A member of the AFL All-Time Team, Blanda once threw for a record seven touchdowns in a game. John Constantine Unitas was a four-time NFL MVP who held the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass for over half a century. The wildly popular Namath was largely responsible for the NFL-AFL merger and engineered perhaps the biggest upset in pro football history when he directed the Jets to a 16-7 victory in Super Bowl III over Unitas’ heavily-favored Baltimore Colts. When I was on defense I was Jack Ham and Jack Lambert.". Vote in PennLive's final All-NFL poll. A quarterback, linebacker and place kicker, Mr. Blanda still holds 11 pro football records, including most career extra points. Why has western Pennsylvania been the cradle -- specialists in the art of the cliche prefer to say incubator -- of quarterbacks, and why is it no longer so? This list contains 3 juniors, 2 sophomores, and 1 freshman. Who is the best quarterback in the NFL? Each quarterback was born and raised within an hour of Pittsburgh and all are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The six western Pennsylvania quarterbacks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Joe Namath, George Blanda and Johnny Unitas -- will be honored in Pittsburgh next summer. It's a great honor," said Namath. Butler High School's Troy Nunes has been the Orangemen's starter for the first three games. Joe Montana, New Eagle. Ches-Mont - American. On this date in 1994, Jim Kelly was 13-of-22 for 130 yards in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 21-11 victory over Dan Marino’s Miami Dolphins. A lot of great football players have come from Western Pennsylvania down the years.". He played numerous sports at Ringgold High School, leading his basketball team to the 1973 WPIAL Class AAA championship. Enjoyed the read of the western Pa. boys. Did not know that Unitas and Marino had the same middle name. Western Pennsylvania's six Hall of Fame QBs are honored at Gridiron Gold. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. Years: 1983-99. Eastern Pennsylvania - South. The 6’3”, 226-pound Kelly was offered a scholarship to play linebacker for Joe Paterno at Penn State, opting instead for Miami University, where he helped build the Hurricane program into a college football juggernaut. George Frederick Blanda played 26 pro football seasons, more than any player in history, and played in four different decades. Four of the six players attended - Kelly, Marino, Montana and Namath - while John Unitas, Jr. and family members of George Blanda represented the two deceased players. Women in Professional Football: Football isn’t just for the boys. Pittsburgh's Premier Sports Artist. Often considered as the best NFL quarterback ever, Joe Montana was born June 11, 1956, in New Eagle, Washington County, but grew up in Monongahela with parents who were of Italian background. Tight Ends - 11/29. Your email address will not be published. Jim Kelly, … When Art Rooney called me about doing this I thought it was a great idea,' said Marino. NFL games: 242. Marino was 20-of 43 for 212 yards and a touchdown. Considered by many as the greatest quarterback in NFL history, Montana got his start at Ringgold High School in ... 2. Allegheny Mountain Southern. Pennsylvania home to six HOF QBs Pennsylvania is home to six of the 23 modern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame QBs. Of the 23 quarterbacks currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an amazing six of them have their roots right in Western Pa. - George Blanda (Youngwood, Pa.), Johnny Unitas (Pittsburgh), Joe Namath (Beaver Falls, Pa.), Joe Montana (New Eagle, Pa.), Dan Marino (Pittsburgh) and Jim Kelly (Pittsburgh/East Brady, Pa.). It's a great place for football. It is based on film and statistics. The people that were ahead of us, our work ethic. Who are the top NFL quarterbacks from Pennsylvania? Delaware Valley. Western Pennsylvania is home to some of the best ever to play in the National Football League. Eastern Pennsylvania - North. Top 25 Offensive Linemen. "It's long overdue to honor these guys, the greatest group of quarterbacks from any part of the country. Berks Inter-County 1. James J. Bogdan describes himself as “just a fan” who over his lifetime has seen the rise of an unbelievable number of great college and professional quarterbacks from the relatively small area of Western Pennsylvania. Dan Marino, Pittsburgh. In 14 seasons in San Francisco, Joseph Clifford Montana led the 49ers to four world championships. "We have never been together. The list is in order from juniors to freshmen. Required fields are marked *. After signing a three-year, $ 427,000 contract [the then-richest in football history] with the Jets, “Broadway Joe” was named 1965 AFL Rookie of the Year. Running Backs - 11/24. I love coming back here. Football is a blue-collar game, gladiatorial in nature, and came naturally to the immigrant sons of immigrants working in … George Frederick Blanda played 26 pro football seasons, more than any player in history, and played in four different decades. Available Formats. There are so many great players from this area. Top Players by Position (2021) Quarterbacks - 11/23. The reasons for Western Pennsylvania’s early success as a quarterback breeding ground are multiple, but can be boiled down to a simple essence. Western Pennsylvania has produced nearly 50 professional quarterbacks, more than any region in the country. 