15 Tallest Quarterbacks in NFL History

Tallest NFL Quaterbacks
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Who are the 15 tallest quarterbacks in NFL history?

Quarterbacks are the backbone in NFL.

From examining the defenses to calling the plays and throwing a wonderful spiral to running with the ball and leading the teams to victory with touchdowns, quarterbacks are the most precious treasures of the NFL.

And for winning the championships and making history, a quarterback needs to earn loads of passing yards, touchdown passes, and a high percentage of pass completions during each season.

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Most of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL have incredible speed, accuracy, excellent arm strength, powerful handgrip, and smooth and consistent play movements, which all correlate to their tall heights.

With their tall stature, it is easy to look over the defense unit and overall gameplay.

Whereas their long and big hands and bulky arms give them the advantage of better ball control, making their throws reach higher and strike in the sky.

Further, it is a massive deal for the NFL to find a great quarterback who must at least be 6’3″ to enter the league.

With all that said, let’s take a quick look at the 15 tallest quarterbacks in NFL history.

Quick Overview

 S.N.  Tallest NFL Quarterbacks Height (in ft and inches) 
 1.  Dan McGwire  6 ft 8 inches
 2.  Frank Patrick  6 ft 7 inches
 3.  Brock Osweiler  6 ft 7 inches
 4.  Paxton Lynch  6 ft 7 inches
 5.  Mike Glennon  is 6 ft 7 inches
 6.  Sonny Gibbs  6 ft 7 inches
 7.  Scott Mitchell  6 ft 6.5 inches
 8.  Marc Wilson  6 ft 6 inches
 9.  Logan Thomas  6 ft 6 inches
 10.  Nate Sudfeld  6 ft 6 inches
 11.  John Skelton  6 ft 6 inches
 12.  Matt Schaub  6 ft 6 inches
 13.  JaMarcus Russell  6 ft 6 inches
 14.  Jonathan Quinn  6 ft 6 inches
 15.  Tony Pikes  6 ft 6 inches

Tallest Quarterbacks in NFL History

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15. Tony Pike

Born: 10th March 1986 (36 years)

Height: 6 ft 6 inches

Team: Carolina Panthers

Roster Status: Retired

Standing at 6 ft 6 inches, Tony Pike is one of the tallest quarterbacks in NFL history.

Pike made his NFL debut in 2010 when the Carolina Panthers selected him as the 204th pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.

He played for a single season with the Panthers.

Tony Pike
Tony Pike (Source: www.cincinnati.com)

During his time with the Panthers, Pike had a record of 47 yards passed with a passer rating of 60.1%

Since retiring, he has been serving as the commentator for ESPN 1530 and the Cincinnati Bearcats football team.

14. Jonathan Quinn

Born: 27th February 1975 (47 years)

Height: 6 ft 7 inches

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, and Chicago Bears

Roster Status: Retired

Coming to the 14th spot is another 6 ft 6 inches tall former NFL quarterback.

In 1998, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Jonathan Quinn as the 86th pick in the third round of the NFL Draft.

Besides, he played for seven seasons in NFL with the Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, and Chicago Bears.

Jonathan Quinn
Jonathan Quinn (Source: NFL Play Football )

In 2001, Quinn led the Berlin Thunder to win World Bowl IX Championship by passing on 2,247 yards. Besides, he was honored as the World Bowl IX MVP.

During his time on the field, Quinn had a record of 4 touchdowns and seven interceptions on 1,161 passing yards with a passing rate of 60.4%.

13. JaMarcus Russell

Born: 9th August 1985 (36 years)

Height: 6 ft 6 inches

Team: Oakland Raiders 

Roster Status: Retired

Standing at 6 ft 6 inches, JaMarcus Russell is a former NFL quarterback.

The Oakland Raiders selected him as the 1st pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

JaMarcus Russell
JaMarcus Russell (Source: Bleacher Report)

With the Raiders, Russell played for three seasons.

He had a career record of 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions on 4,083 passing yards with a passing rate of 65.2%.

