Heaviest Quarterbacks in NFL History

A few weeks ago, Ken Carman, of 92.3 The Fan, and Anthony Lima had Jared Lorenzen on his show to discuss the quarterback situation for the Browns and reminded us that not all quarterbacks are stick figures. Lorenzen stated that he’s still north of 250, but wouldn’t go into further details. That being said, he kicks off our list of heaviest quarterbacks to ever play the game.

Jared Lorenzen – The Pillsbury Throw Boy – 6’4″ 275 lbs.

While Lorenzen didn’t experience much on-the-field success in the NFL he was a part of some off-shoot semipro teams and then went on to have great success in the Ultimate Indoor Football League (a league of which he became commissioner). In 2013, when he went back to the Kentucky River Monsters he weighed in at 320 pounds, showing that the “Hefty Lefty” was back. Don’t mind how few people are in attendance below, just enjoy the majesty of Jared Lorenzen slinging the pigskin. Sadly Lorenzen passed away in July, 2019 at 38 years old after suffering from kidney and heart issues.

Fun fact: Lorenzen was in the same draft class as John Navarre who ran a 5.19 forty and almost made this list but we didn’t want too many quarterbacks from the 2004 draft.

JaMarcus Russell – 6’6″ 265 lbs.

Russell has since lost a good deal of weight, but the former Raiders QB couldn’t shake the weight of being, what some call, one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history (Ryan Leaf and Johnny Manziel also come to mind). Drafted in 2007, JaMarcus’ weight continued to climb, clocking in at 290 coming into training camp in 2010. An attempted comeback in 2013 did not pan out and he hasn’t had a tryout since, even after saying he’d play for free at this point.

Fun Fact: At the time he set the rookie salary record with $31.5 million guaranteed with $68 million max.

Bruce Eugene – 6’0″ 260 lbs.

The “Round Mound of Touchdown” was drafted by the Saints in 2006, but was cut during the preseason. He bounced around between a few more teams in the CFL, NFL and NFL Europa before settling down with a coaching gig. Below you can see his performance in a 2003 touchdown drive against Alcorn State.

Fun Fact: Eugene scored a 41 on the Wonderlic. Take that Peyton Manning (28).


Daunte Culpepper – 6’4″ 264 lbs.

Geoff was shocked for this one, his #1 hero couldn’t be at the top of the heavy list.

Fun Fact: Culpepper ran a 4.42 40, benched 405 pounds and squatted over 500. [SI Vault]

Tim Tebow – 6’3″ 245 lbs.

The man was basically one solid muscle. I don’t think he should be on this list, but he’s here anyway jerks.

Donovan McNabb – 6’2″ 240 lbs.

The savior of Philadelphia was known to savor bologna, cheese and mayo sandwiches and that helped him round out this list.

Ben Roethlisberger – 6’5″ 240 lbs.

So maybe he’s not big big, but he is one of the heaviest active quarterbacks in the NFL. And while his passing game may be on point, this tweet feels his agility may be questionable. CULTIVATE THAT MASS!

Honorable Mentions

  • Dec. 2016 – Chiefs defensive lineman Dontari Poe tosses a jump pass for a touchdown [CBS Sports]
  • 350-pound Arkansas guard Sebastian Tretola in 2014 [Deadspin – Video]
  • In 2008 Defensive tackle and high school senior Tony Casamento of Ellenville, N.Y. weighed in at 305 pounds when his team called on him to forego his defensive tackle position and take the reigns at quarterback (and with great success). [MaxPreps]
  • 2016 – 6’0″ 270, Griffin, Georgia high schooler throws a TD pass off of a fake punt. Video below via MaxPreps.

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