When you think of great San Francisco quarterbacks you would automatically think of Joe Montana and Steve Young. Prior to them, there was a very good one named John Brodie
who put up great numbers without the supporting cast that Montana and Young had.
John Brodie was one of the game's early gunslingers and most of the time he had to be. The 49ers of the 1960s were not a great team, and Brodie was often the main reason his team was competitive. By the time the ’70s rolled around, Brodie had a better team around him and though he was finally playoff bound, the Niners could not get past the Cowboys for three years in a row. Still, Brodie won the 1970 MVP and was given more respect around the league.
Because he had to take a lot of chances, John Brodie’s interception rate was fairly high and he finished his career with more picks than touchdown passes. This could be why he has never been a semi-finalist for the Hall and with the San Francisco 49ers reaching great heights in the ’80s, virtually every star before them has been forgotten. John Brodie deserves better than that.
Should John Brodie be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 78.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6%