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3 Best NFL Quarterbacks to Ever Come Out of Clemson

Zach Brunner
Deshaun Watson was drafted 12th overall out of Clemson
Deshaun Watson was drafted 12th overall out of Clemson / Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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While the Clemson Tigers football program has been a strong one, it could be surprising to know that they have not had much success with their quarterbacks in the NFL. However, there have been a couple to make a name for themselves at the professional level, and it looks as though 2020 Heisman hopeful Trevor Lawrence could become the next to do so.

Let's take a look at the three greatest NFL quarterbacks to come out of the Clemson football program.

3. Charlie Whitehurst, 2006, 2010-16

Clipboard Jesus himself! Charlie Whitehurst has been more of a meme than a competent NFL quarterback, but he still makes the list as a top-three Clemson quarterback in the NFL, for now. Whitehurst was a career backup, making only nine NFL starts. He completed 55.3 percent of his passes for his career, throwing 11 touchdowns to eight interceptions.

2. Steve Fuller, 1979-86

Drafted 23rd overall in the 1979 NFL Draft, Steve Fuller played the first four seasons of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, then finished up with the Chicago Bears, winning a Super Bowl as the backup. Fuller made 42 starts during his seven-year NFL career, completing 56.8 percent of his passes for 7,156 yards. He also threw more interceptions than touchdowns, at 41 to 28.

1. Deshaun Watson, 2017-Present

It's pretty clear already that Deshaun Watson is the best quarterback to come out of Clemson. Unfortunately for him, the Texans just traded away his top weapon, sending DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona. In 37 career games, Watson has passed for 9,716 yards, 71 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. He has added another 1,233 yards and 14 touchdowns with his legs.


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