What Colleges are NFL Quarterbacks from?

Northern Iowas Kurt Warner
Northern Iowa's Kurt Warner

We’ve all heard terms like “Quarterback U” and we’ve heard people make the assertion that if you want to play quarterback you need to go to this school or that school. Here are the facts, if you want to play quarterback in the NFL, it’s more about what you do and less about where you go to school. As the table below shows, NFL quarterbacks come from all over. In the list below, I have listed the starters for all of the NFL teams for the 2008 season. Now before you go all haywire, I went with either the individual that started the majority of the games or the quarterback that was supposed to start the season for the team.

Only three schools have more than one NFL starter and that’s USC (Palmer and Cassell), Purdue (Brees and Orton) and Boston College (Hasselbeck and Ryan). One of the schools had this happen due to injury (USC with Cassell) and another when the slated starter failed to live up to expectations (Orton – Purdue replacing Rex Grossman).

As far as a conference breakdown, the SEC, the conference noted for defense, has the most quarterbacks starting in the NFL with six, followed by the Pac-10 with five, the ACC with four and Conference USA with three. Three NFL QB’s are from Division I-AA schools (Romo, Flacco and Warner). One is from a NAIA (Kitna-Lions).

Here’s the list:

Team Quarterback College
49ers Alex Smith Utah
Bears Kyle Orton Purdue
Bengals Carson Palmer USC
Bills Trent Edwards Stanford
Broncos Jay Cutler Vanderbilt
Browns Derek Anderson Oregon St.
Buccaneers Jeff Garcia San Jose St.
Cardinals Kurt Warner Northern Iowa
Chargers Phillip Rivers NC State
Chiefs Brodie Croyle Alabama
Colts Peyton Manning Tennessee
Cowboys Tony Romo Eastern Illinois
Dolphins Chad Pennington Marshall
Eagles Donovan McNabb Syracuse
Falcons Matt Ryan Boston College
Jaguars David Garrard East Carolina
Jets Brett Favre Southern Miss.
Lions Jon Kitna Central Washington
NY Giants Eli Manning Ole Miss.
Packers Aaron Rogers California
Panthers Jake Delhomme SW Louisiana
Patriots Matt Cassell USC
Pittsburgh Ben Rothliesberger Miami of Ohio
Raiders Jamarcus Russell LSU
Ravens Joe Flacco Delaware
Redskins Jason Campbell Auburn
Saints Drew Brees Purdue
Seahawks Matt Hasselbeck Boston College
Texans Matt Shaub Virginia
Titans Kerry Collins Penn St.
Vikings Tavaris Jackson Alabama St.

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