​​Bobby Douglass was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1969, was a part-time starter for two years and became their regular starter in 1972.  

Ken Stabler was drafted by the Raiders in 1970 and became their regular starting quarterback in 1973.  From then until now, there had always been at least one lefthanded quarterback in the NFL.

Jim Zorn became a starter for Seattle in 1976, and over the next six years he and Stabler played twice a year against each other in west coast games and had some epic battles that were often televised late on Sunday afternoons.  They were seen often enough during their prime that respect for lefthanded quarterbacks became common, and people probably thought there were more lefthanded quartebacks than there actually were.

Ken Stabler, Jim Zorn, Boomer Esiason, Steve Young, Mark Brunell and Michael Vick are the six best lefthanded quarterbacks of all time.  

Boomer Esiason joined the Cincinnati Bengals in 1984, became the regular starting quarterback in 1985 and remained an NFL starter for the next twelve years. 

Steve Young joined the Tampa Bay Bucs in 1985, became the regular starter in 1986, but then was traded to San Francisco were he was backup for the next  four years.  Then he began an eight year stretch that lead him to seven Pro bowls, three Super Bowl Championships, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Lefthanded Quarterbacks started more than 50 games each year from 1995-1997, most of them by Esiason, Scott Mitchell, Brunell and Young.  

Four lefthanded starters (out of thirty teams) was the most lefthanded quarterbacks ever, but it didn't last long.

​Esiason retired after the 1997 season and Young retired two years later, leaving Brunell as the leagues leading lefthander.  ​Brunell became the regular starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995, started regularly in the NFL through 2006, and occasionally during the next four years,  He made the Pro Bowl three times.

Michael Vick stared 67 games for the Atlanta Falcons from 2001 to 2006, making the Pro Bowl three of those years, and then again with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010,

Chris Simms started 10 games in 2005 and Matt Leinart started 11 games in 2006.  Leinart started 5 more games in 2007, the only games started by a lefthander that year. 

During 2008 there was not one single game started by a lefthanded quarterback in the NFL.  Vick was serving the second his two year suspension. Leinart and Simms were both active for parts of that year but played very little in a reserve role.

Lefthanders came back slightly In 2009 with Brunell, Vick, Leinart and Simms each starting one game.

Vick returned to his starting role in 2010-2012, joined by Tim Tebow with 14 starts in 2010-2011, and Tyler Palko with 4 starts in 2012.

Michael Vick finished his career with 6 more starts in 2013, 3 more starts in 2014 and 3 more in 2015.  He was an unsigned free agent through the 2016 season and then announced his retirement.

Kellen Moore started the last 2 games of the 2015 season for the Dallas Cowboys, but was injured during the preseason in 2016 and did not play the entire season.  He was healthy and listed as third string throughout the 2017 season, but never played. 

It remains to be seen if Kellen Moore will get a better chance in 2018.  There are no lefthanded quarterback prospects currently in college who are seen as the next lefthanded NFL quarterback.  It seems that this rare breed is really on the verge of becoming extinct.

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2016 was the first year since 1969 that there was not
at least one lefthanded quarterback on an NFL active roster.