but we don't want to put our hopes on one guy.
Who will be the next lefthanded quarterback to get a chance in the NFL,
or has their time and place come to an end?
Are there any lefthanded college quarterbacks, or any lefthanded high school quarterbacks,
or younger lefthanded prodigies that might be the next hope for lefthanders?
Kellen Moore was the last lefthanded quarterback to play in the NFL, in December 2015.
A Rare Breed Has Become Extinct
Kellen Moore spent three seasons with the Detroit Lions but did not play or throw an NFL pass. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 and started the last two games of the season. He showed enough promise to be listed as the second-string quarterback for the Cowboys going into 2016, but he broke his ankle during preseason practice, missed the entire year, and never played again. He retired shortly after and has become an assistant coach.
The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders in Sports
Michael Vick was a #1 draft choice out of Virginia Tech, and played in 143 NFL games, starting 115 of them. He played in one Super Bowl, and played in the Pro Bowl four times. In 2015 he played in five games and started three of them for the Pittsburgh Steelers after the starting quarterback was injured. Vick was not signed for the 2016 season and then retired at the end of the year.
Prior to the arrival of Tua Tagolaivoa, it had been more than four years since a lefthanded quarterback last played in the National Football League.
The same league where Stabler, Zorn, Esiason, Young, Brunell, and Vick made All-Pro Teams and earned victories (and losses) in some very big games, has not had even one lefthanded quarterback playing in the league since the end of 2015.
We were never expecting a lefthanded alternative universe, where all the best quarterbacks were lefthanders, and righthanded quarterbacks struggled for playing time and recognition.
But we never expected a return to pre-historic times, or the pre-Stabler era, where lefthanders were not allowed to play quarterback and have fun throwing the football down the field.