The All-User Team: QB, TE and OL

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Aug 28, 2005



By Cold, Hard Football Facts senior writer John Dudley
 
 
QB Brett Favre
Green Bay's Favre is the Aerosmith of the football world. Sure, he may be as popular as ever. But he's just not as good as he was back in the carefree, substance-filled days of his youth. For Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler, the drug of choice was heroin. Favre was never as hardcore as the "Toxic Twins," but he did voluntarily enter the NFL's substance-abuse program in May 1996.
 
After going public with an addiction to the painkiller Vicodin, Favre spent 46 days in the Menninger Clinic, a rehabilitation center in Topeka, Kansas. He later acknowledged problems with alcohol as well, admitting on ESPN's "SportsCentury" that he quit drinking when his wife Deanna gave him an ultimatum in 1999. Call it a triumph of cold turkey over Wild Turkey.
 
Favre won an unprecedented three consecutive league MVP awards from 1995 to 1997, the first two of which were at the height of his substance-abuse days – kind of like Aerosmith recording "Toys in the Attic" amid a noxious haze of smoke, pills, brown sugar and alcohol. Favre has started 205 consecutive games – an NFL record for quarterbacks – and in 2005, he will be leading the Packers for the 14th season of his 15-year career. A surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer, he is the obvious pick to command our All-User offense.
 
PASSING 
Year
Team
G
Starts
Att.
Comp.
Pct.
Yards
TDs
Ints
Rtg.
1991
Atlanta
2
0
5
0
0.0
0
0
2
0.0
1992
Green Bay
15
13
471
302
64.1
3,227
18
13
85.3
1993
Green Bay
16
16
522
318
60.9
3303
19
24
72.2
1994
Green Bay
16
16
582
363
62.4
3882
33
14
90.7
1995
Green Bay
16
16
570
359
63.0
4413
38
13
99.5
1996
Green Bay
16
16
543
325
59.9
3899
39
13
95.8
1997
Green Bay
16
16
513
304
59.3
3867
35
16
92.6
1998
Green Bay
16
    16
551
347
63.0
4212
31
23
87.8
1999
Green Bay
16
16
595
341
57.3
4091
22
23
74.7
2000
Green Bay
16
16
580
338
58.3
3812
20
16
78.0
2001
Green Bay
16
16
510
314
61.6
3921
32
15
94.1
2002
Green Bay
16
16
551
341
61.9
3658
27
16
85.6
2003
Green Bay
16
16
471
308
65.4
3361
32
21
90.4
2004
Green Bay
16
16
540
346
64.1
4088
30
17
92.4
TOTALS
 
209
205
7004
4306
61.5
49734
376
226
87.4
 
*QB Jim Miller
The choices for Favre's backup are limited, since the quarterback position has not been well-represented lately among the NFL's notorious users. (Where have you gone, Todd "Marijuanavich"?) As mentioned here previously, Miller was probably the best of a bad lot of recent Chicago QBs. Two years before he took the reins and led the Bears to the playoffs, however, he was suspended for the final four games of 1999. He claimed that he hadn't read the label on a dietary supplement that he used before working out. It was found to contain the banned substance nandrolone.
 
The only heavy lifting that Miller has done lately was picking up a Super Bowl ring as the third-string QB for last season's champs, the Patriots. He hasn't played in an actual football game in two years. After signing with the Giants in March, he hurt his hip and was waived under an injury settlement. His 11-year career is now in limbo...another game he is unlikely to be playing any time soon.
 
PASSING 
Year
Team
G
Starts
Att.
Comp.
Pct.
Yards
TDs
Ints
Rtg.
1994
Pittsburgh
0
0
0
0
---
0
0
0
---
1995
Pittsburgh
3
0
56
32
57.1
397
2
5
53.9
1996
Pittsburgh
2
1
25
13
52.0
123
0
0
65.9
1997
Atlanta
0
0
0
0
---
0
0
0
---
1998
Chicago
0
0
0
0
---
0
0
0
---
1999
Chicago
5
3
174
110
63.2
1242
7
6
83.5
2000
Chicago
3
2
82
47
57.3
382
1
1
68.2
2001
Chicago
14
13
395
228
57.7
2299
13
10
74.9
2002
Chicago
10
8
314
180
57.3
1944
13
9
77.5
2003
Tampa Bay
0
0
0
0
---
0
0
0
---
2004
New England
0
0
0
0
---
0
0
0
---
TOTALS
 
37
27
1046
610
58.3
6387
36
31
75.2
 
TE Byron Chamberlain
Chamberlain was a Pro Bowl tight end for Minnesota in 2001, posting career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Two years later, he tested positive for the banned substance ephedra and was suspended for the first four games of the 2003 season. He evidently should have been banning other substances from his body, since he was as overweight as the average CHFF "troll" when he reported a month later. The Vikings promptly cut him, and Chamberlain has managed just four catches since. Having subsequently been released by the Redskins and the team with which he spent his first six seasons, the Broncos, the only thing that appears slim is his chance to resume playing.
 
