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Who Is The Tallest Quarterback In The NFL?

Most quarterbacks you will find in the NFL today will be somewhere around 6’2″ to 6’6″ tall. It’s rare to find quarterbacks with a height taller than 6’6” because usually, they wouldn’t be as quick as their 6’3” counterparts. 

With that, who is the tallest quarterback in the NFL? As of the moment, Dan McGwire is the tallest quarterback in the NFL with a height of 2.03 meters or 6 feet 8 inches. 

Dan McGwire’s Background

Daniel Scott McGwire was born on the 18th of December 1967. He played professionally for the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL) as a former American football quarterback. 

In 1991, McGwire was picked in the first round of the draft (16th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks and went on to play for five seasons in the NFL, from 1991 to 1995. He played for the Seahawks for four seasons and for the Miami Dolphins for one season. He was Dave Krieg’s backup in his rookie season, but was expected to be the quarterback in the near future.

In his second season, he failed to impress the crowd in the pre-season and he got the title third-string quarterback behind Stan Gelbaugh and Kelly Stouffer. In 1993, McGwire almost lost his chance to Rick Mirer because the Seahawks drafted Mirer out of the University of Notre Dame in the first round. 

In 1994, McGwire got the first and only extended playing time of his career after Mirer got injured. He began to play three games where the team went 1–2. During the season, he threw 105 passes, completing 51 of them for 578 yards and one touchdown. That was his last season for the Seahawks. Then after spending one season in Miami, he was out of football.

Some of The Tallest NFL Players Next to Dan McGwire

If you want to know some of the tallest NFL players next to Dan McGwire, below is a list to cover them together with a few of their information:

1. Frank Patrick, 2.01 meters or 6 feet 7 inches 

Frank Andrew Patrick is a former quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. He was born on the 11th of March 1947. Patrick played three seasons for the Packers starting from 1970 to 1972. During his college years, he attended the University of Nebraska. Since he was larger than most quarterbacks of his generation, he was referred to as “the linebacker that throws passes.”

2. Brock Osweiler, 2.01 meters or 6 feet 7 inches 

Brock Alan Osweiler, born on the 22nd of November 1990, played college football at Arizona State University. In the second round of the 2012 NFL draft, he was drafted by the Denver Broncos. In his fourth year with the Broncos, he became a member of the team that won Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers. Before retiring in 2019, he went on to play for the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, and Miami Dolphins.

3. Paxton Lynch, 2.01 meters or 6 feet 7 inches 

Paxton James Lynch, born on the 12th of February 1994, played college football at the University of Memphis. In the first round of the 2016 NFL draft, he was drafted by the Denver Broncos. Before being released earlier to the 2018 season, he participated in Denver for just two seasons. In January of 2019, after missing the 2018 season, Lynch signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Despite that, he ended up being waived in final roster cuts. Not too long after, he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers.[1]

4. Mike Glennon, 2.01 meters or 6 feet 7 inches 

Michael Joseph Glennon, born on the 12th of December 1989, played college football at North Carolina State University. In the third round of the 2013 NFL draft, he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has played for the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, and Jacksonville Jaguars as well. 

5. Sonny Gibbs, 2.01 meters or 6 feet 7 inches 

Sonny Gibbs, born on the 25th of October 1939, played college football at Texas Christian University. He is a former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions in the NFL. 

6. Scott Mitchell, 1.99 meters or 6 feet 6.5 inches

William Scott Mitchell, born on the 2nd of January 1968, played college football for the University of Utah. He used to be a quarterback in the NFL for 12 seasons. He became a player for the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, and Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL, as well as the Orlando Thunder of the World League of American Football.[2]

Also: Youngest Player in NFL

Final Words 

Even though taller quarterbacks have more chances of being selected with first round picks, the NFL is adapting and now a league where quickness and creativity are starting to outweigh height and accuracy. 

You cannot see a top-rated quarterback with just one look, nor can you see his work ethic and intelligence based on his height. So we could say that being a great quarterback comes in all sizes. What do you think about this? Do you think picking a quarterback should be based on one’s height? Let us know what you think! Also, read about the tallest running back or shortest quarterback in the NFL.

If you enjoyed reading this article, you might also like our write ups on the different offensive positions and offense formations


[1] “Pittsburgh Steelers NFL – Steelers News, Scores, Stats ….” Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.
[2] “World League of American Football.” Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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