Strongest Arms in NFL History

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  1. juanparty

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    mmm in my opinion

    1-Randall Cunningham.
    2-Jeff George.
    3-John Elway.
    4-Stan Humphries.
     
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    Dan Fouts wasn't too bad.
     
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  3. r2473

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    Huh? Those guys are weenie QB's.

    The strongest arm belongs to the strongest man: Larry Allen

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    Ronnie Coleman played for the NFL too, but he wasn't that big in those days.
     
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  4. Bhagi Katbamna

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    I saw John Elway "flick" a pass that went 70 yards in the air.
     
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  5. juanparty

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    year?? game?
     
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    Roman Gabriel
     
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    T%om Brady don't get credit for having a strong arm but Ive never seen a ball thrown further than this. Its probably like 75 yards in the air. Not saying he has the strongest arm, but he never gets mentioned in that category becuase he doesnt pull a jay cutler and throw stupid passes.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUGj5qQFnnc&feature=related

    I cant speak for stan humphries but those other three dudes did have cannons.
     
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  8. onehandbh

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    I believe Jeff George once threw a football 90 yards in the air during an NFL
    tryout or combine.

    Here's a clip of Kordell Steward throwing it about 74 yards. If he would have
    thrown it at a trajectory closer to 45 degrees then it would have gone even
    further.

    This is the longest throw I've ever seen:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UGnA7ck934
     
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  9. billsgwn

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    Pretty good list you have

    1. John Elway
    2. Jeff George
    3. Randell Cunningham
    4. Bert Jones
    5. Doug Williams
     
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    Sonny Jurgenson...
     
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    We Jet fans endured Chad Pennington, injury plagued and perhaps the weakest QB arm in recent memory. No pass plays requiring him to throw more than about 20 yards.
     
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    Yeah, gotta go with Jeff George. I thought it was rumored he could throw it end zone to end zone in the air. Then again, there's the urban legend about Wade Boggs drinking 50-60 Miller Lites on a cross-country flight (car to airport, flight, then car to hotel). :)
     
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    Former Viking DT Keith Millard once said to a police officer "My Arms are more powerful than your Guns."
     
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    I thought good arm means throwing the farthest? :?
     
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    That crossed my mind. Didn't expect to read it here.
     
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    I don't remember the year but it was when Denver wore the orange shirt(not the dark shirts).
     
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    This guy wasnt a QB but Harold Carmichael could throw the ball form one end zone to the other. He was a huge WR in the 70s who had Ron Jaworski throwing to him and Jaworski had a gun but Jaworksi even said his arm was nothing like Carmichaels.
     
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  18. juanparty

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    I think that is imposible amigo.
     
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    You need to add LeeD poster in that list, no? He would have made NFL if he wanted, and he can throw a ton.



    At least he says so........
     
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  20. onehandbh

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    I think there are a lot of NFL QB's that can throw it in the 60-65 range.
    It's probably a little like the 100mph mark for baseball pitchers. As you get
    close to it, it gets harder and harder to increase your speed. We've never
    seen anyone throw 110, 120 yet. There's some guy that's throwing 103-104
    currently, though.

    I used to be able to throw it about 50 yards but that was with like a 3-4 step
    run up heave at close to 45 degree angle. That was probably when I could
    hit my serve the hardest, also. Vick can flick it 50 yards while
    running to his right, falling down, and with two linemen draped on him.
     
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    Warren Moon had to be up there.
     
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    Dan Marino and Michael Vick should be in the conversation.
     
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    The Oakland Raiders bust, JaMarcus "Purple Drank" Russell, had a tremendous arm, but an unfortunate tendency to doze off during team meetings.
     
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    i think Marino doesn't have strong arm , but Michael Vick of course he can run and throw 55 yards without effort.
     
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    Agreeed. He had a quick release and the ability (or courage) to hold on to the
    ball until the last second and make a good throw (and then get punished!).
     
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    come on guys. its clearly ed hochuli!
     
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    Marino rarely if ever wound up and threw the football like a typical QB. he could throw the ball very fast and accurate without the ball ever going behind his shoulder. He is not known as having a cannon for an arm. But he did have a very strong arm to be able to throw the way he did.
     
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    totally agree!
     
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    Thorwing distance and accuracy being a QB different story. FYI I have accuary when I throw the football around but I cant throw that far, maybe just less than 60 yards.
     
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    JaMarcusRussell of the Raider's no question. His claim to fame that got him on AlDavis's A list was the 100 yard throw, 2 steps. Guys, this dude is 6'6" and over 260 lbs.
    HaroldCarmichael for sure. In his day, he was reputed to throw farther than anyone.
    I'm right around 50 yards, first throw, no warmup right now at 61. Do the math and figure out how far I threw when I was warmed up and as young as you guys.
     
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  32. SuperDuy

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    70-75 Seems about right.
     
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    I would say 100 seems about right.

    He was throwing 70-75 when he was ~14 yrs. old.
     
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    After giving it more though, the answer is Uncle Rico from 'Napoleon Dynamite'. He claims to have been able to throw a football "a quarter mile" in high school or as he put it..."How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains?"
     
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    I'd say Favre, receivers talk about how their hands hurt from catching his passes at times.
     
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  37. juanparty

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    i heard the same from Vance Johnson, and Artur Marshall (broncos wr's)
     
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    Yeah, I think John Elway has long owned this category.

    Mind you, it hasn't always been a great thing. Earlier in his career especially he was criticized for throwing short range bullets that were unnecessarily hard to catch. Only later did he develop good touch to go with the power.
     
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    JohnElway was always my sentimental favorite.
    Did you watch the SuperBowl when he played the 49'ers? He was deereyed, amped to the max, and would throw these 50 yard passes to recievers who were 15 yards downfield!
    Yes, he had that one step 80 yard throw, something few besides those listed had.
    I never ever claimed any throw over 75 yards, myself. The reason is that when I went into high school, I never played football on our block in front of the houses, and nobody ever wanted to catch any of my passes coming back to the huddle during football practice.
    AND, this was about 5 years before the advent of te "Punt, pass, and kick" competitions.
     
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    I saw an interview that Jack Kemp (former QB of the Buffalo Bills) admitted that he could throw the football 90 yard in the air. So I guess he's up there also.

    I would go with John Elway but I also think Terry Bradshaw was good also.
     
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    Like everything else it's changed over the years as physical conditioning has become so much more sophisticated, but Namath really stood out in the late 60s for his Marino-like quick release, and nobody at the time threw more powerfully than he.
     
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    Favre, Elway and how about Jim Plunkett? Jim not only had a strong arm, he threw a beautiful ball (in case you young guys don't know who Jim is...).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvjKK5rK5gw

    Jim is still my hero...along with another Oakland Raider Lyle Alzado who I got to meet at the Pro Bowl a few years before he passed...(nice guy :)
     
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  43. borg number one

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    Terry Bradshaw did have a very strong arm. I was a Cowboys fan back then, but only when they had Landry, Staubach, Drew Pearson, Randy White, and those guys. The Steelers were tough though and loaded with talent as well. Here's a 64 yard dart to Lynn Swann in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl X and then a good highlight video below that.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9s-EFNz0i4 i

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U1Xtci4PBw

    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Bradshaw

     
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    I remember after Bradshaw torched the Cowboys I believe in the 1979 Super Bowl, one of the DBs on the Cowboys (maybe Cliff Harris) called Bradshaw up to see how he did it. He figured maybe the Steelers spotted some weaknesses on film. Bradshaw answered with a very simplistic answer and the player was shocked.

    I guess Bradshaw could get away with a lot with that arm of his.
     
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