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List of Left-handed Quarterbacks

This is a list of notable left-handed quarterbacks who have played professionally or for a major college program. In gridiron football, quarterbacks have been predominantly right-handed with a few notable exceptions. While left-dominant people make up 10% of the general population, only 0.85% of NFL pass-throwers were left-handed in 2017.[1] With Kellen Moore's retirement after that year, there are currently none in the NFL as of 2019.[2]

Former NFL quarterback and current analyst David Carr cited a lower number of left-handed quarterbacks to be due to the fact that plays are usually drawn assuming a right-handed pass-thrower, which may explain some struggles left-handed quarterbacks have. However, a number of left-handed throwers have been successful quarterbacks, including Mark Brunell, Tim Tebow and Michael Vick, and two, Ken Stabler and Steve Young, have reached the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[2]

The list

Key
^ Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who is still active in the NFL
Name Year of Birth Year of Death Professional Career Teams/programs played for Notes References
Frankie Albert 1920 2002 1942--1953

Stanford (college)
San Francisco 49ers (AAFC/NFL)
Calgary Stampeders (CFL)

[3]
Terry Baker 1941 1963--1967

Oregon State (college)
Los Angeles Rams (NFL)
Edmonton Eskimos (CFL)

[4]
Ken Stabler 1945 2015 1968--1984

Alabama (college)
Oakland Raiders (AFL/NFL)
Houston Oilers (NFL)
New Orleans Saints (NFL)

[3]
Bobby Douglass 1947 1969--1978

Kansas (college)
Chicago Bears (NFL)
San Diego Chargers (NFL)
New Orleans Saints (NFL)
Green Bay Packers (NFL)

  • One time holder of numerous NFL QB rushing records
[3]
David Humm 1952 2018 1975--1984

Nebraska (college)
Oakland Raiders (NFL)
Buffalo Bills (NFL)
Baltimore Colts (NFL)
Los Angeles Rams (NFL)

[4]
Jim Zorn 1953 1975--1987

Cal Poly (college)
Dallas Cowboys (NFL)
Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
Green Bay Packers (NFL)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)

[3]
Paul McDonald 1958 1980--1987

USC (college)
Cleveland Browns (NFL)
Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
Dallas Cowboys (NFL)

[4]
Boomer Esiason 1961 1984--1997

Maryland (college)
Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)
New York Jets (NFL)
Arizona Cardinals (NFL)

[3]
Steve Young 1961 1984--1999

BYU (college)
Los Angeles Express (USFL)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)
San Francisco 49ers (NFL)

[3]
Scott Mitchell 1968 1990--2001

Utah (college)
Miami Dolphins (NFL)
Orlando Thunder (WLAF)
Detroit Lions (NFL)
Baltimore Ravens (NFL)
Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)

  • One time holder of numerous Detroit Lions passing records
[1]
Todd Marinovich 1969 1990--93, 1999--2001

USC (college)
Los Angeles Raiders (NFL)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)
BC Lions (CFL)
Los Angeles Avengers (Arena Football)

  • USA Today All-USA high school football team (1987)
  • Nicknamed "Robo-QB"
  • AFL all-rookie team (2001)
[5]
Mark Brunell 1970 1993--2011

Washington (college)
Green Bay Packers (NFL)
Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL)
Washington Redskins (NFL)
New Orleans Saints (NFL)
New York Jets (NFL)

[1]
Doug Nussmeier 1970 1994--2000

Idaho (college)
New Orleans Saints (NFL)
Indianapolis Colts (NFL)
BC Lions (CFL)

  • Walter Payton Award winner (1993)
  • Still holds numerous Idaho passing records
  • Only one of five quarterbacks in NCAA history to pass for over 10,000 yards and rush for over 1,000
[4]
Cade McNown 1977 1999--2008

UCLA (college)
Chicago Bears (NFL)
Miami Dolphins (NFL)
San Francisco 49ers (NFL)
Oakland Raiders (NFL)

[6]
Michael Vick 1980 2001--2015

Virginia Tech (college)
Atlanta Falcons (NFL)
Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)
New York Jets (NFL)
Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)

[1]
Chris Simms 1980 2003--2010

Texas (college)
Green Bay Packers (NFL)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)
Tennessee Titans (NFL)
Denver Broncos (NFL)

[1]
Jared Lorenzen 1981 2019 2004--2014

Kentucky (college)
New York Giants (NFL)
Indianapolis Colts (NFL)
Kentucky Horsemen (AF2)
Northern Kentucky River Monsters (UIFL/CIFL)
Owensboro Rage (CIFL)

  • Second Team All-SEC (2002)
  • Most pass attempts and yards in Kentucky Wildcats football history
  • Super Bowl XLII champion
  • Nicknamed the "Hefty Lefty"
[7]
Tyler Palko 1983 2004--2011

Pittsburgh (college)
New Orleans Saints (NFL)
Arizona Cardinals (NFL)
California Redwoods (UFL)
Montreal Alouettes (CFL)
Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
Kansas City Chiefs (NFL)

  • USA Today All-America Team (Second-team) (2001)
  • University of Pittsburgh Team MVP (2004)
  • 2× Second-team Big East (2004, 2005)
[8]
Matt Leinart 1981 2006--2013

USC (college)
Arizona Cardinals (NFL)
Houston Texans (NFL)
Oakland Raiders (NFL)
Buffalo Bills (NFL)

[1][9]
Pat White 1986 2009--2014

West Virginia (college)
Miami Dolphins (NFL)
Virginia Destroyers (UFL)
Washington Redskins (NFL)
Edmonton Eskimos (CFL)

[8]
Tim Tebow 1987 2010--2015

Florida (college)
Denver Broncos (NFL)
New York Jets (NFL)
New England Patriots (NFL)
Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)

[1][10][4]
Kellen Moore 1988 2012--2017

Boise State (college)
Dallas Cowboys (NFL)
Detroit Lions (NFL)

[1][2]
Alex Hornibrook 1997

Wisconsin (college)
Florida State (college)

  • 2017 Orange Bowl MVP
  • 2017 Consensus Honorable Mention All-Big Ten
[11]
Tua Tagovailoa 1998 Alabama (college) [8]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Edholm, Eric. "Are Lefty Quarterbacks Going Extinct?". FiveThirtyEight.
  2. ^ a b c Toney, Nick (August 13, 2018). "Why are there no lefty quarterbacks in the NFL?". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Left-handed QBs | Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site
  4. ^ a b c d e Stine, Carl. "Tim Tebow and the 14 Greatest Left-Handed CFB Quarterbacks of All Time". Bleacher Report. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Todd Marinovich Stats | Pro Football Reference
  6. ^ Cade McNown Stats | Pro Football Reference
  7. ^ Jared Lorenzen Stats | Pro Football Reference
  8. ^ a b c Brief, Sam (2018-11-02). "Tua Tagovailoa is making left-handed college QB history". SI.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Matt Leinart Stats | Pro Football Reference
  10. ^ Tim Tebow Stats | Pro Football Reference
  11. ^ "Calm, cool and collected: Wisconsin finds its quarterback in Alex Hornibrook". ESPN.com. 2016-09-26. Retrieved .

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