3 Best NFL Quarterbacks to Ever Come Out of LSU

Jason Schandl
The best NFL quarterbacks to ever come out of LSU, including Hall-of-Famer Y.A. Tittle
The best NFL quarterbacks to ever come out of LSU, including Hall-of-Famer Y.A. Tittle / Focus On Sport/Getty Images
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The LSU quarterback position is at the forefront of the football world right now, with Joe Burrow all but a lock to be the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after setting the NCAA single-season passing touchdown record with 60 in the 2019 season.

While it's too early to speculate on Burrow's NFL career, he's not the first passer from Baton Rouge to try making a splash in the pros.

Here are the three best NFL quarterbacks to ever come out of LSU.

3. David Woodley

David Woodley didn't make much of a splash at LSU, throwing for 2,081 yards and rushing for 829 from 1977 to 1979. He got a shot in the pros with the Miami Dolphins, starting 26 games across his first two seasons. His individual numbers weren't great (4,320 yards, 26 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in those years), but he did help the 1981 Dolphins win the AFC East at 11-4-1. He never stuck as a full-time starter after that year, starting 27 more games across four seasons, and he retired with 8,558 passing yards, 48 touchdowns and 63 interceptions to his name.

2. Bert Jones

Another LSU passer from the 1970's, Bert Jones was taken by the Baltimore Colts with the second overall pick in the 1973 NFL draft. It took a few years for Jones and the Colts to find their groove, but they won double-digit games in three consecutive seasons from 1975 to 1977. In that stretch he tallied 8,273 yards, 59 touchdowns and 28 picks, finishing as a first-team All-Pro with a league-best 3,104 yards in '76. It was all down-hill from there, as he didn't win more than six starts in a single season again across his final five seasons in the pros.

1. Y.A. Tittle

This one's easy. Y.A. Tittle's 33,070 passing yards in the pros rank 37th in NFL history and are 14,880 more than any other LSU alum. He added 242 touchdowns in his 17-year NFL career, being named to seven Pro Bowls. A four-time first-team All-Pro, Tittle also took home the NFL MVP award in 1963, when he led the New York Giants to the NFL Championship Game. Tittle was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.


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