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Mar 12, 2018

The NFL has a lot of records.  And some of them are kind of obscure.  We looked through the records and compiled some of the most interesting.

The quarterback with the highest completion percentage during a season: It's not a well known name like Steve Young, Drew Brees, or Peyton Manning or Troy Aikman.  It's Sam Bradford.  He's a former Heisman and first round draft pick, but has never really found a home.  He's a great player and has played extremely well, but he didn't become a superstar like others did.  His percentage is 71.6.

The rookie quarterback with the most interceptions in a season: Maybe someone like Terry Bradshaw who struggled as a rookie?  Or Tim Couch?  It's neither of those guys, it's Peyton Manning.  He's arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, but he threw 28 interceptions his rookie season.  That's basically 2 per game.  He also threw 26 touchdown passes, which is actually pretty good for a rookie.

The Green Bay Packer quarterback who has had the best game ever.  Maybe Bart Starr or Lynn Dickie?  Magic Man Don Majkowski?  Or maybe it's Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre?  It's Matt Flynn.  Who is that?  If you know the Packers or are an LSU fan, you'll know him.  He threw for 480 yards and six touchdown passes in one game.  He also did it with fewer attempts than anyone else.

The most touchdown passes in one game: Nick Foles.  Can you believe it?  It's not Warren Moon, or John Elway, or Kurt Warner, or anyone else.  It's Nick Foles.  Seven touchdown passes.  He didn't even do it in his Super Bowl year.

Most total interceptions:  Brett Favre.  He was a gunslinger, for sure.  But he also threw a lot of interceptions.  Scott remembers watching film of that guy and thinking he won't last as a quarterback because his decisions are so risky.  Favre is an 11 time pro bowler and unanimous first round selection to Hall of Fame.  He was a three time Super Bowl MVP.  And holds the interception record.

The quarterback with the most touchdowns per touch: This is based on every time the quarterback touches the ball (which is pretty much every play).  That's averaged against the number of touchdowns. These would include passes and runs. The winner is Tim Tebow!  Isn't that crazy?  Every 11.3 times he touched a football it resulted in a touchdown.  That is serious production.  But he never really developed as a quarterback.

Speaking of records, let's talk about Tom Brady.  Is he really that good?  Yes.  He won 3 Super Bowls before he ever lost a playoff game.  That is crazy.  It's extremely tough to win the Super Bowl.  The NFL is full of legendary players who have never won a Super Bowl.

Peyton Manning is tall and not known for his running ability.  He's pretty slow and rarely ran.  His longest rush is 33 yards.  That's a really long way on an NFL field. 

Most time between completions with no pick 6.  Quarterbacks throw these, and they're not fun. Scott can name all of his:  Darrel Green, Merton Hanks, Najee Mustafaa, and one guy from the Bengals.  One quarterback threw 3,807 passes between pick 6s.  It's Aaron Rodgers.

The most yards completed by a quarterback who did not start a game.  Chad Henne of Jacksonville Jaguars picked this up against Houston Texans.  He not only threw that much, he threw no touchdowns, no interceptions, and they lost.    

Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop of all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.

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