12. Matt Schaub

Born: 25th June 1981 (40 years)

Height: 6 ft 6 inches

Team: Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, and Baltimore Ravens

Roster Status: Retired

Matt Schaub, standing 6 ft 6 inches tall, is a former NFL quarterback from Pennsylvania.

In 2004, the Atlanta Falcons selected him as the 90th pick in the third round of the NFL Draft.

Matt Schaub
Matt Schaub (Source: Pro Football Rumors)

He played for 17 seasons in NFL with the teams like Falcons, Houston Texans, and Baltimore Ravens.

With Texans, he made two Pro Bowls appearances and led the team in passing yards in 2009.

During his time on the field, Schaub had earned 136 touchdowns and 91 interceptions in 25, 467 passing yards with a passing rate of 89.7%.

11. John Skelton

Born: 17th March 1988 (34 years)

Height: 6 ft 6 inches

Team: Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, and Tennessee Titans

Roster Status: Retired

The 11th tallest quarterback in NFL history is John Skelton, who stands 6 ft 6 inches tall.

In 2010, the Arizona Cardinals selected John as the 155th pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.

John Skelton
John Skelton (Source: Wikipedia)

With the Cardinals, John played for two seasons. Whereas he played his final four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, and Tennessee Titans.

During his time on the field, John earned 15 touchdowns and 25 interceptions in 3,707 passing yards with 63% passing rates.

10. Nate Sudfeld

Born: 7th October 1993 (28 years)

Height: 6 ft 6 inches

Team: San Francisco 49ers (current)

Roster Status: Active

Nate Sudfeld, standing 6 ft 6 inches tall, is a quarterback in NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.

Sudfeld made his NFL debut in 2016 when the Washington Redskins selected him as the 108th pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.

Nate Sudfeld
Nate Sudfeld (Source: Pro Football Rumors)

In 2017, the Philadelphia Eagles signed him as a backup quarterback. With them, Sudfeld won Super Bowl LII during the first season.

Besides, he played with the Eagles till 2020.

To date, Sudfeld has earned an interception in 188 passing yards and has a passing rate of 77.3%.

9. Logan Thomas

Born: 1st July 1991 (30 years)

Height: 6 ft 6 inches

Team: Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills

Roster Status: Retired (as Quarterback)

Standing 6 ft 6 inches tall, Logan Thomas is a former NFL quarterback.

The Arizona Cardinals selected him as the 12oth pick in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Logan Thomas
Logan Thomas (Source: Wikipedia)

Besides, he played for six seasons in NFL with the teams like Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills.

Since 2020, Thomas has been playing as a tight end for the Washington Commanders.

To date, he has earned 125 interceptions and 11 receiving touchdowns in 1 183 receiving yards.

8. Marc Wilson

Born: 15th February 1957 (65 years)

Height: 6 ft 6 inches 

Team: Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, and New England Patriot

Roster Status: Retired

Marc Wilson, standing 6 ft 6 inches tall, is a former quarterback who played for ten seasons in NFL.

In 1980, the Oakland Raiders selected him as the 5th pick in the first round of the NFL draft.

Marc Wilson
Marc Wilson (Source: Alchetron)

Wilson played with the Raiders for seven seasons. Whereas he played the rest of the games with the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.

During his time on the field, Wilson had earned 86 touchdowns and 102 interceptions in 14,391 yards.

7. Scott Mitchell

Born: 2nd January 1968 (54 years)

Height: 6 ft 6.5 inches

Team: Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, and Cincinnati Bengals

Roster Status: Retired

Coming to the 7th spot is a 6 ft 6.5 inches tall, former quarterback in NFL.

Scott Mitchell made his NFL debut in 1990 when the Miami Dolphins selected him as the 93rd pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

Tallest Quarterbacks in NFL History- Scott Mitchell
Scott Mitchell (Source: Utah Valley Magazine)

He played for 12 seasons in NFL with teams like Dolphins, Detroit Lions, and Cincinnati Bengals.

During his time on the field, Mitchell had earned 95 touchdowns and 81 interceptions in 15,692 passing yards with a passing rate of 75.3%.

