L-T) COMP ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD
Denver Broncos, New York Jets 2010-2012 35 8-6-0 173 361 47.9% 2,422 17

* And, by the way, getting into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is no easy thing. Other quarterbacks not enshrined include two-time Super Bowl champion (and Super Bowl MVP), New York Giant, Phil Simms, two-time champion starter (and SB MVP), Jim Plunkett, and the aforementioned lefty, Stabler.

Photo: Jonathan Daniel, Getty via keanradio.com

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