Journeymen Quarterbacks: The 7-Teamers In The Top 100
There is no arguing that quarterback is probably the most important position on a football team. The quarterback calls the play, decides to audible or not, and handles the ball on nearly every play. There is an old saying that the quarterback gets too much of the praise for a team’s win and too much of the blame for a team’s loss.
Some quarterbacks play their whole careers with just one team. Some do so for most of their career and then finish it off with a short sting on another team. Then there are other quarterbacks, journeymen quarterbacks, that spend their careers on the rosters of multiple teams.
Quarterbacks are most often judged on productivity, and usually that means how many yards they have passed for. Today we are going to look at the journeymen quarterbacks who have played for the most teams and thrown for the most yards.
In the top 100 all time passing yards list, and through the 2009 season, there are four quarterbacks listed who have played for seven teams during their careers. Here they are ranked by career passing yards.
#4 – Gus Frerotte
Redskins, Lions, Broncos, Bengals, Vikings, Dolphins, and Rams
From 1994 to 2008, Frerotte passed for 21,291 yards.
#3 – Jeff Blake
Jets, Bengals, Saints, Ravens, Cardinals, Eagles, Bears
From 1992 to 2005, Blake passed for 21,711 yards.
#2 – Chris Chandler
Colts, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Rams, Oilers, Falcons, Bears
From 1988 to 2004, Chandler passed for 28,484 yards.
#1 – Vinny Testaverde
Buccaneers, Browns, Ravens, Jets, Cowboys, Patriots, Panthers
From 1987 to 2007, Testaverde passed for 46,233 yards.
The amazing thing about Testaverde’s classification as a journeyman quarterback is that he actually ranks 7th all time on the NFL‘s career passing yards list. Not bad for a guy who spent time on the rosters of seven different teams.