Lucas was certainly an unconventional quarterback and an unconventional bust, but Blackledge had a more traditionally disappointing NFL career. Coming off leading Penn State to the national championship in 1982, Kansas City took him as the second of six first-round quarterbacks in 1983, ahead of Hall of Famers, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino.
Blackledge started just four games as a rookie, sitting behind Bill Kenney. Blackledge never truly won the starting job for the Chiefs, starting a career-high eight games in 1984 and again in 1986.
Blackledge finished his career with two years in Pittsburgh after five seasons in Kansas City. He went 15-14 as a starter and threw for 5,286 yards with 29 touchdowns to 38 interceptions.