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27. Steve Grogan

There are many who only think of Tom Brady when they think about New England Quarterbacks, but for fans of the team in the 70s and 80s, Steve Grogan is one of the names that come up.

Grogan played all 16 years of his professional career with the Patriots, though it seemed he was fighting for his job throughout his entire career.  He first won the starting Quarterback job as a rookie, ousting Jim Plunkett, the former Heisman winner.  Grogan’s best era was the first third of his career, where he took the Pats to the playoffs twice and led the NFL in Touchdown passes in 1979.

Following that, Grogan only had one year where he played in over 10 Games, mostly due to injuries and other QBs like Marc Wilson and Tony Eason looking to take his job.  Eason was the starting QB in their first Super Bowl appearance (1986), but Grogan took over in relief, though the Patriots lost to Chicago.

Grogan retired in 1990, and he would have a career record of 75-60 with 26,886 Passing Yards.   The Quarterback was chosen for the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1995.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Acquired: Selected in the 5th Round, 116th Overall in the NFL Draft 1/29/75.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1990 Season.
  • Games Played: 149
  • Notable Statistics:

    135 Games Started
    1,879 Pass Completions
    3,593 Pass Attempts
    52.3 Pass Completion Percentage
    26,886 Passing Yards
    182 Passing Touchdowns
    208 Interceptions
    69.6 Passer Rating
    445 Rushing Attempts
    2,176 Rushing Yards
    35 Rushing Touchdowns
    3 Receptions
    19 Receiving Yards
    117 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Most Touchdown Passes (1979)
    Most Yards per Pass Attempt (1980)
    Most Yards per Completion (1979)

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