Four Decades of Super Bowl Quarterback Stats Aug02

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Four Decades of Super Bowl Quarterback Stats

With the NFL and its players having finally come to an agreement, football fans can start getting stoked for the 92nd NFL season.

With the lockout officially over we’ve decided to celebrate by taking a look at the stats of the every quarterback to have ever played in a Super Bowl. We’ve tried to sort the data in the most informative and accurate way possible.

The main portion of data comes from combining the career stats of every Super Bowl quarterback by the decade in which they played. Players spanning multiple decades were put into the group where the majority of most crucial seasons lay.

Obviously the majority of the QB’s from the 2000’s are still active, so keep in mind that their numbers are for a partial career vs. the completed careers of the previous generations of players. Finally all players from 1960’s Super Bowls are included in the 70’s figures.

You can find a list of NFL rule changes and the complete stats for each quarterback in a table below the image (on this page).

Without further ado, the infographic (click on the teaser below for the full-sized infographic):

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NFL Rule Changes

In addition to the evolution of talent, some of the changes in stats across the decades can be attributed to changes in the game, most notably rule changes. Below you’ll find all of the rule changes as pertaining to quarterbacks circa 1974. As you’ll see they are almost all designed to increase a player’s career length and open up the passing game.

1974: Sweeping rules changes were adopted to add action and tempo to games: one sudden-death overtime period was added for preseason and regular-season games.

Roll-blocking and cutting of wide receivers was eliminated; the extent of downfield contact a defender could have with an eligible receiver was restricted.

The penalties for offensive holding, illegal use of the hands, and tripping were reduced from 15 to 10 yards; wide receivers blocking back toward the ball within three yards of the line of scrimmage were prevented from blocking below the waist.

1977: Rule changes were adopted to open up the passing game and to cut down on injuries.

Defenders were permitted to make contact with eligible receivers only once; the head slap was outlawed; offensive linemen were prohibited from thrusting their hands to an opponent’s neck, face, or head; and wide receivers were prohibited from clipping, even in the legal clipping zone.

1978: The NFL continued a trend toward opening up the game. Rules changes permitted a defender to maintain contact with a receiver within five yards of the line of scrimmage, but restricted contact beyond that point. The pass-blocking rule was interpreted to permit the extending of arms and open hands.

1979: NFL rules changes emphasized additional player safety. The changes prohibited players on the receiving team from blocking below the waist during kickoffs, punts, and field-goal attempts; prohibited the wearing of torn or altered equipment and exposed pads that could be hazardous; extended the zone in which there could be no crackback blocks; and instructed officials to quickly whistle a play dead when a quarterback was clearly in the grasp of a tackler.

1980: Rules changes placed greater restrictions on contact in the area of the head, neck, and face.

Under the heading of “personal foul,” players were prohibited from directly striking, swinging, or clubbing on the head, neck, or face. Starting in 1980, a penalty could be called for such contact whether or not the initial contact was made below the neck area.

1988: At the NFL annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, a 45-second clock was also approved to replace the 30-second clock. For a normal sequence of plays, the interval between plays was changed to 45 seconds from the time the ball is signaled dead until it is snapped on the succeeding play.

1995: Quarterbacks may now receive communication from the bench via a small radio transmitter in their helmets. This proposal was originally run on a test basis last year during the preseason, but was scrapped.

1996: The five-yard contact rule will be enforced more stringently.

Hits with the helmet or to the head by the defender will be flagged as personal fouls and subject to fines. This is being done to protect the offense, particularly the quarterback.

1999: Instant replay returns with a challenge system.

2001: Protecting the passer will be emphasized even more.

2002: It is illegal to hit a quarterback helmet-to-helmet anytime after a change of possession.

2005: Unnecessary roughness would be called for blocks away from the play on punters or kickers, similar to the same protection quarterbacks have after interceptions.

2006: Defenders are prohibited from hitting a quarterback in the knee or below unless they are blocked into him. This rule was enacted in response to the previous season’s injuries to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Brian Griese.

2007: Roughing-the-passer penalties will not be called on a defender engaged with a quarterback who simply extends his arms and shoves the passer to the ground.

A completed catch is now when a receiver gets two feet down and has control of the ball. Previously, a receiver had to make “a football move” in addition to having control of the ball for a reception.

2009: The initial contact to the head of a defenseless receiver is also prohibited.

A defensive player on the ground may no longer lunge or dive at the quarterback’s lower legs.

