New England Patriots: Top 5 quarterbacks of all-time

LOS ANGELES - 1986: Quarterback Tony Eason
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3. Steve Grogan (1975 -1990)

Steve Grogan was a New England Patriots quarterback for a long, long time. Injuries plagued his career, but he still started 135 games for New England. He had a 75-60 record and threw for 182 touchdowns, with a career-high of 28 in 1979 at age 26. Grogan has the second most touchdowns all-time in franchise history behind only Tom Brady. Grogan though, has the franchise record for interceptions at 208. Grogan’s Patriots made the playoffs just four times in his 16 seasons. He played in Super Bowl XX against the 1985 Bears, and he got wrecked. Grogan had a touchdown in the game, but he was sacked 4 times before Tony Eason took over.

Steve Grogan did not have enough talent around him, and if he did, he likely would have ranked higher on this list. He had potential and nearly delivered the first Super Bowl trophy for the franchise, but he continued to fall just short. Still, he was a solid QB leading the Patriots for 16 seasons, the longevity we haven’t seen in any other player aside from Tom Brady currently.