Today’s Sportstat: April 2, 2020

The losing side of the NFL’s top QBs

When you think of Hall of Fame NFL quarterbacks, you usually think of those QBs who won big games, threw a lot of TD passes, or led their teams to championships.

What doesn’t come into play is how many games those HOF signal-callers lost. With that in mind, did you know that there are three QBs in the NFL Hall of Fame who lost more than 100 games in their careers?

Brett Favre tops the list of most losses by a Hall of Fame quarterback with 112. He is followed by Fran Tarkenton (109) and Warren Moon (101). It’s possible, however, that there might be a handful of QBs who might surpass Favre on this list.

First, here’s a look at the QBs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame who lost 80 or more career games.

Brett Favre-112
Fran Tarkenton-109
Warren Moom-101
Dan Marino-93
Dan Fouts-84
John Elway-82

Recently-retired Eli Manning could replace Favre on the above list. Manning won a pair of Super Bowls and although he probably takes a back seat to older brother Peyton when it comes to NFL careers, Eli has certainly put a career together that deserves HOF consideration. Eli lost 117 games in his 16-year NFL career with the New York Giants. He retired after the 2019 campaign.

There is also a pair of active QBs who could add to their loss totals before they hang up their cleats. Drew Brees looks like he will play another season in New Orleans; he has amassed 111 losses in his career. Philip Rivers has moved on from the Chargers to the play QB for the Indianapolis Colts on a one-year contract. He has 101 career losses.

According to research on, Vinny Testaverde has the top spot with the most losses for a QB with 123. He is one of nine QBs who have lost 100 or more games as a starting QB in the league.

Following are the quarterbacks not in the Hall of Fame who have lost 80 of more NFL games.

Vinny Testaverde-123
Eli Manning-117
Drew Brees-111
Archie Manning-101
Philip Rivers-101
Norm Snead-100
Kerry Collins-99
Drew Bledsoe-95
Boomer Esiason-93
Joe Ferguson-92
Jim Everett-89
Him Hart-88
Carson Palmer-88
Steve DeBerg-86
Chris Chandler-85
Ryan Fitzpatrick-83
Ken Anderson-81
Matt Ryan-80

Think you can list the five Green Bay Packers quarterbacks who have lost the most games in the team’s history? If you answered Favre (93), Aaron Rodgers (60), Bart Starr (57), Lynn Dickey (56) and Tobin Rote (46), go to the head of the class.


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