Worst NFL Players of All Time

This is a list of some of the worst NFL players to ever step onto the field in any season.

The Top Ten

1 Ryan Leaf 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 ...read more.

He has to be number one

The granddaddy of all draft busts, he was bad on the field, and arguably even worst off of it. - thomwim

Best NFL player of all time! Oops...wrong list, sorry.

2 Jamarcus Russell 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.

The worst work ethic I have ever seen. - thomwim

3 Johnny Manziel 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, ...read more.

So bad even BLAKE BORTLES was drafted before him - Mattblue66

It was obvious that he would flop in the NFL long before he was drafted. He had the talent, but he so completely lacked the necessary intangibles that he was completely unable to succeed at the NFL level. This should have been obvious to the Browns.

College heisman star to a chump

4 Tony Mandarich
5 Vernon Gholston

This #6 pick never recorded a sack in his short 3-year career. - thomwim

6 Rusty Lisch

One touchdown versus 11 interceptions in his career. - thomwim

7 Bob Timberlake

He only made one of fifteen field goals in his sole season. - thomwim

8 Daunte Culpepper Daunte Culpepper Daunte Rachard Culpepper is a former American football quarterback. He last played for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.

I just hate his guts. - thomwim

9 Colin Kaepernick Colin Kaepernick Colin Rand Kaepernick (born November 3, 1987) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. Kaepernick played college football at the University of Nevada, where he was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Offensive Player of the Year twice. After graduating, he was selected ...read more.

The media who criticized Tim Tebow for praying and expressing his beliefs praised Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the National Anthem. I guess the media don't care that Americans laid down their lives for our country. But they have no problem criticizing a song to honor what we stand for. Media is run by liberals

Very disrepsectful player but that's not even the reason why. He cannot throw the football.. one game he threw 7/34 passes. honestly I do think he should be in the nfl to have another chance because I think he is a better man now

This guy is ridiculous

Doesn't deserve a chance in the NFL or a Nobel prize.

HEY, GREAT IDEA! join Manuel on the tiger cats for all I care...

10 Art Schlichter Art Schlichter

The Newcomers

? Peyton Hillis Peyton Hillis Peyton Derek Hillis is a former American football fullback and running back who played in the National Football League.

Why was he even on the cover of a MADDEN GAME? A MADDEN GAME! - Mattblue66

The Contenders

11 Russell Erxleben

Yeah, way to waste your first round pick on a punter, New Orleans. - thomwim

12 Kevin Allen

Said former Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan: "He's a nice big ol' fat kid who could probably go somewhere where they want to stand around and kill the grass. But here, we're going to practice... He looks like a USFL reject." - thomwim

13 Kim McQuilken

He would later become executive vice president of Cartoon Network... long after throwing 4 touchdowns and 29(! ) interceptions. - thomwim

14 Charles Rogers
15 Rae Carruth
16 Aaron Maybin

A reporter in Buffalo called the former Bills player the worst player in the league because he couldn't even get on the field. - thomwim

17 Akili Smith
18 Blair Walsh Blair Walsh Blair Richard Walsh (born January 8, 1990) is an American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Georgia and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Seattle Seahawks. He is well-known for missing ...read more.

3 missed field goals in a game, missed a cheap shot field goal, etc. - AnLSUQB

He missed 20+ field goals with 1 season in Seattle. If those missed field goals were scored, Seattle could have been 13-3 or 14-2 because they were lost by missed field goals in close games. TBT To the redskins, lost by 9 and Blair Walsh missed 5 field goals that game. 😑😑😑

19 Eli Manning Eli Manning Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.

Many horrible seasons and can't win

20 Sergio Brown
21 Limas Sweed
22 Mark Sanchez Mark Sanchez

Oof. Bet that butt smelled bad

23 Brad Culpepper

How is this guy bad

24 Jameis Winston Jameis Winston Jameis L. Winston is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.


A complete butt wipe with several legal issues in his history - railfan99

25 Chris Kluwe Chris Kluwe
26 Nathan Peterman Nathan Peterman

A QB that is so bad that he would have a better QB rating if he spiked the ball every play of his career

27 Joe Montana Joe Montana Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr., nicknamed Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, is a retired American football quarterback.

Whoever put him in this article needs to be drawn and quartered

28 Josh Rosen Josh Rosen

Bigger draft bust than Ryan Leaf - Mattblue66

He stinks he just got replaces by kyler murray

29 Jimmy Garoppolo Jimmy Garoppolo

Sucks but cheeks

He is so doo doo no wonder the 49ners go Nick Bosa
.if I spelled 49ners wrong I’m 9 okay

30 Baker Mayfield Baker Mayfield
31 Brandon Weeden
32 Jared Goff Jared Goff

Lol this list is trash. Guy throws for 3 tds a game

33 Nick Foles Nick Foles Nicholas Edward Foles is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was named MVP of Super Bowl LII.
34 Cliff Avril Cliff Avril Clifford Samuel "Cliff" Avril is an American football defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.
35 Mitch Trubisky
36 Brock Osweiler Brock Osweiler Brock Alan Osweiler is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.

A completely bad QB... But, some people still have faith in him, while some say he sucks...

37 DeShone Kizer
38 Ereck Flowers Ereck Flowers Ereck Flowers is an American football offensive tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League.
39 Lawrence Phillips Lawrence Phillips

Why do I Always get LT confused with this guy? Anyways, he sucked. And he also killed himself in 2016. - Mattblue66

40 Kirk Cousins Kirk Cousins Kirk Cousins is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.
41 Patrick Mahomes II

Overrated player


42 Russell Wilson Russell Wilson Russell Carrington Wilson is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.
43 Tom Brady Tom Brady Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. Brady is known for being the only quarterback in history to win 6 Super Bowls, and is often considered one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Brady is also frequently ...read more.

Even Andrew luck is better


44 Todd Gurley Todd Gurley Todd Gurley II is an American football running back for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League.

He’s one trash boi.

45 Eric Reid Eric Reid Eric Todd Reid is an American football safety for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League.
46 Joe Namath Joe Namath Joseph William Namath, nicknamed "Broadway Joe", is a former American football quarterback and actor.
47 Blake Bortles Blake Bortles Blake Bortles is an American football quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League.
48 Tyreek Hill Tyreek Hill
49 Antonio Brown Antonio Brown Antonio Brown is an American football wide receiver and punt returner for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He is often regarded as one of the best Wide Receivers in today's game in the NFL. Brown was selected 195th overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round.
50 Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.
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Top Remixes

1. Ryan Leaf
2. Jamarcus Russell
3. Johnny Manziel
1. Daunte Culpepper
2. Rusty Lisch
3. Bob Timberlake


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