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Most Overrated Player in NFL History

March 2, 2009

I found myself wide awake at 4:30 in the AM watching ESPN classic and had an epiphany of sorts. A regular season game from 1993 was on the screen and one of the teams involved had a staggering number of high-caliber players suiting up for them. I at first just brushed off the names and chalked it up to a solid team, but after further investigation I found that the team in question had more pro-bowlers on it than any other team in history. It was at this point that I realized the man quarterbacking said team was by far, without question, the most overrated quarterback in the history of the game. Before I reveal this impostor’s name I would like to present his career statistics in a comparison to some other players in history. For the present we will refer to this quarterback as QB X. QB X has a career stat line of 61.5% completion, 165 TD, 141 INT, 7.0 YPA, and an 81.6 QB rating. QB X had career highs of 23 TD in a season and 18 INT. Here is a sampling of the list of QB’s with a higher career rating than QB X: Neil O’Donnell, Brad Johnson, Steve McNair, Mark Brunell, Matt Hasselbeck, Rich Gannon, Jake Delhomme, Brett Favre, David Garrard, Marc Bulger, Donovan McNabb, Trent Green, Jeff Garcia and Brian Griese. There are 78 QB’s with a higher YPA than QB X. I’m sure some of you have already figured out that I am talking about none other than TROY AIKMAN. Aikman was nothing more than a glorified game manager, not one of the greatest QB’s of all time as he is commonly billed. With the amount of talent those Cowboys teams had when Aikman was under center the average Joe on the couch could have won at least one Super Bowl. 11 players from the 1993 Dallas Cowboys team made the Pro Bowl: QB Troy Aikman, S Thomas Everett, WR Michael Irvin, FB Daryl Johnston, DT Russell Maryland, G Nate Newton, LB Ken Norton, TE Jay Novacek, RB Emmitt Smith, C Mark Stepnoski, and T Erik Williams. It wasn’t Aikman’s job to win any games, it was his duty to just not screw it up. The list of QB’s that could have accomplished everything that Aikman did with this cast and more goes on and on. Whether you are a Cowboys fan or hater, I think it is time we all admit that Aikman, while lovable, was not the all-time great he is billed as but is instead just an average to below average QB.

-Dan Silvershein

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