NFL: Ranking Quarterbacks who were one-hit wonders

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 23: Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in action against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 23: Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in action against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Thigpen #4 of the Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

NFL: Ranking Quarterbacks who were one-hit wonders: 15. Tyler Thigpen

Tyler Thigpen was a quarterback who was constantly coming out of nowhere. In college, he really wasn’t on anyone’s radar going into his senior season. He was playing for Coastal Carolina University, and his stats were nothing to go home about. Then, he threw for just under 3,300 yards, rushed for 650 yards, and he combined for 33 touchdowns.

That got the eye of NFL scouts, and he ended up being a seventh-round pick despite not even getting an invite to the NFL Combine. The Minnesota Vikings tried out a bunch of quarterbacks that preseason including former starters Tavaris Jackson and Drew Henson. The Vikings ended up cutting Thigpen with hopes to keep him on the practice squad, but the Kansas City Chiefs had been scouting him and wanted him on the active roster.

The Chiefs didn’t exactly have a long-time starter in Damon Huard under center, so Thigpen would eventually take over as starter in the 2008 season. They had Larry Johnson in the backfield, so Thigpen was originally only asked to make smart decisions under center, but then Johnson got hurt. The Chiefs put in a spread offense to better suit Thigpen’s strengths, and it worked. They had one of the most interesting offenses in the NFL, and the Chiefs eventually moved to the pistol offense.

Thigpen had a decent season under Herm Edwards, throwing for 2,600 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He added 386 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns on the ground. It was a really good player who was trying to salvage a Chiefs season that was quickly circling the drain. Tony Gonzalez and Herm Edwards both had an interest in keeping Thigpen the starter, but they were both exiled from the team for the next season. That led to Matt Cassell being a trade prospect and taking over as the starter. Thigpen was never a starter again in the league.