In the middle of that, he was the starting QB on the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl Championship team.
So, with Dilfer retiring, Sporting News decided to rank the worst QBs to win a Super Bowl as a starter. Dilfer finished second (SN did say that there have been no bad quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl). The top spot went to the Giants Jeff Hostetler.
Giants fans will always have a warm place in their hearts for Hoss, who stepped in for an injured Phil Simms (more on him later) and gutted his way to the finish line in 1990. But all he proved as a starter over the next six seasons -- the last four with the Raiders -- was that he couldn't make his teams better. Only one of those teams, the 1993 Raiders, made the playoffs.
Again, there are no horrible QBs on this list ... which is evident by some of the names Dilfer ranked "ahead of".
Another New York Giant ... Eli Manning ... finished #3. His poise during Super Bowl XLII will be one of the Super Bowl's top moments. Oh, and all he did was finish one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.
Right behind Manning is another guy who is always remembered at Super Bowl time: Doug Williams. Williams had a shaky career, but he had one of the best SB performances ever.
Some other names? Brad Johnson, Mark Rypien, Jim McMahon and even Phil Simms.
No one will ever confuse Dilfer as one of the greats, but he does have a Super Bowl ring (stings, doesn't it Marino?) in his lone season in B-more. He took over for Tony Banks at mid-season and led the Ravens to a 7-1 record to end the season ... and winning all three postseason games.
He is the only starting Super Bowl winning quarterback to be released by the team that offseason.