Obscure Spotlight: Elvis Grbac


  • The Chiefs have only had two good quarterbacks in their history: Len Dawson, who last played when Gerald Ford was in office, and a 63-year-old Joe Montana. In between, they’ve had some of our favorite obscure quarterbacks– from Steve DeBerg to Trent Green, Steve Bono, and my personal favorite, Elvis Grbac.  Grbac had a roller coaster ride of an NFL career, highlighted by a 2000 season in which he threw for over 4,000 yards and landed in Honolulu for the Pro Bowl.
  • Grbac, a Cleveland native, attended Michigan, where he set several passing records by finding Desmond Howard and throwing to him. He was picked by the 49ers in the now-defunct 8th round of the draft in 1993. In San Fransisco he backed up future Hall of Famer Steve Young.
  • Grbac would finally get to start in the NFL in 1997 when the Chiefs brought him in and named him their starting quarterback before camp even started. In that season he started 10 games for KC and threw 11 touchdowns and 6 picks, despite completing only 57% of his passes.
  • In Elvis Grbac’s best season– the 2000 campaign, he threw for 4169 yards and made the Pro Bowl, and led his Chiefs to a stunningly unimpressive 7-9 record.
  • The following season, Elvis once again left the Midwest, ending up a Baltimore Raven. That season, 2001, saw Grbac supplant team leader and fellow obscure athlete Trent Dilfer for the starting job in Baltimore, the year after Dilfer led the team to a Super Bowl championship. Grbac was 8-6 as a starter that year, throwing just 15 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Elvis was essentially booed off the field by boisterous Trent Dilfer supporters and retired after that season, but not before leading the Ravens to a playoff victory over the  Dolphins.
  • Men named Elvis seldom fade into obscurity. 8th round picks from Cleveland, Ohio, who go 40-30 in the NFL, get berated in Baltimore by raucus Trent Dilfer fans, and end their careers with slightly above average passer ratings, often find themselves in such a position. Mr. Grbac is no exception. Pour one out for this dude Grbac.

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