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Publicizing the accomplishments of the few left-handed professional quarterbacks
will inspire other left-handers to compete and overcome the odds against them.
We will soon offer instructions specifically for left-handers to help them
improve their throwing technique and their ability to compete for a chance to
play left-handed quarterback in a game that favors right-handed people.
We will also educate football coaches (from youth football coaches through
college level coaches) on the value of having a left-handed quarterback and
the need to give left-handers an equal opportunity to compete for playing time.
Current Best Left-Handed Quarterback in Professional Football
Nick Davila of the Arizona Rattlers (Arena Football League)
All-time Best Left-Handed Quarterback in Professional Football
Steve Young of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers
The Next Five Best Left-Handed Quarterbacks in Pro Football
Ken Stabler, Jim Zorn, Boomer Esiason, Mark Brunnell, Michael Vick
All of the other Left-Handed Quarterbacks in Pro Football
Only 30 lefthanders have ever played quarterback in the NFL
Quarterback is the most important and visible position on the football field. There is no reason to believe that left-handers cannot throw a football just as well as right-handers, and there have been just enough left-handed quarterbacks in the National Football League to prove that they can. With somewhere between twelve and fifteen percent of the male population of the United States being left-handed, we might expect that close to that percentage of NFL quarterbacks would be left-handed. But that is not the case, not even close…
There is definitely some bias against left-handers as quarterbacks, and it starts at the earliest levels of the game. Left-handers have the physical ability to throw the football with speed and accuracy and for distance, and they often look just a good or better than right-handers in passing drills and practice. Sometimes receivers make them look bad by dropping the ball, and claiming that the ball is spinning in the opposite direction from what they are used to. When it comes time to working in full team drills, where they take the hike from the center, and turn and hand the ball off to the running backs, left-handed quarterbacks may look awkward and there may be a few more missed connections, but a good coach will give them the time to work through that awkwardness.
Unfortunately, there are too many coaches who don’t have the patience or the wisdom to do this, and left-handers opportunities to succeed are limited. Many coaches claim that the playbook has been designed for right-handed quarterback with their strong right side versus their weaker left side, and it would be too difficult for their team to adapt to a left-handed quarterback. So unless the left-handed quarterback as by far the best passer among the quarterback candidates, chances are good that the job will go to a right-hander. With the success of all of the left-handed quarterbacks mentioned in this article, we would have hoped that more coaches would see that left-handers can do the job and give them more opportunities to play, but that does not seem to be the case.