Great QBs didn’t always end up with Super Bowl rings. That’s changed in the last 25 years

Martin Rogers

FOX Sports Insider

LAS VEGAS — There was a time not long ago when quarterbacking greatness and possession of a Super Bowl ring did not go together particularly neatly.

If you’re in the habit of spending Super Bowl week rewatching title deciders from yesteryear, and if you happen across the Denver Broncos’ victory at Super Bowl 32, you’ll notice a somewhat jarring graphic appear midway through the first half.

At that time, listed in direct reference to the attempt that year by Broncos QB John Elway to finally clinch his first Lombardi Trophy, none of the top five signal-callers on the all-time passing yards list had turned their statistical brilliance into an immortal triumph.

Dan Marino topped the list back then, followed by Elway, who would end the night having put things right by outdueling the Green Bay Packers before backing it up a year later for a second ring. Warren Moon was next, then Fran Tarkenton and finally Dan Fouts, a group that before Elway’s redemption had reached seven Super Bowls but not won any of them.

Patrick Mahomes knows his NFL history well enough to understand that despite the Kansas City Chiefs’ recent dominance — Sunday’s clash with the San Francisco 49ers will be their fourth appearance in five years — such things are not to be taken for granted.

‘I understand how lucky I am to be on this team,” Mahomes said. “To come into a team that was already a winning organization with a winning culture, with a lot of great players, Hall of Fame players, and being able to just jump right in.

“Getting a year where I could learn under Alex Smith, I was blessed. So I want to maximize these opportunities, I know that they don’t always come, you’re not going to be in every single Super Bowl. So whenever I am here I enjoy it, I enjoy the week and just try to make a memory that will last forever.”

Elway’s win 26 years ago marked a turning point. The current all-time top-five passing list…


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