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KC Chiefs: Five Worst Starting Quarterbacks In Team History

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Quarterback Todd Blackledge #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

I mean… You kind of had to see this one coming, right? I wasn’t even alive when Todd Blackledge graced Kansas City with his presence and even I knew this was a no brainer.

Jim Kelly and Dan Marino were both taken after Blackledge, and that’s just another painful aspect about this whole thing. Both went on to have Hall of Fame careers, and the Chiefs took the quarterback who turned out to be a bust.

Blackledge was a hot prospect coming out of college. He was a three-year starter for the Nittany Lions of Penn State, and ended up being the seventh overall pick of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.  Taken ahead of him was John Elway, who went number one overall to the Baltimore Colts (later traded to the Denver Broncos).

Jim Kelly and Dan Marino were both taken after Blackledge, and that’s just another painful aspect about this whole thing. Both went on to have Hall of Fame careers, and the Chiefs took the quarterback who turned out to be a bust. Just another sign that the Football Gods hate the Kansas City Chiefs.

Blackledge played in four games his rookie year, as Bill Kenney was the Chiefs’ starter that season. Blackledge threw three touchdowns that year with no interceptions. Kenney and Blackledge split starting time in 1984 and Blackledge ended his sophomore campaign in the NFL with six touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and managed to go 4-4 in that span.

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