The impact that a quarterback has on an NFL franchise cannot be underestimated. And here’s a look at each team’s most fabled and respected signal-caller.
So how does one define the term beloved when it comes to an NFL quarterback? It’s rather simple. It’s a combination of accomplishments as well as other factors that can lead one to that conclusion. Then again, there have been some great quarterbacks in this league who have not exactly endeared themselves to the franchise but proved to be excellent performers and terrific at their job.
In other words, the player here with the most passing yards, most touchdown passes, championship, etc., won’t necessarily be the choice.
There were certainly a lot of tough decisions to make along the way, given we are talking as much or more about a player’s popularity as his performance on the field. And it’s obviously safe to say that this exercise is more than just about 32 players.
Arizona Cardinals: Jim Hart
In 2018, the Arizona Cardinals will be 10 seasons removed from their only Super Bowl appearance. The team and the Pittsburgh Steelers combine for a rousing contest (XLIII) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The Cards owned a 23-20 lead late in the fourth quarter before Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes combined for one of the biggest moments in NFL postseason history.
Even though he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and led the club to the playoffs twice, quarterback Kurt Warner isn’t necessarily a Cardinals’ legend due to the fact that he played in only 61 regular-season games over five seasons.
So what about Jim Hart, whose tenure with the club spanned 18 seasons and all of them while the franchise was located in St. Louis. He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards (34,639) and aerial scores (209) and led those Don Coryell teams to NFC East titles in 1974 and ‘75. Yes, there were more interceptions (247) than TD passes but he was this team’s leader for close to two decades.