Locker just the latest of long list of UW QBs to start games in NFL
Washington can still claim to be one of the leading producers of quarterbacks in the league.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A couple of weeks ago, Sunday’s Seattle-Tennessee game loomed most intriguing as a homecoming for Jake Locker, the former Washington star now in his third year with the Titans.
Locker, though, suffered hip and knee injuries against the New York Jets Sept. 29 and will instead watch from the sideline, likely out another month or so.
Had he been healthy, it would have been the first time a former Husky started a game at quarterback against the Seahawks in Seattle since January 2006, when Mark Brunell started for the Redskins in the divisional playoffs. Seattle won that game 20-10 en route to its only Super Bowl.
Used to be, though, that appearances against the Seahawks by former Huskies were pretty common (or, as was the case during Warren Moon’s two-year run as Seattle’s starter in 1997-98, appearances for the Seahawks themselves).
In fact, despite having less of an NFL presence in recent seasons (which speaks to UW’s downturn the last decade that it now appears to be ending), Washington can still claim to be one of the leading producers of quarterbacks in the league.
The Wall Street Journal a year ago compiled a list of career NFL quarterback starts by school since 1970, with Washington coming in second behind Purdue.
Updating those numbers to today, Purdue (which boasts alums such as Drew Brees, Bob Griese and Len Dawson) has 735 quarterback starts since 1970, with UW at 633.
And since we always love a good list, here’s a look at every UW quarterback since that time, ordered by their number of starts.
1. Warren Moon, 203: Moon is one of just three former Huskies in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and as such will always be the gold standard against which UW quarterbacks are judged when it comes to NFL careers. Indicative of the way the game has changed, though, it’s almost hard to fathom that Moon threw just 20 touchdown passes in 29 starts as UW’s QB.
2. Chris Chandler, 152: Chandler remains the only former Husky quarterback to start a Super Bowl, guiding Atlanta there following the 1998 season before the Falcons lost to John Elway (a Stanford grad who assuredly wasn’t faking anything on that day) and the Broncos.
3. Mark Brunell, 151: Brunell, who played until he was 41, has finally hung them up and is now a high-school football coach in Jacksonville.
4. Steve Pelluer, 30: Pelluer’s NFL career is notable now mostly for being a Dallas Cowboys trivia question — name the quarterback in between the Danny White and Troy Aikman eras? He was also the starting quarterback in the last game ever coached by Tom Landry.
5. Damon Huard, 27: Huard, who wasn’t drafted, went on to win two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots in 2002 and 2004 as a reserve behind Tom Brady (who wasn’t mad, bro, after those games). Huard got most of his starts as a Chief, though, where he remains the last former Husky to start a game against the Seahawks, doing so in Kansas City on Oct. 29, 2006 (a 35-28 KC win).
6. Hugh Millen, 25: Showing the vagaries of scouting quarterbacks, Millen ended up with more than twice as many NFL starts as he did UW touchdown passes (12). In 1991 with the Patriots, he threw a TD pass with 34 seconds left to beat a Moon-led Oilers team.
7. Billy Joe Hobert, 17: Taken 58th overall by the Raiders in 1993, he was the third quarterback selected in that draft after Drew Bledsoe and Rick Mirer — and 60 spots ahead of Brunell.
8. Jake Locker, 15: Some billed this as a year when Locker had to show the Titans he was their quarterback of the future. Through four games, he had done just that.
9. Brock Huard, 4: All came with the Seahawks in 2001. Threw for 226 yards and three TDs against a Peyton Manning-led Colts team, but Indy escaped with a 37-34 win.
10. Tom Flick, 3: Went 1-2 in three starts for Chargers for 1986 — the win coming against an Elway-led Broncos team.
11. tie Marques Tuiaosopo, Cody Pickett, Cary Conklin, 2: Tuiasosopo never really got a great shot with the Raiders despite being on their roster for all but one year from 2001 to 2008, while Pickett got two starts with a terrible 49ers team in 2005, and Conklin two in relief of Mark Rypien with the Redskins in 1993.
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