6. Sonny Gibbs

Born: 25th October 1939 (82 years)

Height: 6ft 7 inches

Team: Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions

Roster Status: Retired

Standing at 6 ft 7 inches, Sonny Gibbs is the sixth tallest quarterback in NFL history.

In 1962, the Dallas Cowboys selected him as the 18th pick in the second round of the NFL Draft. He played for the Cowboys in 1963.

Tallest Quarterbacks in NFL History- Sonny Gibbs
Sonny Gibbs (Source: Amazon.com)

Gibbs was named the tallest quarterback in NFL in 1963.

Besides, Gibbs played only two games in NFL. His last match was with the Detroit Lions in 1964.

5. Mike Glennon

Born: 12th December 1989 (32 years)

Height: 6 ft 7 inches

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, and New York Giants

Roster Status: Active

Holding the 5th spot is another 6 ft 7 inches tall quarterback in NFL.

Mike Glennon made his NFL debut in 2013 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him as the 73rd pick in the third round of the NFL Draft.

Tallest Quarterbacks in NFL History- Mike Glennon
Mike Glennon (Source: Pro Football Rumors)

Besides, Glennon has played for the NFL’s Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, and New York Giants.

Currently, he is a free agent.

In 2013, he was honored with PFWA All-Rookie Team.

To date, Glennon has earned 47 touchdowns, 35 interceptions, and a touchdown in 7,025 passing yards and 140 rushing yards.

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4. Paxton Lynch

Born: 12th February 1994 (28 years)

Height: 6 ft 7 inches

Team: Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, and Pittsburgh Steelers

Roster Status: Retired

Standing 6 ft 7 inches tall, Paxton Lynch is the fourth tallest quarterback in NFL history.

It was in 2016 that the Denver Broncos selected him as the 26th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Tallest Quarterbacks in NFL History- Paxton Lynch
Paxton Lynch (Source: Pro Football Rumors)

He played for three seasons in NFL with the Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Currently, Lynch plays for the United States Football League (USFL) team, Michigan Panthers.

During his NFL career, Lynch had a record of 4 touchdowns and four interceptions in 792 passing yards.

3. Brock Osweiler

Born: 22nd November 1990 (31 years)

Height: 6ft 7 inches

Team: Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, and Miami Dolphins

Roster Status: Retired

Brock Osweiler, standing 6 ft 7 inches tall, is a former NFL quarterback.

The Denver Broncos selected him as the 57th pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

He played for seven seasons in NFL with the Broncos, Houston Texans, and Miami Dolphins.

Tallest Quarterbacks in NFL History- Brock Osweiler
Brock Osweiler (Source: Pro Football Rumors)

With the Broncos, Osweiler won the Super Bowl 50 Championship in 2015.

During his time on the field, Osweiler had a record of 37 touchdowns and 31 interceptions in 7,418 passing yards with a passing rate of 78.0%.

2. Frank Patrick

Born: 11th March 1947 (75 years)

Height: 6ft 7 inches

Team: Green Bay Packers

Roster Status: Retired

Standing 6 ft 7 inches tall, Frank Patrick is the second tallest quarterback in NFL history.

The Green Bay Packers selected him as the 251st pick in the tenth round of the 1970 NFL Draft.

Tallest Quarterbacks in NFL History- Frank-Patrick
Frank Patrick (Source: NFL.com)

During his three years of career with the Packers, Patrick had earned two interceptions in 107 yards and had a passer rating of 14.2%.

1. Dan McGwire

Born: 18th December 1967 (54 years)

Height: 6ft 8 inches

Team: Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins

Roster Status: Retired

And the tallest NFL quarterback to ever exist is Dan McGwire, who stands 6 ft 8 inches tall.

McGwire made his NFL debut in 1991 when the Seattle Seahawks selected him as the 16th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Besides, McGwire was the first quarterback to be selected in the 1991 NFL Draft.

Tallest Quarterbacks in NFL History- Dan-McGwire-Card
Dan McGwire Card (Source: Amazon.com)

He played for four seasons with the Seahawks. Whereas he played his final game with the Miami Dolphins in 1995.

During his NFL career, McGwire had a record of two touchdowns and six interceptions in 745 passing yards with a passer rating of 52.3%.

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