Complete Super Bowl Quarterback Stats:

 

QB – Quarterback DYR – Draft Year DP – Draft Position DTM – Draft Team
PTM – Primary Team S – Seasons PB – ProBowls AP – All-Pro
G – Games SW – Super Bowls Won SL – Super Bowls Lost YDS – Yards
TDP – Touchdown Passes I – Interceptions PA – Pass Attempts PC – Pass Completions
YPA – Yards/Attempt PCR – Pass Completion Rate PR – Passer Rating

 

QB DYR DP DTM PTM S PB AP G SW SL YDS TDP I PA PC YPA PCR PR
Aaron Rodgers 2005 24 Green Bay Green Bay 6 1 0 54 1 0 12723 87 32 1611 1038 7.90 64% 98.4
Bart Starr 1956 200 Green Bay Green Bay 16 4 4 196 2 0 24718 152 138 3149 1808 7.85 57% 80.5
Ben Roethlisberger 2004 11 Pittsburgh Pittsburg 7 1 0 99 2 1 22502 144 86 2800 1766 8.04 63% 92.5
Billy Kilmer 1961 11 S.Francisco Washington 16 1 2 170 0 1 20495 152 146 2984 1585 6.87 53% 71.6
Bob Griese 1967 4 Miami Miami 14 6 0 161 2 1 25092 192 172 3429 1926 7.32 56% 77.1
Boomer Esiason 1984 38 Cincinnati Cincinnati 14 4 2 187 0 1 37920 247 184 5205 2969 7.29 57% 81.1
Brad Johnson 1992 227 Minnesota Tampa Bay 15 2 0 177 1 0 29054 166 122 4326 2668 6.72 62% 82.5
Brett Favre 1991 33 Falcons Green Bay 20 11 6 302 1 1 71838 508 336 10169 6300 7.06 62% 86
Chris Chandler 1988 76 Indianapolis Atlanta 18 2 0 180 0 1 28484 170 146 4005 2328 7.11 58% 79.1
Craig Morton 1965 5 Dallas Dallas 19 0 0 203 0 2 27908 183 187 3786 2053 7.37 54% 73.5
Dan Marino 1983 27 Miami Miami 17 9 8 242 0 1 61361 420 252 8358 4967 7.34 59% 86.4
Daryle Lamonica 1963 168 Green Bay Oakland 12 2 0 151 0 1 19154 164 138 2601 1288 7.36 50% 72.9
David Woodley 1980 214 Miami Miami 6 0 0 58 0 1 8558 48 63 1300 687 6.58 53% 65.7
Donovan Mcnabb 1999 2 Philadelphia Philadelphia 12 6 0 161 0 1 36250 230 115 5218 3076 6.95 59% 85.7
Doug Williams 1978 17 Tampa Bay Washington
9 0 0 88 1 0 16998 100 93 2507 1240 6.78 49% 69.4
Drew Bledsoe 1993 1 New England New England 14 4 0 194 0 1 44611 251 206 6717 3839 6.64 57% 77.1
Drew Brees 2001 32 San Diego New Orleans 10 5 3 138 1 0 35266 235 132 4822 3145 7.31 65% 91.7
Earl Morrall 1956 2 S.Francisco Baltimore 22 2 0 255 0 1 20809 161 148 2689 1379 7.74 51% 74.1
Eli Manning 2004 1 San Diego N.Y.Giants 7 1 0 105 1 0 22646 156 113 3332 1932 6.80 58% 80.2
Fran Tarkenton 1961 29 Minnesota Minnesota 18 9 3 246 0 3 47003 342 266 6467 3686 7.27 57% 80.4
Jake Delhomme N/A Carolina 10 1 0 102 0 1 20764 125 101 2904 1723 7.15 59% 81.2
Jeff Hostetler 1984 59 N.Y.Giants N.Y.Giants 12 1 0 152 1 0 16430 94 71 2338 1357 7.03 58% 80.48
Jim Kelly 1983 14 Buffalo Buffalo 11 5 3 160 0 4 35467 237 175 4779 2874 7.42 60% 72.3
Jim McMahon 1982 5 Chicago Chicago 15 1 0 120 1 0 18148 100 90 2573 1492 7.05 58% 76.1
Jim Plunkett 1971 1 New England Oakland 15 0 0 157 2 0 25882 164 198 3701 1943 6.99 52% 67.5
