May 21, 2022

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Fran Tarkenton High Up on Super Bowl QB Rankings

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Fran Tarkenton High Up on Super Bowl QB Rankings

It’s officially Super Bowl week, as the Bengals and Rams will play in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday at SoFi Stadium.

Gregg Rosenthal, who writes for, continued his annual tradition by ranking all 65 quarterbacks who have started at least once in the big game.

Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton was high on Rosenthal’s list, as the Vikings Ring of Honor member led Minnesota to three Super Bowls in a four-year span from 1973-76.

Rosenthal slotted Tarkenton at No. 13, behind Drew Brees (11th) and Bart Starr (12th) and ahead of Ben Roethlisberger at No. 14.

Like Brees, Tarkenton was an undersized, undervalued but consistent star with an incredibly long run of statistical dominance.

Tarkenton, the 1975 NFL MVP and a nine-time Pro Bowler, led the league in pass attempts (6,467), completions (3,686), passing yards (47,003) and touchdown passes (342) when he retired after the 1978 season.

The other Vikings quarterback who started in Minnesota’s lone other Super Bowl appearance was Joe Kapp, who landed at No. 59 on Rosenthal’s list.

Kapp had only one great year and 48 starts, his career ending too soon because of contractual issues.

Kapp was a Pro Bowler in 1969 when he went 12-1 as Minnesota’s starter.

Rosenthal’s full list can be found here.