RECEIVING 
Year
Team
Games
Starts
Rec.
Yards
Avg.
TDs
1995
Denver
5
0
1
11
11.0
0
1996
Denver
11
0
12
129
10.8
0
1997
Denver
10
0
2
18
9.0
0
1998
Denver
16
0
3
35
11.7
0
1999
Denver
16
0
32
488
15.3
2
2000
Denver
15
0
22
283
12.9
1
2001
Minnesota
16
15
57
666
11.7
3
2002
Minnesota
13
9
34
389
11.4
0
2003
Washington
4
1
4
29
7.3
0
2004
Denver
0
0
0
0
---
0
TOTALS
 
106
25
167
2048
12.3
6
 
OL: T Todd Steussie, T Chris Terry, G Frank Garcia, G DeMingo Graham, C Jeff Mitchell
Offensive linemen generally don't receive enough attention, and the hogs on our Dope Squad likewise get limited coverage. Steussie and Mitchell were starters for the Panthers team that reached Super Bowl XXXVIII. A March 2005 report on "60 Minutes" revealed that a South Carolina pharmacy had repeatedly filled steroids prescriptions for both of them. Minus a positive result in the NFL's random testing, however, neither will be disciplined by the league. The juicy Steussie is a two-time Pro Bowl tackle entering his 12th NFL season, second with Tampa Bay. Mitchell, who as a center is used to having other men touch his backside (syringe optional), will be returning for his ninth year and fifth with Carolina.
 
Our two guards, Garcia and Graham, have toiled in the trenches for a number of seasons. Garcia tested positive for ephedra and blamed it on his wife's herbal allergy remedy. He was suspended for Arizona's first four games in 2003. Graham blamed his positive test on a "refresher drink" given to him by a Texans teammate. His suspension was enforced during the final two games of 2002 and the first two of '03. Although neither man took any responsibility, they do get credit for not implicating an unspecified "cousin." Both Garcia and Graham were cut in training camp a year ago, likely signaling the end to their careers.
 
Terry, the last offensive lineman on the All-User Team, is also the fourth of the five to have played for the Panthers. Through his first four years in the league, he had started 62 games at tackle for Carolina and Seattle. In 2003, he became a double threat – both to himself and his family. He was suspended for four games at the start of the season for violating the substance-abuse policy and was also fined an additional five game checks for knocking his wife around. Terry was released by the Seahawks after last season, his sixth in the league, and for some reason, this upstanding citizen has yet to be scooped up by another team.
 
Steussie
GAMES PLAYED 
Year
Team
Games
Starts
1994
Minnesota
16
16
1995
Minnesota
16
16
1996
Minnesota
16
16
1997
Minnesota
16
16
1998
Minnesota
15
15
1999
Minnesota
16
16
2000
Minnesota
16
16
2001
Carolina
16
16
2002
Carolina
16
16
2003
Carolina
16
16
2004
Tampa Bay
16
5
TOTALS
 
175
164
 
Terry
GAMES PLAYED 
Year
Team
Games
Starts
1999
Carolina
16
16
2000
Carolina
16
16
2001
Carolina
15
15
2002
Seattle
15
15
2003
Seattle
12
10
2004
Seattle
8
8
TOTALS
 
82
80
 
Garcia
GAMES PLAYED 
Year
Team
Games
Starts
1995
Carolina
15
14
1996
Carolina
14
8
1997
Carolina
16
16
1998
Carolina
14
14
1999
Carolina
16
16
2000
Carolina
16
16
2001
St. Louis
13
2
2002
St. Louis
14
3
2003
Arizona
8
3
2004
Arizona
0
0
TOTALS
 
126
92
 
Graham
GAMES PLAYED 
Year
Team
Games
Starts
1998
San Diego
0
0
1999
San Diego
16
10
2000
San Diego
14
1
2001
San Diego
16
16
2002
Houston
14
11
2003
Houston
0
0
2004
Dallas
0
0
TOTALS
 
60
38
 
Mitchell
GAMES PLAYED 
Year
Team
Games
Starts
1997
Baltimore
0
0
1998
Baltimore
11
10
1999
Baltimore
16
16
2000
Baltimore
14
14
2001
Carolina
15
15
2002
Carolina
16
16
2003
Carolina
15
15
2004
Carolina
16
16
TOTALS
 
103
102
 
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