Almost every young football player out there dreams of becoming their favorite team’s quarterback. It’s the most glamorous position on the field and many of them become superstars. But even some of the greatest top signal-callers of all time held on for one season too long instead of retiring.
It’s often a shame because sometimes it tarnishes their legacy and affects the fans’ overall perception of their careers. Few players like John Elway and Otto Graham successfully walk away with their heads held high. Read ahead to see the quarterbacks who held on for too long below.
Fitzpatrick remained a popular figure throughout his lengthy career in the NFL. He tried to play for nearly every franchise before his retirement but he hung on for too long. The veteran’s numbers declined every season as he failed to establish himself as a consistent starter (via NFL.com).
He spent 17 seasons in the league with nine different teams but started 16 games only three times in his career. He played an important role for the Dolphins before his final move to Washington in 2021. However, he held on for too long and only made a single appearance.