5.0 out of 5 stars Vito "Babe" Parelli was a great Western Pennsylvania quarterback. Raised in Youngwood, a coal-mining town 36 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, he played for Paul “Bear” Bryant at Kentucky before being drafted by the Chicago Bears. 1. A sold out crowd, that included greats like Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier, Ronnie Lott and Roger Craig, showed up to honor the quarterbacks, something that meant a lot to the group. Top 25 Defensive Backs - 11/29. Two of Western Pennsylvania's new wave quarterbacks are at Syracuse University. Babe would come over to his home and they would throw footballs together. They are the quarterbacks of western Pennsylvania. EDIT: sgoldperson- … Johnny Unitas, Pittsburgh. if you lived in western PA you'd be good at sports or something that didn't involve a social life in a major city too. If Western Pennsylvania is the cradle of quarterbacks, then it's a virtual baby boom this season. 10 questions, rated Average. Bear Bryant called Joseph William Namath the best athlete he ever coached. Western Pennsylvania has produced an inordinate amount of Hall of Fame calibre quarterbacks. In four Super Bowls, Montana threw 122 passes. A three-sport standout at Beaver Falls High School, 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Namath was the first-round pick of both the AFL’s New York Jets and St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL. Berks Inter-County 2. With a quick release and powerful arm, Marino played in nine Pro Bowls over 17 NFL seasons, all with the Miami Dolphins. Colonial. "It's a great night for Western Pennsylvania," said Rooney. “Johnny U” invented the two-minute offense and revolutionized the quarterback position. Quarterbacks: A Legacy of Western Pennsylvania. Players. "I get goose bumps thinking about it. The region has produced a multitude of NFL quarterbacks, giving Western Pennsylvania the nickname "Cradle of Quarterbacks." "It's our people. District 10 Region 2. Top 25 Running Backs. Local artist Dino Guarino was tasked with capturing those hall … Kelly was a member of the spectacular quarterback class of 1983 – with six quarterbacks taken in the first round. This is a quiz about the most noteworthy. Here are the top 6 quarterbacks to watch at the mid-season point. Years: 1956-73. Your email address will not be published. 1 in Western Pennsylvania by the Tribune, Namath comes in at No. NFL games: 192. Daily Dose Sports Publications © All rights reserved. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. It's special. Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2014. When asking the question, “Who is the best quarterback in the NFL?” George Blanda always comes to mind. In 1970, Blanda was named AP Athlete of the Year after leading the Oakland Raiders to six consecutive last-minute victories. Joe Namoth. The actor, beloved for his portrayal of the eccentric Dwight Schrute on NBC's "The Office," tweeted a show of support for Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen just before 11 p.m. "It's great. It was a gathering that never happened before, one that came about because of a shared bond that never can be broken, a bond that goes back to their roots in Western Pennsylvania. Top 25 Linebacker - 11/28. Born in New Eagle, he was raised in Monongahela, a coal mining town south of Pittsburgh. Phone: 412.835.6595 Email: dino@dinoguarino.com The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. On Saturday night, for the first time ever, the six were honored as a group at Gridiron Gold at the Wyndham Grand Hotel. Top 25 Quarterbacks. He led the Houston Oilers to the first two AFL championships in 1960 and 1961. "There is no doubt our parents instilled that work ethic in us. Johnny Unitas. Six are from Western Pennsylvania: Joe Montana, Jim Kelly, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Johnny Unitas and George Blanda. Dan Marino. Raised in Youngwood, a coal-mining town 36 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, he played for Paul “Bear” Bryant at Kentucky before being drafted by the Chicago Bears. District 10 Region 1. There are 23 modern-era quarterbacks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Your Account; Logout; Login; Create Account; Frivolities Main Page; Player Birthplaces; Players Born in Pennsylvania, USA. A small area of western Pennsylvania around Pittsburgh has produced almost 25 percent of the modern era quarter- backs enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Johnny Unitas, St. Justin’s, Pittsburgh. From Dan Marino to George Blanda we showcase some of Western Pennsylvania's best quarterbacks. A quarterback, linebacker and place kicker, Mr. Blanda still holds 11 pro football records, including most career extra points. Allegheny County is Pittsburgh Steelers country, and Jurkovec emerged as one of the most decorated high school quarterbacks in the region’s rich football history. Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. is a Pittsburgh guy through and through. My Dad went to Rochester High School in Western Pa. with the Boston Patriots quarterback Babe Parelli. those four are probably the best but i know there are others. Which Hall of Famer is considered by many to be the greatest quarterback ever. And when it comes to quarterbacks, nothing can compare to the group that emerged from the area. The Pittsburgh region also has developed many notable athletes that have gone on to outstanding careers in professional sports. A three-time Super Bowl MVP and 1977 National Champion at Notre Dame, “Joe Cool” was the consummate winner. It's in our blood, the hard working ethic and the appreciation for others. Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Joe Namath, Jim Kelly, Johnny Unitas, Charlie Batch, Marc Bulger, George Blanda, Johnny Lujack, Jeff Hostetler, Gus Frerotte, Willie Thrower, Warren Heller, Tyler Palko, Terrelle Pryor, Alex Van Pelt, Sandy Stephens, Terry Hanratty, Mike Mc… The greatest player in Baltimore Colts history grew up in Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood and attended St. Justin’s High School before playing collegiately at Louisville. When we are talking about the six quarterbacks from Western Pennsylvania in the Hall we didn't do it by ourselves. "Pittsburgh is my home. Trivia Quiz - Western PA Quarterbacks Category: NFL QBs Quiz # 96,498. The eight-time Pro Bowler was twice named NFL MVP and was voted Sportsman of the Year, Athlete of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year during his illustrious career. NFL games: 211. Not your run in the steel-mill quarterbacks, mind you. Fullbacks - 11/25. Ranked No. Montana was an all-state football and basketball performer at Ringgold High School. Wide Receivers - 11/26. Born in Pittsburgh, James Edward Kelly grew up 60 miles northeast of the Steel City in East Brady. Ches-Mont - National. Of the 23 quarterbacks currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an amazing six of them have their roots right in Western Pa. - George Blanda (Youngwood, Pa.), Johnny Unitas (Pittsburgh), Joe Namath (Beaver Falls, Pa.), Joe Montana (New Eagle, Pa.), Dan Marino (Pittsburgh) and Jim Kelly … Top 25 Wide Receivers. He led the Houston Oilers to the first two AFL championships in 1960 and 1961. West Allegheny HS – (JR) Quarterback 6’0 180: JR Mid-Season Analysis: Gavin is … Top 25 Defensive Linemen - 11/27. By: James J. Bogdan About the Book. Top 10 Legendary Pennsylvania Quarterbacks. Three, including Kelly, Dan Marino and John Elway ended up in Canton. Joe Montana, Ringgold, Monongahela. And they are all products of the great state of Pennsylvania. At least it … Pennsylvania is the quarterback factory. From Johnny Unitas to Joe Montana to Dan Marino, discover what makes the region a sanctuary for signal callers. A member of the USFL All-Time Team and the best quarterback in Buffalo Bills history, “Machine Gun” led the Bills to a record four-straight Super Bowls and operated the no-huddle offense better than any signal-caller ever to play the game. Jurkovec was one of the most decorated quarterbacks in Western Pennsylvania history and he participated in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Using a formula that took into account achievement at the high school, college and professional level, MaxPreps examined over 300 high school quarterbacks over the past 70 years. Born and raised in the South Oakland neighborhood, he was a standout at Central Catholic before becoming an All-American at Pitt. ... Western Pennsylvania's trusted news source Wednesday, December 9, 2020. A member of the AFL All-Time Team, Blanda once threw for a record seven touchdowns in a game. "We have some great stories that get better every time we tell them," said Montana. District 10 Region 3. With starting quarterback Kenny Pickett sidelined for a second consecutive game, that proved to be a. "Without a doubt it's the work ethic our parents instilled in us," said Kelly of why Western Pa. is such a hotbed for quarterbacks. I was always a Steelers fan growing up, watching the Steelers of the 70s.". A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Marino was voted NFL MVP, Comeback Player of the Year, Walter Payton Man of the Year and Rookie of the Year during his epic career. Heartland I. Allegheny Mountain Northern. All Rights Reserved. In 1970, Blanda was named AP Athlete of the Year after leading the Oakland Raiders to six consecutive last-minute victories. Bicentennial. Born in Pittsburgh … Joe Montana, QB. Rooney, who said he enjoyed watching the quarterbacks when he was growing up, was pleased to see it all come together. "When I was a kid, I was Terry Bradshaw when I was playing offense in my backyard. The Steelers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division. Years: 1979-94. By gavo_zone2. 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Joe Montana . Joe Montana #16, Quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers prepares to throw a … Steelers' President Art Rooney II served as the honorary chairman for the event, which benefited Neighborhood Legal Services Association, and was instrumental in bringing the group to Pittsburgh. He led the Dolphins to the playoffs ten times and is one of the most prolific passers in history, as he rewrote the record books. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Eleven went for touchdowns and none were intercepted – still an NFL record. No state in the country has produced more NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks than the Keystone State, with six in all: Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and George Blanda. 5 on the MaxPreps list of the Top 50 greatest high school quarterbacks of all-time. It would have been great if we all could have been here together, but this is special.". 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