Eli Manning and Tom Brady face off this Sunday and there is no doubt of their greatness or their coming greatness. Brady is trying to win Super Bowl number four, while he has two MVP Trophies; Manning has one ring and is coming in to his own as one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. There is no doubt that neither of these two teams would not be in the Super Bowl had it not been for their outstanding quarterback play all season long. But which QB had little or nothing to do with their team winning the Big Game? Here are the top five worst quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl:
5. Brad Johnson, Super Bowl XXXVII, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brad Johnson was drafted in the ninth round by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1992 NFL Draft. After playing for the Vikings, then the Redskins, in 2001, Johnson took over as starting quarterback for the Bucs. He did break a few Bucs passing records in his first year in Tampa, including 3,406 yards passing. In 2002, he led the Tampa offense to Super Bowl XXXVII, beating the Oakland Raiders, 48-21. He is a two-time Pro Bowler, but just didn’t have “it” with the many teams he played for. Johnson last suited up for the Dallas Cowboys in 2008.
4. Mark Rypien, Super Bowl XXVI, Washington Redskins
Joe Gibbs proved he could win a Super Bowl with anyone under center, and Rypien most certainly was anyone. Drafted in the sixth round by the Skins in the 1986 NFL Draft, he spent his first two years in D.C. on I.R. In 1991, Washington’s Super Bowl season, Rypien had his best year throwing for 3,564 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He would win Super Bowl MVP honors, but this would begin his decline. He signed a three -year, $9 million contract coming in to the 1992 season, but the entire Redskins team was over the hill. They squabbled to a 9-7 record limping in to the Playoffs, and Rypien had more picks (17) than touchdown throws (13.) Injury plagued Rypien again in 1993, as Washington finished with a 4-12 record.
3. Jeff Hostetler, Super Bowl XXV, New York Giants
The third-round Draft pick out of West Virginia in 1984, Hostetler’s job for a majority of his tenure as a Giant was to hold a clip board and pray Phil Simms did not go down. Well the man upstairs must have not heard him, because in 1990, Simms broke his foot against the Buffalo Bills. Hostetler took over and won the final two regular season games, and swept the Playoffs on way to the Lombardi Trophy. The following year, head coach Ray Handley allowed Hostetler to compete with Simms for the starting job, which he won. But in his 12th
start, Hostetler went down with a broken back. He mad the Pro Bowl once (in 1994) as a member of the Los Angeles Raiders, he would retire after the 1997 season, with a career Playoff record of 4-1. Jeff Hostetler is another 'what could have been', had it not been for injuries.
2. Jim McMahon, Super Bowl XX, Chicago Bears
This bad boy out of BYU could not translate his college success to the professional level. He won his Super Bowl in 1985 with the Bears, but would go on to play for six more NFL teams over his 14-year career. Coach Mike Ditka was impressed by his collegiate stats, that he selected him No. 5 overall in the 1982 NFL Draft. Ditka would learn that behavior on the field did not compare to his behavior off. McMahon got in a heap of trouble in his tenure as Bears starting QB. McMahon rolled in to Chicago with a beer in his hand. He “mooned” journalists in New Orleans during Super Bowl XX. Also, during Super Bowl Week, McMahon was accused of “calling the women of New Orleans sluts and the men idiots” on an interview with a Chicago radio station. McMahon appeared in only one Pro Bowl and could never mimic the success of the 1985 season.
1. Trent Dilfer, Super Bowl XXXV, Baltimore Ravens
McMahon’s defense carried him to the Super Bowl, Trent Dilfer’s won it. In 2000, the Baltimore Ravens’ defense was shattering every team defensive record in sight. So what was Dilfer’s job? Hand the ball off to running back Jamal Lewis and don’t screw up. He threw one touchdown pass in Super Bowl XXXV, which was won by the Ravens, 34-7. Baltimore would win three Playoff games on the way to the Super Bowl. Dilfer finished the day 12-of-25 for 153 yards. It was one and done in Baltimore for Dilfer, where he finished his season 7-1 as the starter. Dilfer made his only Pro Bowl appearance while a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1997, but 1997 and 2000 would be his only two years of greatness. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2001 to back up Matt Hasselbeck and retired after the 2007 season.