Running Quarterbacks Through the Years

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JOHN ELWAY

Most everybody knows about this guy. Long career, all with Denver after forcing a trade from Baltimore, ran into a lot of hard luck until his last 2 seasons, when Denver won back to back Super Bowls.

Elway ran around a lot as well, with over 3,400 yards rushing over his career, 33 TDs on the ground, and a 4.4 yard average per rush. His best year rushing was 1987, with 304 yards rushing, and he had 6 TDs on the ground in 1991. In any season that he was in all 16 game, he only rushed for under 4 yards per carry once. He didn’t put up the yardage totals that Tebow does, again, different game.

RANDALL CUNNINGHAM

Here you have a guy that in a few seasons, put up rushing numbers similar to Tim Tebow’s.  Randall Cunningham.  He made his name in the 80s and 90s, so I will give some background on Randall for younger readers.  He was drafted by the Eagles in 1985, and played with them until 1995.  They made playoff appearances and Cunningham played well, although he has no Super Bowl wins to his credit.  He was in Minnesota from 1997-1999 after being out of the league in 1996.  He finished his career with Dallas in 2000, and Baltimore in 2011.

We are going to take a look at his early career, through 1991, because after that he suffered an injury that hampered his running and athletic ability.  Beginning in 1986 when he took over the Eagles starting QB job full time, until 1990 which was the season before he got hurt, he never rushed for under 500 yards.  He rushed for 6 yards per carry or more in each season and rushed for 942 yards in 1990.

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