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Cal vs. USC: NFL Quarterbacks


Posted: 12/30/2012 8:12 PM

Cal vs. USC: NFL Quarterbacks 

This was brought up in chat tonight, and I figured it'd be a fun debate, especially considering how fans of other teams can chime in here on the free boards.

I present to you the various quarterbacks who have matriculated from Cal and USC -- respectively -- to the NFL. Let the trash talking begin.

  1. Mark Sanchez
  2. Carson Palmer
  3. Matt Leinart
  4. Sean Salisbury
  5. Rodney Peete
  6. Pat Haden
  7. Matt Cassel
  8. Bill Nelsen
  9. Pete Beathard
  10. Vince Evans
  11. Paul McDonald
  12. Todd Marinovich
  13. Rob Johnson
  14. John David Booty


  1. Bob Celeri, 1951-1952 for the New York Yanks and Dallas Texans.
  2. Paul Larson, 1957 for the Chicago Cardinals and 1960 for the Oakland Raiders.
  3. Craig Morton, 1965-1982 for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Denver Broncos.
  4. Joe Kapp, 1967-1970 for the Minnesota Vikings and Boston Patriots.
  5. Steve Bartkowski, 1975-1986 for the Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams.
  6. Rich Campbell, 1981-1984 for the Green Bay Packers.
  7. Gale Gilbert, 1985-1995 for the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, and San Diego Chargers.
  8. Troy Taylor, 1990-1991 for the New York Jets.
  9. Perry Klein, 1994 for the Atlanta Falcons.
  10. Dave Barr, 1995 for the St. Louis Rams.
  11. Pat Barnes, 1999 for the San Francisco 49ers.
  12. Kyle Boller, 2003-2011 for the Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders
  13. Aaron Rodgers, 2005-PRESENT for the Green Bay Packers.
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Posted: 12/31/2012 12:10 AM

RE: Cal vs. USC: NFL Quarterbacks 

What about Vince Ferragamo? He qualifies as much as Perry Klein.
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Posted: 12/31/2012 6:03 AM

RE: Cal vs. USC: NFL Quarterbacks 

Vince Ferragamo transferred when he did not want to be Bartkowski's backup QB anymore at Cal. Actually, the third string QB also got drafted by the NFL too. That was Fred Besana, who ended up playing for the Bills and Giants.

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Posted: 12/31/2012 6:09 AM

RE: Cal vs. USC: NFL Quarterbacks 

I agree that Ferragamo should be on this list too. His pass to Sweeney to win the Big Game on the final play is legendary to Cal fans.
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Posted: 12/31/2012 8:28 AM

RE: Cal vs. USC: NFL Quarterbacks 

Cal starting QBs in Super Bowl: 4 (Rodgers 1, Ferragamo 1, Morton 2, Kapp 1) 
Cal QB total starts in Super Bowl: 5
USC starting QBs in Super Bowl: 0

Cal starting QB Super Bowl rings: 1 (Rodgers)
USC starting QB Super Bowl rings: 0

I'm sure the disparity is substantially in USC's favor at every other position except maybe kicker.
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Posted: 01/07/2013 11:27 AM

Cal vs. USC: NFL Quarterbacks (correction) 

Here's a corrected listing of QBs from each school that have started at least one game in the NFL:

Bill Nelsen (1963-72)
Carson Palmer (2004-12)
Jim Hardy (1946-52)
Mark Sanchez (2009-12)
Matt Cassel (2005-12)
Matt Leinart (2006-12)
Mike Rae (1976-79)
Pat Hayden (1976-81)
Paul MacDonald (1980-86)
Pete Beathard (1964-73)
Rob Johnson (1995-03)
Rodney Peete (1989-04)
Rudy Bukich (1953-68)
Scott Tinsley (1987)
Sean Salisbury (1987-96)
Todd Marinovich (1991-92)
Vince Evans (1977-95)

Total USC QBs = 17
Reg Season Starts W/L/T = 334-343-8 = .493
Playoff Starts W/L = 9-17 = .346
Overall NFL PER = 72.34

Cal QBs:
Aaron Rodgers (2005-12)
Bob Celeri (1951-52)
Craig Morton (1965-82)
Gale Gilbert (1985-95)
Joe Kapp (1967-70)
Kyle Boller (2003-11)
Steve Bartkowski (1975-86)
Vince Ferragamo (1977-86)

Total Cal QBs = 8
Reg Season Starts W/L/T = 264-242-5 = .522
Playoff Starts W/L = 14-12 = .538
Overall NFL PER = 76.91

*Cal QBs who made an NFL roster but never started a game:  Dave Barr, Pat Barnes, Paul Larson, Perry Klein, Rich Campbell, & Troy Taylor.
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Posted: 01/10/2013 7:55 PM

Re: Cal vs. USC: NFL Quarterbacks (correction) 

65, great info.  The usc performance, while very impressive in numbers, is horrible in results.  The reg season record is bad, and playoff record is atrocious.  I'd say Usc wins in a landslide for quantity, but cal has been better in quality.

I want the truth

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Posted: 01/15/2013 3:15 PM

Dave Penhall 

Dave Penhall is the most underrated Cal quarterback of all time. In 1970 he was called out of  the stands when Steve Curtis went down. In the 1970 Big Game he outplayed Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett and led Cal to a 22 - 14 win over Rose Bowl champion Stanford. I cannot recall a Cal quarterback with a performance that equaled Penhall's in the 1970 Big Game.

Penhall was also an outstanding rugby scrum half.
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