Can You Name the NFL Quarterback from a Hint?


By: Gavin Thagard

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

When you picture the NFL or think about your favorite team in the league, what comes to mind? Is it the mascot or the team logo? What about the head coach with his clipboard and visor? No, that's not usually the case. In reality, it's the team's quarterback who comes to mind, the face of the franchise as they are often referred to. 

Why should that be surprising, though? After all, they are the leaders on the team; they orchestrate the offense; they are often the highest-paid players. In short, the quarterback has a lot of responsibilities, and fans often treat them that way. Quarterbacks are cheered for when they perform their duties well, and they are booed off the field when they give subpar performances. It's a lot of pressure, of course, but that's the reality of being a quarterback in the NFL. 

How well do you know the quarterbacks in the NFL, both the stars and some of the lesser-known players? Do you know which quarterbacks were drafted in the first round? Can you remember who was selected to a Pro Bowl or who won an MVP award? Here's your chance to find out. We will give you a hint, and you tell us which quarterback it is. Get started and put your knowledge of quarterbacks to the ultimate test! 

This quarterback was drafted out of Boston College.

Matt Ryan's greatest season was in 2016 when he was named the NFL Most Valuable Player. He also led the Falcons to the Super Bowl that season but blew a huge lead and lost to the Patriots.


Which quarterback has five 5,000-yard passing seasons?

Drew Brees has more 5,000 yard passing season than any other quarterback in NFL history. He was also one yard short of tying the NFL single-season​ passing record held by Peyton Manning.


Which quarterback has won six Super Bowls?

Tom Brady has played in more Super Bowl and won more Super Bowls than any quarterback in NFL history. At 40 years old, he doesn't seem to be slowing down.


Who was the Pro Bowl Offensive MVP in 2015?

Despite being undersized, Russell Wilson has proven he's an elite NFL quarterback. During his short time with the Seahawks, the team has reached two Super Bowls, winning one of them.


This quarterback tore his ACL in 2017 while his team went on to win the Super Bowl.

Carson Wentz was taken with the second pick in the 2016 NFL draft. He was drafted out of North Dakota State, where he was part of five NCAA FCS national championships.


Who led the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory in 2018?

Nick Foles was named the Super Bowl MVP after defeating the Patriots in 2018. In the game, Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns.


Which quarterback was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2004?

Ben Roethlisberger is known as a "backyard" quarterback. This style of play is characterized by his willingness to scramble outside the pocket to make a play happen.


This quarterback made "dabbing" popular in the NFL.

In 2015, Cam Newton was named the NFL Most Valuable Player. The award came after a season where he threw for over 30 touchdowns and rushed for 10, becoming the first player to ever accomplish this.


Which quarterback was traded from the Patriots to the 49ers?

The trade of Jimmy Garoppolo caused controversy in the Patriots' organization. Head coach Bill Belichick wanted to keep Garoppolo, but Tom Brady wasn't willing to give up his job.


Who played college football at the University of California?

Jared Goff was the first pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Initially, he was seen as a bust, but after head coach Jeff Fisher was fired, Goff had an outstanding second season in the NFL.


Which quarterback missed the 2017 season because of shoulder surgery?

Andrew Luck was viewed as a future star coming out of college and proved why in his first few seasons in the NFL. However, a mysterious shoulder injury has many fans wondering if he'll even play again.


This quarterback was drafted in 2017 by the Texans.

In college, Deshaun Watson led the Clemson Tigers to the National Championship in 2017. Marked by his outstanding performance, his team defeated Alabama 35-31.


Who was the first pick in the 2015 NFL draft?

Since joining the NFL, Jameis Winston has been proficient on the football field. Off the field, however, he has been less than stellar with many controversies involving his name.


This quarterback was the first player from the University of Oregon to win the Heisman Trophy.

Marcus Mariota led the Ducks to the College Football Playoffs following the 2014 season. They won the first round against Florida State but lost in the National Championship against Ohio State.


Which quarterback was the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2013?

In 2004, Philip Rivers was drafted by the New York Giants. The team immediately traded him, however, for Eli Manning, who would lead the Giants to two Super Bowls.


