Commentary: Ranking the best NFL quarterbacks from Utah colleges (15 items)
The quarterback is arguably the most important position on the football field and the leader of the team.
With the NFL starting today, we take a look back to rank the best NFL and AFL quarterbacks that played at Utah colleges. Even though there have been plenty of great college quarterbacks from Utah over the years, not many have made a huge impact in the pros.
Who are the big names that made the list? Some of them might suprise you.
Here's the breakdown.
1 of 15. 15. Lee Grosscup
Grosscup was the 10th pick in the draft by the New York Giants in 1959. He only played eight games in the NFL before moving over to the AFL. While playing for the New York Titans in the AFL, Grosscup played in eight games in 1962, starting four of them.
During his time as a Titan, Grosscup threw for 855 yards and eight touchdowns.
Tackle Roosevelt Grier, right, and line backer Harland Svare, left, of the New York Giants football team tune up their guitars following a iskull sessioni at Bear Mountain, New York, training camp on August 27, 1959. Rookie quarterback Lee Grosscup, watches.
2 of 15. 14. Tom Dublinski
Dublinski was the 93rd pick in the eighth round of the 1952 draft by the Detroit Lions. He saw action in five seasons for three different teams. His most success came with the Lions, where he started five games and won four.
During his career, Dublinski threw for 1,300 yards and eight touchdowns while completing 52.5 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 118 yards and another score.
3 of 15. 13. Bob Gagliano
Gagliano was the 319th pick in the 12th round by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1981 draft. Gagliano lasted 12 seasons in the NFL with seven different teams but only saw game action in seven of those years. Gagliano is best known for his time as a Detroit Lion, where he started 11 games over two seasons.
His best season with the Lions came in 1990, when Gagliano threw for 1,190 yards and 10 touchdowns.
For his career, Gagliano threw for 3,431 yards, 17 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. He also rushed for 352 yards and four more scores.
4 of 15. 12. Gifford Nielsen
Nielsen was the 73rd pick in the third round of the 1978 draft by the Houston Oilers. Nielsen spent six seasons with the Oilers and started 14 games over that time. Nielsen didn't find much success, only winning three of those starts.
For his NFL career, Nielsen completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 3,255 yards and 20 touchdowns as well as 22 interceptions.
5 of 15. 11. Jamie Martin
Martin played for seven teams in 16 years in the NFL after going undrafted out of Weber State. Martin spent the majority of his career as a third stringer, but did see action in more than 50 games, including eight starts. His best season came in 2005 as a member of the Saint Louis Rams, when Martin won four of five starts and threw for 1,277 yards and five touchdowns.
For his career, Martin threw for 3,814 yards, 20 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.