Fastest former #1 NFL Draft picks to reach Super Bowl (two-way tie)
These quarterbacks reached their first Super Bowl in their 9th NFL season
T-5th. Jim Plunkett, Raiders
Jim Plunkett was the first overall pick of the New England Patriots in the 1971 NFL Draft.
He played five seasons with the New England Patriots before playing another two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and at age 33, he became the starting quarterback of the Raiders.
Plunkett threw seven touchdown passes in the Raiders’ four playoff wins that season, leading the franchise to a Super Bowl title to kick off the 80s, winning MVP of the game in the process.
T-5th. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
In hindsight, the fact that Peyton Manning didn’t reach the Super Bowl until his 9th NFL season is one of the more remarkable facts about his legendary career.
Manning will go down as one of the two or three best quarterbacks of all time, but winning or even getting to the Super Bowl was elusive for him.
Manning beat the Chicago Bears in his first Super Bowl appearance back in the 2006 season. He then fell to the Saints and Seahawks in his next two Super Bowl appearances before sailing into the orange and blue sunset, winning a title with the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 and then retiring shortly thereafter.