Brad Johnson (2001-2004)
Brad Johnson was signed by the Buccaneers in 2001 to replace quarterback Shaun King in an attempt to finally take the Buccaneers over the hump.
As a quarterback, Johnson was never going to light up the stat sheet or be anyone’s fantasy football starter, but he was the perfect quarterback to compliment a legendary defense. He didn’t take any unnecessary risks and he didn’t make many mistakes. Signing with the Bucs at the ripe old age of 32, Johnson proved to be exactly what the Buccaneers needed.
Johnson is consistently listed, along with former Buccaneers quarterback Trent Dilfer, as among the worst quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl. The thing that’s easy to forget is that in the Buccaneers 2002 Super Bowl season, Johnson was a Pro Bowler, throwing 22 touchdowns and only six interceptions, and even went on to win the Quarterback Challenge that year (sidenote: the league HAS to bring those back). The wheels would eventually fall off for Johnson in Tampa Bay, but he did have three straight 3,000 yard seasons and was the starting quarterback for the Buccaneers’ first-ever Super Bowl win. For that reason alone, he needs to be on this list.
PS, if you haven’t seen Johnson’s trick throws on TikTok (@bigbradbad14) you have permission to check it out before continuing on with the list. You won’t be sorry…
Pretty awesome right? Feel free to dive back in after we’re done here, but for now, let’s move on.