View Full Version : Digit Dominance: Ranking the best QBs by jersey numbers

02-14-2008, 12:08 PM
The assignment: Rank the best quarterbacks by jersey number. The problem: Some jersey numbers haven't exactly been worn by Hall of Fame-caliber quarterbacks (we're looking at you, No. 6. And you, too, No. 2) while other numbers offer an embarrassment of riches (check out No. 12).

Still, that's what makes a list like this fun -- and totally unscientific. Feel free to let us know whether you agree or disagree with our picks, or if we've missed one of your favorites. And because we're ranking only Nos. 1-19, we'll apologize in advance to the memory of Slingin' Sammy Baugh (No. 33), among other "20s-plus" QBs.

Just a few of note, view the rest here (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs07/news/story?id=3218941)


1. Warren Moon -- The best CFL quarterback ever to cross the border, Moon did everything but win a championship in his Hall of Fame career.
2 -- Yeah, not really anyone else of note. Good thing Moon was really good. He did jersey No. 1 proud.

1. John Elway -- From "The Drive" to the pair of Super Bowl victories to cap his career, Elway is arguably the greatest fourth-quarter quarterback the game has ever known.
2. Joe Theismann -- Remembered mostly for the way he left the game (a nasty broken leg from a Lawrence Taylor sack on Monday Night Football), Theismann had a stellar career as the Redskins' inspirational leader.
3. Ben Roethlisberger -- In his second year, he became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, guiding the Steelers to a win in SB XL, and last season he showed he can put up numbers with the best and brightest in the NFL. The future looks bright as long as he stays away from his motorcycle.
4. Bert Jones -- Once upon a time Baltimore did have good quarterback play back in the '70s when Jones was calling the shots for the then-Baltimore Colts.
5. Boomer Esiason -- Boomer came within 58 seconds off pulling off a monumental upset of the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII. He put up big numbers in Cincy and later for the New York Jets.

Honorable Mention
Craig Morton -- He ignited the city of Denver during a glorious Orange Crush rush to the Super Bowl. Cowboys fans remember Morton wearing No. 14.
Ron Jaworski --The most obvious nickname in football history, Jaws led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl berth.
Dan Pastorini -- If not for the Steel Curtain, Pastorini might have led Houston to a couple of Super Bowl victories.
Michael Vick -- Maybe it should be dishonorable mention, given his current circumstances. But there's no denying the unique skills he brought to the position.