Some Overlooked Quarterbacks

Thursday, September 19, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to read Citiscope’s “Best 30 Quarterbacks in 5 Decades” and was delighted at the professional way it was researched and written.   

Having played against Danny Sandlin, Bill Romans, Bobby Scott and Denny Painter I can assure you they were indeed very good quarterbacks.  In their time the quarterbacks called the plays on the field.  They had to manage the game and the team.  The article had a very specific way of deciding who was chosen and I certainly cannot argue with their choices.   

Having said that there were several really good quarterbacks who didn’t play at the college level or attain super statics. Heck, my team didn’t even retain passing percentages. I can clearly remember a super tailback from East Ridge named Mike Odham, and of course David Fairbanks from Hixson . Red Bank was led by Gary Sanders.      

It is always difficult to pick the “best” of anything but there have been some super quarterbacks over the past 30 years in our area.  Quarterbacks who ran offences from split t’s to pro sets and even single wing.  Done without spotters and instant video.  It was Monday practice before I could see game film off of 16 MM.  It was a different time…….

Dennis Allison
Ooltewah

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