McNabb's second act with a new team will be a risky venture
Maybe it'll be the Raiders who at long last pull the trigger on the deal we've all been awaiting for years, or maybe there's an 11th hour surprise entry when it comes to the
Let's presume an impending McNabb trade of some sort and move the story ahead by looking to the past. What does history teach us about the track record of NFL star quarterbacks who are moved while still in their prime, after being the face of a franchise for so long? With apologies for borrowing from
Suffice it to say, it's been done before, and sometimes fairly well, a fact that the 33-year old McNabb should take heart in -- even if he can't replicate the sustained excellence of his five NFC title-game appearances in an eight-year span in Philadelphia. Some star quarterbacks have had superb second acts, with even more success for their new teams than they enjoyed with their old ones. Then again, it's not foolproof. For every
In order of the late-career impact they created, here are the top 10 quarterbacks who changed teams mid-career after making it big elsewhere. (Worth noting is that for the purposes of this piece, we did not consider quarterbacks who had brief, career-capping tenures with a team in their mid-to-late 30s, a'la
At 32, having never made the playoffs in his first 11 NFL seasons, Tarkenton had arguably the greatest career-closing run in league history among second-act quarterbacks. He led the Vikings to three Super Bowl berths in four years (1973-76), losing all of them, but he won the NFL's MVP award in 1975 and helped Minnesota to six consecutive NFC Central titles. At retirement, Tarkenton held the league record for yards passing (47,003), touchdowns (342), attempts (6,467) and completions (3,686).
Van Brocklin retired after winning the NFL championship in Philadelphia and, ironically, began his first head coaching job with the expansion Vikings in 1961, where he and quarterback Fran Tarkenton often sparred for the six seasons they were together.