Can You Guess the American Football Team by It’s All-Time Leading Passer?



By: J. Reinoehl

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Some NFL players will go down in glory as being the greatest of the great. In the NFL, the magic number for great quarterbacks is 30,000 passing yards. This is a number that not only shows a player's experience but often also means MVP awards, player of the year awards, Super Bowl championships and of course leading your teams to become dynasties. 

While most of these quarterbacks spent their careers with one team, others found that the end of their career was spent jumping from one team to the next helping to improve the league. So, while teams like the 49ers, Patriots and Packers have had more than one quarterback pass the reins onto the next elite you might have forgotten that a player like Brett Favre who spent 20 years with the Packers also played for the Vikings and _____.

Peyton Manning was a star in _______, before moving to_______. From gun-slinging country boys to scripted and analytical students of the sport, these greats of the game are as varied in style as their teams are varied in culture. 

See how well you know and remember the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history by trying to figure out a team they played on. 

For which team did Dan Marino play?

“Sure, the home field is an advantage, but so is having a lot of talent.” – Dan Marino


For which team did Peyton Manning play?

Lucas Oil Stadium is the home of the Indianapolis Colts since it opened in 2008. It can seat over 67,000 and has a retractable roof with a Fieldturf artificial playing surface.


For which team did Ben Roethlisberger play?

Initially called the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Steelers have won Super Bowls IX, X, XII, XIV, XL, and XLII. They have won the most Super Bowls out of any NFL team.


For which team did Tom Brady play?

The Boston Bulldogs were the first NFL team to represent Boston in 1929. In 1932, the Boston Braves (which became the Washington Redskins) were created. The New England Patriots didn’t become part of the league until November 16, 1959.


Which leading passer played for the Green Bay Packers?

“That’s what you have to do sometimes as a leader. You have to exude confidence even in a situation where it seems to the outside world that confidence shouldn’t exist.” - Aaron Rodgers, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, January 1, 2017.


For which team does Drew Brees play?

Drew Brees (born January 15, 1979) has passed for 66,111 yards and currently has a quarterback rating of 101.7. He attended Purdue University. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 205 pounds.


For which team did Donovan McNabb play?

Donovan McNabb (born November 25, 1976) spent 13 seasons in the NFL, passing for 37,276 yards and scoring 234 touchdowns. He is currently rated 85.6.


For which team did Jay Cutler play?

The Chicago Bears won the first NFL Championship game in 1932. The “C” in their logo was a redesign of the logo the Chicago Cardinals used from 1920-1947.


For which team did Dan Fouts play?

Dan Fouts (born June 10, 1951) was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. He was the third player to pass for more than 40,000 yards (ending his career with 43,040 yards) and was the NFL MVP in 1982.


For which team did Phil Simms play?

"I haven't thought about it. I'm not capable of deep thinking." – Phil Simms


Which leading passer played for the Ravens?

Joe Flacco (born January 16, 1985) joined the Ravens in 2008 as a first round draft pick. He led his team to defeat the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.


For which team does Matt Ryan play?

Matt Ryan’s first pass as a professional for the Falcons was a 62-yard touchdown pass. Receiver Michael Jenkins caught it.


For which team did Jim Kelly play?

Jim Kelly (born February 14, 1960) accumulated 35,467 passing yards during his career. But he threw just one overtime touchdown pass. It happened during a 47-41 victory over the Houston Oilers in 1989.


For which team did Johnny Unitas play?

"Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.." – Johnny Unitas


Which leading passer played for the Dallas Cowboys?

“Our huddle was absolute chaos. There’s five guys in there with big personalities just saying how we should play the rest of the game. It was Michael Ivin, ‘Nobody can cover me, and we need to throw the ball more,” and then Nate would get on him, ‘They can’t hold up, up front; we need to run; we need to start pounding Emmit,” and as soon as Troy walked back into the huddle, you could hear a pin drop. Everything stopped: He was in control.” – Daryl Peter “Moose” Johnston,


For which team did Steve Young play?

Steve Young began his career in the United States Football League - a league that started to take advantage of the NFL summer off-season. Initially successful, the league ran into problems when they did not enforce salary caps and sued the NFL to play during the regular season. They won the expensive lawsuit but were only awarded $3 instead of the $300 million the jury had considered.


Which leading passer played for the Vikings?

