Top 10 Worst NFL Quarterbacks of All Time

Every football fan knows that the quarterback is the field general, the player who leads their team to victory or defeat. While many QBs have etched their names in the annals of NFL history as legends, there are those whose careers have been marred by poor decisions, ill-fated throws, and a painful lack of skill. These signal-callers have left fans bewildered, frustrated, and even heartbroken with their less-than-stellar performances. Today, we honor the worst of the worst, the quarterbacks who have earned their place on this unfortunate list due to their mind-boggling stats, unforgettable blunders, and unforgettable failures.
The Top Ten
1 Ryan Leaf Ryan David Leaf is a former American football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League for four seasons. He was selected as the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft after only Peyton Manning. He played for the San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, and Seattle Seahawks. He is widely considered to be the worst quarterback of all time, as well as the biggest... read more

Ryan Leaf is horrible Look at his stats! I think Josh Allen is going to be the next Ryan Leaf.

Just leaf him alone

He plays like a leaf

2 Blaine Gabbert Blaine Williamson Gabbert is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.

Gabbert is the biggest bust in the NFL currently. He just makes too many poor throws and too many poor decisions.

3 Heath Shuler
4 JaMarcus Russell JaMarcus Trenell Russell is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at LSU, where he finished 21–4 as a starter and was named MVP of the 2007 Sugar Bowl. Russell was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the first overall pick in the 2007 draft. He was out of the NFL after 3 underwhelming seasons with the Raiders, and is often considered to be one of the worst NFL quarterbacks of all time, as well as one of its biggest draft busts.

The worst years of my life were growing up watching Russell screw us over and make a bad name for us. I would rather have Tony Romo as the Raiders quarterback than Jamarcus Russell. He is why everybody says the raiders suck

Dumbest, fattest most overpaid worthless piece of junk EVER.

5 Mark Sanchez

The sad thing is that a rookie is doing better than him right now.

He sucks so bad it hurts

6 Chris Simms

Prototype body but deer in the headlights in critical situations. Never improved despite years of chances.

7 John Beck

I think he sucks because he has 0% skill plus he has great people to pass to so he has no excuses what so ever I mean on he really does suck he bad horrible so altogether he is the worst quaterback ever to hit the field throw a ball to one of the best receivers... he sucks

8 Tim Couch

Lots of excuses made around Cleveland for this bust, O-Line. Did the other 31 teams he tried out for have bad O-lines too?

9 Matthew Stafford John Matthew Stafford is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. The #1 overall pick in 2009 selected by The Detroit Lions, Stafford has a critical acclaim in his stats. Stafford is the fastest player in NFL history to reach 30,000 passing yards. In 2016, he also broke the record for most comebacks in a season with eight. Stafford maybe one of the better Lions Quarterbacks in recent memory, but his record on the road against winning teams may haunt him with the 5-46 record. He also one of two veteran active quarterbacks to have never won a playoff game the other being Andy Dalton. In 2021, he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams.

Calvin Johnson only makes him look good. If Stafford had Brady's recievers he'd be about as good as Alex Smith or Joe Flacco. Most overrated QB right now.

All that money and no playoff wins. Can't beat winning teams.

10 Norm Snead
The Contenders
11 Tony Romo Antonio Ramiro Romo is an American football television analyst and former quarterback who played 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

By far the worst QB in the league for a decade. Wish people would stop worshipping him. Would have been cut by any other team. He's stolen 10 years of my life.

I'm surprised with Texas "supposedly" being a football state, Romo hasn't been assassinated.!

Romo is a lot BETTER than a lot of people think he is.He has the arm but just makes bad decisions,and also without tony romo the Cowboys are not good and we saw this this season.

12 Kim McQuilken
13 Jason Campbell
14 Rick Mirer
15 George Izo
16 Johnny Manziel Jonathan Paul Manziel is an American professional Canadian football quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the NFL's Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. Towards the end of the 2015 season, Manziel endured numerous scandals, including the infamous story that he was in Las Vegas instead of in Cleveland with the team that weekend. The team confirmed that Manziel did miss a scheduled check-in on the morning of the last game of the season, and he was released in March of 2016. He is often considered one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.
17 Curtis Painter

Led his team to a 62-7 loss in 2011. This guy deserves more recognition for how bad he truly was.

18 Bryce Petty

Bryce Petty is so horrible. He can't even throw 1 td pass and most of his throws are incomplete. Also, he plays like a leaf and is very bad. Can't he just finish his NFL career because he's horrible. He is like Ryan Leaf and has more interceptions than td passes. Just do something else besides football.

He can't even throw 1 td pass and is a bust. He only throws incompletions. He also plays like a leaf and is very bad. He is the second worst NFL quarterback besides Ryan Leaf. Just fire him from the NFL and do another profession please!

19 Trevor Siemian Trevor Siemian is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He previously played for the Denver Broncos, winning Super Bowl 50 with the team as a backup.
20 Rex Grossman
21 Tim Tebow Timothy Richard Tebow is an American professional baseball outfielder in the New York Mets organization and a former professional American football player in the National Football League.

Inarguably the most annoying football player ever.

Just not a good qb

22 Jameis Winston Jameis L. Winston is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.

By far the most garbage I've ever seen. How can you still be a sore loser after all these years of being so good at it...?

23 Russell Wilson Russell Carrington Wilson is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos, and formerly for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.

Russel wilson went to the super bowl twice so yea.

24 Patrick Mahomes II

He had one of the worst quarterback performances in super bowl history. He is really overrated can't win the superbowl like Tom Brady did 7 times .He is 1 and 1. He's got good stats but every quarterback today has good stats.

25 Alex Smith Alexander Douglas Smith is an American football quarterback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.
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