1969 Buffalo Bills: Quarterback Infirmary
A Championship team two years earlier, the 1968 Buffalo Bills had the worst quarterback luck a team could have in one season. First, starter Jack Kemp and backup Tom Flores went out with injuries, then rookie Dan Darragh took a beating until his knee gave out. Kay Stephenson was next, getting knocked out with a broken collarbone. Finally running back / receiver Ed Rutkowski, a former quarterback at Notre Dame, finished the last three games of the season. Needless to say, the Bills finished with a league’s worst 1–12–1 record but it enabled them to pick USC running back O.J. Simpson with the first pick of the draft in 1969. Along with rookie quarterback James Harris, the Bills began a slow rebuild.