It was widely reported after Sam Darnold’s first pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown Monday night that Jameis Winston (2015, Buccaneers) and Brett Favre (1991, Falcons) were the only other players since 1991 whose first passes were pick-sixed. But do you know the answers to these questions about other passers pick-6’d in their debuts?
- The last passer before Favre to be pick-6’d on his first attempt debuted in 1979. A first-round pick who set numerous NCAA records during his time at Texas, he is widely considered one of the biggest busts in the history of the NFL draft. Name him.
- The previous passer pick-6’d on his first attempt was three years into a 12-season career in 1964 when his end-around pass went awry. Six years later, his only other career pass was thrown well out of bounds. Name him.
- The only other post-World War II passer confirmed to have been pick-6’d on his first attempt had a one-game playing career in 1962, but later returned to pro football to officiate three Super Bowls. Name him.
- Three eventual Super Bowl MVPs have been pick-6’d in their debut games, which took place in 1978, 1998, and 2012. Name them.
- A quarterback who was pick-6’d in his debut went on to start and win his next 13 games that season. Name him.
- Two Heisman winners besides Winston were pick-6’d in the first games in which they threw passes, in 1963 and 1972 respectively. Name them.
2-point conversion: The single-week record for most first-time passers to be pick-6’d is three. Name the year and the week when this happened, which makes sense if you think about it.