As a child during the 80’s, I found myself mesmerized with the seemingly unlimited number of quarterbacks with hair and flair, panache and passing, highlights and lowlights. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce over some of the great and maybe not-so-great quarterbacks from the most exciting decade ever.
Jay Schroeder – Washington Redskins (1984-87) Los Angeles Raiders (1988-1992)
Jay Schroeder may very well be the first quarterback that I truly loathed based solely on his appearance. Being the judgmental young prick that I was, Jay’s blonde hair and goofy looking face didn’t sit well with me, I can’t explain it any further than that. Looking back, I was quite the little asshole as a young man.
After attending UCLA, Jay would be picked in the 3rd round by the Washington Redskins in the 1984 draft. Most of the nation was first introduced to Jay Schroeder on November 18th 1985, after Lawrence Taylor destroyed Joe Theismann’s leg, causing millions of Americans to simultaneously vomit all over their couches.
(I particularly enjoyed the narration on that video. Thanks, lady from the South.)
In 1986, Jay took over as starter – throwing 22 TDs, 22 INTs and over 4,000 yards – leading the Washington Redskins to a 12-4 record and a playoff berth, where they lost to the New York Giants in the NFC title game. In the subsequent years of his Redskins tenure, Jay battled both injuries and inconsistency, which paved the way for Doug Williams to come in and lead the Redskins to the Promised Land.
After deciding that they had their quarterback of the future in Doug Williams, the Redskins traded Jay to the Los Angeles Raiders. Jay continued to be inconsistent, but would often show flashes of brilliance. In 1990, Jay would quarterback the Raiders to the AFC Championship game, where they would get destroyed by the Buffalo Bills. Jay’s lasting Raider legacy may be that of the quarterback who handed the ball off to Bo Jackson, arguably the greatest Tecmo Bowl player ever.
Jay floundered into the 90’s with the Raiders until 1993, where they waived him because he wasn’t as good as the mustachioed Jeff Hostetler. Jay would spend one season with the Cincinnati Bengals and one season with the Arizona Cardinals before calling it quits in 1995.
Jay was undoubtedly my least favorite blonde quarterback from the 80’s. Being that there wasn’t exactly a shortage of blonde-haired quarterbacks to hate in the 80’s, that’s really saying something. This was just one kid’s opinion, I’m sure there were plenty of folks in the Raider Nation [wanking motion] who probably thought that he was one bitchin’ dude.