This week, we have our first AQBOW Super Bowl Champion. This guy was big, strong, went to Florida State, and had all of the looks for a solid NFL quarterback. But he wasn’t good in college, and went in the 9th, yes 9th, round of the 1992 NFL Draft. This is of course, the story of Brad Johnson.
This guy had one good Cotton Bowl and he looked like a quarterback, so naturally the Minnesota Vikings drafted him to be the back up and have him look like he was doing something. However in 1995, he was sent to London and although had more INTs than TDs, but completed a ton of passes. That and his quarterback look that he had gave him the same job in Minnesota. After seeing playing time and being named the starter at one point, he was replaced due to injuries by Randall Cunningham, and although Johnson played well, he simply played the role of the blue collar QB who lost his job to the revitalized star. His play was good enough for him to be traded to the Washington Redskins.
His first season in Washington, Johnson balled out and it looked like that just maybe what he looked like would match what he could do on the field. That was a tease though, as he sucked in 2000 and got himself to shipped out to Tampa Bay. It would be sugar coating it to say that he was greatly benefitted by a stellar defense and one of the most well known offensive geniuses in Jon Gruden. I mean it’s literally the perfect fit. Johnson played the role well and was a good game manager and managed his way to a Super Bowl ring.
Johnson was on top of the world after that, and he won those goofy quarterback challenges over some big names. But then real football started and he fell from grace and was later released. He re-signed with the Vikings and had come full circle like a rockstar who fell from the top of the charts. Funny enough, Johnson himself revitalized his career in Minnesota and had one of the best seasons of his career in 2005 after Culpepper got hurt. In 2006, he continued his career as a QB tease and played horribly. Almost 40, he signed with the Cowboys to back up Tony Romo and got to see some time when Romo was injured (shocking). He retired after being released in 2009. Although he made some big things happen and had a barely memorable career, his Wiki page had a “Legacy” section that was 7 lines long. No matter, we here at The Point After will remember you, Brad.
(All of this information is gathered either of my oddly broad knowledge of average quarterbacks or Wikipedia.com)