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Poll: Who Is Your Most Disliked Steelers QB Of All-Time?


It’s a topic that as Steelers fans comes up every now and then, and while there’s no particular reason for it right now, thought it would be fun to ask our readers and fans – what QB drew your ire the most as a member of Steeler Nation when that person played QB for the Black and Gold?

I’ve asked it a few times on Twitter (@SteelersGab) over the last 12 hours, and gotten the responses that I felt I would get, players like Kordell Stewart, Neil O’Donnell. Heck, there was even someone who didn’t like poor Mike Tomczak, who played most of the 1996 season after O’Donnell took a huge deal in free agency after Super Bowl XXX to go play with the Jets.

So today I ask you Steelers Gab readers – which QB did you Dislike the most?

1. Kordell Stewart – Seemed to be either very good, or very bad. Started in 1997 and took the team to the AFC Title game after going 11-5 before losing to Denver at home. Played an awful game that day, and seemed to hinder him the entire next two seasons. Was replaced by guys like Jim Miller and even Kent Graham, before getting the starting job back in late 2000, and again was great in 2001, leading the team to a 13-3 mark and an AFC Title game, in which he was awful again, losing to the Pats. Was eventually replaced early in 2002 by Tommy Maddox.

2. Neil O’Donnell
– Starter from 1992 to 1995, had the team to the playoffs every year, and even set AFC Title game records in the 1994 AFC Title Game loss to the Chargers. Was very good in 95, as team went to more of a 5-wide set and he thrived, and in AFC Title game brought the team back from down 16-13 to Colts to a late 20-16 win in still maybe my all-time favorite Steelers game. Problem is, threw two bad picks in Super Bowl XXX, which people still to this day blame him for. Instead of coming back and facing the music, left the team that offseason to go to the Jets, and his career floundered.

3. Bubby Brister – Big arm, and some highlight films compared this Southern boy to Terry Bradshaw. Not quite. Started from 1988 to 1990, and never really had it, though once he left was very good as a backup in Philly, and was great as John Elway’s backup in Denver, getting two rings before finally calling it quits. Just a lot of pressure on a young kid with the world on his shoulders in Pittsburgh.

4. Mark Malone – More remembered for his TV work than on the field, Malone was drafted in the first round, and played special teams and wide out before finally getting his shot. Was the QB for the Steelers 1984 playoff run which ended with an AFC Title game loss to Miami. Again showed flashes, but never was able to be consistent enough to be a good QB for a long period of time.

5. Kent Graham – Was a free agent pickup and started the 2000 season for Kordell Stewart, and was simply awful. About only thing I recall was a week two game vs the Browns in which down 3 took a sack with seconds left to not allow the Steelers to get the field goal team on the field to try and chip shot tie the game. Wasn’t around very long to say the least.

6. Ben Roethlisberger – Believe it or not some folks still to this day think that Ben’s off the field issues from a few years back are reason enough for him to find work elsewhere. I think those days are long gone, and he’s been a model person and player ever since, and will clearly go down as if not the best, than the second best QB in the history of the team.

Let’s hear it Steeler Fans – would love to hear your comments on why you chose who you chose!

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Ken chizewick

    November 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Brister was Qb when I became steelers fan, kordell reenergized the fanbase and tommy gun was good till the hit, but freaking Neal odonell can suck it he threw that Super Bowl we out gained them held the ball longer but ol Neal had gambling debts and made me wait another ten years for a Super Bowl!

  2. Chris R.

    November 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    How is Tommy Maddox not on here

  3. Paul L

    November 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    First superbowl I was old enough to remember was a loss. Thanks Neal…..

  4. Steve

    November 21, 2013 at 11:10 am

    How is Mike Tomczak not on here?! He was horrific!

  5. EJ

    November 21, 2013 at 11:29 am

    O’Donnell. I’ll never be convinced he didn’t get bought off to throw that Super Bowl. Just watch the replays of those interceptions. Not a Steeler in sight.

    Kordell may have sucked at all the wrong times, but O’Donnell “taking a dive” is much worse.

    • screz

      November 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Neil by far.. losing a super bowl when we absolutely locked down Irving and emmitt.. heartbreaking. Than to give it to bum Larry brown twice. . He got paid off cause one thing Neil never did was throw Int. .

  6. daniel

    November 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm


  7. Steeler Fan in Cincinnati

    November 21, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Of all time? DICK SHINER 1968-1969

  8. Pittsburgher

    November 28, 2013 at 12:50 am

    O’Donnell I can understand, after his Superbowl interceptions.

    Kordell Stewart hate is nothing but a fantasy stemming from rabid fans thinking a Superbowl should have just fallen into the Steelers’ lap after the O’Donnel incident and pointing the finger at the first thing in sight when it didn’t. After 70+ years, The Steelers have only had about 5 above-average quarterbacks, and Stewart was one of them, but he doesn’t get credit for it because of the same blind backlash that saw him replaced with that useless Kent Graham, who killed what could have been a playoff season.

    Anyway, in the end, my pick would have to be Bubby “I don’t mop up for nobody” Brister, followed by Graham.

  9. Dave

    October 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    How is Cliff Stoudt not on here….. He was hated huge!

  10. Derrick

    March 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Cliff Stoudt gets my vote. I never cursed at the Steelers so much in my life. That guy seemed to invent new ways to loose. I think the worse game was a Thanksgiving game against Detroit. He must have turned over the ball 50 times (slight exaggeration).

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