Point 1 – This is based ONLY on statistics. At no point did I allow my personal opinion to change the results. I treated Matt Cassel the same as Joe Montana.
Point 2 – There are twelve active players on the list and some that could join the list at some point down the road. Active players can move UP or DOWN the list based on future performance.
Point 3 – I tried to develop a formula that would be fair to players from all eras – career numbers are important but the game has changed multiple times over the years. I believe I achieved that goal.
Point 4 – I started with statistics from 1932 – the first year that I could get detailed statistics from the reference page. Most of the players added from the initial years were not even quarterbacks as the halfback was the most important position back then. It took forever to compile statistics from 1932-2020. Individual stats from this year were counted – like career touchdowns – but additional stats will not be available until the end of the season.
Point 5 – I started with two statistics for each year to determine how a player dominated a given season – each statistic was worth up to ten points – thus, twenty possible points per year. The two statistics were passing yards and touchdowns. The higher up each list – the more points received. Numbers were not important – Peyton Manning leading a list with 55 TDs would receive the same points as EAFOX leading a list with 13 TDs. The point of this one is to measure how one compared to their peers in a particular year.
Point 6 – Example with fake names
1932 Passing Yards
- EAFOX 4500 – 10 points
- Jones 4350 – 9 points
- Smith 3900 – 8 points
- BRAG 2850 – 7 points
- Steve 2200 – 6 points
- Mistake 2199 – 5 points
- Concussed 1877 – 4 points
- Trump 1500 – 3 points
- Biden 1499 – 2 points
- Tony 14 – 1 point
1932 TD Passes
- Steve 18 – 10 points
- EAFOX 17 – 9 points
- Concussed 16 – 8 points
- Mistake 15 – 7 points
- Jones 14 – 6 points
- Smith 13 – 5 points
- Biden 12 – 4 points
- Trump 10 – 3 points
- BRAG 5 – 2 points
- Tony 1 – 1 point
1932 Results – EAFOX 19 points, Steve 16 points, Jones 15 points, Smith 13 points, Concussed 12 points, Mistake 12 points, BRAG 9 points, Trump 6 points, Biden 6 points, Tony 2 points
Repeat this process for every year up to 2020.
Point 7 – I kept track of points earned, how many times a player was on a list, and the average number of points earned. Six players earned over 200 points – with the high being 258. Four players were on a list over thirty times – three with 33 appearances and one with 32. Only three players averaged over 8 points while appearing on a list. One had a perfect 10 but was only on one list and led the league that year in that category.
Point 8 – I then moved to career stats – passing yards and TD passes. A player received a point for each thousand yards of passing – thus 30,000 yards earned a player 30 points. A player received a point for each ten TD passes. Thus, a player with 300 career TDs received 30 points.
Point 9 – With a complicated formula of adding and multiplication, the three sets from point 7 – points earned, times on the list, and average were combined with the two sets from point 8 – career yards and career TD passes to create a base score. That balanced out high achieving players from the early years with lower career numbers from the rather mediocre players from the current era with better career stats due to the change in the game.
Point 10 – I then looked up the career record of every player on the list. Stats are one thing but wins and losses are paramount. Players received points for wins, deductions for losses, and the winning percentage was a multiplying factor used on the base score. I had to use all three – getting points for 110 wins is great but does not mean as much if you have 115 losses. A high winning percentage helps but a person with a .500 record but is 80-80 is doing better than a person with a .500 record who is 20-20. The final magical formula of addition and multiplication with subtraction was used and the final score was determined. The final two players both had a score of over 1000 while #100 on the list had a score of 114. I did use three decimal places while calculating scores.
I will post the list in sets of ten as the week progresses. Hope you enjoy cause I worked my butt off on this list.