The Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback vs. Non-Hall of Fame Quarterback Challenge (Part 3)

The 2010 pre-season is becoming all the more dramatic with Brett Favre’s decision to stay one more year (very good) and the New York Giants and Jets counting down the days to their home openers at the new Giants Stadium.  Still, we all know that this is the year that Dallas takes the title (fingers crossed).

So, we have arrived at week three of our Pro Football Hall of Fame challenge.  So far, the Hall of Fame quarterbacks have not demonstrated a “significant statistical difference” between their numbers and those posted by 33 of the greatest quarterbacks who enter the Hall as guests only.  In the previous section, we discovered that league championship winners comprise around 75% of the Pro Football Hall of Fame QB list and that both samples are 1) large enough to conduct a good statistical analysis and 2) normally distributed.

This week, we begin to see more sophisticated statistical models in the analysis.  With descriptive statistics, a couple of hypothesis tests, and the beginnings of a statistical regression, we derive a fairly good body of evidence that will help us arrive at our final conclusions.  This part gets heavy, so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask at any time.  Statistics can get cryptic, especially when you begin to deal with confidence intervals and tests, p-values, and residuals, to name but a few more statistical concepts beyond basic averages and means.

We have good samples and plenty more to cover, so let us press on to part 3 of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback vs. Non-Hall of Fame Quarterback Challenge!

Hall of Fame QBs (part 3)

Cam Suarez-Bitar.

One final note.  On Tuesday 29 June 2010, Randall Cunningham’s 2-year-old son, Christian, drowned in a hot tub and passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cunningham family and may the Creator guide them with a loving hand through this tragic and terrible ordeal.


Randall Cunningham, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, revolutionized the position by passing, punting, and running the ball like no other QB of the modern era. His elegance and grace along with a steely determination to succeed and keen improvisational skills made him a sheer joy to watch on Sunday (and Monday). Though his career stats underscore the intangibles he brought to the game, somehow he is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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