"If football taught me anything about business, it is that you win the game one play at a time." “If you wait for the right time or the good time to start a business, you wait all your life.” – Fran Tarkenton


For which team did Warren Moon play?

Initially undrafted, Warren Moon began his career in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos. In addition to throwing for 49,325 yards during his 17-season career, he led the league in completions (362) and touchdowns (33) in 1990 and set the league record for completions in 1991 with 404.


For which team did Joe Montana play?

"…There's only one reason for doing anything that you set out to do. If you don't want to be the best, then there's no reason going out and trying to accomplish anything." – Joe Montana


For which team did John Elway play?

“I've experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I think to really appreciate anything, you have to be at both ends of the spectrum.” – John Elway


For which team did Brett Favre play?

On January 12, 1969, the New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III behind the leadership of quarterback Joe Namath. During the 1970s, the Jets never had a winning season.


Which leading passer plays for the Detroit Lions?

Matthew Stafford (born February 7, 1988) has played nine seasons (as of 2016) and just became a leading passer with 30,303 yards total. He has played for the Detroit Lions his entire career, although he was raised in Texas and went to the University of Georgia.


For which team did Tony Romo play?

Between 1966 and 1986, the Dallas Cowboys had a 20-year streak of winning seasons that included two Super Bowl wins (VI and XII). Jerry Jones purchased the team in 1989 and hired Jimmy Johnson to create another all-star, winning team, that gave them three more Super Bowl wins (XXVII, XXVIII, and XXX).


For which team did Drew Bledsoe play?

The Buffalo Bills play at New Era Field in the Buffalo, New York, a suburb of Orchard Park. The stadium opened in 1973 and has gone through a variety of name changes. It is currently named after the New Era Cap Company.


For which team did Boomer Esiason play?

"We’re not splitting atoms here; we’re trying to entertain people." – Boomer Esiason


For which team did Kurt Warner play?

"If you're willing to put yourself and your dreams on the line, at the very least you'll discover an inner strength you may not have known existed." – Kurt Warner


Which leading passer played for the Jacksonville Jaguars?

Mark Brunell (born September 17, 1970) went to Washington College. He accumulated 32,072 yards in his 19-season career.


For which team did Jim Hart play?

The Arizona Cardinals were a charter member of the NFL, founded in 1898 as the Morgan Athletic Club. They quickly became the Racine Street Cardinals when they acquired used, “Cardinal red” jerseys from the University of Chicago. In 1920, the Cardinals beat the Chicago Tigers to land a spot in the American Professional Football Association (later to become the NFL) but moved to St. Louis in 1960 and Phoenix in 2006. The Bidwill family has owned the team since 1932.


Which leading passer played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice during his career?

Steve DeBerg was the first quarterback to implement Walsh’s West Coast Offense. He had the misfortune of being on teams that drafted other greats, including Montana, Elway, and Young. As a result, he was frequently a backup. Known for playing through injuries, he was the oldest person to ever be on a Super Bowl roster (XXXIII).


For which team did Dave Krieg play?

Dave Krieg’s career was marked by inconsistency. Still, he obtained 38,147 passing yards and was ranked among the top 20 for wins by a starting quarterback (98), career passing touchdowns (261), and career completions (3,105). He also holds many of the Seahawks' records.


For which team did Kerry Collins play?

Kerry Collins (born December 30, 1972) played for Penn State University and was drafted by the Panthers in a fifth round pick. In 17 seasons, he has accumulated 40,922 passing yards.


For which team does Carson Palmer play?

Carson Palmer (born December 27, 1979) achieved a quarterback rating of more than 100 in 2005 (101.5) and 2015 (104.6). He passed for 44,269 yards as of 2016 - his 15th season in the NFL.


For which team did Y. A. Tittle play?

Y. A. Tittle (born October 24, 1926) was the NFL’s MVP in 1961, 1962, and 1963. He went to seven Pro Bowls and completed 33,070 passing yards.


Which of the following was not a name used by the primary team for which Steve McNair played?

The Houston Texans are the newest expansion team in the NFL - first forming in 2002. The Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee (first as the Oilers and then as the Titans) in 1997, and Steve McNair stayed with the team during the move.


For which team didn’t Vinny Testaverde play?

Vinny Testaverde played for seven teams -- more than any other leading passer. During his career, he wore the jerseys of the Buccaneers, the Browns, the Ravens, the Jets, the Cowboys, the Patriots, and the Panthers.


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