5. Kordell Stewart, QB, Ravens (2004-05)
Okay, maybe we’re stretching by calling Kordell Stewart a legend. My Twitter is conveniently linked above if you want to tear me a new one. Still, don’t sleep on Slash.
He was the prototype for the “mobile quarterback” model that players like Michael Vick, Robert Griffin III, and Lamar Jackson would follow in later years.
Stewart was the quarterback on the other side of the Ravens-Steelers rivalry when it really took off in the early 2000s.
When the Steelers handed the Ravens their first-ever playoff defeat in January 2002, none other than Slash was the starting quarterback. In that divisional playoff game, Stewart was 12-of-22 for 154 yards and a touchdown.
Unfortunately, his inconsistent play saw him run out of Pittsburgh after the 2002 season. After one uneventful season in Chicago, Stewart joined the Ravens as a third-string quarterback for the 2004 season.
This gave the Ravens a quarterback rotation of Kyle Boller, Anthony Wright, and Kordell Stewart. It’s a testament to the brilliance of the Ravens’ defense that the team even won nine games that season.
Stewart never threw a pass as a Raven, although he did live up to his “Slash” reputation by serving as a replacement punter after Dave Zastudil suffered an injury. Stewart retired after the 2005 season.