Jeff George – QB (1999)
You could not build a quarterback in the create-a-player section of a video game better skilled at throwing a football to Randy Moss than Jeff George. He heaved the pigskin up in the air and Moss would effortlessly retrieve the football out of thin air.
The match made in Skol-land was realized in Week 6 of the 1999 season. George took over for a fledgling Randall Cunningham and the Vikings got hot. George and Co. won five of their next six games. The team transformed a 2-4 start into a 10-6 win-loss by season’s end en route to a wild-card berth.
Minnesota spanked Dallas 27-10 eight days after Y2K in the last playoff game the Troy Aikman-Emmitt Smith tandem would ever see. The prosperity ran out during the following week against the buzzsaw St. Louis Rams who outgunned the Vikings and ultimately went on to win the Super Bowl.
On the year, George passed for 2,816 yards and 23 touchdowns in 10 starts. Just as he had previously barked his way out of Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Oakland, relations seemed to sour with Minnesota. George would join Washington a couple of months later and unbeknownst to him, his career would conclude eight games later.