Who is known for the "Butt Fumble"?

Mark Sanchez had many ups and downs while playing for the New York Jets. Of course, things never got any lower than when he ran into his own offensive lineman and fumbled the football.


Which NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012?

Robert Griffin III came into the NFL as a running quarterback with an outstanding arm. After a leg injury, Griffin tried to make the transition to being a pocket passer, but the style didn't fit his skill set.


This quarterback is from Lubbock, Texas and played at Texas A&M.

Ryan Tannehill was taken by the Dolphins in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. This was the first time the Dolphins took a quarterback in the first round since Dan Marino in 1983.


Which former ACC Player of the Year was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015?

Tyrod Taylor never made the transition from being a decent quarterback to being a great quarterback. The Bills finally moved on from him after the 2017 season, trading Tyrod to the Browns.


Which quarterback attended Harvard University?

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been playing in the NFL since 2005. During that time, he's been on seven different teams.


Who was named the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII for the Ravens?

Joe Flacco has been a mediocre regular season quarterback throughout his career. However, in the playoffs, his record is 10-5.


Which quarterback led the Bengals to the playoffs his first four seasons in the NFL?

While playing college football at TCU, Andy Dalton set multiple school records. He also led the team to a Rose Bowl victory in 2011.


This quarterback led the University of Central Florida to its first BCS bowl victory during the 2013 college football season.

Drafted in the first round, Blake Bortles was viewed as a bust until the 2017 season. Finally, in 2017, he led the Jaguars to the playoffs, which was the team's first appearance in 10 years.


Who was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016?

In 2016, Dak Prescott took over for Cowboys longtime starting quarterback Tony Romo. The team finished the season 13-3 and made the playoffs, though they lost in the divisional round.


Which quarterback received the franchise tag from the Redskins for two seasons before joining the Vikings as a free agent?

Kirk Cousins is famous for yelling "How you like me now?" to Redskins general manager after the team put the franchise tag on him in 2016. They didn't like him too much, though, because they put the franchise tag on him again the next season.


This quarterback was traded from the Patriots to the Colts in 2017.

In 2016, Jacoby Brissett was the first African-American quarterback to start for the Patriots. His start came in the third game of the season against the Texans.


Which 6 ft 7 in quarterback was drafted out of Memphis in 2016?

Paxton Lynch set multiple passing records while at Memphis, including school records for most yards and touchdowns in a season. He also tied the FBS record for most passing touchdowns in a half with seven against SMU in 2015.


This former Fresno State quarterback went to three straight Pro Bowls from 2015 until 2017.

Derek Carr is the brother of David Carr, who also played in the NFL. David's career lasted from 2002 until 2012, though he never had much success during that span.


Who was drafted out of Oklahoma in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL draft?

Landry Jones has started in five games since being drafted by the Steelers in 2013. His first start wasn't until 2015 when he started two games.


Which quarterback took over the Packer's offense from Brett Farve?

With two MVP awards and a Super Bowl ring, Aaron Rodgers is one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the league. There's a reason they call him a "bad man."


Who was the first pick in the 2018 NFL draft?

Many critics believed Baker Mayfield had an attitude problem coming into the league. Despite that criticism, he had a successful career at Oklahoma and earned his number one draft spot.


This quarterback got his first start for the Chiefs in week 17 of the 2017 season.

Patrick Mahomes II was taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Chiefs. This was the first time Kansas City took a quarterback in the first round since 1983.


Who is the Bears quarterback who threw his first touchdown pass to tight end Zach Miller in 2017?

Zach Miller suffered a gruesome leg injury in 2017 against the New Orleans Saints. The injury was so serious that he almost had his leg amputated​.


Which quarterback played for the Texans, Falcons, Dolphins and Bills?

T.J. Yates was a fifth round pick out of North Carolina. Since being drafted, Yates has spent most of his career as a backup.


Who set records at UCLA for passing touchdowns and total offense?

Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in week 6 of the 2017 Packers season. Brett Hundley took over for Rodgers and started nine games that season.


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