Ranking the best quarterbacks in NFL history #39. John Hadl

39. John Hadl: Hadl was drafted in the first round (10th overall) by the Detroit Lions in the 1962 NFL draft but never played a game with the Lions.  Hadl chose instead to sign with the San Diego Chargers of the AFL after being taken in the third round (24th overall) of their draft.  Hadl played 16 years with the Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams and Houston Oilers.  Hadl was a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback who led the league in passing yards three times and touchdowns twice.

His best season”s came in 1968 and ’73. In ’68 Hadl led the Chargers to a 9-5 record while leading the league in passing yards with 3,473 and touchdown passes with 27.   In ’73 Hadl led the Rams to a 12-2 mark and a trip to the playoffs while throwing for 2,008 yards and 22 touchdowns.  That season, Hadl made his last Pro Bowl and was named First-Team All-Pro.

For his career, Hadl completed 50.4 percent of his passes for 33,503 and 244 touchdowns while rushing for 1,112 yards and 16 more scores.

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