Friday, July 17, 2009

The Complete List of Every Left Handed Quarterback to Ever Play in the NFL

Below is a complete list of every left handed quarterback who has ever seen time in the NFL.  When I say left handed I mean quarterbacks who throw left handed, so if they're left handed outside of football but throw right handed then they will not make this list.

The current list of 41 can be found below. Players are sorted by year they joined the league
(* means they're NFL active as of 8/19/14):

1942-1952 - Frankie Albert
1943-1947 - Allie Sherman
1947 - Ernie Case
1956 - Fred Wyant
1963-1965 - Terry Baker
1968-1984 - Ken Stabler
1969-1978 - Bobby Douglass
1971-1975 - Jim Del Gaizo
1973-1974 - Dennis Morrison
1975-1984 - David Humm
1976-1987 - Jim Zorn
1980-1986 - Paul McDonald
1984-1997 - Boomer Esiason
1985-1999 - Steve Young
1989-1997 - Erik Wilhelm
1989-1992 - Jeff Carlson
1990-2001 - Scott Mitchell
1991-1992 - Todd Marinovich
1992-1997 - Will Furrer
1993-2011 - Mark Brunell
1994-1998 - Doug Nussmeier
1994-1998 - Steve Matthews
1997-1999 - Tony Graziani
1998-1999 - Sherdrick Bonner (Never played in a single game, but was an AFL great)
1999-2003 - Brock Huard
1999-2002 - Cade McNown
2000-2001 - Matt Lytle
2001-2001 - Josh Heupel (Only played in training camp due to injury)
2001-Present - Michael Vick *
2003-2010 - Chris Simms
2003-2005 - Dave Ragone
2003-2004 - Greg Zolman
2004-2007 - Jared Lorenzen
2005-2005 - Stefan Lefors (Never played in a single game)
2005-2007 - David Greene (Never played in a single game)
2006-Present - Matt Leinart *
2009-2010 - Pat White (Joined MLB 9/10/10, retired from MLB 3/9/11) *
2009-2011 - Tyler Palko
2010-Present - Tim Tebow *
2010-Present - Sean Canfield *
2012-Present - Kellen Moore *

Honorary Members (Not actually left QBs)
Armanti Edwards * (Has throw 2 passes with 0 receptions despite converting to WR when he entered the league in 2010.  He remains down here until a bigger shift occurs).
Jake Plummer (once threw an awful pass left handed while he was mid sack)
George McAfee (college QB, pro RB with 11 career passing attempts)

On the Horizon (Could be on an active NFL roster as a Lefty QB someday):
Ryan Colburn, Fresno State QB, Undrafted, briefly in camp (one week) with the Saints, now playing in USFL

Lefty QB's from Movies:
Shane Falco (The Replacements)
Jack "Cap" Rooney (Any Given Sunday)

Note: Much of the original research done for this post came from Strong Arm Tactics, a book by John Maxyymuk. You can check out his post on lefty quarterbacks (which includes statistics as well) here.

29 comments:

  1. Byron Leftwich?

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    1. He was, and is a righty

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  2. Dennis Dixon also is not a lefty. Sorry dude, do a google image search!

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  3. Shane Falco of the Washington Sentinels and Jack 'Cap' Rooney of the Miami Sharks get honorable mention.

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  4. Are you kidding me Spastik??? Don't you know that I'm a lefty... and I used to play permanent quarterback when I was 10 years old. This is inexcusable! I should be on this list!

    Anyways... now that I'm finished with my rant... can I tell you that this list is awesome. I might start putting together a "lefty QB" pc. Do you collect these guys?

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  5. Hahaha glad you like it Fuji! No I don't collect them, but I have considered it before. Good luck collecting if you do though!

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  6. Armanti Edwards.

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  7. Andrew Luck is left handed

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    1. He writes and throws right handed though.

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  8. Jake Plummer's throw is a classic. I found out later he was an avid handball player, so that's probably where that came from.

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  9. Any lefty's in this years draft?

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  10. Nope, I actually gave it a look today (good timing) and researched every single QB who has been mentioned as a draft or undrafted free agent candidate...all lefties. With Mark Brunell practically retired, that leaves lefties with a tenuous NFL grasp - six total, but Tyler Palko hasn't seen an active roster since 2011, Sean Canfield was off teams all last season, Matt Leinart is currently a free agent, and rumors say Tebow soon could be one. That leaves Mike Vick and Kellen Moore as the two "best" lefties in the league.

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  11. what about adding to your page a list of all lefties to ever play in nfl & categorize them by position?

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  12. Could be cool, only thing is outside of QB there are actually a lot of lefty NFLers. QB is just a really unique position.

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  13. It would be appreciated! =)

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  14. is jake Plummer s lefty?

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  15. Haha sadly he is not, Anonymous. He once was in the middle of a sack and threw the ball left handed so he's an honorary member. There was a video behind the link but it's gone now, someone took it down.

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  16. Spastik, I just want to know if you will be working on putting together a lefties list by position in the nfl or if you know another site that has one?

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  17. Not sure yet, kinda busy with non blog stuff at the moment. But possibly someday!

    As for position by position I do not have one, but googling like famous NFL left handed or all time best left handed NFL could give you a great start! You already have all the good QBs here!

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  18. Don't forget Ronnie Sunshine Bass, from Remember the Titans.
    Great list, by the way.

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  19. Vick is actually right handed but throws with his left. Fun fact

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    1. Good point. I should have clarified that the list is just lefty throwers...I know someone said Andrew Luck is left handed but throws right handed, I'm sure he's not alone!

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  20. a list about left handed owners. Now that would be even more interesting. great triva page! Keep it up.

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  21. Eli Manning...He threw an INT against the Titans left handed.

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