by Christian Pundt
Joseph Redfeather: QB, Queen City/San Francisco/Oklahoma City
Player Number: 12
Teams: New York (Seasons 1-2), San Francisco (Season 3), Oklahoma City (Seasons 4-9)
Non-user player Joseph Redfeather embedded himself into SFL lore by becoming the first quarterback to lead his team to winning the championship. The New York Knights’ (the preconception to the modern-day Queen City Corsairs) quarterback made one of the league’s greatest throws and lead one of the most spectacular two-minute drives to win the inaugural championship game.
After signing on with the San Francisco Bulldogs, he faced his old New York Knights team in the Season 3 Championship game. This time, Redfeather found himself on the end of the heartbreak, being sacked for the go-ahead safety to give the Knights their second ring (and because he’s a non-user player, I can make this joke: so technically he won TWO championships for New York!). He would opt not to return to the Bay Area in Season 4 and would spend the final six seasons of his career with the Oklahoma City Renegades. With the Renegades, he would not make another playoff trip.
Redfeather is one of the statistical giants among the quarterback position in SFL history. His nine seasons (all but one of the league’s total seasons) have given him a tall stool to stand on in this regard. Redfeather is the all-time league leader in completions, attempts, passing yards, and interceptions. He also ranks second among all-time passing touchdown leaders and twentieth in QBR.
Overall, Joseph Redfeather is one of the league stalwarts that has taken part in some of the league’s early iconic moments and whose golem-like presence allowed him to accumulate some mighty impressive stats that have only been matched by the next man on this list.
Rocco Marconi QB Grand Rapids/Minneapolis/Dallas
Player Number: 8
Teams: Grand Rapids (Seasons 1-3), Minneapolis (Seasons 4-6), Dallas (Season 7)
I don’t know about you, but when I compare figures in sports, I tend to find myself drifting towards defending those whose “peak” years were the highest. In a sense, while longevity is, of course, important when evaluating one’s legacy, I value that pure domination over an era first and foremost. Rocco Marconi not only checks off the first box with seven seasons played, but he lead the only team that truly evokes fear in even modern-day SFLers hearts: the Season 4 Minneapolis Maulers.
The ‘Italian Stallion’ as he became known had almost indisputably the highest “peak” of any player in SFL history. That Season 4, Marconi passed for over 5,000 yards and nearly 60 touchdowns (while maintaining a mind-boggling 3:1 TD:INT ratio). For reference purposes, Christian Christiansen (this season’s leading passer) registered just under 4,800 passing yards and threw for 41 touchdowns. This is even more impressive when you consider that Season 4 was played with only eight regular season games, compared to the twelve we play now. This was all en route to the most dominating postseason game that’s ever been played by one team, beating the Honolulu Legends 76-27 (with a 45/63, 706 passing yards, 9 touchdown, 3 interception statline) and beating the Orlando Intimidators 42-24 in a one-sided championship game.
While this was Marconi’s only true season as being the far-and-away best player in the league and only season in the playoffs, Marconi consistently tallied stats over his seven seasons and ultimately it gave him a spot among the pantheons of SFL Greats. The Stallion ranks second all-time in completions, attempts, and passing yards only to the aforementioned Joseph Redfeather. Where Marconi really shines, however, is that he ranks first as the all-time passing touchdown leader at 217 (the only one over the bicentennial mark), 38 more than the second place Redfeather at nearly 600 less passing attempts and 300 less passing completions. Also of note, Marconi is third in SFL history with a 105.8 QBR (only behind EK King and Skeletor P. Funk, both of whom have nearly half the amount of passes attempted as Marconi).
Marconi recorded the greatest single-season performance in SFL history and remained a high level quarterback for his entire career. If that doesn’t qualify for a the SFL Hall of Fame then I don’t know what does.