Joe Kapp 1959 209 Washington Minnesota 4 1 0 51 0 1 5911 40 64 918 449 6.44 49% 55.1
Joe Montana 1979 82 S.Francisco S.Francisco 15 8 6 192 4 0 40551 273 139 5391 3409 7.52 63% 92.3
Joe Namath 1965 12 St. Louis N.Y.Jets 13 1 1 140 1 0 27663 173 220 3762 1886 7.35 50% 65.5
Joe Theismann 1971 99 Miami Washington 12 2 1 167 1 1 25206 160 138 3602 2044 7.00 57% 77.4
John Elway 1983 1 Baltimore Denver 16 9 3 234 2 3 51475 300 226 7250 4123 7.10 57% 79.9
Johnny Unitas 1955 102 Pittsburgh Baltimore 18 10 7 211 1 0 40239 290 253 5186 2830 7.76 55% 81.2
Ken Stabler 1968 52 Oakland Oakland 15 4 2 184 1 0 27938 194 222 3793 2270 7.37 60% 75.3
Kerry Collins 1995 5 Carolina N.Y.Giants 17 2 0 194 0 1 40441 206 195 6163 3439 6.56 56% 73.9
Kurt Warner N/A St.Louis 12 4 2 125 1 2 32344 208 128 4070 2666 7.95 66% 93.7
Len Dawson 1957 5 Pittsburgh Kansas 19 1 1 211 1 1 28711 239 183 3741 2136 7.67 57% 77.4
Mark Rypien 1986 146 Washington Washington 11 2 0 104 1 0 18473 115 88 2613 1466 7.07 56% 78.9
Matt Hasselbeck 1998 187 Green Bay Seattle 12 3 1 170 0 1 29579 176 128 4279 2572 6.91 60% 82.2
Neil O’Donnell 1990 70 Pittsburgh Pittsburg 13 1 0 124 0 1 21690 120 68 3229 1865 6.72 58% 81.1
Peyton Manning 1998 1 Indianapolis Indianapolis 13 11 8 208 1 1 54828 339 198 7210 4682 7.60 65% 94.9
Phil Simms 1979 7 N.Y.Giants N.Y.Giants 14 2 1 164 1 0 33462 199 157 4647 2576 7.20 55% 78.5
Rex Grossman 2003 22 Chicago Chicago 8 0 0 41 0 1 7081 40 40 1104 598 6.41 54% 70.9
Rich Gannon 1987 98 New England Oakland 17 4 3 157 0 1 28743 180 104 4206 2533 6.83 60% 84.7
Roger Staubach 1964 129 Dallas Dallas 11 6 0 114 2 2 22700 153 109 2958 1685 7.67 57% 83.4
Ron Jaworski 1973 37 Los Angeles Philadelphia 15 1 0 188 0 1 28190 179 164 4117 2187 6.85 53% 72.8
Stan Humphries 1988 159 Washington San Diego 8 0 0 88 0 1 17191 89 84 2516 1431 6.83 57% 75.8
Steve McNair 1995 3 Houston Tennessee 13 3 1 161 0 1 31304 174 119 4544 2733 6.89 60% 82.8
Steve Young 1984 1 Tampa Bay S.Francisco 15 7 6 169 1 0 33124 232 107 4149 2667 7.98 64% 96.8
Terry Bradshaw 1970 1 Pittsburgh Pittsburg 14 3 2 168 4 0 27989 212 210 3901 2025 7.17 52% 70.9
Tom Brady 2000 199 New England New England 11 6 3 145 3 1 34744 261 103 4710 2996 7.38 64% 95.2
Tony Eason 1983 15 New England New England 9 0 0 90 0 1 11142 61 51 1564 911 7.12 58% 79.7
Trent Dilfer 1994 6 Tampa Bay Baltimore
13 1 0 130 1 0 20518 113 129 3172 1759 6.47 55% 70.2
Troy Aikman 1989 1 Dallas Dallas 12 6 3 165 3 0 32942 165 141 4715 2898 6.99 61% 81.6
Vince Ferragamo 1977 91 Los Angeles Los Angeles 9 0 0 75 0 1 11336 76 91 1615 902 7.02 56% 70.1

*Note: Both Earl Morrall and Kurt Warner went to the Superbowl with two separate teams.

Shoutouts

Some quick shoutouts go to nfl.com, Wikipedia, Pro Football Reference, 49′ers Paradise and Silver and Blue Report.