Playing quarterback in the NFL is one of the toughest jobs in all of sports. The quarterback may get too much credit when things go right, but they also get way too much blame when things go wrong. Nearly every offensive play involves the quarterback and it not only takes physical skill to play the position well, but mental abilities too. One franchise that has had some great quarterbacks over the years is the San Diego Chargers.
Some big name players have played quarterback for the Chargers during their history, including a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Not everyone has the opportunity to start their career off in an amazing way though and that is especially true of quarterbacks. QBs are often measured by how many touchdown passes they throw. With that in mind, here is a look at the top five San Diego Chargers rookie quarterback seasons based on how many touchdown passes were thrown.
#1 – John Hadl – 1962 – 15 Touchdowns
#2 – (tie) Dan Fouts – 1973 – 6 Touchdowns
#2 – (tie) Craig Whelihan – 1997 – 6 Touchdowns
#4 – Billy Joe Tolliver – 1989 – 5 Touchdowns
#5 – Dick Wood – 1962 – 4 Touchdowns
Through the 2010 season, the Chargers have had 18 different rookie quarterbacks throw touchdown passes for them. Only one of them threw more than ten during their rookie season. Even great quarterbacks sometimes don’t get the chance to excel to their eventual potential during their rookie season.